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    Someone told me at the weekend that Nicholsons are merging with Brunning & Price. Has anyone else heard this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    Someone told me at the weekend that Nicholsons are merging with Brunning & Price. Has anyone else heard this?
    Nicholson's is part of Mitchells & Butlers, and Brunning & Price is part of The Restaurant Group (which has just announced a big deal buying Wagamama), so it sounds like crossed wires to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpadam View Post
    Nicholson's is part of Mitchells & Butlers, and Brunning & Price is part of The Restaurant Group (which has just announced a big deal buying Wagamama), so it sounds like crossed wires to me.
    Thanks, we were discussing the merits of Harkers in Chester (very little merit IMO).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpadam View Post
    From 'London Drinker' (August/September 2017):

    "M&B have sold 73 pubs - 65 freeholds and eight leaseholds - to a property investment group called Aprirose for £40 million. According to a report in the Times, these will form a new chain called Milton Pubs and Taverns along with 35 sites they already own. This makes Aprirose, who I admit I had never heard of, the 11th largest pub group in the country."

    However, the "11th largest pub group in the country" claim must be way out.
    The story of Aprirose becomes a little clearer. In a development that will surprise no one, it appears that a large number of these 'Milton Pubs and Taverns' have been closed and boarded this week. 22 are currently advertised for sale on Fleurets. If your local is on here expect it bulldozed pretty soon.

    https://www.fleurets.com/multisale.html?type=aprirose

    A common theme with the closed pubs is that they were run into the ground under the management of Milton judging by reviews on Google. Makes you wonder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    Thanks, we were discussing the merits of Harkers in Chester (very little merit IMO).
    I've been to Old Harkers a couple of times when visiting Chester for the races. It's always struck me as a well run place and has some decent beers. Gets very busy on race days of course. Just across the road you have a bar called The Cellar which is good for anyone seeking interesting, if expensive, beers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millay View Post
    I've been to Old Harkers a couple of times when visiting Chester for the races. It's always struck me as a well run place and has some decent beers. Gets very busy on race days of course. Just across the road you have a bar called The Cellar which is good for anyone seeking interesting, if expensive, beers.

    There's no accounting for taste as my friend likes Harkers. I think he said that the Cellar over the road had closed but I can see no sign of it. He's the one that also told me that Brunning and Price are merging with Nicholsons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    There's no accounting for taste as my friend likes Harkers. I think he said that the Cellar over the road had closed but I can see no sign of it. He's the one that also told me that Brunning and Price are merging with Nicholsons!
    The Cellar tweeted yesterday, so it's not closed.
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