Greene King to partner Scottish hospitality firm Kained Holdings on St Andrews pub relaunch

22/02/2018 - 07:00
UK pub company and brewer Greene King has announced a new, joint venture with Scottish hospitality operator Kained Holdings.

The partnership will see Greene King invest a six-figure sum at the former Drouthy Neebors pub in St Andrews, which will lead to the unveiling of a new gin distillery and 60-cover restaurant, co-run by the two groups.

The agreement is part of the Bury St Edmunds brewer’s 'Joint Venture' scheme, which sees it partner with specialists in the pub industry to open sites with a ‘point of difference’.

The deal is the second of its kind for the pubco following its collaboration with chef Tom Kerridge at the Butcher’s Tap in Marlow, which began late last year.

Kained already runs three bars with Greene King- two Lebowskis sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow and The Crafty Pig, also in Glasgow. Its other venues include Glasgow’s Porter & Rye and The Finnieston.

Greene King says the new gin distillery will produce a classic-style London dry gin, with a focus on “clean, crisp refreshment”.

The name of the new brand is due to be released ahead of the pub’s planned relaunch in late March, but the joint venture concept means that the new gin brand will be produced jointly by Greene King and Kained.

John Forrest, managing director of Greene King Pub Partners, said: “This is a project that we’ve been extremely excited about for some time and it’s fantastic to be able to let everyone know about our second joint venture.

“We’re delighted to be working with Kained Holdings. They’re recognised across the industry as one of Scotland’s leading multiple operators and right from the start we’ve shared a joint vision for the exciting places where this project could lead.

“The concept of the joint venture is about creativity and trying something new, with Greene King bringing its big business expertise to the exciting visions of innovative entrepreneurs.

Graham Suttle, managing director of Kained Holdings, added: “We are all delighted to be moving forward in an exciting new partnership with Greene King.  The core values at Kained centre around innovation and development, which this project is a direct reflection of.

“People sometimes forget Kained is just three guys with tonnes of passion for real food and drink, who are blessed with a totally awesome team of people.  This announcement is the culmination of all those people’s work, and I’m proud to be part of it.  

 “It’s this shared passion to deliver things that are new and exciting that really kick started this project, with both companies engaged and driven to deliver something unique and not done before.

“St Andrews is a really cool place, with a thriving hospitality scene and lots of great talent on show.  We are very excited to join the ranks and bring our own touches to the town’s eating and drinking circuit.”

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