Community Pub Manager - The Cricketers, Southampton

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Woolston, Southampton
Competitive salary and bonus scheme
12 Oct 2016
20 Oct 2016
Job Type
Full Time


Our community pubs are famous for their commitment to being at the heart of the local community. Each pub has an offer developed with its customers in mind, whether that’s a great food menu, an exciting range of drinks, regular events or live sports. Our community pubs focus on the needs of local people, ensuring they have a great experience every time they visit.

The Cricketers Arms is a community local pub which offers our Birch menu. It has great potential and so is a fantastic opportunity for the new Manager.

Trading Area and Private Accommodation

The pub has a large, L-shaped main bar area, with pool tables to the right of the bar. There is a separate function room, which has a stage and dance floor. Outside there is a patio area and a smoking area. There is a large car park and behind the function room is another raised patio space.

The private accommodation consists of a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and three bedrooms, all in good condition.

Customer Base and the Local Area

Woolston is on the outskirts of Southampton and it situated at the northern end of the toll bridge. The main attraction in the area is the football ground.

The Cricketers Arms is a roadside pub and is popular with cyclists and walkers. It currently attracts trade from the local area but it also attracts diners from the surrounding areas.  Although the pub is not a typical sports venue, it is home to pub teams and sports enthusiasts due to regular Sky and BT sport being shown. It is also a local for Southampton supporters who visit prior to frequenting the nearby ground.

Business Potential

Currently trading at £6,500 net per week (85/15 wet/dry), there is huge potential to grow food sales. The function room needs to be used every weekend for private functions to bring in new revenue.

Being at the centre of the village, this pub needs an experienced landlord/landlady who can associate with the local community at all levels and who will work with the local committee to run events and raise money for charity. The key to success in this business is the ability to effectively run the kitchen for the destination food trade, and maximising the sports and function opportunities.

Person requirements

To be successful in this role you will need to have experience of running a successful pub business, with a proven track record in implementing profit-driving sales ideas. You will be passionate about the industry and up for the challenge of being the driving force behind a community based pub, developing the business through your experience and knowledge. In addition to these skills you will need:

  • A Personal Licence
  • Experience of managing and developing a team
  • High operational standards
  • Experience of taking full responsibility for profit and loss
  • Good organisation and communication skills
  • The ability to organise a range of community based activities and events such as charity nights and pub team games

Benefits and rewards

Working for Marston’s means working for a market-leading company that offers a great working environment. We recognise and reward hard work and encourage development at all levels, providing excellent training and development opportunities. We offer a first-class package inclusive of:

  • Competitive salary and bonus scheme
  • High quality live-in accommodation (when included)
  • 20% discount on food and hotel accommodation in participating sites
  • Company contributory pension with life assurance
  • Private healthcare (after a qualifying period)
  • Save as you earn scheme
  • Childcare vouchers