Understanding our business

Greene King is the leading pub retailer and brewer in the UK.

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Greene King was founded in 1799 in Bury St. Edmunds, in Suffolk, and is now the country’s leading integrated pub retailer and brewer. As at May 2015 we owned or operated popular national brands such as Hungry Horse, Old English Inns and Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill. We are also the UK’s leading cask ale brewer with brands such as Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen.

In June 2015 we acquired Spirit Pub Company plc, which added over 1,200 pubs to our estate including brands such as Flaming Grill, Taylor Walker and Chef & Brewer.

We employ over 40,000 people across the UK, around half of which are under the age of 25.

Our businesses

Greene King is made up of three main businesses: Retail, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.


Our Retail business comprises the pubs, restaurants and hotels that we manage in England, Scotland and Wales. As at May 2015 there were over 1,000 sites in the estate, split between our Local Pubs Division and our Destination Pubs Division. Our primary sales categories are food, drink and accommodation. Food, the fastest growing category in Retail, comprises around 42% of Retail sales. 

We added a further 791 managed sites to our Retail division through the acquisition of Spirit Pub Company plc in June 2015.

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Pub Partners

Our Pub Partners business offers people the opportunity to run our pubs in England, Scotland and Wales on a tenanted, leased or franchised basis. We offer a range of agreements to potential licensee partners. As at May 2015 there were around 850 sites in the estate.

In June 2015, Spirit Pub Company plc added a further 416 pubs to our Pub Partners estate.

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Brewing & Brands

Greene King Brewing & Brands operates two breweries, in Bury St Edmunds and in Dunbar. We are the leading brewer of cask ale in the UK with an iconic ale brand portfolio, including Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Scotland's leading ale brand, Belhaven Best. The launch of our St Edmund Brewhouse in 2013 has enhanced our portfolio of craft ales. 

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Annual report

Visit our online annual report for more on our strategic approach.

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Acquisition of Spirit Pub Company plc

Documentation relating to the acquisition of Spirit Pub Company plc.

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Our board and management

Our board of directors and senior management have a wealth of industry experience.

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Reports and results

Access our latest reports and results announcements, and browse our archive.

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Financial calendar

See the key dates in our calendar and quickly add important dates to your diary.

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