Cornish brewer St Austell Brewery has announced that it has expanded its pub estate into new territories with the acquisition of Cricklade's The Red Lion Inn.
The popular pub dates back to the early 1600s and will become part of the company’s tenanted estate. In total – including its managed houses - St Austell Brewery owns 179 pubs, inns and hotels across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol and the Isles of Scilly.
The Red Lion Inn has five en-suite bedrooms, a large beer garden and a micro-brewery - The Hop Kettle Brewing Company. New tenants, Donna and Matt Jepson took on the management of the pub this week.
Steve Worrall, retail director for St Austell Brewery, said the addition of The Red Lion to the company’s pub estate was an important step for the Brewery as it grows into new areas.
“As a business, we have an ongoing acquisition strategy to strengthen our award-winning estate of pubs and hotels across the South West and beyond," he said. "We’re therefore delighted to have The Red Lion as the latest addition to our collection of pubs.
"The location of the property is important. Following the acquisition of Bath Ales, we now have a base from which we can look at new geographical areas which have previously been too far away for us to service efficiently.
"With over 160 years’ experience of championing the pub as the focal point of the community, we look forward to maintaining the character of The Red Lion whilst developing its offering in partnership with Donna and Matt.”
The Brewery's ales include the flagship beer Tribute as well as Proper Job, Tinner's Ale, and Duchy Bitter.