Geronimo buys first City pub

15 September 2010 by
Geronimo buys first City pub

Geronimo Inns has taken on its first pub in the City of London with the acquisition of the White Horse in Broadgate from TCG for an undisclosed sum.

Geronimo now has 26 food-led, managed pubs within London and the M25.

The company said it would spend around £300,000 on the pub, formerly known as the Broadgate Exchange. It will reopen under Geronimo as the White Horse in mid-October, creating 30 jobs.

The kitchen will be headed up by Mark Blatchford, who has previously worked at London establishments including Racine and the Fountain at Fortnum and Masons, as well as Soho House.

The pub will be open for breakfast daily from 7.30am offering a range of cereals, sausage and bacon sandwiches, pancakes with blueberry compote, full English and eggs "Benny" on toast.

The lunch and dinner menus will feature contemporary twists to traditional British food with dishes such as salt beef and horseradish dumplings, pan-fried skate with brown shrimp and capers, as well as puddings such as trinity crumble and peach cobbler.

Cask ales and keg beers on offer include Redemption, Sambrooks, Hogs Bag, Twickenham, Sierra Nevada, Meantime and Brooklyn.

The pub will also feature a newly-created outside terrace behind bamboo and rosemary hedges.

Rupert Clevely (pictured), chief executive of Geronimo Inns, said: "We are delighted to add our first site in the Square Mile to our existing portfolio of iconic London pubs. The proven versatility and scalability of the Geronimo format, which already spans Central London locations, retail shopping centres, airports and train stations, as well as our traditional footprint of the London villages, gives us every confidence for our continued expansion."

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By Neil Gerrard

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