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3rd April 2024

Greene King Pub Partners Licensees celebrate 40th anniversary

Greene King Pub Partners, the leased, tenanted and franchise division of Greene King, has celebrated the 40th anniversary of one of its Partners.

Barry and Jane Waterman have run The White Horse in Beyton, Suffolk, since 1984 making them a staple of the community in the village for four decades.

The pair have actually operated pubs in partnership with Greene King for 47 years, having started out in their first pub in Cambridge in 1977.

It makes them one of – if not the longest serving – tenants still operating pubs in partnership with Greene King to this day.

Recognised within the industry for their adaptability, which has seen them remain a successful pub business over the last 40 years, Barry and Jane are known for their Real Ale expertise. This has seen them win awards from CAMRA. They remain to this day the longest serving publicans in the West Suffolk and Borders branch of CAMRA.

A village pub to its core providing great food, drink and accommodation, The White Horse prides itself as a dog friendly, family friendly and community first local.

A testament to the adaptability of Barry and Jane over the course of their 40 years running the pub, the pub more recently added a range of vegan dishes to its menu – in line with growing consumer trends which has seen many innovative hospitality businesses provide more meat alternative menu items.

One of The White Horse’s most unique features is a 60ft well, which starts at the bar and goes to an underground stream. It is thought the stream was the water source for a brewery that was on site at the pub in the 17th Century, showcasing the pubs heritage.

In recognition of Barry and Jane’s 40 years at The White Horse, Greene King Pub Partners Managing Director Dan Robinson alongside Operations Director Phil Arnold and Business Development Manager Sam Wortley presented them with a specially made plaque to display at the pub.

Barry and Jane Waterman, operators of The White Horse in Beyton, said: 

“We are so flattered to receive this plaque in recognition of our 40 years at The White Horse!

“Serving the local community has always been at the very core of how we run our businesses, and adapting to the needs of the community over the last 40 years has been key to our success.

“We’d like to thank all our customers and staff over the years – along with Greene King – for all their support.

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

“It is an absolute privilege to recognise Barry and Jane. 40 years of running The White Horse and 48 years of running pubs in partnership with Greene King it outstanding! I am proud to call them our partners and look forward to many more years of success together – serving the people of Beyton.”


Notes to editors

Please see attached for photos of Barry and Jane receiving their plaque from Dan Robinson, Managing Director of Greene King Pub Partners and Phil Arnold, Operations Director for Greene King Pub Partners.

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 which includes our tenanted and leased pubs and Hive Franchise pubs under Pub Partners 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 with a range of additional premium beers and seasonal ales

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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