An appetite for growth and differentiation

Shifting consumer tastes, the pressures of new technologies, soaring business rates and Brexit: today’s restaurants, bars and pubs are operating in a difficult and turbulent environment. Undoubtedly, some businesses will not survive, but alongside the challenges are numerous opportunities out there for savvy operators and investors: whether making use of multi-channel front-of-house technologies, expanding into the delivery market or capitalising on new leases that come to market. Responding quickly to exploit these opportunities is key. We help our clients do just this and more.

Extensive experience

Some examples of the work we've done are:

  • Admiral Taverns Group: funding of £36m to finance the purchase of a portfolio of tenanted pubs from Heineken’s Star Pubs and Bars
  • The Alchemist: private equity backed buy out and roll of the Alchemist cocktail bar and restaurant chain
  • Byron Burgers: general property matters
  • Bleeding Heart Group: new restaurant advice
  • Chaophraya: term and capex facilities
  • Cirrus Inns: acquisitions/disposals and a full range of employment issues
  • Giggling Squid: £6.4m investment in the Thai restaurant chain by the Business Growth Fund to support future expansion
  • Gusto Restaurants: acquisition by Palatine Private Equity of the Gusto chain, sited across the North of England and Scotland
  • Hammerson: on several key pre-lets to national restaurant chains including Frankie & Benny's, Nandos & Prezzo
  • Las Iguanas: £24m secondary MBO sale of the UK-wide Las Iguanas restaurants chain to Bowmark Capital
  • Meadowhall Retail Park: lettings to restaurant operators including 5 Guys, Carluccios, Ed's Easy Diner, Giraffe, TGI Friday, Wagamama and Yo! Sushi
  • Patisserie Valerie: recapitalisation of the business, including roll-out and bolt-on acquisitions
  • Pho: term and capex facilities provided to the Vietnamese restaurant chain
  • Red's True Barbecue: various investments by private investors into the UK-wide chain of American-style Barbecue restaurants
  • Seafood Pub Company: general property acquisitions and PE investment from Penta Capital
  • Leading pub and restaurant chain: food labelling and origin issue

Key contacts

Meet the team
Alex Dumphy

Alex Dumphy

Partner, Corporate Banking

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Mike Hinchliffe

Mike Hinchliffe

Partner, Private Equity

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How we can help: an operator's menu

There are a number of issues affecting restaurants, bars and pubs today. We have created a series of PDF guides which give an overview of various issues and how we can help our sector clients to overcome these challenges and make the most of developments and opportunities within their market.