Ei partners with boutique hostel and pub operator PubLove

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Pubco Ei Group – formerly known as Enterprise Inns – is to partner with boutique hostel and historic pub operator PubLove, to jointly operate five sites.

The partnership is the seventh under Ei’s Managed Expert venture which sees it join with ‘industry-leading’ managed house operators ‘to benefit from their retailing capability’.

Pub LovePubLove was established in 2007 by Ben Stackhouse, with the aim of safeguarding the future of the pubs it operates by diversifying and modernising its offer, but retaining its ‘character and soul’. Four of the five sites under the new agreement are already leased from the Ei Group.

‘Having worked closely with Ei Group for many years, we’re delighted to be partnering with their Managed Investments business,’ Stackhouse said. ‘With their experience and access to a strong pipeline of new sites, this is a great opportunity for PubLove as we look to expand.’

Nathan Wall, operations director for Ei Managed Investments, added: ‘PubLove is an exciting proposition with its focus on establishing sustainable community pubs. We’re delighted to be part of its expansion and we look forward to a successful working relationship with Ben and his team.’

Stackhouse says the company has ‘ambitious’ expansion plans for the year ahead, including the major refurbishment of its White Ferry House pub in Victoria and the Crown in Battersea.

Ei first launched its Managed Expert arm in 2015, and now has a total of 21 pubs in the division, including partnerships with operators including Geronimo Inns founder Rupert Clevely, the Laine Pub Company, and Food & Fuel and Oakman Inns.

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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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