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9th March 2023

Greene King licensees become multiple operators following £200,000 investment in Winchester pub

Greene King Pub Partners licensees Iain Warren and Jenny Small have become multiple operators after taking on The Willow Tree in Winchester following a £200,000 investment by pub owner Greene King.

The pair also operate The Queen Inn in Winchester, another successful pub business in partnership with Greene King Pub Partners.

The Willow Tree has received a major facelift as part of Greene King’s £200,000 investment.

Outside, water from the River Itchen flows either side of the pubs garden making it a popular spot for outdoor eating and drinking. To enhance this, the pub’s garden has an all-new patio and covered pergola, plus updated decking, enabling customers to make the most of the garden all year round and especially in the warmer months.

Inside, the pub has a brand-new back bar and toilets, as well as updated interior and fixtures and fittings to create a welcoming and traditional look and feel.

As part of the investment, the pubs signage, roofing and external decorations have also all been updated.

As experienced operators who ran The Queen Inn in Winchester for over 8 years as managers before becoming tenants, Iain and Jenny will provide a similar offer at The Willow Tree. This will include quality, traditional pub food and a large drinks selection featuring cask ales.

Iain Warren and Jenny Small, licensees of The Willow Tree, said:

“We’re thrilled to become licensees of The Willow Tree and take the step up to becoming multiple operators.

“The support from Greene King Pub Partners – both with The Queen Inn and now with The Willow Tree – has been pivotal in us growing our successful pub business.

“With Greene King’s investment we have been able to create a truly unique outdoor space at The Willow Tree. We cannot wait to welcome people into the pub.”

Wayne Shurvinton, Managing Director, Partnerships & Ventures at Greene King said:

“Our £200,000 investment in The Willow Tree has been transformational. I am delighted for Iain and Jenny who with our support have taken the journey from pub managers to multiple operators. I wish them continued success.”


Notes to editors

Please see attached for photos of The Willow Tree plus Iain and Jenny.

Press Contact: Nick Lawrie Email: Tel: 07812 256245

About Greene King Pub Partners:

About Greene King Pub Partners: Greene King is the UK’s largest pub company and brewer, with a history stretching back more than 200 years in its hometown of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. It currently employs around 40,000 people across its five divisions: Local Pubs; Destination Food Brands; Premium, Urban and Venture Brands; Pub Partners; and Brewing & Brands.

The Greene King Pub Partners division operates over 1000 leased, tenanted and franchise pubs across England, Scotland and Wales with independent business partners. In March 2021 it was recognised as the best leased and tenanted pub company at the Publican Awards, the 5th time Greene King Pub Partners has won the national industry award.

Press release from Greene King Pub Partners.

Press Contact: Nick Lawrie Email: Tel: 07812 256245