Why Brakspear?

  • We are family run and have family values – we have over 200 years experience, more than 125 pubs, we are a friendly bunch and enjoy working with our tenants.
  • Maybe that’s why we are award winning – we won The Publican’s Best Tenanted Pub Company (under 200 sites) in 2014.
  • Based mainly in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London and Brighton, we have a range of community, food led destination, urban, rural and food led local pubs for you to choose from.
  • Beautiful pubs.
  • We view working with tenants as a partnership – an open, honest and transparent relationship.


  • Support:
    Business Development Managers, extra support in your first six months combined with a low number of pubs they look after means they have the ability to properly support you and your business
    Marketing, bespoke help with marketing plans, promotions etc to help drive footfall and sales. There is also a quarterly magazine “The Buzz” to keep you up to date with the news, offers etc.
    Design, our dedicated and free design team can advise and assist to improve your pub
    Property, our property team are reactive and proactive with regard to property issues-
    Wine suppliers, expert advice is available as and when needed
  • Training: a range of business building courses for you and your staff (please see the downloads section for a full list of courses available this year)
  • Flexible agreements 
  • The right approach: the right tenant for the right pub
  • Investment: we invest in our pubs and our tenants
  • One point of contact – Amanda will guide you through the process, see what you think, get in touch.

(From the survey we did in October 2014)

  • 88% of tenants would renew their agreement with us when it expires
  • 80% of tenants would recommend us to other operators
  • 91% also felt that all aspects of their own pub had been properly explained to them.
  • 88% felt that the recruitment process was quick and trouble free.


In 2014, we were crowned the best pub company (for tenanted and leased under 200 sites) at the Publican Morning Advertiser awards.  Since then we’ve been building on this to continually improve the support for our tenanted and leased pubs.  We want you to run your pub to the best of your ability and we’re here to help:

1. A different class – All our pubs are completely different – and we have some of the most picturesque pubs around.

2. The right pub for you – Our dedicated Recruitment Manager strives to find the right pub for you.

3. Flexible thinking – We offer flexibility in our agreements, and our credit control too.

4. A friendly face – Our experienced Business Development Managers only have 40 pubs to look after, on average.

5. Award-winning ales – With over 300 years brewing expertise, our award-winning ales are world famous.

6. Pub makeovers – Our dedicated and free interior design team can advise and assist to improve your pub.

7. Marketing support –Our Marketing Manager is available to help you with your marketing plans, as well as offer free Brakspear promotions to drive footfall and sales.

8. Maintaining standards – Our property team are available for reactive and proactive building maintenance.

9. Tailored training – Free training courses to help improve your profitability.

10. Part of the family – You’re part of the Brakspear family – we’re a close-knit team at head office with only 25 of us currently, and we’re looking forward to getting to know you.

So if you like what you’re read and want to find out more, get in touch with Amanda.

I’ve never run a pub before, can I still apply?
Yes, definitely. We will suggest you complete a comprehensive training course on how to run a pub which includes your Personal Licence and Cellar Management.
I’ve found a pub I like, should I visit it before getting in touch?
We encourage all applicants to visit the pub they are interested in as a customer in the first instance. A full viewing will be arranged after that.
What happens after I’ve contacted Amanda?
Amanda will arrange to meet up either at the pub you like or at our Head Office in Henley on Thames. At this meeting she will provide further information on the pub and introduce you to Brakspear. She will also ask a few questions about you and your background.
What if I just want some more information about Brakspear and haven’t found a pub?
Make contact with Amanda, she is happy to meet and chat through working with Brakspear. She will help you to find the right pub for you.
What agreements are available?
The majority of the Brakspear estate are tenancies with some leases and a small number of managed houses.
Where are the Brakspear pubs?
The majority are in the home counties, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and London as well as Brighton and the South coast.
I haven’t done my Personal Licence, can I still progress an application?
Amanda will still progress your application and advise you about the Personal Licence, you will have to have taken and passed the course and ideally completed your CRB checks before becoming a tenant.
Is there a full wet tie?
Our ideal situation is a full wet tie but you can decide to go free of tie on spirits and minerals for an annual fee. Amanda can supply the details.
What are ingoings?
Amanda will provide you with a full breakdown for the pub you are applying for but in essence the ingoings represent a security deposit, training deposit, two weeks rent in advance, the fixtures and fittings of the business, two weeks advance for the service charge, some working capital and an administration charge made by the local council to show you at the designated premises supervisor. With a tenancy there is no premium for the value of the business.
I haven’t got the full ingoings, can I progress an application?
Yes, you can. We can sometimes offer a fixtures and fittings payback scheme for the right applicants.
I have a poor credit rating, will this affect my application?
A credit check is done just before an offer letter is issued, you will need to be upfront with us and explain the circumstances, as long as the issue has been settled we should be able to progress your application.
Do I have to do a business plan?
Yes you do. The template is available to download (see the red buttons on the left).
Who values the fixtures & fittings?
You should engage an independent valuer, Amanda will provide a list of preferred valuers, although if you already have one it’s fine to use them as long as they are fully accredited.
What income can I expect from running my own pub?
With a tenancy your income would be the net profit of your business. We will supply a shadow profit and loss account for the pub you are looking at which will give you an understanding of the income achievable.