How it all began..
The Dorbiere Pub Group was founded in 1978 by Robin Gray with the purchase of the Old Nags Head, in the peak district village of Edale. Still retained in the Dorbiere estate to this day, the Nags Head is one of 52 country inns and public houses owned and operated by the group. With a strong business knowledge learnt from times with the Trust House Forte group Robin operated the Nags head himself and due to the success of this pub he looked for other businesses to expand. This saw the purchase of other pubs across the peak district, such as the Snake Pass Inn and the LadyBower Inn, which operated as very success rural destination food houses.
Throughout the 80’s Dorbiere expanded into central Manchester operating such bars are Brannigans, The Victoria, Brahms and Liszt, Oscars and the Royal Thornton Hotel at Manchester Airport. With the success of these Central Manchester bars Dorbiere looked to cherry pick the purchase of some smaller community pubs across the North West, North East and Midlands, clustering the purchase of these community houses near their sister beer whole sale company Licensing Wholesale Consortium Company. With ever increasing costs of operating city centre bars the company withdrew from city centre Manchester, selling all their interests and invested heavily in the expansion of the community pub business.
Over the last 10 years Dorbiere has focussed on strategic purpose of community houses, where other operators are withdrawing from community pubs, Dorbiere strongly believes in investing in the pub and ensuring it remains at the heart of the community, with a dedicated refurbishment and maintenance programme ensuring the pubs remain the number one choice in their locality.
In 2012, 33 years since the purchase of the first public house, the number of pubs and country inns stands at 49 with the founder Robin Gray still actively involved in the daily operation of the business along with his business partner Ebrahim Mukadam. The close relationship between the owners and public houses is a key link to the successful partnerships between the Dorbiere and it’s pub managers.
Moving forward the company is still looking to expand its estate with an aim of reaching a target of 75 freehold public houses over the next few years. With a dedicated management team across the business Dorbiere is confident in achieving it ambitious goals and continuing to secure a healthy future for the business.