Chef & Brewer

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Chef & Brewer is a chain of around 127 licensed traditional pub restaurants in the United Kingdom, owned by Spirit Pub Company plc.


Following the merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness, to form Diageo in 1991, Chef & Brewer pubs were bought by Scottish & Newcastle in 1993 in a part cash, part debentures deal of £708 million. In 2003, Scottish & Newcastle auctioned off the Chef & Brewer chain, which was acquired by the Spirit Group. In 2005 the Spirit Group was acquired by Punch Taverns.[1] In 2011 the Chef & Brewer chain became part of Spirit Pub Company plc following its demerger from Punch Taverns.

The pubs are known for their family friendly atmosphere[citation needed] and have recently featured in Tesco Clubcard promotions.[2]


Many of the pubs operated by Chef & Brewer are historic pub / inn locations:

  • The Barley Mow, Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, dating to 1352.
  • The De Trafford Arms in Alderley Edge dates back over 200 years [3]
  • Hutt in Ravenshead was built in 1400 [4]
  • Cross Keys in Cleveland became a coaching Inn in 1800
  • The Traveller's Rest in Nottingham served as a half-way house for herders of the Goose Fair.[5]
  • Unicorn in Cheshire dates back over 100 years
  • Romper in Altrincham dates back 450 years
  • The Blundell Arms in Bolton dates back to at least the early 15th century
  • The frontage of the Nags Head in Burntwood dates back to 1650 [6]
  • Gatwick Manor in Crawley dates back to the 15th century [7]

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