This upmarket pub chain runs 20 venues, including the Botanist, famed for its herb-based cocktails, and the Smuggler’s Cove, a pirate-themed bar in Liverpool boasting more than 150 types of rum. The Knutsford-based company was spun out from restaurant group Living Ventures in 2013, backed by private equity firms LDC and Hill Capital Partners, and changed ownership again in June last year, when Graphite Capital acquired the company for £50m. Under chief executive Chris Hill, 37, the group’s sales grew to £40.1m this year. It has recently launched the Canal House in Birmingham.
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