Run a pub with Marston's in North Somerset

Stag & Hounds
Community Food Partnership


Are you are interested in running your own pub business? The Stag & Hounds in North Somerset is available now on Marston’s Community Food Partnership agreement.

The Stag and Hounds is an attractive country pub with lots of original features! The pub is in the village of Winscombe and sits proudly on the Bristol Road. A popular community pub, the Stag and Hounds welcomes both locals and customers passing by on the main road to Bristol Airport.
Inside the pub there are two defined areas - one for dining and another for wet sales including pool tables, darts, log burner and cosy lounge feel. The pub boasts big screen TV's, popular menu and is known locally for its renowned Sunday lunch offer and quirky kids cinema area.
The Stag and Hounds is currently trading at £14,000 average weekly sales with a sales mix of 60/40 dry to wet. We are looking for a passionate operator who can continue to engage the local community, a strong marketeer with the creative flair to drive sales in this pub business. 

Our Community Food Partnership is perfect for people with pub or restaurant experience, passionate about pubs and obsessed with serving great food and an unforgettable experience every time!  With low ingoing costs, and all the training and support you need to set you up for success, this is a great way of running your own business. This is an opportunity to earn an unlimited potential of sales backed up with a guaranteed annual retained sum to provide you with some peace of mind.

The Opportunity

What’s in it for you?

  • A guaranteed annual retained sum of £35k, released weekly,
  • Plus 26% share of weekly sales, excluding VAT.
  • Incentive bonuses based on business performance and standard audits.
  • Low ingoing costs, starting with just a £5,000 deposit and £360 legal cost. See ‘Things to consider’ for more information.
  • Accommodation included with most bills covered, except the council tax & TV License.
  • All of your stock, including food, and all associated consumables are supplied by Marston’s, although you will be responsible for managing it once it has been delivered.
  • Comprehensive induction training and ongoing support and training.
  • A dedicated area manager working with you to help you grow the business.
  • Access to our 450 strong-support teams whenever you need them – including Marketing, Recruitment and Food and Drink specialists.
  • All our Pub Partners get access to our FREE Learning, Development and Training platform Campus (a package worth over £300!).

What’s expected from you:

Our Community Food Partnership pubs are food-led businesses, operating our Marston’s corporate menu. It’s a proven business-model, perfect for self-sufficient hospitality managers with a creative flair, who can drive sales, standards and guest experience.

In addition to the £5k security deposit required for this agreement, you will need to cover legal costs (£360), and your own insurance (except building insurance, which we’ll cover). Also, you’ll want to start thinking about your team; taking care of paying them and all other employment matters.

Before we all sign the agreement and see you heading into a whole new life, you’ll just need to show us proof that you’ve had independent financial advice from an accountant and solicitor and have completed a sustainable business plan, in accordance with the Pubs Code. And, of course, obtain your personal licence (which we can help with) and complete your induction training.

It’s a five-year commitment, so you have loads of time to build the business and get it performing brilliantly but, if you do want to leave early, there’s always the option of six months’ notice with a ‘break’ clause in the contract.