Mitchells & Butlers Ltd

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Mitchells & Butlers Ltd, Cape Hill Brewery, Cape Hill, Smethwick, West Midlands.

The result of the merger between Butler's Crown Brewery Ltd of Broad Street, Birmingham and Henry Mitchell & Co. Ltd of Cape Hill, Smethwick in 1898 to form Mitchells & Butlers Ltd.

Acquisition History

  • Holder's Brewery Ltd of Birmingham was acquired in 1919 with over 200 pubs, and was closed in 1923.
  • They acquired Darby's Brewery Ltd of Greets Green in 1951 with over 100 public houses and closed it in 1968.
  • Atkinson's Brewery Ltd of Aston were acquired in 1959 with about 200 pubs, and the brewery was closed in 1962.
  • In 1960, they acquired William Butler & Co. Ltd of Wolverhampton with about 830 tied houses. Brewing continued here until 1991.

M&B merged with Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd in 1961 to form Bass, Mitchells & Butlers Ltd.

  • In 1965, they acquired Hunt, Edmunds & Co. Ltd of Banbury with 187 public houses. Brewing ceased there on 1 May 1967.

Views of the brewery:

Images of the brewery taken in 2002:



Entry in the Trade Mark Registry

Registration No  : 289,872

Description  : Old man and glass
Date of Application  : 16/01/1907

Used Prior to 1870?  : NO