Charles Wells' managed house division, Apostrophe Pubs, has expanded with a new site in Stratford-upon-Avon, taking the total estate to three.
The Bedfordshire-based pub company has agreed terms to purchase the lease of The Lazy Cow, formerly known as Cox's Yard. Charles Wells – which holds a long lease on the property – originally converted the former timber yard on the banks of the River Avon to an entertainment complex in September 1998. The venue has most recently been successfully operated as Ross Sanders’ steak and ale concept, The Lazy Cow.
Apostrophe Pubs was founded in February 2014 with the opening of d'Parys in Bedford. It took on its second site the Merlin’s Cave in Chalfont St Giles in April of this year.
Craig Mayes, director of Apostrophe Pubs, said: 'Last year, we took on the challenge of building an amazing collection of pubs and restaurants, and Cox’s Yard is a welcome addition to our growing portfolio. Apostrophe pubs has quickly expanded to include sites in Bedford, Chalfont St Giles and now Stratford Upon Avon and we are in the market for further individual leasehold, freehold or a small of group of pubs that would complement our growing business.'
Apostrophe pubs will close the site for four days this week to complete essential maintenance work and will then spend time getting to know what local customers want before a refurbishment in the new year.