Punch announces joint venture with Big Smoke
Punch has teamed up with operator and brewer Big Smoke to launch a collection of craft beer and food pubs.
Punch has teamed up with operator and brewer Big Smoke to launch a collection of craft beer and food pubs across the south east of England.
Big Smoke, led by founders James Morgan and Richard Craig, currently operates eight pubs, including four Punch-owned sites. The Prince of Wales Townhouse in Hammersmith and The White Horse in Welwyn were the first two to open under the partnership.
The next stage of the joint venture is already in the planning, with two new pubs in the pipeline. The Old Wheatsheaf in Enfield and The White Lion in St Albans are due to undergo investment in the coming weeks in readiness for reopening in time for summer trading.
“With Big Smoke growing rapidly and our aspirations for further expansion requiring a strategic partner, Punch felt like a natural fit, as they understand our brand and our vision for the future," says Craig. "Our fantastic working relationship and aligned values will enable us to grow the Big Smoke pub portfolio, bringing everything we love about modern beer and British pubs to the people of the south east.”
Following a £210,000 investment, The Prince of Wales Townhouse reopened in October 2020, offering an extensive beer range, freshly prepared food and nine boutique bedrooms.
The White Horse in Welwyn was the second pub to open under the partnership. A £110,000 investment saw new life breathed into the pub and the Big Smoke team welcomed guests back through its doors in April 2021.