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Hippo Inns takes portfolio to 13 sites

A Geronimo Inn’s pub, The Builders Arms has been acquired by its original owner Rupert Clevely of Hippo Inns.

The Chelsea pub on Britten Street has undergone a substantial refurbishment, taking the Hippo Inns estate to 13 pubs across London.

The 2,000 square ft, 86-cover pub, designed by Jo and India Clevely’s new design company Studio InJo, features quirky décor including gold pineapple wall lights and a zesty orange patterned wallpaper along with the striking artwork by award-winning artist Paul Karslake.

In addition to the main bar, there’s a 30-cover snug and an outdoor terrace.

Great British food is at the heart of The Builders Arms with an all-day menu, featuring classic pub food and more inventive dishes, from Head Chef Tom McVey. Signature plates include crispy pig’s head with piccalilli; south coast chilli crab linguine; and Hereford onglet steak with girolles.

In addition to the main menu, the pub serves an elevated Saturday brunch with dishes such as crumpets with crab butter, spinach and poached eggs and Sunday roasts, communicated via weekly-changing blackboard specials.

The drinks menu includes cask ales and rotating craft beers, spirit mixers and house cocktails as well as an extensive wine list created by Hippo’s in-house Master of Wine, John Clevely.

Rupert Clevely, founder of Hippo Inns, commented, ‘It is great to have The Builders Arms back, it’s a pub close to my heart from my previous life. Hippo Inns is a group of community pubs with quality food and drink at its heart and The Builders Arms fits perfectly within our portfolio.”