JW Lees

United Kingdom

http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

About JW Lees

ABOUT US 

JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828.  We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, Lees Pubs SARL, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants.

JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 30 managed pubs, as well as letting a further 142 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year.  We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

WHERE HAVE WE COME FROM?

In 1828 retired cotton manufacturer John Lees had a twinkle in his eye. Or maybe he’d had a bad pint and wanted to get things right. He bought some land at Middleton Junction and started making beer.   His timing was immaculate. This was an age in which working men would drink up to twelve pints a day, women a little less and even the kids got in on the act.  This wasn’t because water was considered a waste of throat-time or everyone was a binge-drinker but because you might catch something extremely nasty from water, like cholera.  In those days beer drinking was considered good for you, certainly compared with less healthy stronger alcoholic drinks like gin.  At the same time Manchester was becoming the workshop of the world and expanding rapidly. When demand meets quality at the right price you get success.

In 1876 John Lees grandson John William, took sole control of the Brewery and changed the name to JW Lees & Co. He didn’t just keep his nose stuck in a mash tun either, finding time to become Mayor of Middleton twice.

And now? Well JW Lees has been passed down the generations and we’re now up to the sixth generation. William, Simon, Michael and Christina Lees-Jones joined Richard and Christopher at JW Lees in the early 1990s. (Click the image for a larger view of the family tree). There’s definitely no plans for JW Lees to sell out to one of the bigger breweries either.

We are a growing family company and are always looking for new pubs, new customers and new people to join us – we say that we want to be the most exciting brewery in the North and that’s just where we going.

 

16 jobs with JW Lees

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  • Tenanted Area Manager - North Wales and Cheshire

    North Wales / Cheshire £42,000 - £45,000 + Car Allowance + Benefits JW Lees

    Do you understand what great pub retailing looks like, and you have the skill-set to recruit and influence your tenanted pub licensees? Is so then...

    • 14 days ago
  • Available Pub Opportunities - Ship Inn, Peak District National Park

    North West England / Macclesfield, Cheshire Self Employed Business Opportunity JW Lees

    The Ship Inn is a popular pub; both as a food destination offering a superb menu, and a village local providing great beers and atmosphere to the s...

    • 14 days ago
  • Available Pub Opportunities - Weavers Arms, Oldham

    North West England / Lancashire / Oldham, Greater Manchester Self Employed Business Opportunity JW Lees

    Offering a great atmosphere with well supported clubs, groups and sports teams; this is how pubs used to be - the heart of the community.

    • 14 days ago
  • Available Pub Opportunities - Duke of York, Oldham

    North West England / Lancashire / Oldham, Greater Manchester Self Employed Business Opportunity JW Lees

    The Duke of York is a large detached property on the busy main road between Shaw & Oldham.

    • 14 days ago
  • Superstar Chefs - The Duke of Gloucester, Crewe

    North West England / Cheshire / Crewe, Cheshire £Please apply for more information JW Lees

    The Duke of Gloucester has an established kitchen brigade with experience and expertise in producing toothsome food.

    • 15 days ago
  • Superstar Chef - The Golden Pheasant at Plumley

    North West England / Cheshire £Dependent on experience, please apply for more information JW Lees

    • You should have a strong food background • Experience in high volume freshly cooked food • Have a passion for fresh food, including breakfast

    • 15 days ago
  • Superstar Chef – Duttons Chester

    North West England / Chester, Cheshire Salary: Please apply for more information JW Lees

    You should: • Have a passionate strong food background • Experience in high volume freshly cooked gastro food, including breakfast...

    • 15 days ago
  • Superstar Chef - The Belmore Hotel, Cheshire

    North West England / Cheshire / Sale, Greater Manchester Salary: Please enquire for more information JW Lees

    We are currently, recruiting for Chefs at all grades, at our site in Sale, Cheshire – The Belmore Hotel.

    • 15 days ago
  • Superstar Chef - The Huntsman Inn, Holmfirth

    West Yorkshire / Holmfirth, West Yorkshire Please contact us for salary JW Lees

    We are currently recruiting for Chefs at all grades at our site in Holmfirth – The Huntsman Inn.

    • 15 days ago
  • Superstar Chef - The Moss Trooper, Timperley

    North West England / Cheshire / Timperley, Greater Manchester Salary on application JW Lees

    The Moss Trooper is a friendly, traditional pub that’s part of a thriving local community in Timperley, near Altrincham.

    • 15 days ago
  • Superstar - Chefs - The Lloyds, Chorlton

    North West England / Manchester, Greater Manchester £Competitive JW Lees

    The Lloyds is looking for an exceptional kitchen team that are passionate and proud of the delivery of great food.

    • 15 days ago
  • Superstar Assistant Manager - The Victorian, Bramhall

    North West England / Stockport, Greater Manchester / Bramhall, Greater Manchester Salary on application JW Lees

    We are looking for an assistant manager to join our team and uphold our high customer service standards as well as supporting the general manager i...

    • 15 days ago
  • Assistant - Belmore Hotel, Cheshire

    North West England / Cheshire / Sale, Greater Manchester Salary on application JW Lees

    We are currently, recruiting for an Assistant General Manager, for the Belmore, our Pub/Restaurant with Accommodation in Sale, Cheshire.

    • 15 days ago
  • Assistant Manager - The Elizabethan, Stockport

    North West England / Stockport, Greater Manchester Salary on application JW Lees

    The Elizabethan is on the hunt for a new Assistant Manager. A very busy and demanding pub which has introduced Three new General Managers into the ...

    • 15 days ago
  • Assistant Manager - The Lloyds, Chorlton

    North West England / Manchester, Greater Manchester Salary on application JW Lees

    The Lloyds is currently looking for an Assistant Manager/ Trainee Assistant Manager to assist the General Manager in the day to day running of a bu...

    • 15 days ago
  • Social Media Apprentice

    North West England / Manchester, Greater Manchester / Middleton, Greater Manchester £11,500 JW Lees

    JW Lees is looking for a bright, creative and enthusiastic social media apprentice to join its team in Middleton while studying for a City and Guil...

    • 15 days ago
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