Sam and Georgie Pearman appeared in the Power List in 2017, recognised in their former guise as co-founders of the Lucky Onion group, a hugely successful collection of boutique hotels and pubs in the Cotswolds where they first found fame.
This year we thought it apt to feature them again, but this time for the launch of their newest venture.
The pair left the Julian Dunkerton-backed Lucky Onion group in 2017 and earlier this year it was revealed that they were gearing up to relaunch The Talbot in Malton – a 26 bedroom, 17th century riverside lodge formerly run by chef James Martin – and as a result, introducing the Country Creatures brand to market.
Samd and Georgie worked with Tom Naylor-Leyland, whose family own the hotel, prior to the reopening, rolling out a refurbishment and overhaul of the dining space and menus to create an entirely new concept.
Shortly after, it was announced that the Pearmans had acquired their third pub to add to the burgeoning Country Creatures collection, taking over the Swan at Ascott-under-Wychwood to operate alongside The Chequers in Churchill (formerly part of Lucky Onion) and The Talbot in Malton.
Having grown to a group of three in a short space of time, the Country Creatures portfolio will undoubtedly look for further expansion to build up the new brand. The company’s website declares that the group is a ‘small family of restaurants, inns and hotels’ and they ‘own, operate and manage beautiful places’ and ‘only work with people passionate about hospitality’.