Matt and Katie Beamish who run the Kingham Plough near Chipping Norton have purchased a free-of-tie lease on their second Cotswolds pub.
The couple, who took over the Kingham Plough in 2019 when chef patron Emily Watkins decided to sell the business after 12 years, have now taken on a 15-year lease at The Hare following a deal brokered by Colliers International.
The Hare has been owned by Sue and Rachel Hawkins, who specialise in rescuing failing pubs and turning them into thriving businesses. They bought the pub after it had been vacant for five years and after an extensive reopened the 80-cover property to wide acclaim.
Now Matt and Katie say they are looking forward to building on the experience they have had at the six-bedroom Kingham Plough to make a success of The Hare.
Peter Brunt, director in the Hotels Agency team at Colliers International, commented: “The Hare has built up a fantastic reputation following its refurbishment in 2016, and this is only set to be built upon under Matt and Katie’s stewardship.
Matt said of their decision to also become leaseholders at The Hare: “When we saw that a lease had become available on The Hare, we decided it was too good an opportunity to miss.
“We are looking forward to utilising our experience in running the Kingham Plough to build upon the existing success of The Hare, while also continuing to play very active roles in the Kingham Plough.”
Matt and Katie Beamish have worked with chefs Raymond Blanc, Jamie Oliver and Fergus Henderson in hotels across the country.