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11th June 2024

Greene King Pub Partners Opens Fourth Nest Pub

Greene King Pub Partners, the leased, tenanted and franchise business unit of Greene King, has opened its fourth Nest Pub.

The Friar on St Christopher Road in Colchester, Essex, opened on Friday 31st May.

The pub, previously a Greene King Pub Partners tenanted site, has had a £265,000 investment by Greene King to transform it into a Nest Pub.

Thanks to the investment, The Friar has received all new decorations, fixtures and fittings inside, including pool tables and interactive dartboards which are a key feature of Nest Pubs.

In line with the Nest Pubs look and feel, the pub has also been repainted inside with a colour palette that prominently features turquoise and orange tones. Furthermore, outside, the pub has been fully upgraded with an improved outdoor space and all-new signage, including a Nest Pubs sign next to the front door of the pub.

The Friar will be operated by Deborah Macklin, who worked at the pub under the previous operator when it was a tenanted site. As a local herself with strong connections to the community, Deborah will run The Friar as a franchisee with the backing and support of Greene King.

Nest Pubs is the second franchise concept from Greene King Pub Partners, following the success of Hive Pubs, the first franchise concept Greene King launched back in 2021, 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.

As a concept, Nest Pubs has its own unique identity, look and feel – and each pub shows Sky Sports and TNT Sports, as well as providing a pizza food offer alongside a great drink selection.

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:

“The Friar is Nest Pub number four and we’re really pleased to be opening yet another Nest Pub in very quick succession from our previous openings. The whole team in Pub Partners have done a great job keeping up the pace as we continue to open more Nest Pubs.”

Deborah Macklin, Franchisee of The Friar, said:

“I am delighted to become the franchisee of The Friar. Having had experience of running this pub already, operating it as a franchise in partnership with Greene King is perfect for me. With my links to the local community and experience at the pub, I can focus on running a great pub operation knowing I have the full support of Greene King and their expertise right behind me. It’s an exciting new chapter for me and the pub and I can’t wait to get started!”


Notes to editors


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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