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14th November 2023

Ex-Greene King assistant managers open second Hive Pub after £450k investment

Greene King Pub Partners has opened another Hive Pub, taking the total number of Hive Pubs to 43.

The Inn for a Penny in Carlton, Nottingham, has been transformed into a Hive Pub following a £450,000 investment.

It will be operated by franchisees Colin and Sandra Meakin, who also operate The Hayloft in nearby Giltbrook – which was the eleventh Hive Pub Greene King opened. A husband-and-wife team, the pair had in the past worked together as Assistant Managers for Greene King managed hotels.

In line with the Hive Pubs concept, The Inn for a Penny has been transformed throughout with new lighting, furniture, decorations and flooring to create a modern and welcoming environment.

Outside, the garden at the pub has also been fully upgraded with beautiful outdoor garden furniture and enhanced landscaping to make the most of the pub’s beer garden.

Franchisees Colin and Sandra plan to bring some of the initiatives they have done at The Hayloft to The Inn For a Penny, including their ‘warm hub’ offer of free Wi-Fi and a warm space, a soup kitchen for those in need and takeaway Christmas lunches for the festive period.

As a Hive Pub, The Inn For a Penny will provide everything a pub goer could want from their local under one roof. This includes a great range of beers and other drinks, an extensive range of food and a regular programme of live entertainment plus Sky Sports and TNT Sport subscriptions to show all major sporting events.

The beer on offer at the pub ranges from standard and premium lagers, to ciders, stouts and ales – plus a number of craft beers for those looking for something extra special. The pub also serves a range of spirits, wines, soft drinks and alcohol-free options.

The food offer at the pub will include traditional pub classics such as Fish & Chips, Burgers and Pies, as well as sharers and tapas style plates. The pub will have regular offers on including a 2-4-1 Burger Night and special Pizza offer and more.

Aimed at those with experience of running a pub, the Hive Pubs franchise agreement gives licensees a ready to trade pub within a proven branded concept for just £5,000 ingoing cost. Franchisees get a minimum guaranteed income of £20,000 which is paid weekly. They also get a percentage of food and drink sales. In addition, they get a share of the profits in their pub and can earn a bonus on top of this.

Greene King was recently accredited for its franchise pub offer, which includes Hive Pubs, by the British Franchise Association.

Speaking about the opening of The Inn for a Penny, Franchisees Colin and Sandra Meakin said:

“We are delighted to be opening our second Hive Pub!

“Taking on The Inn for a Penny enables us to grow our franchise pub business with the full backing and support of Greene King. We know how to deliver the Hive Pubs concept and also know that the model is successful.

“We really look forward to bringing our own initiatives which have worked so well at other Hive Pub – The Hayloft – into The Inn For a Penny.”

Dan Robinson, Managing Director for Greene King Pub Partners, said:

“I am so pleased to see Colin and Sandra take on their second Hive Pub. Thanks to our major investment, The Inn For a Penny is looking fabulous and I look forward to seeing its future success.”


Notes to editors

Please see attached for photos of the new look pub.

Press Contact: Nick Lawrie Email: Tel: 07812 256245

About Greene King:

Greene King is the country’s leading pub company and brewer with c.2,600 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.

At Greene King we are passionate about delivering our purpose to ‘pour happiness into lives’. That’s for our customers, our team, our pub partners, our suppliers and the communities in which we live, operate and serve. Founded in 1799 with offices in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and Burton on Trent in Staffordshire we employ around 39,000 people across the group with four divisions: Greene King pubs, Destination Brands, Partnership and Ventures, and Brewing & Brands.

  • Greene King pubs are located where people and communities come together; pubs enjoyed in cities, towns and villages throughout the country
  • Destination Brands is a mixture of food and drink-led brands including Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Wacky Warehouse, and Pub & Carvery, Pub & Dining and Pub & Grill
  • Partnerships & Ventures includes Pub Partners, which runs our tenanted and leased pubs business and Hive Franchise pubs, and our Ventures Brands which is made up of Metropolitan Pub Company, Hickory’s, Hotels Group and Crafted Pubs

Brewing & Brands covers the brewing sides of the business. Quality ales are brewed at the Westgate brewery in Bury St Edmunds and the Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar. Our industry-leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, Ice Breaker and Belhaven Best and our premium beers, Level Head and Flint Eye, brewed for the modern-day drinker.

About Greene King Pub Partners:

Greene King Pub Partners operates over 1000 leased, tenanted and franchise pubs across England, Scotland and Wales with independent business partners. In March 2023 it was recognised as the best leased and tenanted pub company at the Publican Awards, the 6th time Greene King Pub Partners has won the national industry award.

Press Contact: Nick Lawrie Email: Tel: 07812 256245

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