Whitbread dumps more pubs

Leisure operator Whitbread yesterday placed four more high-quality pubs on the market as part of plans to restructure its estate. The company, which owns the Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre brands, is disposing of the pubs as part of plans to focus on properties where a Premier Inn can be built on the same site. The group said: “It is not our intention to run standalone pub restaurants in the future.”