John Barleycorn, Goring on Thames
Brakspear pub tenant since 2017
"When I began looking around for a pub tenancy, I scoured the available sites and application resources of every pub company in the South East - that amounted to over a dozen pub-cos and well over 100 pubs! Not only did Brakspear have a selection of pubs in a fantastic area of the country but the supporting documentation, in particular the template business plan, was second to none. Amanda, who helped guide me through the recruitment process, was very supportive of my application, and Brakspear as a whole encourage new entrants such as myself into the industry as well as more experienced hands. Access was given to the John Barleycorn building as and when I needed it so that I could put together a comprehensive business plan, and bounce ideas off Amanda as well as Gerard who became my business development manager. I was kept informed as to how the process worked included next steps and dates for making final decisions. It was great too to meet with the CEO Tom Davies for my final presentation to share my plans for the pub as well as understanding his vision for the company and the future. Once I had signed the agreement, I was able to meet all the additional key people within the business that I would be dealing with regularly, such as Emma who leads marketing and Kelly who heads up finance. I would wholeheartedly recommend Brakspear to any prospective tenant. As a historic family brewer, they are the perfect size to be fully responsive and supportive to a tenant as well as having years of experience between the team."
Brakspear pub tenant since 2020
"We feel like part of the family. There’s always someone on hand to guide us in the right direction, like Emma for marketing assistance or business development support from Stuart. Brakspear have helped us maximise opportunities for key local events too like the Whitstable Oyster Festival so it feels like Brakspear understand our pub and support is tailored."
Belgian Arms, Holyport
Brakspear pub tenant since 2017
“From the introduction meeting with Amanda and the process up until change over day to the present we have been working alongside Brakspear to make the Belgian Arms as successful as it potentially could be with help from their marketing team, interior designers and regular training courses made available to help develop the Belgian Arms team
Previous to becoming tenant at The Belgian Arms I researched other potential businesses to work with. I made the decision to start my journey with Brakspear because of the communication and commitment they had with me from the beginning and their continued support."
The Angel On The Bridge, Henley on Thames
Brakspear pub tenant since 2006
"When I came to the Angel, I'd already worked in the pub industry for years but it was my first time as a tenant. You are able to develop your business with guidance and support but with the freedom to make your own decisions. In addition, you gain the back-up of a pub company who help you to develop your pub and aid its growth. Being kept informed about the latest opportunities as well as support like designing and printing my menus and building my website has given me more time to focus on running my pub. Brakspear make you feel like part of the family".
I started at Brakspear in September 2007 before which I was at Fullers working as a Tenanted BDM.What achievement are you most proud of?
I’m not sure it really counts as my achievement (more my wife Alexa’s!) but I am hugely proud we brought our baby daughter Bella into the world in February 2021. I am thoroughly enjoying being a father for the first time.Who is your hero? Why?
I think hero is pushing it (!) but my Father has been a great inspiration to me and he continues to be a good friend and mentor in his capacity as Chairman.What did you want to be when you grew up?
I suppose I am very lucky in that I have always wanted to work for the family business in some capacity. I am very proud to be the 5th generation of my family to run the business and hope to be able to pass it on in good condition to the 6th.What is your favourite tipple?
Brakspear Gravity of course!
Started in 2010, previously I was in financial services marketing.If you could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be?
I would love to spend the day with Michael MacIntyre.What did you want to be when you grew up?
A barrister.Whose your favourite sports team?
I don’t have one I’m afraidDo you have a guilty pleasure?
Yes, Strictly Come Dancing.
I started with Brakspear in May 2017, and before that I was with McMullens for 6 years.Where’s the best place you’ve ever been to and why?
Easily Cape Town. I’m from there and it’s simply the best city in the world.What would be your first purchase if you won the lottery?
A holiday with the kids which didn’t involve me doing too much work!What’s your favourite tipple?
Red wine….although I’m partial to some good ale on occasion.Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I have many!
I originally joined the business in December 2011 and left in December 2017 to work for another family brewer prior to returning in December 2019.If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
San Francisco is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I love the US but have never visited the West Coast and it looks awesome.Who is your hero?
David Bowie. Perhaps the greatest ever singer/songwriter who never stood still and constantly reinvented himself.What is your favourite tipple?
Don Papa Rum or a pint of Brakes.If you could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be?
I’d love to spend a day on tour with Bernard Sumner from New Order including a back stage view of them playing live!
I joined Brakpear in March 2020 having spent 12 years with Punch Pubs & Co and previously Mitchells & Butlers working with All Bar One, PCDG & others.If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I spent a summer in California in my youth and travelled to Mexico for a day, it’s a country I have always found intriguing and look forward to visiting and exploring properly to enjoy its vibrant culture, food and amazing scenery.What skill would you like to learn and why?
Golf, So I could join in with industry golf days without embarrassment…Whose your favourite sports team?
Rugby: Harlequins, Football: Crystal Palace – its ok to like both…What is your favourite tipple?
Must admit I am a fan of a decent G&T, however, can’t beat a nice pint of cask ale.
I started at Brakspear in July 2012. I moved from Manchester for the role, as I was previously marketing manager for JW Lees.What skill would you like to learn and why?
I’d love to be able to bake. I came last in the Brakspear Bake Off we had in the office. I’m always leaving things in the oven too long.Who is your hero?
Mo Farrah. I enjoy running, and he’s good inspiration.If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Canada as then you get to ski in the winter and go to the beach in the summer.What is your favourite dessert?
Well I do have a sweet tooth. Depending on what mood I’m in, I’d say strawberry pavlova in the summer, and sticky toffee pudding in the winter.
I have been at Brakspear since March 2011. I undertook my professional training at a firm of Chartered Surveyors in London called Drivers Jonas (Deloitte Real Estate).If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I would have a house in New Zealand for their summer and a house in Italy for our summer.If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
Antarctica. I have always dreamt of walking to the South Pole.What skill would you like to learn and why?
I would love to learn to sail. It is on my bucket list to sail across the Atlantic.What is your favourite dessert?
Apple crumble and lots of custard.
December 2021. I was previously working in Finance for a Payment Services company, prior to that I was travelling South East Asia.If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
South America! I would love to climb Machu Picchu and visit places like Rio,Brazil to experience the culture and food.What skill would you like to learn and why?
I would love to learn how to bake! I enjoy cooking but baking any desserts or sweet treats is not my forte. My grandma makes the most amazing desserts - I would love to have this skill and not just eat them!What did you want to be when you grew up?
A figure skating coach.What is your favourite tipple?
A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
I joined Brakspear in January 2012. I was at an interior design company in London before this working on residential projects across West London. I did my interior design training at KLC School of Design in Chelsea.If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I’d love to tour South East Asia. I’ve been to Thailand and absolutely loved it so one day I hope to spend a lot more time travelling round the neighbouring countries.What skill would you like to learn and why?
I’d love to be able to sew well and I’d also love to learn floristry.What's your favourite tipple?
I do like a nice glass of rosé!Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Made in Chelsea!
I started in January 2014, before Brakspear I was studying Interior design at Liverpool John Moore’s university.What did you want to be when you grew up?
An archaeologist...random I know!! I just liked the idea of unearthing something really unusual that no one had seen before.What is your favourite dessert?
Anything with chocolate in it!If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
In the summer months I’d love to live in the French Philippines in a overwater bungalow and for the winter I’d love to live in Canada.If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
I’d like to be able to fly, so I could easily get to and from the French Philippines and Canada.