Hi & welcome to the forum
There are many varied tales and experiences of the brewery and the boss. I know some manager that have worked for SSOB for many years and seem happy enough, or just getting on with the job. Also know others that have lasted a year or so, and been given a strange reason for their departure. So you would need to make up your own mind on that. Yes some managers, drink the beer, but as long as you keep track then there should be no problems.
The bond money is a ?1,000 bond which is just security for the money the pub takes. Plus any difference in the stock. As long as you get the 5% surplus as required and a decent food stock as well. Food comes in three different menus depending on the type of pub. Sunday lunches are available in some SS pubs, but not all. Most SS pubs tend to be the more old traditional pubs.
It won't be easy running a SS pub, but good luck if you decide to take one. Keep your head down and look after the stock and things should be OK.Lots of lovely pubs available at the moment. Just say you have no experience of running a pub.
The area manager for the whole of the pub estate is Humphrey Smith, he owns the brewery. Besides been the Chairman & Joint MD.