I have been chatting with Simon Gault a few times now. He has pointed out that the Nourish Group has not bought any pubs. Therefore, I would like to follow up to clarify the situation as best I can.
After a lot of publicity on social media, I tried to search the web but was unsuccessful at finding updated information. I ended up calling one of the Cock & Bull pubs and spoke with the staff. I explained what I was trying to find out and why. I was able to determine the following:
In early July when the sale became known (and yes, the beer recipes are part of the deal but C&B will discontinue these and has a contract with Lion), the new owners were identified as the Nourish Group, which Simon has denied. Since then, a new company has become incorporated on 24July, called Danny Brothers. The directors of Danny Brothers, include the Operations Manager at Nourish Group plus and one of the Directors of Nourish Group. This is the company now running C&B. So this is an entirely separate company from Nourish, in which Simon Gault is a partner. A lot of the issues resulted from the fact that both companies had some of the same people involved.
And what about Mr. Gault?
Well, who could blame Mr Gault for being so hacked off to have his name erroneously associated with such a tragic business decision? Here is my wish, Mr Gault: Please, please, please, would some brilliant chef take advantage of the double digit growth figures for craft beer and offer Auckland the combination of amazing food + amazing craft beer? Hallertau already does this successfully but they are not exactly central CBD (love you guys, see you soon!) There are a few more great craft beer pubs in Auckland but there is room for more. The market is here and ready – just look at the massive success of Beervana in Wellington. (by the way – post about that coming up soon). Feel free to share that business opportunity idea with any of your other chef friends if you don’t want it. You’re welcome.