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Theme pub tie-up

Kunick, the amusement machines distributor, has teamed up with Allied-Lyons to set up a chain of themed pubs located mainly in retail parks.

The new joint venture company expects to open its first pub next year, although a site has yet to be found. It is planning a total of about 20 pubs nationwide in the next three or four years.

Aimed at the 18- to30-year-olds market, the pubs will be divided into two areas, one for food and drinks, and the other for electronic games. The name under which the pubs will be branded will be announced next month.

White hart sold

Forte has sold the20-bedroom White Hart Hotel in Andover, Hampshire – formerly part of its Heritage brand – for about £500,000.

The property, which was sold through Christie & Co, was bought by the Hughes family, which owns Simon’s Wine and Eating House in Southampton and two residential care homes in Bournemouth.

New proprietor and general manager Simon Hughes said a substantial refurbishment was planned.

Tea shops guild

High-quality tea establishments can apply to join a new guild launched last week by the Tea Council.

The 44 founder members of the Guild of Tea Shops, which range in size from small tearooms to London’s Le Méridien hotel, pay a £185 annual fee to display the guild’s seal of approval.

They will also be listed in a guide, which is due to be published this winter.

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