Laurel Pub Company has seized control of its bars from Vodka Bar Management (VBM) with immediate effect. Seven Laurel sites had been operated by VBM through management agreements, but VBM is believed to owe almost £1m in unpaid rent to Laurel.

The seven bars will revert to the sole management of Laurel.

VBM, the management arm of Style in the City, uses Babushka, the vodka bar concept, as its main brand.