The husband-and-wife team behind two innovative pubs which also house delicatessens have bought the freeholds of the properties from Mitchells & Butlers (M&B).
Jon and Paula Briscoe acquired the Fox Revived in Norwood Hill, just a few miles from Gatwick Airport, and the Jolly Farmers, near Reigate, Surrey, as a package from M&B for an undisclosed sum.
They have been operating the Jolly Farmers for five years and had started running the Fox revived just over a year ago, after the pub had lain empty for several years.
Jon Briscoe said: "It's fantastic to now own these two stunning pubs. Under M&B we were afforded a good degree of flexibility, including the creation of our deli-pub concept, but now we can really create the pubs we believe they have the potential to be. We'll be looking to run more events, such as the Folk and Jazz Festival we've just had and, of course, broaden the real ale and wine range we offer our customers."
The deal follows M&B's decision earlier this year to give its franchisees the chance to buy their pubs outright.
By Neil Gerrard
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