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History of Whitbread

Celebrating a great British business

Today

Today - Premier Inn and Costa

We are focused on our growth engines of Costa and Premier Inn in the UK and around the world.

Sold our brewery business

Sold David Lloyd Leisure, Marriott Hotels, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut and Premier Lodge hotels

2000

1995

1995 - COSTA

Purchased Costa Coffee from Sergio and Bruno Costa

Period of acquisitions including David Lloyd Leisure, Marriott Hotels, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut and Premier Lodge hotels.

1990's

1987

Opened first Travel Inn

Opened first Beefeater

1974

1974 - Beefeater steak house

1968

By the 1960’s Whitbread had spotted that the UK was developing a thirst for lager and in 1968 reached a deal to brew Heineken under licence. Within three years it had 20 per cent of the lager market.

Introduced bottling of beer to become a national brand

1868

1968 - Introduced bottling of beer

1787

King George III and Queen Charlotte paid a visit to Chiswell street and according to the newspapers of the day, the king was ‘wonderfully pleased’ with the innovative steam engine

A modern man, Samuel Whitbread was a pioneer of new brewing techniques and in 1784 installed the first ever steam engine at the brewery, designed by famous engineer, James Watt

1784

1750

Samuel Whitbread created the first purpose-built mass-production brewery in the UK, when he moved his brewing operations to Chiswell Street on the eastern rim of Georgian London. Over the following years, Whitbread became a household name throughout the country.

Samuel Whitbread went into partnership with Godfrey and Thomas Shewell on the 11th of December 1742

1742

1742 - Samuel Whitbread
Today

Today - Premier Inn and Costa

We are focused on our growth engines of Costa and Premier Inn in the UK and around the world.

2000

Sold our brewery business

Sold David Lloyd Leisure, Marriott Hotels, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut and Premier Lodge hotels

1995

1995 - COSTA

Purchased Costa Coffee from Sergio and Bruno Costa

1990's

Period of acquisitions including David Lloyd Leisure, Marriott Hotels, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut and Premier Lodge hotels.

1987

Opened first Travel Inn

1974

1974 - Beefeater steak house

Opened first Beefeater

1868

1968 - Introduced bottling of beer

Introduced bottling of beer to become a national brand

1968

By the 1960’s Whitbread had spotted that the UK was developing a thirst for lager and in 1968 reached a deal to brew Heineken under licence. Within three years it had 20 per cent of the lager market.

1787

King George III and Queen Charlotte paid a visit to Chiswell street and according to the newspapers of the day, the king was ‘wonderfully pleased’ with the innovative steam engine

1784

A modern man, Samuel Whitbread was a pioneer of new brewing techniques and in 1784 installed the first ever steam engine at the brewery, designed by famous engineer, James Watt

1750

Samuel Whitbread created the first purpose-built mass-production brewery in the UK, when he moved his brewing operations to Chiswell Street on the eastern rim of Georgian London. Over the following years, Whitbread became a household name throughout the country.

1742

1742 - Samuel Whitbread

Samuel Whitbread went into partnership with Godfrey and Thomas Shewell on the 11th of December 1742