Self-Employed Pub Business Partner

Blenheim Inn
Foundation agreement


The Blenheim is situated just on the edge of the highly attractive and very much sought-after area of the Peak District.  Just seven miles from Derby city centre and Burton-on-Trent, a 17th Century former farmhouse set in the historic village of Etwall. It was in fact the last working farm in the village.
The Blenheim is easily accessible as it is minutes from both the A50 and A38 with easy access to the M1 and is close to significant industry (Toyota, Nestle & Rolls Royce) and just miles away from Castle Donnington motor circuit and Alton Towers.
The public areas are modernised in a contemporary style, although some of the old character remains. This site has nine unique en-suit hotel rooms and also boasts a bar area, dining room, function room, two external drinking areas and two car parks. Furnished and decorated to a good standard, the Blenheim is an extremely appealing opportunity.
We are looking for a food led operator with significant experience ideally within hotels or letting rooms with the ability to integrate into the local community seamlessly. This is a large multifunctional business, applicants must have extensive experience, strong business acumen, exceptional marketing skills and a hunger to grow this ‘sleeping giant forward’.
Key Selling Points for this Site
Sought after location near to significant industry
Nine en-suit letting rooms
Attractive and spacious function room
Two car parks with ample space

The Opportunity

Let your big ideas for your own pub run free as a foundation partner. Your earnings will be based on a percentage of weekly drinks sales, but you’ll have the flexibility to choose the food you offer and keep every penny of food sales!It’s the chance to:

  • Leave your old life behind and be your own boss
  • Commit to five of the most exciting years you’ll have ever worked
  • Live rent-free in the pub
  • Take home 22% of weekly drinks sales
  • Keep 100% of the money you make on food and letting rooms
  • 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, not to mention your heating and lighting
  • Learn from the best during your induction training and enjoy on going training and support from your dedicated Business Development Manager
Things to consider

You’ll need to put in a £5k deposit, plus legal fees and cover your own insurance (except building insurance, which we’ll pay for). 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). Also, start thinking about any internal repairs and decoration you’d like to do to bring the place up to standard and committing to an annual decorating fund.

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, as dictated by the Statutory Pub Code. And, of course, obtain your personal licence (which we’ll 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.