Hook Norton, the Oxfordshire brewer and pub operator, may focus on managed pubs following the conclusion of its ‘five year plan’ in 2017. Joint managing director Adrian Staley told Publican’s Morning Advertiser, sister title to M&C Report: “We might look at managed houses after the five years. But at the moment we’ve got to get tenancies right so we’re focusing on that - the right licensees, training, developing the sites and a support package.” In January, M&C Report revealed that Hook Norton had opened its first managed site, the Coach & Horses, a failed tenancy in the centre of Banbury. The venture was run under an agreement with a management company, Flagstone Inns. Earlier this year Hook Norton announced plans to acquire pubs within 50 miles of its brewery, focusing on market towns. Staley, who joined Hook Norton earlier this year, told the PMA: “I’m convinced Hook Norton’s got huge potential. It’s got the character, a wonderful area around it, a picturesque brewery that hasn’t changed since it was built, and shire horses too. “It’s a quintessential English business. Yet it’s perceived to be bigger than it is. The opportunity is there to be grasped.”