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Mon 28th Apr 2014 - Breaking News - New smokehouse concept acquires first site
New smokehouse concept acquires first site: Smokes and Grills, a new gastro-pub concept serving an American-inspired barbecue menu, has secured its first site after the property agent Davis Coffer Lyons completed the off-market sale of the Duke of Wellington in East Horsley, Surrey on behalf of a private individual for an undisclosed sum. The aspiring chain plans to open another five Smokes and Grills pubs over the next three years in similar rural locations with plans to subsequently move into London. Smokes and Grills is the brainchild of Lee Bradshaw, formerly the founding director of Large Bars, and his new business partner, Glyn Roberts. The pub will undergo an extensive renovation to create the first of six Smokes and Grills pubs and will be renamed The Duke of Wellington Pub, Smokehouse and Rooms. The decor will be "an eclectic mix of the old, new with a few eccentricities". Reclaimed and up-cycled finishes and touches will be included as well as fixtures and fittings sourced from antiques markets and curiosity shops. The pub will serve a menu centred on smoked and barbecued dishes including briskets, shoulder of pork, burnt ends and top-end burgers accompanied by some more traditionally British dishes. In order to create an authentic smoky taste two American smoking ovens have been imported from the United States, and all food will be prepared using only fresh ingredients. There will also be an extensive wine list, available by the glass or carafe, a "comprehensive" premium spirit range and a "considered" cocktail list. The pub is in a prominent position in the Surrey Hills within an affluent catchment area. As well as the new restaurant on the ground floor there will be nine en-suite rooms arranged around a courtyard in the former stables, which will offer bed and breakfast. Bradshaw said: “Smokes and Grills will bring strong London values to the Home Counties, with a cutting-edge menu, a high quality and innovative drinks offer and some real standards when it comes to service. We are extremely happy that the Duke of Wellington will be our first operating venue and will be working tirelessly to create the best pub experience for the people of East Horsley.” Chris Bickle, associate director at DCL, said: “Knowing Lee and Glyn’s operation and their plans to set up a group of pubs, we felt the Duke of Wellington would be the perfect location for the first Smokes and Grills. The pub is a very distinctive and well-known landmark building, benefiting greatly from a wide and affluent catchment. The smokehouse offering is very popular at the moment and will be a fresh approach to compliment the area's established dining pubs."

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