The Greene King story starts back in 1799, when Benjamin Greene moved to Bury St Edmunds to set up his own brewing business. By 1806 he had entered into a partnership with William Buck, an elderly yarn-maker, and acquired the 100-year-old Wright’s Brewery in Westgate.
By 1868 Benjamin had handed the reins over to his son Edward, who was one of the first employers to introduce employee benefits, including a pension scheme and accommodation for staff. In 1887, local competitor Frederick King amalgamated with the King business and formed the Greene King we know today.
In 1888, the wife of the Managing Director set up the ‘Mothers Meeting’, a chance for the wives of employees to get together, and occasionally provide financial assistance. Remarkably, the Mothers Meeting is still going today.
Greene King continues to grow to this day, acquiring new pubs each years and still brewing award-winning ales.
You can visit the brewery in Bury St Edmunds and take a guided tour.
Plan a trip to the surrounding area with Visit Suffolk.