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10th January 2013

Hall & Woodhouse recruits a third of tenants from managed estate

Dorset based Hall & Woodhouse has reported a surge in the number of former managed house operators moving into its tenanted model: a third of all successful applicants in the last two years.  The family brewer has also seen an increase in the number of online applicants from managed house backgrounds.

Matt Kearsey, Business Partnerships Director explains: “The biggest reason managers are making this move is our Business Partnerships Agreement which guarantees a contract free of rent reviews.  It is landlord and tenant protected and we are essentially giving our Business Partners a fairer share of the profit they make, through cheaper beer prices and machine splits.”

Rosie and Clive Russell, Business Partners at The Onslow Arms, Loxwood comment: “We have been at The Onslow Arms for five months now, having previously spent 18 years within managed houses.  The change from managed to a pub partnership with Hall & Woodhouse has been smooth and comfortable due to the level of support we have received from everyone within the brewery.  It has most certainly been worth it; it is great having the autonomy to make all business decisions ourselves.

“One of the many ways Hall & Woodhouse has supported us is by creating a website, with professional photography, at their expense.  We would definitely recommend making the switch from managed to a pub partnership; just make sure you embark on a partnership with a company who provide support.”


Hall & Woodhouse won Best Tenanted/ Leased Pub Company (10-199 pubs) at the Publican Awards in March 2012.  The award process involved a review of their tenanted business including, recruitment, support, future plans and discussions with current Business Partners.  It was the first time that Hall & Woodhouse had entered the awards.


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For more information, or images, please contact:

Lesley McIlroy, Hall & Woodhouse

01258 452141