Belhaven (a Greene King brand)
Telephone:01368 862 734
Belhaven, Scotland’s oldest and largest regional brewer and pub operator, was acquired by Greene King in 2005 but has retained its own identity as a division within the group.
Belhaven Pubs runs a mixed estate of mostly freehold managed and leased pubs that range from student bars and young venues to traditional, community and village pubs and inns.
Belhaven Best , the flagship beer brand made by Belhaven Brewery, is Scotland’s best selling draught ale in hotels, pubs and clubs.
Belhaven consistently boosted its sales and operating profits every year from 1989. Its pub estate grew vigorously from just 42 venues when it floated in 1996 to 270 by mid-2005, when it was snapped up by Greene King in a period that marked its 15th year of unbroken growth and its ninth successive year of record sales and profits.
The group’s recipe for success was to buy freeholds in economically healthy areas and avoid expensive leaseholds in city centre sites where trading patterns were less reliable. It favoured individual pub purchases to bulk buys where pricing tended to be materially higher.