Brakspear appointments bolster Honeycomb Houses

Brakspear has made two new appointments within its Honeycomb Houses managed division.

Brakspear has made two new appointments within its Honeycomb Houses managed division, designed to bolster the 10-strong estate and prepare for its next stage of growth.

James White (left), who joins from Wells & Co's managed division, has been appointed as operations manager, while Ken Umasanthiram (right) joins as head of food. Umasanthiram arrives from Popeyes UK, having also worked at Bill's and as a personal chef to bands Kaiser Chiefs and Korn.

White will be responsible for five Honeycomb Houses, including the recently redeveloped Bull on Bell Street in Henley, and The Nag's Head, set on its own island on Abingdon Bridge.

Umasanthiram will oversee all aspects of the food offer, working with the chefs and GMs at each pub, as well as the Honeycomb Houses marketing manager. 

Honeycomb Houses includes Chelteham's The Frogmill, which was named the best in the UK at the 2022 National Pub & Bar Awards.  

"We're delighted to welcome James and Ken, whose skills and industry experience will be an enormous asset," says Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies. "Like all operators, we are facing a raft of challenges from team shortages to supply chain issues and spiralling energy costs. We believe, though, that the Honeycomb Houses ethos of ‘Our House, Your Home', is creating a culture among our teams where they are focused on delivering high standards, happy in their work and loyal to their pub.

"We will continue to build on this and are confident it will stand us in good stead both to weather adverse trading conditions, and to further develop the Honeycomb Houses division."

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