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Berni Inns

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Berni Inn was the name of a range of British restaurants.

Frank Berni and Aldo Berni founded the first Berni Inn in 1955 — The Rummer public house, in Bristol. It introduced the post-war British public to the joys of prawn cocktail, steak, chips, and peas, and Black Forest Gateau.

The chain quickly expanded, first throughout Bristol and then the rest of the country. Unlike other restaurants, they didn’t do their own butchery but brought in steaks already chopped. It was sold to GrandMet for £14.5m in 1970 and then sold to Whitbread in 1995.

Aldo Berni died in 1997 at the age of 88, Frank died 10 July 2000. British tastes have moved on, the chain is now defunct and many former Berni Inns have since been converted to other brands owned by Whitbread such as Beefeater (restaurant) or Brewers Fayre.

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