The Family Brewery since 1828

The journey began in 1828 when our founder, retired cotton manufacturer, John Lees, decided to buy land at Middleton Junction and set up Greengate Brewery. Since then, we’ve stayed true to our roots and brew all our beers right here in Manchester. We continue to grow each year and to this day, we have over 140 pubs, inns & hotels across the North West of England and North Wales. We’re always on the lookout for new pubs to add to our estate and are keen to create the best pubs in the community.

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Our Brewery

We put the brewery at the heart of our business and brew six cask ales as well as two lagers, five keg beers and six limited edition seasonal cask ales, which are available throughout different times of the year. We also have the Boilerhouse and sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia regent from Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines & spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world. You can order and collect the full range from JW Lees Brewery by contacting customer services on 0161 3454441.

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The JW Lees shop is hosted and fulfilled by Best of British Beers

Whilst we’re unable to re-open all of our pubs, inns & hotels at the moment, here are the sites that are open and ready to welcome you back. For more information, please head to their individual websites or check out their social media pages.


Family Managed Pubs, Inns & Hotels
Alderley Edge Hotel, Boathouse, Duke of Gloucester, Duttons Chester, Golden Pheasant, Goshawk, Greyhound, Kingfisher, London Bridge, Spread Eagle, Stanneylands & Vale Royal Abbey Arms.


Pub Partnership Sites
Bear's Paw, The Crown (Lymm), George & Dragon (Cheshire), Farmer's Arms, Hanging Gate, Netherton Hall, Plough & Flail, Ring O'Bells (Frodsham), Rope & Anchor, Saracens Head, Ship Inn (Wincle).