Greene King is one of the country’s leading pub and brewing companies. We manage and lease 3,035 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK – and have been brewing award-winning ales for over 200 years.
Combine all of our great pubs, restaurants and hotels with our exceptional levels of customer service, and you get an organisation that knows how to give people exactly what they want.
Whether it’s Hungry Horse, Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill, Old English Inns or one of our Local pubs, we have a reputation for providing outstanding value, quality and service to our customers. These include pub goers and hotel guests, as well as licensees, supermarkets and national pub chains.
Every day we aim to provide the best in hospitality. From making customers feel welcome to preparing food they can’t resist, we’re continuously raising standards within our business – and taking the rest of the industry with us.
Our story goes back to 1799. That’s when a man named Benjamin Greene moved to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk to set up the Westgate Brewery. He was carrying on a proud tradition of brewing in the town that stretches all the way back to 1086.
Ever since we first opened our doors, we’ve been looking for ways to refine the traditional craft of brewing. The result? Arguably the finest range of cask ales in the UK.
Our business may have changed in the past 200 or so years, but some things haven’t. The passion for quality and service that drove our brewing ancestors, drives us still. It’s our heritage. One that’s been passed down through the generations and that will carry on for generations more.
Benjamin Greene moves to Bury St Edmunds to set up his own brewing business.
Benjamin Greene hands the company over to his son, Edward, who oversees a major expansion of the business. By 1870, the brewery workforce doubles to 50 people and production increases to 40,000 barrels a year.
Despite the many challenges of running a brewery, Edward Greene introduces benefits for his workforce. These benefits are practically unheard of elsewhere, including a pension scheme for elderly and infirm workers, and a better standard of employee housing.
This is a decade of development and modernisation. Greene King undertakes major works to improve the quality of pubs, while also giving head office a serious makeover, with computers replacing the old double entry ledger books. The 1960s also see the introduction of metal casks, beer cans, forklift trucks and pallets.
Greene King opens its 200th Hungry Horse restaurant, the Royal Horse in Leamington Spa, and its 1,000th retail site, The Walls End in North Tyneside.