Work with us

‘Experience the Difference’

Founded by Mark Higgs in 2019, The Free Spirit Pub Co is about approaching hospitality from a different perspective by offering both guests and employees the opportunity to partake in a journey of progression and expansion. For us, hospitality isn’t necessarily about providing a service; it’s about creating and delivering an experience. Prior to setting up Free Spirit, Mark had been working in the hospitality sector for over 10 years and having worked in every area – from pot washing to management – it was always his ambition to set up his own family of pubs.

In 2014, Mark took on The Castle at Edgehill, followed by The Sun Inn at Hook Norton in 2017. It was with the addition of a Third site in 2019, The Red Lion at Hellidon, that The Free Spirit Pub Co was born.

Ethos and Promises

So what makes us different?

At Free Spirit Pub Co, we believe hospitality is a way of life, not just a career. We wish to guide our employees in a way to help them achieve their aspirations whilst still bringing their own personalities and creativity to the table – our employees do not work for a corporation, they work for themselves. We believe that human connection is the core of great hospitality and we wish to encourage such connections, whilst also enjoying all the others things we know and love about this amazing industry. Our key focus is looking after our teams and in doing so, our guests.

Reasons to work with us

– CAREER PROGRESSION In a young, growing company there are always opportunities for growth and career progression and we want to help you find a path which suits your ambitions and talents.
– YOUR HAPPINESS Of course we want to send our guests’ home happy, but generating happy and rewarding experiences for our staff is even more important. Because we love what we do, we hope you will to!
– TRAINING We help support our talented and motivated people to develop skills, confidence and knowledge and through this, we want to make you feel challenged
– SELF DEVELOPMENT At Free Spirit, we encourage our employees to get their creative juices flowing and we love you to be coming up with new, brilliant ideas as and when you can. This is our family and we should all be a part of it.
– TEAM SPIRIT We like to work with friends and with people who enjoy being part of a team. It is team spirit that ultimately drives our sites forward and we want to create happy, positive working environments for all.

If you are passionate and love hospitality as much as we do, please send your CV to [email protected] with a little bit about yourself (we want to hear all about YOU!)

Visit our sister pubs

Red Lion Hellidon
The Castle at Edgehill Hotel
The Sun Inn Hook Norton