James Grimes

James Grimes

James is one of the UK’s top agency negotiators in the pub sector and his honesty makes him popular among clients and even rival agencies.  He is a formidable dealmaker, completing sales and acquisitions worth many hundreds of millions of pounds and working with a wide network of contacts across the industry.

He has acquired and disposed of many trophy pubs, setting records along the way, including the sale (twice) of one of the highest-value pubs in the land – the Hog in the Pound, W1.  The downturn has not had too much affect on his performance and notable transactions in recent years include the sale of six sites to Faucet Inn, on behalf of Mitchells & Butlers, for circa £17 million; the acquisition of the landmark Warrington Hotel in Maida Vale from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey for circa £5 million; and the acquisition of four freehold interests, on behalf of the tenant – the Restaurant Group – for circa £5.5 million.

He is a Fellow of the Association of Valuers of Licensed Properties, a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and past chairman of the Restaurant Property Advisors Society, a specialist body of restaurant property agents who provide up-to-the-moment advice to restaurant owners and occupiers. During his career, he has dealt with many restaurants on sale, rental, franchise and valuation, even meeting the occasional star chef in the process – he sold Heston Blumental his gastro pub in Bray.

His experience and personality makes him a regular spokesman within the sector and, as well as having articles and quotes in the trade press, he has featured live TV on the Bloomberg Business Channel.

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James is a dedicated Seagull – a supporter of Brighton and Hove Albion football club - and is encouraging his four children to follow his allegiance, despite their occasional protest.

James Grimes