Long time lurker and member from afar in Glasgow here! Hope everyone's just doing as well as they can do, at the moment.
I was just chatting to the other half (pub family background in and about Boyle) about Tenanted/Tied pubs and if it's such a thing.
England and Wales are different to Scotland when it comes to protections around the tenants themselves, am doing some reading up of what it's like in the North too.
Do Tenanted pubs exist in Ireland, are there laws to allow/disallow for this? I guess Managed pubs have become more of a thing, GBB, Spoons etc. Otherwise, I assume freehold is the prevalent ownership model.
I am currently having a lovely Saturday morning read of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee (Comataidh Eaconamaidh, Lùth is Obair Chothromach), Stage 1 Report on the Tied Pubs(Scotland) Bill. Can't attach it as it's a wee bit too big for the forum, but can be found
The system of pub ownership is completely different in Ireland compared to Britain, largely because the licensing system is too. The vast majority of pubs are single owner/occupier businesses. There are a handful of pub chains in the cities, where an owner/occupier has bought an additional pub, then another, then another until it becomes a chain. With GBB and The Porterhouse, where one of the pubs was a brewpub originally, they've expanded into essentially a tied estate with a separate production brewery, but they're all centrally managed, not leased out. There are examples too where someone owns a pub and its licence but leases it to an operator -- I think the Galway Bay ones work like this, so if Galway Bay decides to move out, a new tenant takes over. In those cases the owner has no involvement in the running, other than renewing the licence each year. We certainly have nothing like the UK's pubco model.