Our publicans

We are totally committed to empowering our publicans to develop and run great British pubs for the benefit of their local communities.

At the heart of every successful pub is a great publican. Our philosophy is to empower our publicans to run thei​r pub business, their way. We help our independent leased and tenanted publicans prosper in their communities by offering:​

  • The broadest choice of operating models and flexible contractual terms​

  • Investment to enable our pubs to compete and evolve their offers to meet consumer needs​

  • The largest range of beers and cask ales in the market​

  • Discounted services such as Wi-Fi, sports TV packages and food purchasing deals​

  • Training programmes to help publicans to maximise their pubs and their teams potential

We encourage feedback and suggestions so that we can strive to provide them with the highest levels of help and support throughout their time as ei group publicans. Regular feedback can be provided via their Regional Manager and Divisional Director.

Paul Lightwood

Sitwell Arms, Morton

”I have been in the pub trade for over 30 years. I know what it takes to run a good pub and with the help of Ei Publican Partnerships we will be able to put this pub back in the centre of the local community”


Tap on Tower Street, Harrogate

Appetite for Life Ltd.

Rob and Alison Thompson opened their first pub in 2003 with the ambition to run multiple sites, and so Appetite for Life was born. They have won the award for Best Multiple Operators in the Ei Group Awards for Excellence.

The Tap on Tower Street is a fantastic example of a pub that provides something for everyone, with knowledgeable staff, a fantastic drinks range, varied menu and even the choice of over 300 board games! We’re proud to have the pub as part of our estate and to name the Tap our 2019 Ei Group Pub of the Year. 

Ei Group Awards for Excellence

The Ei Group Awards have been created to recognise the outstanding publicans and operators in our estate, their highly committed teams, the pubs at the heart of their local communities as well as operational excellence across the Group. They provide us with the opportunity to celebrate the success of these outstanding people, learn from them and help and inspire other publicans to raise retail standards and business performance.

Entries for 2020 are now closed, for more information please visit our dedicated Awards for Excellence website.