Home Counties sits alongside our sister pub company, Brunning and Price. It's a collection of 7 pubs in the South of England that share a common bond together - a love of great fresh pub food, a passion for the perfect pint (gin, glass of wine... our passion stretches to all tipples) and a welcoming environment which makes us the perfect place to socialize in a comfortable environment.

We think the best pubs are those that are run by owner-operators, so we try to keep as close to that principle as we can. Our pubs are run as free houses, by their managers with head office functions as a service to support if needed. What this means in practice is that the pubs choose their own staff, they write their own menus, choose their own beers and wines line-ups and how much to sell them for. In truth, they get all the fun bits of running a pub, and the office does the boring bits.

This means that each of our pubs is different, but with a common theme of quality running between them. They sit at the heart of their communities and reflect what their communities would like them to offer.

We think they are pretty special.

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Latest Home Counties Pubs news:


Brunning and Price moves to Tarporley

We are thrilled to share the news that we have just taken on the Lord Binning pub in Tarporley.

With a sensitive transformation we think it will make a super B&P pub as it is nestled in close proximity to Delamere Forest Park and sits within B&P Cheshire Heartland (close by to what will be its sister pub, the Dysart in Bunbury). Luckily we got wind that it was becoming available early on, and since then many Brunning and Price customers have been in touch to let us know it's on the market, which reassures us that our first instincts were indeed correct.

Read more... and see our previous news articles

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There are quite a few faces behind the scenes that keep everything running beautifully smoothly. As it's always nice to put a face to a name, you can scan down the list or click each department to find out a little more about everyone.

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If you would like to email a member of the team, it's very simple, use their first name, then dot, then surname, followed by @hcpr.co.uk example: [email protected]

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Directors

Mary Willcock

Managing Director

Mary was born and brought up in Perth, Scotland, and went to Edinburgh University to read Geography, where she aced a First and a Masters in Volcanos and Glaciers. Whenever we have a query in the Fire and Ice department, Mary is our natural go-to resource.

After uni Mary set off to explore the world, and was for a time a High Adventure Chief in North Carolina, which is what Americans call 'a climbing instructor'. Australia and New Zealand followed, and such is the way of things, she ended up working in a pub on her return to Albion, pondering the route ahead.

She didn't ponder long, and soon entered the Whitbread Graduate Training Scheme, her career climb following an inexorably upward incline with posts as Area Manager, Ops Manager and Ops Director, finally summiting as Managing Director of Slug and Lettuce. Mary subsequently poured her DNA into the deep end of the B&P gene pool in the spring of 2014, when she took over the reins as Managing Director. So there you have it: a career path littered with mixed metaphors.

On a more personal note, as a wee thing Mary appeared on the Antiques Roadshow and Songs of Praise (we would so like to see a tape of that), and her grandfather was a Battle of Britain pilot. She plays the flute and curiously her ears don't match, so in a stiff breeze she has a tendency to gently rotate, in the manner of a rotary washing line hung with a bath towel on one side and a tea towel on the other.

Mary loves baking and regularly brings her trophies into the office, and by way of balance, is a fitness hound in her local gym and has completed two half-marathons. She is married to Paul and has two step-children, Alice and Jess, and her favourite cheese is Gorgonzola.

Tom Fletcher

Operations Director (South)

After eight successful years with the Malmaison/Hotel Du Vin group working as General Manager in the beautiful city of Edinburgh Tom decided to sacrifice the rooms side of things and focus on his love for food and beverage joining pub life in 2010 coming on board as Operations Manager. He now finds himself in the lofty position of Operations Director shepherding 30+ pubs and 3 operations managers in the South. Originally from the Midlands Tom's local watering hole was the Fox; he trained as a chef at University College Birmingham where he graduated with a Diploma and Degree (with none other than James Killick one of our other Northern Ops Managers) and spent 18 months sunning himself (and cheffing apparently) in South Carolina. He's worked all over the country, from Birmingham to Glasgow, Hampshire to Surrey and everywhere in-between finally settling down in rolling hills of Shropshire with wife Claire and his two sons Oscar and Dylan.



Operations

Sal Morgan

Operations Manager

Starting out many years ago in the company as a chef, it was apparent Sal was passionate from day one. Apart from cooking, Sal's favourite pastime is travelling, spending a lot of time in Africa and Europe. He is a real fanatic of motorsport especially the Formula 1 variety, and spends most of his spare time with his wife Lara and two children Jake and Ava. After all this, any spare time goes towards Sal consuming grapes.....out of the bottle.

 

Tamsyn Little

Operations Manager

Tamsyn is very passionately Cornish, so don't ever give her a scone with the cream under the jam!. She grew up in St Austell and her secondary school was right next door to the brewery, making the smell during morning break a particular favourite. She has done pretty much every job in the industry from cleaning a pub, working in a fish and chip shop, city wine bars, country pubs and Disneyland. Out of work she is a Pilates devotee and also loves a Zumba class. She professes to making the best Sunday roast in the whole world and can also turn her hand to making some pretty awesome birthday cakes. What time is left is taken up with her little Littles, a budding sailor and a Disney princess!

Stephen Butt

Operations Manager

Steve is an old school pub man who loves his ales and always has a warm and friendly way about him. He recently took up the role of Operations Manager for us having spent years behind the bars of one of our pubs or another. When he isn't working he is either jumping out of planes or at home his wife Emma and children Bethany and Connor - who both think he plays professionally for Arsenal.



Accounts

Florence Sithiravel

Accounts Supervisor

Florence is now considered a part of the fixtures and fittings, having been mining away in accounts for over 25 years, where she started shortly after her arrival from Sri Lanka. She loves cooking and going out, her favourite dish being curry and rice. She would like to go on lots of holidays but Lorna won't let her.

Agnes Cullis

Accounts

Agnes joined us from Deep Pan Pizza and has been working here since 2006. She likes to tuck into king prawns and a nice bit of sea bass, and swims to make up for it. She enjoys nothing better on a sunny day than sitting in the garden with a good book, in the company of her three cats, Daisy, Billy and Gizmo.

Darshini Ravindran

Accounts

After a number of years in various accounts positions, Darshini took the plunge and joined us in 2006. She likes travelling, watching TV and reading

Laila Fouladipour

Accounts

Leila's real name is Neda, but somehow it became transmuted over the years. She hails from exotic Persia and has been with The Restaurant Group since 2001 where she started to work after completing her studies. She enjoys reading a good book, and shopping. Her favourite dish is a nice steak and chips washed down with a cold carrot juice.



Human Resources

Caroline Wiltshire

Deputy Personnel Manager

Caroline is our Deputy Personel Manager in the South. She is relatively new to the team so watch this space - as we learn her secrets we will be sure to share.

Rachel Calder

Deputy Personnel Manager

After studying both Recreation Management and HR at University Rachel is a fully qualified HR Manager (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) with experience in the hospitality industry in both a front of house management position and in an HR capacity, so she really knows her stuff. Having recently relocated with her family to Farnham from London and returning from maternity leave, Rachel is looking forward to getting back into all things HR and joining the HR team. With a particular love of swimming, travel, cocktails and the outdoors, she also confesses that for her, there's nothing better than steak, red wine and a cheese board!

Andrea Kearon

Recruitment and Training Manager

There are many characters around and about who have been involved for decades, and Andrea is one of them. Andrea is the Mrs Beeton of Home Counties - she's a dab hand at vinegars, chutneys, jams and baking, and enjoys nothing as much as 'batch cooking', which basically means food production in industrial quantities. Interestingly, she has been rendered concussed on two occasions, once by a boat, and once by a fridge freezer.

Mike Richardson

Recruitment and Training Manager

After admiring B&P pubs from afar (aka the bar), Mike came to us with a wealth of experience after 9 years of running his own recruitment consultancy. In a sporty previous life, Mike played football and tennis and started his sporting career on a high as a ball boy at Wimbledon. Now the only balls he's juggling are the demands of a young family and being an all-round gin drinking, recruitment whizz-kid.



Chef Support

Billy Butcher

Executive Chef

Billy first started as a chef at the tender age of fourteen, and toiled at the coal face for eighteen years. During that time he was Sous chef at Gravetye Manor for four years when it first gained its Michelin star. He became Head chef at Amberley Castle before returning to Gravetye as Head chef for another four years, successfully retaining its Michelin star. Billy then progressed to being the Exec chef for an Italian food group before joining us in 2011. His hobbies are fly-fishing and photography, particularly food photography.

James Grogan

Deputy Executive Chef

James started at the beginning of May 2009 after a nine month golf sabbatical that took him all over the world. When he's not on the stove he seems to find plenty of other work to keep him occupied (his handicap has suffered) or if time allows, his head will be under the bonnet of one of a myriad of large Mercedes he drives, although his pride and joy is a maroon Ford Ka. There's no accounting for taste.