The FINANCIAL — Two businessmen have set up a new company to run two pubs in the East Midlands, according to Caterer and Hotelkeeper.
James Bull and business partner Ross Tunaley have set up Distinctive Inns after their first opening, the Riverside pub and kitchen in Farndon proved a success. The pub re-opened as the Riverside after a £500,000 joint investment with Punch Taverns.
The company has now taken on another Punch site, an unnamed pub in Nottingham, where there are plans to make another £500,000 joint investment.
Before opening the Riverside, Bull spent 13 years working for Probably a Pub Company as its business development manager – the company specialises in investing in run-down pubs. Meanwhile Tunaley has a background in finance.
One successful offer to customers have been a Monday to Friday, noon to 6.30pm deal offering two courses for £9.95 and three courses for £11.95, which has kept the pub full at most lunchtimes.