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MATTGRAY Hospitality looking to increase pubs operation

Pictured are MATTGRAY Hospitality directors Matt Rose and Graham Usher

A North Yorkshire business which runs two successful country pubs is looking to add more to its portfolio.

MATTGRAY Hospitality, launched by partners Graham Usher and Matt Rose earlier in the year, is seeking to either buy or rent suitable properties within North and East Yorkshire.

At a time when pubs are closing at a record rate due to factors including falling sales, both the company’s public houses – The Drovers Arms at Skipwith and the Castle Inn at Cawood – have recorded successive month-on-month growth for more than a year.

On the back of this continued success, MATTGRAY is actively pursuing new opportunities in the licenced trade, including those that have guest accommodation, as well as premises that can be converted into bars.

MATTGRAY Managing Director Graham Usher said: “When I took on The Drover five years ago it had been closed for a number of months, whilst The Castle Inn, which came under our stewardship just under two years ago, was ‘failing’.

“Thanks to hard work, a dedicated team and giving customers what they want – namely great food, great service and great surroundings – we have seen both their fortunes reversed.

“We are now in a position where we want to add more pubs and restaurants to our portfolio, and have begun actively seeking suitable sister-venues to The Drovers Arms and Castle Inn, ones that we can breathe new life into.”

MATTGRAY director Matt Rose said: “We have very bold and exciting plans for the business, and a chain of pubs forms part of our ambitions.

“Over the last few months we have been keeping a close eye on the marketplace, but there hasn’t been anything that has really grabbed our attention.

“Whilst we would like to have a third property by January, we will not be rushed into making any rash decisions.”

 

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