the business

Brothers Ben and Oli Coates bought The Green Man pub in Worcester during September 2007. Ben was the chef, with experience in the UK and Australia, and Oli, the shrewd accountant. So between them the bases were covered to start their own pub. Name was changed to The Marwood - Marwood being a name carried through generations of the Coates family.

The pub quickly developed a reputation for great food, friendly service, and a relaxed atmosphere. And that reputation has grown over the years with Ben as Head Chef, driving the business forward by delivering great quality food.

In early 2010 the search was on for a second site. This was found in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. A fabulous re-development of a former manufacturing workshop. With great space and incredible potential. So the lease was signed. Dan Auty joined the company to develop the new site. And The Drop Forge was opened in November 2010.