Run a pub with Marston's in Welshpool

Smithfield Bell
Community Food Partnership


If you are interested in running your own pub business, the Smithfield Bell in Welshpool is now available on Marston’s new Community Food Partnership agreement.

The Smithfield Bell is a family friendly pub situated on a busy retail park in Welshpool. The surrounding area consists of Welshpool train station, golf course and national trust site - Powis castle and gardens. The area is popular with tourists, with multiple caravan parks, cycling routes and canal walks nearby. With indoor and outdoor play areas for the children there really is something for everyone at this family focused pub. The large bar means there's always a fantastic range of ales, beers and ciders to choose from, with TVs and pool table to keep everyone entertained. 

The Smithfield Bell offers a classic food menu that caters for all, with the restaurant area able to cater for 160 guests internally, plus an additional 40 outside during busy periods. It also boasts a pizza kitchen- that allows for a takeaway option for those hungry cyclists and walkers. This community food pub currently has a sales mix of 65:35 - Dry to wet. Expected weekly sales are currently around £15,000.  We are looking for a licensee/s who can build strong links within the local community and who have the determination to boost sales and drive the Smithfield Bell to reach its full potential.
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 share 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.