Trio behind two West Country pubs add Somerset’s The Lord Poulett Arms to their portfolio

The team behind two popular West Country pubs have added a third to their portfolio.

Dan Brod, Charlie Luxton, and Matt Greenlees, who have found past investment from Soho House chief executive Nick Jones, among others, have bought a third pub.

The trio, who run the Beckford Arms near Tisbury, Wiltshire, and the Talbot Inn in Mells, Somerset, have bought The Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton Saint George, Somerset.

Mr Brod, Mr Luxton, and Mr Granlees, bought the pub from husband-and-wife owners Michelle Paynton and Steve Hill for an undisclosed fee. The couple had run the pub for 15 years. They won numerous awards, and the place has been enjoyed by Harden’s diners over the years.

Brod said: “The Lord Poulett is already a very successful place. It only has five bedrooms, but it has been run very passionately by its two owners and it just very much fitted into our style.”

Both of the group’s other two pubs have seen positive ratings and reviews.

Of the Beckford Arms, diners say it’s a “delightful posh pub” (if “a bit self-conscious in its tweedy smartness”) with a “short and precise menu soured from local ingredients and suppliers”.

The Talbot Inn is much the same – “enjoyable food” would greet guests who “go for a walk across the fields or through the local woods then pop in for a meal”.

When it comes to The Lord Poulett, Dan Brod hopes for a “seamless transition” once he and his business partners take over.


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