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Leading independent pub companies in the UK 2019, by number of pubs

This statistic ranks leading independent pub companies in the United Kingdom according to number of pubs as of 2019. Ei Group plc is one of the biggest players on the market, operating over 3,800 pubs across the UK. They were followed by Mitchells & Butlers plc, and Admiral Taverns.

Pub industry in the UK

Public houses, or pubs, are a big part of British history and culture, not only as drinking places but as social and community meeting points. Due to various factors, many pubs have struggled to survive and the number of pubs in the UK has been in decline. In terms of pub ownership, most pubs are still owned by a pub company or a major brewery such as Greene King or Marstons.

In the industry there are three types of pubs: managed pubs, leased or tenanted pubs and free houses. Managed pubs are owned by companies such as Mitchells & Butlers, who employ a manager to run them and tend to display their own brand. Tenanted pubs are leased from companies such as Ei Group plc, who charge rents for the building but are ultimately managed by the landlords as their own business. The brands of beer and other beverages supplied however are also controlled by the company. Free houses are run independent of any company or brewery supplying them and are therefore free to sell whichever beers or alcoholic beverages they choose.

Leading independent pub companies in the United Kingdom (UK) as of September 2019, by number of pubs*

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

November 2019

Supplementary notes

* Figures are as reported as of September 2019, unless otherwise stated. For Loungers and Young & Co's Brewery figures are correct as of April 2019: Amber Inns is correct as of November 2019.
** Approximate figures as of November 2019.

The data shown in this statistic was compiled by Statista in November 2019, based on figures quoted in annual reports and statements for each of the listed companies, and cross referenced against other industry sources deemed reliable. Note that despite focussing on the largest market players, only pub companies with available data have been included. Brewery owners that operate pubs (e.g. Greene King, Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken UK), Marstons) have not been included.

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