JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828 founded by retired cotton manufacturer John Lees who bought some land at Middleton Junction and started making beer.In 1876 John Lees’ grandson John William took sole control of the brewery and changed the name to JW Lees & Co. and found time to become Mayor of Middleton twice.
William, Simon, Christina and Michael Lees-Jones joined Richard and Christopher at JW Lees in the 1990s, and are the sixth generation from the founder.
JW Lees is one of the few remaining independent family brewers in the UK. We’ve got great beers and great pubs. We think of ourselves as old fashioned and cutting edge. That way we’re just being ourselves.
Number of Pubs: PUBS Based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, Lees Pubs SARL, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 30 managed pubs, as well as letting a further 142 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.
Number of pubs: 172
Why someone should run one of our pubs: We are a growing family company and are always looking for new pubs, new customers and new people to join us – we say that we want to be the most exciting brewery in the North and that’s just where we’re going and under pinned by our six core values: Passionate, Proud, Honest, Confident, Savvy, Real
JW Lees can offer lots of support to run your own pub. A JW Lees tenancy is a traditional, no-nonsense, three-year, non-assignable agreement with a full purchase tie. This means JW Lees own the pub and are responsible for structural repairs while you maintain the interior and focus on running the pub. We maintain the building and you keep on top of the interior, no full repairing clauses here. The tenancy agreement is supported by our code of practice and full support from a dedicated team back at the Brewery who want to help you get on with running the pub.
JW Lees have one of the most pro-active maintenance programmes in the industry; you’ve just got to look at our pubs compared to many of our competitors to see that this is true. If there is an opportunity to carry out a development and improve the business we sit down and talk. If we agree the scheme, we confirm the funding and get on with it. No messing about.
Visitor Centre – Knox’s Cottage
Brewery tours – organised via area managers
Brewery shop – www.jwlees.co.uk/shop