North Yorkshire hotels and gastropub business Provenance Inns has appointed Rupert Farquharson managing director, following Michael Ibbotson's resignation earlier this year.
Provenance Inns was founded in 2010 by Chris Blundell, a former director of supermarket group Morrisons, and Ibbotson, who resigned in May to pursue other interests in hospitality, but remains in a consultancy role with the company.
Farquharson was most recently managing director of Norfolk brewer Woodforde's, and in a 25-year career has also held roles with regional brewery Adnams, where he was retail director, as well as with Bass Brewery, Diageo and the Wine Society.
Blundell said: "We're delighted that Rupert is joining us. His experience will be invaluable both in maintaining the impeccably high service and quality standards that mark out our existing pubs and hotels in the very competitive hospitality market, as well as ensuring that we are ready to make the most of new opportunities."
Farquharson added: "Provenance Inns has established a strong reputation as a leading hospitality operator, both across our trading area and nationally, and the opportunity to be part of this hugely professional team, both at senior level and in each of the pubs and hotels, is wonderful."
The seven businesses in the Provenance Inns portfolio are: the Black Bull Inn, Moulton; the Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk; the Crown & Cushion, Welburn; the Oak Tree, Helperby; the Punch Bowl, Marton cum Grafton; the West Park hotel, Harrogate; and most recently the Cleveland Tontine hotel in Staddlebridge, acquired in 2016.
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