West Norfolk pub group expands to sixth site

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The family-run award-winning pub group which owns Brancaster Staithe’s Jolly Sailors and White Horse, has just acquired its sixth site.

Anglia Country Inns, run by the Nye family, has just opened The Cricketers at Weston in Hertfordshire.

Marik Vlk who  has been appointed general manager at Anglia Country Inn's latest acquisition, The Cricketers at Weston in Hertfordshire. Picture: Supplied. ANL-140812-162434001

Marik Vlk who has been appointed general manager at Anglia Country Inn's latest acquisition, The Cricketers at Weston in Hertfordshire. Picture: Supplied. ANL-140812-162434001

Its new general manager is Marek Vlk, who has become a familiar face at The Jolly Sailors where he has spent the last four years.

And Mark Nicholls, who has worked for the company for the last three years, will be running the kitchen, basing his menu on his years of experience in homemade rustic dishes.

The Cricketers is set in the heart of Weston village and has been a long standing pub. ACI intends to build on its existing reputation by focusing on real ales and a menu which uses the best of local ingredients following its success at The Jolly Sailors, which was winner of the Best Family Pub in East Anglia at the Great British Pub Awards earlier this year.

James Nye, managing director of ACI, said: “I am very excited about this acquisition. As a family we have known The Cricketers for a long time and very much look forward to seeing the pub once more become a big part of the village community.”

The Cricketers was previously owned by Rhubarb Inns and the freehold has been purchased by the Nye family, to be leased back to ACI, which will run it in its current format before investing in the site to add more covers and a garden development at a later date.

Other businesses in the ACI group are The Fox at Willian, Hertfordshire, the Hermitage Road Bar and Restaurant in Hitchin, and Water Lane Bar and Restaurant in Bishop’s Stortford.

It also runs the Brancaster Brewery, a microbrewery producing small batches of high quality real ale.