18th June 2020

For 192 years our family brewery has operated uninterrupted, even throughout two world wars, until 90 days ago when we had to close our pubs and stopped brewing beer.  Thankfully we are now brewing again and we are looking forward to opening out pubs inns and hotels as soon as it’s safe to do so.


We really did not want to close our pubs at all but we will re-open with safety as our first priority since we know that guests will come into pubs with a sense of trepidation.  People have been missing pubs and it is now our job to put safety in front of profit and to make people safe as they rediscover drinking and eating in pubs again.  Our Managers and Pub Partners are professional licensees and we have been serving people in our pubs for over 190 years.


We are now bringing people back off furlough, although a small core team have been managing our business during lock-down with our Boilerhouse small-batch brewery allowing us to keep our 5,000-generation yeast alive which gives our cask beers their unique JW Lees character and flavour.  In the last few weeks we’ve been gradually ramping up production so that we will be back delivering beer from the end of June in time for pubs opening on 4th July.  At the moment we are still waiting for some clarity on this from government.


We will be gradually reopening our pubs as soon as we are allowed to do so and we expect all of our pubs to be open by the middle of August.  We have also suspended all rents to JW Lees Pub Partners during lockdown to help our licensees to survive through the crisis.


We will be updating all of our pub web sites with both their new opening times and offerings and so please check on the web site before setting off to any JW Lees pub.  We look forward to welcoming back guests to JW Lees pubs as soon as you feel that it is safe to do so.