General Manager - Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Competitive salary & benefits
20 Nov 2018
14 Dec 2018
Job Type
Live in

Grove LockThe Grove Lock is a traditional English pub, occupying a great spot on the bank of the Union Canal. The pub maintains a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and enjoys a great reputation for its food.Could you write the next chapter of our success story?

As our General Manager, you’ll be the driving force behind the success of the pub.

Ultimately, the smiles on faces, the return visits and the positive reviews are all down to you - making this one of the most rewarding jobs in the hospitality business.

  • Run a great pub, backed by the famous Fuller’s brewery
  • Enjoy the freedom to make the pub your own
  • Adopt a fantastic, friendly team
  • Benefit from a competitive salary and great discounts including 20% in all Fuller's pubs and heavily discounted stays in our hotels.
  • Benefit from industry leading training and development.
  • We will reward you every time you introduce a friend to the Fuller’s family who successfully passes their probation.

For any General Manager, Fuller’s is a special company to work for. You’ll get lots of help and support from Head Office when you need it, but also plenty of encouragement to put your own spin on the pub.

You can take plenty of pride in the role too, knowing that Fuller’s ales, food and service has a reputation as some of the very best in the business.

You’ll need to be commercially minded, making the right decisions to keep customers pouring through the doors. Importantly though, you’ll be a people-person too - mindful that to many, you’re still a good old-fashioned ‘Landlord’.

And of course, you’ll have a team to look after. So we’re looking for somebody with true leadership qualities – able to keep both the customers and the team smiling.

  • You’ll be great at leading a team
  • You should be highly motivated and commercially focused
  • You’ll need to be a great communicator
  • You should have previous management experience

Please understand that we will need proof of your right to work in the UK.


Occupying a fabulous waterside location, we are on the lookout for a new General Manager to join The Grove Lock, located in Grove, just outside Leighton Buzzard.

This shining example of a Great British waterside pub sits right on the Grand Union Canal at lock number 28. This enviable setting acts as a huge draw all year round, particularly in the Summer months when customers can take advantage of the large garden which is split in 2 with a decked area offering a full service dining experience and the turfed area offering a less formal bar service offer. Inside, the pub is large and airy with split level dining area, exposed wooden beams and a large welcoming bar. During the colder months, the pub still offers customers a lovely experience, with warm and welcoming open fires and cosy seating and décor. A large car park with overflow capacity means the Grove Lock is able to handle the big spikes in trade during the summer.

Whilst the Grove Lock does have all year round charm, it’s very much a seasonal business which will achieve a weekly turnover of the late 30’s when the sun is shining. In the winter months, this could drop down to late teens in the depth of winter. As such, the next General Manager will be able to make the most out of the peak trading periods whilst also thinking outside the box to draw in customers during the quieter months with a quality food and beverage offer and interesting events calendar. Experience in delivering a fresh food offer and managing extremely busy services will be essential to the success of the pub. With plenty of areas perfect for private hire, there is real room for growth in this area. You will be able to build, train and motivate a loyal team that is able to deliver outstanding service year round.

With plans for an 80 cover extension and kitchen refurbishment in the next 12 months, this is a fantastic opportunity for someone wishing to excel and take a business to the next level.

This is a live in position with a lovely cottage adjacent to the pub. The Grove Lock is a complex business and would therefore suit an existing General Manager looking to make their mark in a business with huge potential for growth.

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