Our Story

Hawthorn is an ambitious community pub company with an energetic, people-focused culture. We are proud to serve our local communities, working with great partners and operators to run some of the best pubs in England, Scotland and Wales. We own and manage more than 700 leased, tenanted and operator managed community pubs in suburban locations, residential neighbourhoods, towns, city centres and communities around the UK.

The origins of Hawthorn go back to the original acquisition in 2013 when the NewRiver Community Pub Company acquired 202 pubs from Marstons. In May 2018, NewRiver acquired Hawthorn and its 298 community pubs. Since the integration of the two businesses, led by our CEO Mark Davies, we have gone on to successfully create the 7th largest tenanted Pub Company.

The Hawthorn community – our Pub Partners, community heroes, and our central team - works in partnership. Our many years of pub industry knowledge and experience helps and supports our pub partners and tenants run successful, sustainable businesses. We are committed to continuing to invest in our pub portfolio and our people, and we will continue to grow and invest in our estate while striving to be the best community pub company in the UK.

Our History


Our People

Our people are the key to our success and the heartbeat of Hawthorn. The running of our community pub company is not just a job to us. We are passionate about running pubs that our communities love, we invest in our pubs and we are growing fast. Meet some our team here.
“The support that comes from them [Hawthorn], to be able to give that little bit more that you may have, is just second to none.”
Becky Pub Partner at Eagle, Redditch
“I was really looking for a company that fitted with my values and resonated with me. Hawthorn has that family feel and that’s really what captured my heart.”
Nikki Business Development Manager
“We just realised this is what this pub is for, it is for the community to tell us what they need from us. So, we have said to them, this is your pub you guide us, and we will try and make it happen... The community needs this pub open and Hawthorn haven’t let me down, they’ve come in and given us the support.”
Kerry Pub Partner at Red Lion, Yarnton

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