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Budget pub grub chain to close Co Antrim restaurant

By Rachel Martin

Budget restaurant chain Brewers Fayre will close one of its three Northern Ireland branches, as part of a sale to English firm Marston Estates, Business Telegraph can reveal.

Brewers Fayre, known for its pub grub, has been part of the Whitbread Group - which also owns Costa and Premier Inn.

However, it's understood some of its 130 branches across the UK, including at least one in Northern Ireland, will pass to pub giant Marston as part of a deal due to complete next week.

It's been confirmed that Brewers Fayre's branch based at Antrim's The Junction - also known as 'Antrim Park' - will close on June 26.

The restaurant sits alongside several other family eateries including Safari Grill, Moe's Grill and The Red Panda at the town's retail park.

However, it's understood Brewers Fayre's two other Northern Ireland branches in Carrickfergus and Londonderry, which are also thought to be part of the deal, will remain open.

A spokeswoman for The Junction owners Lotus Group said the news of the restaurant's closing was "extremely disappointing".

"We have been in extensive talks recently with Brewers Fayre about the future of the pub/restaurant at Antrim following the portfolio sale to Marston Estates by Whitbread.

"Marston Estates do not operate in Northern Ireland which has resulted in the extremely disappointing decision to close this location at The Junction.

"We are continuing our discussions to resolve this situation and hope to announce an exciting new operator in the near future," she said.

Marston's and Brewers Fayre were unavailable for comment.

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