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Pub Trends

We bring you all the latest pub trade trends and developments, from food and drink spend and alcohol prices through to business growth strategies in pubs and bars.

Off-trade beer sales overtake on-trade for first time

30-Jan-2015 - Sales of beer in supermarkets and off-licences overtook pub sales for the first time on record last year, according to the latest data from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA)....

Top cocktail trends for 2015

05-Jan-2015 - The UK has seen an unprecedented cocktail boom over recent years, and the category is set to outpace the drinks market in 2015. With this in mind, BigHospitality has compiled...

Michelin Guide 2015: Gymkhana among 14 new one-star restaurants

25-Sep-2014 - National Restaurant Awards 2014 winner Gymkhana was among 14 UK restaurants to win single stars in the latest edition of the Michelin guide, published today.

News in brief

Restaurants see steady growth in August

12-Sep-2014 - Despite the cooler weather, restaurants in the UK saw a 17th consecutive month of growth this August, according to Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Spending grows at restaurants, bars and hotels

09-Sep-2014 - Two new surveys have pointed to strong growth in the industry in August.

Fewer burgers on menus as operators widen range of American-style foods

18-Aug-2014 - Burger popularity has peaked in the UK, with branded operators serving increasingly innovative American and street food inspired dishes, according to the latest Menurama study from Horizons.

Continued growth for pubs and restaurant chains

14-Aug-2014 - Average like-for-like sales for restaurant and pubs in July were up 2.2 per cent – the 16th consecutive month of growth for the sector.

Eating out up 4%

29-Jul-2014 - Consumers ate out more often this past June than in the same month in 2013, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Horizons.

Pub and restaurant sales growth slows down in May

18-Jun-2014 - Collective like-for-like sales in managed pubs and restaurants were up just 0.2 per cent in May and year-on-year growth of over 4 per cent in March and April .

Community spirit: More local pubs saved from closure

23-Apr-2014 - With Community Pubs month in full swing, a number of residents’ associations across the country have stepped in to save their local from closure or conversion into commercial properties.

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

16-Apr-2014 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the...

Community Pubs Month highlights importance of local engagement

01-Apr-2014 - The list of pubs now being run by their local communities is gathering pace, but over a third of pub-goers visit their local less often than they did 12 months...

Extra time: Pub hours extended for World Cup matches

01-Apr-2014 - The Government has taken heed of the overwhelming pressure from the British pub industry to allow venues to stay open late during England's World Cup matches. 

World Cup countdown: Will pub licensing hours be extended?

27-Mar-2014 - With the Home Office’s consultation on extended licensing hours for the 2014 World Cup ending this week, managed pub and bar operator TCG is looking to make the most of...

Strong second half drives profit recovery for Adnams

26-Mar-2014 - Despite initially claiming it was ‘difficult to be too positive’ about pub trading conditions in 2013, Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer Adnams reported a surge in pre-tax profits from £3.2m...

Government retains personal licences

24-Mar-2014 - Pubs across the UK can breathe another sigh of relief as the Government has finally decided to abandon plans to scrap personal alcohol licences.  

Budget 2014: George Osborne scraps alcohol duty escalator

19-Mar-2014 - Pubs across the UK can breathe a big sigh of relief today as Chancellor George Osborne has once again scrapped the punitive escalator for all alcohol duties and cut another...

Spirits production returns to East End

14-Mar-2014 - A new craft spirits company is set to bring spirits production back to London’s East End next month with the launch of a gin, whisky and vodka distillery and adjacent...

Restaurants and pubs have reason to cheer despite ‘flat February’

12-Mar-2014 - Sales for the nation’s pub, bar and restaurant groups evened out in February, with collective like-for-like sales up by just 0.2 per cent on the same month last year.

News in brief

BII to make ‘major announcement’ at 2014 AGM & Annual Lunch

12-Mar-2014 - Over 900 of the best licensees and pub operators in the country will descend upon the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane in May for the British Institute of Inn...

National Apprenticeship Week 2014: Hospitality leads the way

07-Mar-2014 - As the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, BigHospitality has heard from an array of hotels, restaurants and pubs - and even Boris Johnson – all pledging...

Customers want additional food occasions at pubs

07-Mar-2014 - More than half (54%) of pub customers would visit a pub more often if it provided additional food occasions, and 20% would stay longer, new research from him! suggests.

Inventive unveils new operating name and business restructure

04-Mar-2014 - Inventive Leisure, the Revolution vodka bar operator, has changed its name to ‘The New Inventive Bar Company’ and re-organised its 71 UK venues into three separate operating companies. 

Last orders: Call to action as UK pub closures increase

03-Mar-2014 - The number of pub closures in the UK has risen from 26 to 28 every week, prompting yet more calls for another beer duty freeze and the introduction of a...