The Person

A real foodie who has the experience of operating a gastro pub and the attention to detail to operate an immaculate Boutique Hotel.

Happy to embrace the demands of this affluent high-quality community.

Must have track record and experience of operating high quality food business and hotel bedrooms.

Ability to calmly and maturely manage a team that consists of housekeepers, chefs, and front of house.  Solid organisational skills and experience in maximising commercial benefit of PMS, Online Bookings, and 3rd Party Websites.

The Pub

The Crown and Horns is in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The village of East Ilsley, can be traced back to the Domesday Book and is noted for its great Sheep Fairs, and more recently for its horse-racing connections.

The location is very rural but remains accessible. 1hrs drive from the M25, only 10 mins drive from Jct 13 of the M4, 10miles north of Newbury.

This village pub benefits from lovely kitchen courtyard garden, our 11 bedrooms surround this courtyard, there is private carpark.

As you walk into the Crown & Horns you can smell the open fire in the winter months and hear the gentle chatter of locals catching up with each other in the small bar area, Hotel guests will check-in here at quiet end of the bar.  As you explore round the pub, you will see most of its space to devoted to dining, this is broken up with wooden beams and wood burner.  The large kitchen is in the heart of the pub, the front of house team finds it easy to collect food orders and communicate to the kitchen team.

Truly amazing pub food at the Crown and Horns is key to its success, delivered with personal and attentive service.

The Boutique Bedrooms

There are 11 bedrooms in total, the great location ensures our bedroom guests are a mix of both corporate clients during the week and leisure guests at the weekends.  The bedrooms benefit from recent refurbishment and are all smart with homely touches.  Please view our rooms and room rates via our website.

The Opportunity

The Management Partner of the Crown & Horns will be loved by the village and visitors alike, delivering effortless hospitality and going the extra mile to keep the Crown and Horns at the absolute centre of village life. The opportunity to walk you own beloved family dog in amazing countryside, an ideal pub for lover of all things equestrian.  East Ilsley is a village that will give back when the Management Partner supports the village, adopts flexible approach and leads the way in local events, think village fairs, church council, leading support for national events.

Winning awards and industry recognition are all possible at this idyllic and historic location.


Located on the 1st floor above the dining area there is a flat, this consists of 2 bedrooms (1 ensuite), living room, kitchen/dining, bathroom and living room.

The Partnership – Fixed

Ready to run your own business, manage your own team and define your own wage structure? Love working closely with an Operations Manager to build an incredible pub legacy with uncompromising standards and stand out guest experience? Then the Punch Managed Partnership is the perfect option for you.

Alongside tonnes of day-to-day support and a brilliant framework to grow your business, we give you an uncapped cut of top line turnover to pay yourself and your team – it’s your structure to own. We understand how important it is for the pub operator to completely own their own team.

In our Partnerships, we love pub obsessed entrepreneurs that help us lead the industry. We love to partner with people that help us create pub legacies that stand the test of time and become the hub of their community. We get that every pub has its own distinct character, so your Operations Manager will work closely with you to understand the true identity of your business, we can then help support you amplifying this, it’s a partnership after all!


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