A new pub company for Wales has been launched with bold ambitions for expansion over the coming months.
Red Dragon Pubs is the brainchild of entrepreneur founder James Hunt, backed by a group of investors, which aims to buy and invest in pubs across South Wales.
The first pub under its ownership, The Aubrey Arms in Swansea, has now opened and is one of eight pubs acquired in the last eight months as the pub co looks to add more properties to its portfolio.
Four pubs will open under the Red Dragon Pubs umbrella by the end of October.
Hunt says: ”When we studied the market here, and we saw so many pubs closed, or just tired and under-invested, we knew there was a massive opportunity here to reinvigorate these venues, by working with and listening to the locals that use them and bringing them back to their best.
“Being as close to the community as possible is paramount to us at Red Dragon Pubs, and will remain so. We won’t change the name of any pub we buy, and we won’t make them all look the same. We want them to be as individual as the customers they serve,” he adds.
He says that the opportunity is there to create a ‘Welsh pub company for Wales that everyone can be proud of’.
The company is also launching is Red Dragon Foundation, with 1p from every drink ordered in a Red Dragon pub going to the Foundation which will support local charities and causes.
“This is just the start for Red Dragon Pubs. We will be adding more establishments to our portfolio in the coming months, with plans to be Wales’ favourite independent pub group,” Hunt concludes.
Picture: Red Dragon Pubs Director L to R Angus Scott ,James Hunt, John Chadwick, Giles Darby, David Surdeau.