Provenance Inns’ appointment poises company for next phase of growth

Seven-strong hospitality group Provenance Inns has appointed a new managing director as it looks to begin the next stage of the development scheme.  

Rupert Farquharson, who boasts 25 years of industry experience, joins the company from Norfolk brewer Woodforde’s where he held the position of managing director.

During his career he has held roles with Adnams, Bass Brewers, Diageo and the Wine Society.

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Farquharson told the insider: “Provenance Inns has established a strong reputation as a leading hospitality operator, both across our trading area and nationally, and the opportunity to be part of this hugely professional team, both at senior level and in each of the pubs and hotels, is wonderful.

“In a market where consumers have more choice than ever, and the economic outlook is likely to challenge us, I’ve had to hit the ground running. However, I’m confident that we will continue to take Provenance Inns from strength to strength.”

Provenance Inns was founded in 2010 when Chris Blundell, a former director of supermarket group Morrisons went into partnership with Michael Ibbotson to build a portfolio of hospitality businesses across North Yorkshire.

Earlier this year Ibbotson resigned from the company, which currently has 275 employees and a turnover of c.£10m.

The seven businesses in the Provenance Inns portfolio are: The Black Bull Inn, Moulton; the Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk; the Crown & Cushion, Welburn; the Oak Tree, Helperby; the Punch Bowl, Marton cum Grafton; the West Park Hotel, Harrogate; and the most recent addition, the Cleveland Tontine, Staddlebridge, acquired in 2016.

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