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.
Find Your Local
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 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.
The JW Lees shop is hosted and fulfilled by Best of British Beers
Our all-malt amber bitter was first brewed in 1828 to satisfy thirsty Mancunians grafting in the workshop of the world. It soon became our most popula...
Manchester Pale Ale
Tony Wilson once said: “This is Manchester, we do things differently here”. And he was right. Our refreshingly Mancunian pale ale gives ale lovers...
Breweries often used to hold back their extra special bitter for the Directors or Chairman, but we think everyone should enjoy the very best. Named in...
Manchester Craft Lager
More than a few craft lagers are named after the cities that created them, so we've added Manchester to that list using almost two centuries' worth of...
First brewed in 1950, our malty award-winning Moonraker is dedicated to a local legend. The story goes that farmers close to the JW Lees brewery once ...
2020 Seasonal Editions
The JW Lees 2020 seasonal range is a celebration of the variety cask has to offer. The collection showcases exciting beers to cater for the drinker with a desire to try something new.
The range has also been expertly hand-drawn to develop bespoke designs that evoke the unique personalities of the beers. These beers will really stand out from the crowd,
Big Bad Wolf
This is the retelling of a classic beer style. A deep scarlet coloured beer with forest fruit aromas and a punchy flavour that will be sure to 'blow y...
Run Rabbit Run
Run Rabbit Run showcases a new hop variety for JW Lees. Follow us down the rabbit hole for a complex and earthy experience with a tropical kick....
Summer Time Lime
When it comes to thirst quenching, quaffable summer drinks, few are as perfect as Summer Time Lime. This easy drinking light gold ale balances caramel...
100 Years Brew
In a hat-tip to CAMRA's Mild May initiative, this light mild is inspired by a recipe from the archives of 1920. This rich gold beer delivers a spicy a...
A take on the 'California Common' or steam beer - this hybrid style has all the crispness of a lager while retaining the full bodied flavours of a mal...
The Boilerhouse is where we brew our small batch beers. It’s a place to foster a spirit of innovation that has always run deep within our DNA. We’re on a mission to explore distinctive, challenging new beers – brewing them with integrity in just the right amounts – with nearly two centuries of brewing heritage behind us.
Highly hopped with floral aromas and a fruity, citrusy body. Moderate bitterness and low ABV background add to a clean, refreshing taste....
Vanilla White Stout
This is a stout with a shake-up! Light-bronze in colour but with all the distinctive rich flavours of a brooding stout. Vanilla sweetness from the lac...
High Alpha IPA
A hop forward pale with punchy aromatic fruity notes. An avalanche of bold American hops provide a distinct, intense bitterness....
This premium pilsner has a subtle caramel malt background, the anticipated soft mouthfeel and finishes with a delicate clean bitterness....
Chocolate Orange Mild
A dark mahogany brew that balances roasted, chocolatey malt sweetness with a delicate underlying citrus flavour....
We’re tucked away on quaint Godstall Lane, not far from Chester’s stunning Cathedral, and we’re one of the city’s best kept secrets. Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast and a slow roasted coffee or treat yourself to a freshly prepared lunch from our daytime menu, or hearty classics from our evening menu.
20% off our rooms to start 2020
Book direct with us for a stay in one of our beautiful inns and hotels with 20% off for January and February. Enjoy a relaxing break after the Christmas festivities, with a choice of stunning locations by the sea in Anglesey or the rolling Yorkshire hills in Holmfirth. With fantastic homemade food and award winning cask ales by the fire, we’ve got the perfect retreat for you.
Run a pub partnership
Because pubs aren’t JUST another business. They’re about keeping friends in touch, uniting families and providing a place for communities to grow – doing something that actually matters. As a JW Lees Pub Partner, you’ll have the freedom to run your own business and the rewards that come with that, but you’ll also be doing something you love every single day.