About Us

Buccaneer run 8 managed houses through the South West of England focusing on great food, comfortable and cosy accommodation and a good selection of beers and wines.

In 1990 Buccaneer was sold to Whitbreads & Michael Ruthven retained four pubs two of which are still in the Buccaneer group today.

In 1993 Tim Ruthven joined his father & with Andrew Jones built the company up to the pubs we have today, the head office is in Cheltenham.

Buccaneer Holdings Ltd currently operates eight managed houses throughout the South West of England & are looking to expand to twelve pubs.

We always want to recruit people who are as passionate as us about the pub industry and who want to be part of a small family company � we work hard, but can have a lot of fun at the same time. If you think you would like to join our team then please view our Become A Buccaneer page.


Michael Ruthven – Chairman.
Michael Ruthven died peacefully at home on 26th December 2015, aged 86, much loved by his family and respected by all those he worked with. He will be missed.

Managing Director of Whitbread's South West responsible for 2500 pubs up until he left in 1974 to set up Buccaneer.

Tim Ruthven – Managing Director
Originally worked for Moreland's Brewery, Hall & Woodhouse & Finch's, before moving to London & working with Whitbread's where he ran twelve managed houses.

Andrew Jones – Operations Director
Started with Buccaneer at the age of sixteen, ran two pubs in Oxford at the age of twenty & is now a director & part owner of the company.