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Punch Pubs & Co has acquired the Young Pretender pub in the town of Congleton.

The town centre bar, set within a part-Grade II listed building, is now part of Punch’s 1,300-strong and growing portfolio of pubs across the UK. With many exciting plans in motion, the Young Pretender, which will be renamed as Bench Bistro, is set to reopen with Publicans Richard and Verity Shaw, who have been at the helm of the Bench Bistro in Nantwich since 2018.

Speaking on behalf of the latest acquisition, Punch Pubs & Co Head of Estate Development and Acquisitions, Andrew Cannons, said: “We are pleased to welcome the Young Pretender into the Punch family and look forward to working with our Publicans Richard and Verity, in bringing these plans alive.

“We will provide them with Punch’s industry-leading investment and support, to allow this fantastic pub to flourish once again. We look forward to providing the community with further updates as these plans progress.”

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