Bath gastro-pub pair expand empire with takeover of third hostelry
The owners of two of Bath's most popular gastro-pubs have taken on their third in the area.
Joe Cussens and Justin Sleath, who already run the Marlborough Tavern at Marlborough Buildings and the Chequers in Rivers Street, have bought the Hare and Hounds on Lansdown.
The pair, who bought the pub in February, have spent three months overseeing a refurbishment project, preparing for its reopening yesterday.
Mr Cussens said they had spent several hundreds of thousands of pounds on the project and were excited about finally opening their doors to the public.
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The 44-year-old said: "We weren't looking for another site, but we just saw it was up for sale and we made inquiries and took it from there.
"It is just the location really, also the views are so spectacular and the pub just had so much potential. The building was in a really poor state of repair, the roof needed replacing and there was just a lot of work to do."
He added: "We are excited by what we have done so far, but of course we are always looking at what else we can do, so I'm sure there will be more work to do as we move forward."
Head chef Daniel Moon, who has previously worked at Homewood Park Hotel, has devised a menu which is in a similar style to those at the Marlborough Tavern and Chequers.
Mr Cussens and Mr Sleath also commissioned two art students from Bath Spa University, John Chapman and Sebastian Ingham, to come up with the pub's new signs and branding.
Meanwhile, three generations of the same family have taken over the Beef and Barge in Bradford on Avon.
The Admiral Taverns-owned pub, which is now run by Eve and Feri Zambo, their 25-year-old daughter Nikolett, as well as Eve's parents Anthony and Esther, has reopened following a £90,000 revamp.
Mrs Zambo said: "We are so excited and can't wait to show the local community what we've done with the Beef and Barge. We know it's been a very popular pub in the past, but sadly it had become fairly run-down in recent years."
There has also been movement on the sale of the Packhorse Inn, in South Stoke, with a number of potential buyers showing an interest.
The 15th-century grade two listed building, which is owned by Punch Taverns, has been on the market for two months.