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25th June 2024

Greene King Pub Partners Hits Five Nest Pubs Milestone

Greene King Pub Partners, the leased, tenanted and franchise business unit of Greene King, has opened its fifth Nest Pub – The Red Lion in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

The very first Nest Pub, The Palmer Tavern in Reading, opened in late March this year, meaning the Nest Pubs franchise concept has grown to five sites in just three months.

Nest Pubs is the second pub franchise concept from Greene King Pub Partners, building on the success of Hive Pubs, the first pub franchise concept the Greene King business launched in 2021 and which now operates in over 50 sites.

Nest Pubs are wet-led pubs predominantly located on busy high streets and in communities, providing great value, an excellent experience and regular sport and entertainment.

Complete with their own unique identity, look and feel in line with the concept, each Nest Pub serves a wide drinks range including beer, ale, wines, spirits, coffee and low and no options, alongside easy to serve pizzas as a food option for hungry pub-goers.

Each Nest Pub has Sky Sports and TNT Sport subscriptions, with the sporting offer being a key feature of the concept. Alongside this, they also provide a regular calendar of entertainment ranging from pub quizzes to live music and karaoke.

To transform it into a Nest Pub, The Red Lion in Chesham has received a £375,000 investment from Greene King, resulting in the transformation of the pub inside and outside.

The pub will be operated by franchisee Ollie Roberts, who was previously running the pub as its General Manager before taking the step up to franchisee. As a local who grew up in the area and has worked all his career in hospitality, Ollie is looking forward to operating The Red Lion as the fifth ever Nest Pub.

Aimed at those with hospitality management experience who want to take the step up and run their own business with enhanced support, a franchisee can get the keys to their own Nest Pub for just £3,000.

As wet-led pub businesses with a simple to deliver food offer, Nest Pubs have lower staffing costs and enable franchisees to focus on providing a great pub experience.

Franchisees earn through a percentage of the net weekly turnover of their pub, alongside a quarterly percentage of business profits and annual bonuses.

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

“Reaching the milestone of five Nest Pubs in just three months is an incredible achievement and my thanks goes to the team and our wonderful franchisees.

“As a wet-led pub concept with a very compelling, but simple to deliver food offer, we believe Nest Pubs has a lot of potential. We’ll continue to grow the concept this year alongside Hive Pubs and supporting our core leased & tenanted partners.”

Ollie Roberts, Franchisee of The Red Lion, said:

“I am really excited to take the step up and run my own pub business as a Nest Pubs franchisee. The franchise agreement and Nest Pubs concept means I have a ready-to-trade pub business and full support of Greene King.

“Having previously managed The Red Lion, I am excited for its next chapter and to continue serving the community I am so close to.”


Notes to editors

Please see attached for photos of The Red Lion .

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 portfolio of food and drink-led brands including Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Flaming Grill and Wacky Warehouse
  • 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 side 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 around 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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