Scotland business

Pub chain boss buys his own local

Munlochy Arms Hotel
Image caption The pub is based in the Ross-shire village where Mr Rutherford lives

The co-founder of a London-based pub chain has bought his own local in Ross-shire.

Mint Group director Alex Rutherford plans to refurbish The Munlochy Arms after purchasing the pub for an undisclosed sum.

Mr Rutherford lives in Allangrange House in the village of Munlochy.

He said he planned to recruit local people to carry out the refurbishment, and would create further jobs once the pub reopens.

Mr Rutherford, who secured funding for the purchase from Santander's corporate banking division, said: "I am delighted to be taking over The Munlochy Arms.

"It's a brilliantly located pub, and I think it has tons of potential, so I'm looking forward to giving the locals an establishment to be proud of."

Alex co-founded the Mint Group in 2001 with his long term business partner Olly Bengough.

The group owns and manages several bar venues in London, including Koko in Camden, Elk in Fulham and Bison and Bird in Clapham.

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