Brighton-based Laine Pub Company has said it plans to open up to 25 sites in London. The company, which currently has 45 pubs, has just opened its eighth site in London.
Led by Gavin George and backed by Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital Partners, Laine opened its first pub in Brighton in 1996. It currently operates 36 pubs in Brighton, but is looking to make further inroads in the capital. Current London sites include The People’s Park Tavern, The Four Thieves, The Aeronaut, The Old Nun’s Head and The Great Exhibition.
George said: 'We have a plan for 25 sites in London, but it’s not fixed. Much depends on the availability of sites in a very competitive market. We are acquisitive and would hope to secure one or two in 2016.'
Of the style of venues under the Laine name, he said: 'Part of the skill in creating a successful [pub] is in making it original and independent. Our sites are experience-led and hopefully the experience is different every time.'
The most recent opening, Watson’s General Telegraph in East Dulwich, features 20 taps, 12 of which are devoted to craft beer, including 8 on rotation, and six for cask ales and cider. Food is from head chef Dan Burrell, previously of Zest.