Village pub under new ownership

Tony De Brito and Matthew Lowe outsdie The Battleaxes. Picture: The Country Pub Group

Tony De Brito and Matthew Lowe outsdie The Battleaxes. Picture: The Country Pub Group - Credit: Archant

A Wraxall pub is under new ownership.

Somerset-based The Country Pub Group has purchased The Battleaxes, in Bristol Road, from Flatcappers.

Flatcappers bought the grade-II listed building, which was once part of the Tyntesfield estate, in September 2010 and spent hundreds of thousands of pounds refurbishing the space.

The Country Pub Group owns three pubs after also buying Flatcappers' other public house, The Castle Inn in Bradford-on-Avon, and The Mendip Inn in Shepton Mallet.

A new menu will be introduced, providing seasonal, locally-sourced food.

The Country Pub Group is owned by hospitality entrepreneur Matthew Lowe, who wants to provide 'great service and even better food'.

He said: "We're excited to have purchased two venues which align with our group vision.

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"Quality, simplicity and crafting beautiful dishes which are mouth-wateringly good is the foundation upon which we work, and we will keep on running The Battleaxes' wonderful accommodation facilities.

"We will be focusing on providing great service and even better food in all three venues, using locally sourced, seasonal produce, whenever possible.

"Expect salmon cured in-house, butcher's choice meat and the tastiest of vegetables, fresh fish and unusual cuts of meat will feature prominently on our specials boards, and our head chef will be creating a constantly changing menu in tandem with the seasons, using natural ingredients in their prime as well as game throughout the autumn."

Previous Flatcappers operations manager Tony De Brito is remaining in his role at the pub.

He added: "It's a very exciting time, I'm looking forward to adopting a fresh approach and working with Matthew to achieve the group's vision."

The watering hole was originally built as a temperance house by Matilda Blanche Gibbs, widow of wealthy merchant William Gibbs, in 1881.

The purchase still leaves Wraxall with just one public house as The Old Barn, also in Bristol Road, closed suddenly in November 2017 and has remained shut since.

The Old Barn had been a prominent watering hole for more than 20 years.