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13th July 2021

Stonegate Group releases book, Short Stories from down the Pub, to champion the hospitality industry

The team from Stonegate Group, have launched a book today (Monday 12 July). Named Short Stories from down the Pub, the book celebrates all the amazing people and stories from pubs across the country and highlights the role that they play in their communities.

Containing over 100 stories, contributed by both customers and employees, Short Stories from down the Pub began as part of an initiative by Stonegate to keep teams engaged over lockdown. The pandemic has taken its toll on so many aspects of daily life, especially on mental wellbeing. To keep morale up, an employee-led team encouraged their colleagues to share stories from the pub – funny moments, great memories and heart-warming recollections were in abundance. The stories soon came flooding in and the book took six months to complete.

Simon Longbottom, CEO of Stonegate Group, said, “After such an extraordinary year, I could not be more proud of what the team at Stonegate has accomplished. Having overcome countless challenges and being more adaptable and flexible than ever, the stories in this book reminds us all of the important role our pubs, clubs and venues play in our communities.

“We are now looking forward to 19th July, welcoming our customers back in to our pubs, bars and clubs, and enjoying the rest of the summer.”

All profits from the book will go to the Licensed Trade Charity, an organisation that provides crucial help, support and advice for licensed drinks trade people. At £9.99, Short Stories from down the Pub will be available in print and digitally from 12th July through Amazon at


Editor’s notes: 

About Stonegate Group

Following the acquisition of Ei Group on 3rd March 2020 for £1.27bn, Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of 1,270 sites within the managed division and 3,200 leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs 13,500 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns, Common Room and Craft Union.

Press release from Stonegate Group