Self-Employed Pub Business Partner

Slyne Lodge
Pillar Agreement


The Slyne Lodge is an attractive large detached pub in prominent location on main road between Lancaster and Carnforth with excellent motorway access from both sides. Slyne with Hest is an affluent village for people looking to live outside of Lancaster in a village location and closer to the coast and the pub terrace enjoys views of the sea (and sunsets in summer). The Slyne Lodge has a strong food trade, is used as a pub by locals (and more so in summer when the patio comes into is own) but also enjoys accommodation trade from the letting rooms and functions (upstairs gallery function room).

This business will require applicants with experience of running a business with a good food income and ideally some experience of letting rooms. Experience of using social media effectively and platforms such as Booking.Com will be an advantage. Local knowledge isn't essential - more important is having ideas to drive wet/dry sales and the drive to implement them.

To provide the number of rooms stated Marstons are currently in the process of refurbishing a small  number of rooms to increase the size of the living accommodation.

The Opportunity

You can have the best of both worlds with our new and exciting Pillar Agreement.  Support is key for this turnover-share agreement which shares the risk and the opportunities between both parties, creating a partnership and focus to give your guests a first-class experience. We share the net sales and some of the cost base – building a deal that gives both parties a solid base to build and grow a profitable business.

• The option to leave your old life behind and be your own boss
• Live rent-free in the pub
• Marston’s will pay your utilities for you – lighting, heating and water
• Between us we will agree the wet product range to support your food offer. 
• You retain an agreed percentage of all income streams (net of VAT) and have full control over your food offer and accommodation (where applicable)
• Low ingoing costs
• Marston’s will take responsibility for all repairs and decoration both internal and external, (except the private residential accommodation).
• No service charge applies to this agreement
• Have your Broadband, cutting-edge EPOS system and online booking tools (where appropriate) supplied by Marston’s 
• Fixtures and fittings would be owned by Marston’s
• Keep 50% of the profits from any gaming machines
• Offer the award-winning range of fantastic Marston’s beers, wines, spirits and minerals
• Have your drinks stock supplied and paid for by Marston’s
• Expert induction training plus on-going training and support from your dedicated Business Development Manager and support teams

Things to consider
You’ll need to put in a £5k deposit, plus legal fees and monies to cover your insuring obligations under the agreement (except building insurance, which we’ll pay for and recharge to you). Also, you’ll want to start thinking about your team; taking care of paying them and all other employment matters. We’re on-hand to offer guidance as you plan your business overheads, like business rates (and your own residential Council Tax). 

Before we all sign the agreement and see you heading into a whole new life, you will need to show us proof that you have taken independent financial advice from a suitably qualified accountant on your business plan and professional advice from a solicitor, in accordance with the requirements of the Pubs Code Regulations. And, of course, obtain your personal licence (which we’ll help with) and complete your induction training.

This is a five-year commitment, so you have plenty of time to build a successful business.  However, if you do want to leave early, there is a break option in the agreement which entitles you to give six months’ notice to terminate.