When you walk into certain Greene King pubs you’re likely to see a timeline somewhere in the building. Sometimes it’s on a wooden plaque, other times it’s painted on the walls. It’s a timeline of all the men and women who have managed the pub over the years. Our heritage matters, that’s why we’re inviting you to join us on a journey through time to explore where we’ve come from and how we’ve grown.
1799 – Benjamin Greene moves to Bury St Edmunds to establish his own brewing business.
1806 – Greene goes into partnership with William Buck, and buys the 100 year old Wright’s brewery.
1836 – Benjamin Greene hands over to his son, Edward Greene, who doubles the workforce to 50 people, producing 40,000 barrels per year.
1868 – Frederick King acquires Maulkin’s maltings next door to Edward Greene and renames it the St Edmund’s brewery.
1870’s – Edward Greene introduces benefits to his workforce, including pension scheme and better standards of worker housing.
1887 – Frederick King agrees to merge his company to form Greene, King and sons.
1926 – The Great Strike lasts 9 days but no Greene King workers take part in it.
1996 – Greene King acquires the Magic Pub Company.
1999 – Greene King acquires 442 Morland’s pubs.
2001 – Greene King acquires 132 pubs from Old English Inns and 432 pubs from Laurel Pub Company.
2005 – Greene King buys Belhaven, Ridley & Sons and Hardys & Hansons.
2007 – Greene King acquires Loch Fyne restaurants.
2008 – New Century Inns join the Greene King family.
2011 – Cloverleaf, Realpubs and Capital Pub company join as well.
2013 – 200th Hungry Horse site opens and 1000th retail site opens.