Pug Pubs - The Story

Nigel Pinegar, former Retail Director at Mitchells & Butlers, teamed up with local entrepreneur, Matthew Crowther, in a joint acquisition to launch Pug Pubs Ltd in September of 2013

Nigel, who helped shape M&B’s Ember Inns Brand over the past 2 years, led the conversion to their new Pub & Dining concept. 

Prior to that, Nigel’s role as Operations Director at Paramount Restaurants included the strategic development of their Brasserie Gerard Brand, including the conversion of five Café Uno sites.

Nigel also help operational roles at a number of well-known brands including Frankie & Bennys, Loch Fyne and Greene King.

The pair first met during Nigel’s time at The Restaurant Group, when Matt was the Area Support Manager for the Frankie & Bennys locations in the West Midlands. Since then, they have gone on to follow similar paths with Matt holding various Operations roles at Paramount and Mitchell & Butlers.

In September 2010, Matt held the coveted role of General Manager at The Lazy Cow in Warwickshire. Under Matt’s management, the steakhouse come boutique hotel, fast became the most talked about spot in Warwickshire gaining itself a position in The Sunday Times Hotlist.

Matt’s dream to open his own neighboured pub and kitchen became a reality in March 2012, when he left M&B to launch The Fat Pug in Leamington Spa.

Since opening its doors to the local community over a year ago, The Fat Pug has become a hub for couples young and old, friends, families and of course… man’s best friend. The inspiration for the pub’s name comes from Matt’s beloved fawn pug Henrietta, whose pedigree certificate and family tree hangs proudly in a frame above the fireplace in The Fat Pug.

In September 2013, following the incredible success of The Fat Pug, Nigel & Matt decided to launch Pug Pubs.

We believe the pub should be a neighboured hub where communities can come together to put the world to rights over a pint of locally brewed ale.

Pug Pubs describe their pubs as a ‘’Neighbourhood Pub and Kitchen’’ centred on the pub as the heart & soul of the community. We take our food seriously & only use the best local suppliers, however we are not playing in the trendy gastropub arena, instead focusing on the traditional atmosphere of everyone’s favourite local.

Nigel commented “It is important to keep up with what people want and pubs that continue to resist change will find it increasingly difficult to survive. Our locals want to feel comfortable eating and drinking as they please, whether they are coming in for a mid-morning coffee, an afternoon drink or a Sunday Roast. You may not find Pig’s Cheek and Foie Gras on our menu, but you will find the finest quality burger, pie or fish and chips you can wish for!”

So if it’s a casual, friendly, all day every day community pub and a warm welcome you are looking for, you have found it in Pug Pubs. Just don’t be surprised if you find Henri Pug and her brother Captain Pugwash curled up in their favourite armchair next to the log fire…

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