Mitchells & Butlers opens first Orchid pub conversion

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The Sawyer’s Arms in Manchester has been re-opened as a Nicholson’s pub
The Sawyer’s Arms in Manchester has been re-opened as a Nicholson’s pub

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Mitchells & Butlers has opened the first of the former Orchid pubs to be converted to its brands as part of a £25m investment programme.

The Sawyer’s Arms in Manchester has been re-opened as a Nicholson’s pub following ‘significant’ investment. The Grade II-listed venue – reputed to be one of Manchester’s oldest pubs – is now serving handpicked cask ales and classic pub food.

Mitchells & Butlers bought the Orchid estate – comprising of 173 food-led pubs - for £266m in June, outbidding competitors​ including Colony Capital, Greene King and Starwood Capital.

The firm plans to convert 96 of the pubs into its brands and formats over the next two years, with a total investment of £25m.

Alistair Darby, chief executive of Mitchells & Butlers, said: "This is a significant milestone in our investment plan for the Orchid pub estate.

“The Sawyer’s Arms is a great addition to the Nicholson’s collection of classic pubs and is the first of around 90 exciting conversions to our leading brands which we will be undertaking over the next two years.”

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