Welcome to Working with Star. As part of HEINEKEN UK and a passionate supporter of the Great British Pub, our goal is simple: to build successful and sustainable business partnerships with our lessees and tenants. That’s why we are absolutely committed to providing the information and guidance you need to succeed – backed by a positive, two way dialogue and excellent support.

At Star Pubs & Bars we understand that taking on a pub is a major business commitment and we want to make sure that all of our lessees fully understand the agreements that they enter into and the opportunities that these bring. Working with Star aims to give both first-time and experienced pub operators a clear and jargon-free understanding of how we work with our lessees and tenants, and the responsibilities and obligations that are accepted by each party.

I hope in reading Working with Star you get a flavour of the type of company we are – open, fair and supportive – and that you choose to join us. If having read Working with Star, there is anything that you are still unsure of, please do ask as we’re here to help. With best wishes,

Lawson Mountstevens

Trading Director.

Licensee Referral Scheme

Do you know someone who would make a great pub operator? If you introduce us to someone who then goes on to sign a lease with us, we will pay you £2,000. It really is that simple. You’ve got the contacts and we’ve got the pubs. Let’s work together. How does it work?

Ask the potential licensee to apply directly through the starpubs.co.uk website. The application form asks for the name of the referrer (that’s you!) so please ensure that they do, to make sure we can track the lead back to you. Click here to read our Terms & Conditions.

Working with Star Pubs & Bars

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As a landlord of more than 500 tied pubs Star Pubs & Bars are covered by the regulations laid out in the Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016 which came into force on the 21st July 2016.  The code is designed to protect the rights of tied tenants in England and Wales and is overseen by the Pubs Code Adjudicator. 

A copy of the regulations can be found here.   

To contact the Office of the Pubs Code Adjudicator, tied-tenants can call 0800 528 8080 or visit the website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/pubs-code-adjudicator. You can also view their leaflet here

The Star Pubs & Bars Compliance officer is Chris Moore, chris.moore@starpubs.co.uk and our Compliance Manager is Lynne Winter, lynne.winter@starpubs.co.ukAlternatively if you have any Pubs Code questions you can contact us at pubscode@starpubs.co.uk

In accordance with the statutory requirements set out in Regulations 43(5), (7), (8) & (9) of the Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016, Star Pubs & Bars has compiled and provided to the Pubs Code Adjudicator an annual compliance report to cover the reporting period 21st July to 31st March 2018.  A copy of the report can be found here and has been approved by Lawson Mountstevens as Managing Director, Star Pubs & Bars.

  • Star Pubs & Bars has not been subject to any investigations or enforcement in respect of Code Compliance or unfair business practices
  • Star Pubs & Bars has a clear procedure for dealing with tenant complaints and Code Breaches.  During the reporting period 29 cases were referred to the PCA for arbitration
  • Star Pubs & Bars has appointed a Compliance Officer and they have implemented and reviewed the training and conduct of BDMs 

Tied tenants in Scotland are covered by a voluntary Code of Practice which governs the relationship between pub businesses and their tenants.  A copy of this code can be found here.  In the event of a dispute with Star Pubs & Bars which cannot be resolved through our complaints procedure the code allows tenants to refer disputes to either the Pubs Independent Rent Review Scheme (PIRRS) or to the Pubs Independent Conciliation & Arbitration Service (PICA-Service).  Contact details for these bodies are shown below.



Complaints and Grievances

At Star Pubs & Bars we are committed to meeting the obligations set out in Working with Star and the Industry Framework Code. We take any complaints seriously and have a structured and robust grievance procedure in place should any of our lessees or tenants feel that we have failed to meet our responsibilities under these Codes. Find out more about how to raise a grievance with Star Pubs & Bars.