Don't invest unless you are prepared to lose all the money you invest. These are high-risk investments and you are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong. Take 2 mins to learn more.

Don't invest unless you are prepared to lose all the money you invest. These are high-risk investments and you are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong. Take 2 mins to learn more.




Downing has been investing in the pub sector since 2005.



£326m deployed into the hospitality sector through Downing funds.

Why we invest in pubs 

There are currently c.50,000 pubs in the UK contributing towards a market worth c.£26 billion per annum. Pubs continue to be a resilient area of consumer spending during economic cycles, generating consistent cash flow through food and drink sales. This has led to a particularly buoyant market, with a consistent flow of successful pub redevelopments - a reassuring prospect for investors seeking stable returns on their investments. 

Downing’s specialist investment team has invested in the pub sector for almost two decades. Throughout this period, the team has built strong relationships within the industry – working with high-quality operators and partners to acquire and develop pubs that provide attractive asset-backed opportunities for investors.  

Note that some of these Bonds might be restricted to High Net Worth Individuals, Sophisticated and Professional investors only. 



  • Am I eligible to invest?

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has restricted the promotion of some Bonds to restricted investors from 1 January 2020.  

    These rules apply only to what the FCA term 'speculative illiquid securities' (SIS). This basically means unlisted debentures or preference shares issued by a company that then uses the funds raised to lend to or invest in other companies or to purchase or develop property that is not for its own use. 

    Some of our care Bonds may be classed as speculative illiquid securities and will therefore be restricted to High Net Worth, Sophisticated and Professional Investor only. Once you log in to your account, you will be able to see those Bonds that are available to you.

    You can find out more about the FCA ruling here.  

  • Does FSCS protection apply?

    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for deposits does not apply to Downing Bonds. There may be circumstances in which investors can claim up to £85,000 of compensation where Downing LLP is unable or unlikely to honour legally enforceable obligations against it (e.g. claims for fraud or misrepresentation). However, investors will not be able to claim under the FSCS simply because a Bond fails to repay capital or pay interest. 

  • What are the risks?

    As with all investments, investing in Pub and Leisure Bonds has risks you should be aware of and comfortable with before you invest. Your capital is at risk and returns are not guaranteed. 

    Capital is at risk – A company that issues a Bond may not be able to repay the Bond and interest due at the end of the term. Should the portfolio perform poorly it may not attract buyers or not provide sufficient income to allow for the company to refinance and exit bondholders. 

    We recommend you spread your funds across a number of investments to diversify risk and not place too much capital in any single Bond. 

    Before you put money into an investment it is essential that you consider the risks involved. For the full list, please refer to the relevant Offer Document.

  • Who is the team in charge of pubs and leisure?

    The team is led by Mark Gross - a Partner at Downing LLP. With over 18 years of private equity experience, he has originated, transacted and managed over £1 billion of equity and debt capital. Since joining Downing in June 2014, Mark has worked across a number of sectors, including pubs and has been spearheading the expansion of the wider development capital team. 

    He has experience investing in private and quoted companies with knowledge of operating businesses and real estate investment. Mark joined Downing from the UK mid-market private equity firm Caird Capital LLP. Prior to that, he performed principal investment and leveraged finance roles at Bank of Scotland. 

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