Cubitt House Appoints New Executive Team to Manage Group Wide Renovation & Expansion
Ben Tish joins as Chef Director, Seb Fogg joins as Managing Director, Laura Montana joins as Openings Director, Sam and Georgie Pearman join as Directors and Co-chairs.
Cubitt House announces the appointment of a new Executive Team to develop its existing portfolio of pubs in central London and to drive expansion throughout the group. The team will oversee the refurbishment of the group’s six existing sites as well as a series of acquisitions and subsequent renovation of some of London’s most prominent public houses.
Celebrated chef and cookbook author, Ben Tish, will join the Cubitt House team as Chef Director. Ben brings with him over 20 years of culinary expertise, industry respect and a hands-on approach. He is known for the wealth of knowledge he has brought to his culinary projects to date with his most recent endeavours, Norma and The Game Bird at The Stafford Hotel, both receiving critical acclaim.
Ben will look to create an entirely individual food experience at each property. While some venues will take inspiration from his Mediterranean background, others will serve more classic chophouse and pub fare. Ben’s priority will be to make sure that each pub has a distinctive identity, reflected in the menus. Ben will oversee menu development at each Cubitt House property and will work alongside Richard Sandiford, previously of Hawksmoor and The Double Red Duke, who will specifically focus his attention on new openings within the group.
The first focus for the new Cubitt House team will be The Coach Makers Arms in Marylebone. The pub will continue operating as a traditional pub on the ground floor with a 60-cover classical British restaurant on the first floor, offering a chophouse-style menu. On the lower ground floor will be a cocktail bar holding up to 50 guests for drinks.
Four more projects are already planned for next year including the launch of The Princess Royal (Notting Hill) in Spring 2022, and refurbishments of The Alfred Tennyson (Belgravia), The Orange (Pimlico) and the opening of The Barley Mow (Mayfair).
Also joining the group as Directors are Sam and Georgie Pearman. Owners of Cotswold-based boutique hotel and restaurant group, Country Creatures, and former founders of the award-winning Lucky Onion hotel and restaurant group. They bring their expertise in transforming quintessential restaurants, pubs and hotels into destinations known for superb hospitality and top quality food and drink. Sam will focus on the operational side of the business while Georgie will take charge of the redevelopment of the existing portfolio and the new sites, the design of each property and overseeing the marketing.
Montana Fogg founders, Seb Fogg and Laura Montana, will also join the Cubitt House team with Seb as Managing Director and Laura as Openings Director. Having opened iconic restaurants including Sexy Fish, Monkey Bar New York, 34 Restaurant, Soho House West Hollywood, The Delaunay and Isabel Mayfair, they bring unparalleled operating experience. They have also been involved with projects such as Spring, Joe Allen, The Doyle Collection, Jean Georges at The Connaught and Mount Street Deli.
Commenting on the appointments, Director & Co-chair, Sam Pearman said: “We’re incredibly excited about this new chapter for Cubitt House. After such a challenging period for our industry, it’s a thrilling prospect to be working alongside the best in the business and to be tasked with creating something special at some of London’s most iconic pubs but also to be growing the company over the next few years with more central London properties.”
Georgie Pearman adds: “It feels great to be thinking about and planning the growth of Cubitt House, given the challenging times our industry has faced in recent years. We are excited to be welcoming more to our team and will be recruiting heavily over the next few months for the new openings in Spring and Summer 2022. We’ll be looking for lots of passionate chefs and front of house to join the team.”