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20th February 2024

Greene King Pub Partners to launch second franchise concept ‘Nest Pubs’

Greene King Pub Partners, the leased, tenanted and franchise division of Greene King, is to launch its second franchise pub concept under the name ‘Nest Pubs’.

The new franchise concept follows the success of Hive Pubs, Greene King’s first franchise pub concept, which was launched in 2021 and now operates in 46 sites. Hive Pubs will continue to expand and grow alongside Nest Pubs.

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

Alongside a wide drinks range including beer, ale, wines, spirits and low and no options, they will serve pizzas as a food option for hungry pub-goers.

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

Nest Pubs will have their own unique identity, look and feel, and Greene King Pub Partners will be investing six-figure refurbishments into each new Nest Pub, so it can deliver the franchise concept fully.

Like Hive Pubs, Nest Pubs will be aimed at those with pub management or assistant pub management experience who are looking to take the step up and run their own pub business.

As wet led pubs with a smaller food offer than Hive Pubs, Nest Pubs franchisees will only need a small team to operate their business. As such, a Nest Pub Franchise Agreement will be the most cost-effective and simplest way to start a pub business with the full backing and support of Greene King.

A Nest Pubs franchisee will be able to get the keys to their own Nest Pub for just £3,000, including agreement fees, inductions and on-site training.

Like with Hive Pubs, Nest Pubs franchisees will earn through a percentage of food and drink sales. On top of this, they get a share of the profits in their pub and will earn bonuses based on performance in key areas such as operational excellence.

Greene King Pub Partners aims to open the first Nest Pub this Spring, with plans to open more sites during 2024.

It is now actively recruiting for franchisees, and anyone interested should contact the Greene King Pub Partners recruitment team at for more information.

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

“We are delighted to continue the growth and success of our franchise offer with the development of Nest Pubs.

“The first Nest Pub will open later this year with more following behind it. Alongside this, we’ll continue to grow our successful Hive Pubs franchise concept with more openings.

“Our overwhelming focus as a business remains in the leased and tenanted space, but we are excited to continue the growth of our franchise pub business through Nest Pubs.”

Penny Baldwin, Franchise Operations Director for Greene King Pub Partners, said:

“Nest Pubs will be wet-led pubs predominantly located on busy highstreets and in communities, combining great value with a reliable pub experience of live sport and entertainment. They will combine a strong drinks range with a pizza offer for customers seeking out good food.

“As wet-led pubs requiring just a small team to operate them, Nest Pubs is the most cost-effective and simple way to start your own pub business with the full backing and support of Greene King Pub Partners, which has been accredited by the British Franchise Association.

“We would be delighted to speak with anyone who would like to find out more about our Franchise pub concepts – Hive Pubs and Nest Pubs.”


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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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