Stuart & Honor Adlington

The Duke of Cumberland, North Ferriby and The Apollo, Hull

Stuart & Honor

Marston's franchisees Stuart and Honor Adlington started their journey at the Apollo in Hull in February 2015. Stuart and Honor are a great example of the type of franchisees we look for - their strong business background, transferable skills and dedication, plus our training and support helped them quickly adapt to the pub franchise environment

Stuart, 54 says: "We wanted to work for ourselves, and Honor had always hankered after a pub so we tried running a local pub for week.

We investigated the various routes into the industry and liked the support offered by the Marston's franchise.

I have retail management experience and Honor had been a domestic supervisor so we had people management skills, but limited pub experience, so we found Marston's support most useful on the operations side, with things like ordering, changing barrels, till systems and running the kitchen."

The couple built a strong team, enabling them to open another site, the Duke of Cumberland in nearby North Ferriby, within a few months.

"We ultimately hope to take on five Marston's pubs," says Stuart. "We would have struggled to do this on our own, but franchising makes it achievable."