Charles Wells and Little Gems Country Dining have formed a joint venture to run a combination of the Little Gems estate and Charles Wells’ Apostrophe Pubs.
The joint venture will see Charles Wells taking a stake in Little Gems, which is run by Steve Wilkins and Rachel Slater. The company runs The Park in Bedford, The Swan Inn in Denham, The Old Queen’s Head in Penn and The Swan Inn in Milton Keynes, which won South East Pub of the Year in the 2016 National Pub & Bar Awards.
Charles Wells’ Apostrophe Pub estate comprises the d’Parys Hotel in Bedford, The Merlin’s Cave in Chalfont St Giles, Cox’s Yard in Stratford upon Avon and The Bull in Olney, which will be opening in early 2018.
“I am really looking forward to working with Steve and Rachel,” says Justin Phillimore, chief executive of Charles Wells. “They bring with them enormous experience of growing and expanding successful food led businesses and I believe now is a great time for us to team up as I see the next couple of years will give rise to many good investment opportunities.”
“While it will be business as usual for our Little Gems, this is a really exciting opportunity for all of us,” adds Wilkins, managing director of Little Gems Country Dining. “This partnership will not only open up new venues for growth, but also for the sharing of best practice, the pooling of skills, and will help ensure the future success across the board, both for Little Gems & Apostrophe Pubs.”