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SA Brain & Co Ltd The Cardiff Brewery Crawshay Street Cardiff CF10 5DS

Tel: 02920 402060

About Brains

Brains has become the beer of a nation. From humble beginnings in a three-storey stone building behind a pub in 1882, our company has expanded and grown to become Wales’ leading brewer and pub operator.

Today you’ll find the Brains name above the door of 250 pubs, bars and hotels across Wales and the West of England. Of those, 120 are managed houses and 130 are tenanted and leasehold, and range from heart of the community locals, to coastal idylls, to cosy country inns.

Brains continues to brew in Cardiff. Our cask ale range has grown over time and we now have six award winning and legendary cask ales – including SA and Dark – to our name. Alongside this permanent cask range, we produce a range of smooth beers and speciality ales, as well as an ever growing take home portfolio.

In May 2012 Brains opened a 10-15 barrel craft brewery. Installed within the existing plant, the new brewery allows our brewing team to experiment with different ingredients and techniques to produce some more unusual and challenging beers.

Brains remains a family company, still owned by the descendants of the founders, and still fiercely proud of our heritage. We’re also proud of our reputation as a great company to work for. We recognise that people remain key to our success and as such take training and development seriously.

Number of pubs: 250


Over the years, the pub industry has undergone significant changes and it is as competitive and challenging today as it has ever been. Today’s pub is not only about beer, it is increasingly about food and in many cases accommodation. However, despite these changes, beer remains at the heart of our business and at the core of our pub estate, whether tenanted or managed.

Our tenanted business is fundamental to the success of our Company. We have more tenancies than managed houses and this will be the case for the foreseeable future. In today’s challenging climate, we are committed to doing everything we can to support our tenants and help them run highly successful pubs. Pubs that customers wish to visit regularly and pubs that are often at the heart of the communities they serve. This is what we strive to do today and are committed to doing even more effectively in the future. Your success is our success, so our partnership is crucial to allowing your pub and our business to prosper.

With this in mind, we have developed a range of agreements to suit the varying requirements of our tenants. At Brains, we pride ourselves in ’putting our publicans first’, providing you with the support that will ensure the best possible chance of business success. This support spans more than a choice of agreements. It includes comprehensive training, financial support, business planning, the support of an experienced Business Development Manager and a regular marketing brochure that contains unique offers that enable our tenants to drive footfall, sales and profit.

Contact details for tenant recruitment:

Contact name: Tracey Bradley
Telephone: 02920 334750 or 07866981267
or please visit our website:

If you’re interested in a managed house position, please visit this section of our website: where we regularly update our vacancies. If you can’t see the right role for you today please send us an e-mail at  and we’ll keep in touch. Alternatively you can speak directly to our Resourcing Team on 02920334750 or 02920334766

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