Essex-based hospitality group flies high with next Colchester acquisition from Adnams

The Essex-based Flying Trade Group has acquired its next pub in Colchester from Southwold brewer Adnams for an undisclosed sum.

The group, which is the parent company behind Surya Foods, Surya Hotels and Flying Trade Leisure, has taken over the freehold of the Bricklayer’s Arms and has now closed the venue for a refurbishment.

Surya Hotels includes The George in Colchester, which has just received the go-ahead for a major £10m refurbishment, Great Hallingbury Manor, near Stansted, The Mill in Sudbury, the Kingscliff Hotel in Holland-on-Sea and a number of Dragonfly Hotel sites, including the Colchester Dragonfly.

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Due to open next Friday, the Bricklayer’s Arms said that the focus will be on ‘hearty traditional food’ alongside real ales and guest beers.

Suki Dulai, chief executive of Flying Trade Group, said: “We are delighted to bring the Bricklayers into our portfolio and support yet another great local business which has big potential.

“Our aim is to offer fantastic food and specialist real ale along with ever changing guest beers to give our customers real choice.”

Flying Trade Leisure’s venues include the Tom Peppers pub on Clacton-on-Sea’s seafront, a site which also includes The Cellar bar and The Loft night club, the Liquor Lounge, also in Clacton, and the Captain Fryatt guesthouse and the Laila Grill in Harwich.

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