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.
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.
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.
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 sector.
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 ago.
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.
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 the summer tournament, with a host of marketing activity to drive footfall from international fans.
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 to £4.1m.
Pubs across the UK can breathe another sigh of relief as the Government has finally decided to abandon plans to scrap personal alcohol licences.
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 penny off the price of a pint of beer in his 2014 Budget announcement.
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 cocktail bar.
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.
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 Keeping’s 2014 AGM & Annual Lunch.
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 their support for the initiative.
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 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.
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 new ‘Pubs Watchdog’.
It's National Apprenticeship Week and hospitality businesses large and small have been pledging their support for the initiative which celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on the UK economy.
Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés that don’t offer contactless payment technology are ‘out of touch’ with what customers want and risk losing out on additional business.
The argument to once again scrap the controversial beer duty escalator in next month’s Budget has been bolstered by the fact that the local brewing sector is now ‘thriving’ following last year’s cut.
As the intense competition for prime, city-centre sites continues to spread into transport hubs across the UK, new figures released today reveal that restaurants, pubs and bars in Network Rail-owned train stations are now outperforming retail units.
Lancashire-based food-led pub group The Seafood Pub Company is opening its fifth venue in less than three years.
For the final part of our technology special feature, BigHospitality checked in at one of the country’s most high-tech hotels to bring you an exclusive video report on the business benefits of customer-focused technology.
So you’ve enticed your customer with an efficient mobile booking service and wowed them with portable EPoS devices and super-fast Wi-Fi. In the third part of this special feature, we look at how you can use technology to encourage that customer to visit again.
Hotels, restaurants pubs and tourist attractions situated in areas affected by the extreme weather have welcomed the Government’s new £10m support scheme to help put businesses ‘back on their feet’.
Hotels, restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions have been battered by heavy rain and gale-force winds and the Government must 'act now' to set a path to recovery.
The first of two strikes on the London Underground disrupted the journeys of millions of commuters this week, but for the capital’s restaurant and pubs, the business effects were varied, with some actually reporting an increase in trade.
With 18 pubs closing every week across the UK, new research from the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has found that two of those pubs are being converted to supermarkets, despite objections from local residents.
Darwin & Wallace has taken The Frog in Clapham as the second in a series of London acquisitions for the Imbiba Partnership-backed bar and restaurant group.
Last week’s revelations of unemployment dropping to a five-year low has been met by positive recruitment ambitions for the hospitality and leisure industries, with almost half of businesses pledging to take on new talent this year.
A petition calling for the introduction of a ‘Pubs Watchdog’ has almost reached its target of 35,000 signatures following yesterday’s debate on pubco reform.
As the new year gets rolling, now is the perfect time for hotels, restaurants and pubs to determine the key developments that will impact their business in 2014. This short audio podcast, taken from Christie & Co's annual Business Outlook, should help you to ensure you're on the right track for the year ahead.
Britain’s pubs, bars and restaurants will be £100m worse off if the Government goes ahead with plans to hike alcohol taxes in this year’s Budget.
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has hit back at a study which claims pubs and nightclubs are routinely breaking a law which prevents them serving alcohol to drunk people.
An increasing number of pubs will be sold for ongoing use; private equity will continue to pour into restaurants; and hotels in London and the provinces will look to consolidate their positions in the marketplace.
The festive period appeared to be one of the strongest on record for many restaurant and pub groups across the UK, despite the recent challenges to footfall caused by the extreme weather.
What does 2014 hold for the hospitality industry? We’ve looked into our crystal ball (and spoken to a few industry experts) to predict some of the big trends and developments in the world of restaurants, hotels and pubs over the next 12 months.
Managed pub and bar operator TCG has reported a sales boost for the ‘movable feast’ that was Christmas 2013, with an average 7 per cent uplift in turnover across its estate thanks to ‘a definite upturn in consumer confidence’.
It was the year that the horsemeat scandal rocked the food chain, Noma was knocked off of top spot and the beer duty escalator was finally scrapped. But what did you make of it all? Here’s a look back at some of the biggest issues of 2013.
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has formed a new partnership with Pubs of Ulster, the professional body of the Retail Licensed Trade in Northern Ireland.
Britains’s restaurant, pub and bar groups are in good stead in the run up to Christmas with like-for-likes up by 1.7 per cent in November compared to the same month last year.
Young’s has completed the £300k refurbishment of Horts in Bristol, which has been fully restored and now features a new 26-cinema – a first for the British brewer and pub operator.
Pub and restaurant operators ‘must embrace new technologies’ in order to be profitable next year, as the pace of change and the use of smartphones and social media is set to accelerate even further.
Britain is ‘falling out of love with nightclubs’, according to a nationwide study of leisure spending habits which found that visits to late-night venues have dropped to the lowest level on record.
Inventive Leisure has become the latest brand to tap into growing consumer trend of ‘casualisation’ as the national premium bar operator has unveiled a new menu for its Revolution business and a new executive chef.
"Britain's economic plan is working," proclaimed George Osborne in his Autumn Statement earlier today as the Chancellor pledged to support 'the hard-working values' of the nation's high street restaurants, cafés and pubs.
BrewDog has today opened the doors of its 13th craft beer bar in Shepherd’s Bush as the Scottish brewer and pub operator plans to open ‘at least another five’ in the next six months.
Following the food revolution, the next growth area for the pub sector is gearing up to be accommodation, with a number of operators set to invest significant funds into growing their room stock over the coming 18-24 months and as overseas tourists return to the UK.
London is again the hub of all things new in our photo gallery for November, with Angela Hartnett's second solo venture, a Prohibition era-themed bar and a cocoa-based fine-dining restaurant all featuring among the latest hospitality openings.
The recent announcement that London Underground trains are to run for 24 hours at weekends has been hailed as ‘excellent news’ for the capital's hospitality businesses.
The final 67 pubs from the Bramwell Pub Company estate, situated throughout England, Scotland and Wales, have been placed on the market through specialist property advisor Christie & Co.
The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is urging the Government to protect the existing Personal Licence system, with almost all of the organisation’s members claiming the removal of the need for licences would harm the trade’s professional reputation.
Brunning and Price, the Chester-based pub company owned by The Restaurant Group, is opening three more sites by the end of the year, with an ‘even busier’ pipeline next year.
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) is calling on the Government to offer greater flexibility on licensing hours for the World Cup 2014, with some games set to kick off as late as 11pm UK time.
Bramwell Pub Company, the 185-strong managed pub operator, has fallen into administration with rival firm Stonegate already in ‘advanced talks’ to acquire around 80 of the better performing sites.
New London restaurants including Merchants Tavern, Boulestin and Gymkhana domintate our Hospitality Openings gallery for September and October – although some innovative hotels and pubs also feature…
The BBPA, Camra, FLVA, BFBI and BISL have today joined forces to urge the Government to extend the Small Business Rate Relief beyond April 2014.
Spirit Pub Company has entered the new financial year with good momentum in the business, having reported a major turnaround in pre-tax profits over the past 12 months – up to £72m after a £589m loss this time last year.
Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw sales growth slow last month, with collective like-for-likes up by just 0.4 per cent year-on-year.
With the 2014 Cask Report revealing that real ale is now outperforming the beer market, new research has found that licensees can still do more to encourage younger drinkers to try the drink, simply by providing tasting notes on the bar.
The Hand & Flowers, Tom Kerridge’s pub-restaurant in Marlow, has been voted the UK’s best restaurant at the 2013 National Restaurant Awards, snatching top spot from The Ledbury, which held the title for three years.
UK alcohol consumption dropped by 3.3 per cent last year and is now at the lowest level this century, according to a new industry stats handbook released by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
With the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) recently launching a new campaign to promote the significance of British pubs, a new survey from a separate organisation has discovered that the reality is bleak, as the majority of adults claim they no longer have a ‘local’.
Where would we be without the local? That’s the question posed by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), which has today released new research highlighting the significance of British pubs in people’s lives.
Cask ale has lost its image as an ‘old man’s drink’ and now appeals to a broad range of drinkers, with the majority of licensees claiming the beer is bringing more young people and women into their pubs.
Kent brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame has this morning reported a ‘solid performance’ for the 52 weeks to 29 June, despite a drop in pre-tax profit, down by £2m to £7.1m.
An increase in rent reviews among licenced retail premises and a flurry of transaction activity across the restaurant sector could mean that ‘we are at long last beginning to see an upturn in the market, or at least the end of the downturn’.
Amber Taverns, the Lancashire-based community pub operator, is set to acquire around 30 more sites over the next three years after agreeing a major funding deal with Lloyds Bank.
Failure to extend Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) from April 2014 could cost pubs in England and Wales some £15 million over the next year.
The Red Lion Inn, based in Cricklade, Wiltshire, has been crowned the BT Sport Great British Pub of the Year at the 2013 Great British Pub Awards.
National pub operator JD Wetherspoon has reported a record year of sales and profits, with like-for-likes rising by 5.8 per cent and pre-tax profits up 6.3 per cent to £76.9m.
The number of women involved in Britain’s thriving brewing industry is on the rise, with many opening their own breweries in response to a growing interest in ales.
The past 12 months have seen a ‘boom’ in the growth of the brewing industry, with the opening of 187 new breweries taking the number of regularly brewed British beers to over 5200.
Following the successful launch of The George on Havestock Hill in London earlier in the year. Spirit Pub Company is opening a second venue under its ‘Premium Pub’ concept next week having extensively and refurbished of one of its sites in Richmond.
Pubs are increasingly realising the importance of coffee for their business, with national operators now selling more of the hot beverage than high street coffee shops. However, a ‘quality’ cup is apparently still hard to find in the licensed trade as just 10 per cent of customers rate the coffee offering of pubs as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
Fayre & Square, the 157-strong family pub offering from Spirit Pub Company, is the latest brand to tap into the rising popularity of American food concepts with the launch of its new autumn menu.
Pub and bar operator Punch Taverns is now embarking on its plans to restructure the business, having this morning reported an increase in like-for-like net income towards the end of the year.
A report into the use of technology and marketing in pubs has found that members of ‘Generation Y’ are 67 per cent more likely than their elders to choose a pub offering Wi-Fi, yet the exact same percentage of venues still don’t offer any connectivity.
A recent survey of BigHospitality readers revealed that 65 per cent of restaurant and pub owners saw increased bookings and sales as a result of the heatwave in July, and the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker reflect these benefits.
While many drinks categories in the UK on-trade are declining in sales, craft beer is bucking the trend, with a sales growth of 79 per cent in the past year equating to 74 million pints being sold in pubs and bars across the country.
London-based brewer and pub operator Fuller’s is today opening the doors of a new ‘raw and exciting’ concept in Putney with an American diner theme, which could be rolled out to other venues if successful.
Despite being continually battered by a perfect storm of high taxes, cheap supermarket alcohol and grim economic times, life for Britain’s pubs and bars is on the up – capex has risen by more than 66 per cent over the past year as operators continue to invest in their estate, their offering and their people.
The recent heatwave has brought some much needed good news for Britain’s pubs groups, with Marston’s, Fuller’s, Mitchells & Butlers and JD Wetherspoon all reporting a boost in summer sales after poor weather at the start of the year had initially dampened spirits.
The Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee has today published a report welcoming the Government’s recent consultation on a Statutory Code of Conduct, but it warns that any more delays in bringing forward the legislation would be ‘unacceptable’.
The competition from TV broadcasters to supply live sport in pubs is heating up, with Sky freezing the price of its Sky Ultimate package and BT Sport providing a range of adverts and PoS material in support of its new commercial packages.
The team behind food start-up business support programme Kitchenette are to launch a summer pop-up in Islington which will give potential entrepreneurs the chance to hear from some of the industry's success stories including MeatLiquor founder Yianni Papoutsis and Martin Morales from Ceviche.
Despite being continually battered by a perfect storm of high taxes, cheap supermarket alcohol and grim economic times, pubs across the UK remain resolute in their work with charities, raising more than £106m in the past year alone – an average of £2,742 per pub.
Coffee has become a 'growing part of the sales mix' at pub and bar group TCG according to chief operating officer Nigel Wright whose company has just formed a new partnership with a coffee supplier to boost its sales further.
Long-awaited restaurants, including Bruno Loubet's The Grain Store and Hutong at The Shard, dominate this month's hospitality openings photo gallery which also documents concept launches, refurbs and re-brands carried out by hospitality businesses in May and June 2013.
Brakspear has announced it is to re-open reopen the Royalist pub in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, as its second managed site.
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon is set to open its first licensed venue on the motorway network, with chairman Tim Martin claiming it will be ‘the first of many’ for the group.
Restaurants and pubs returned to a marginal sales growth in April following the devastating effects of the snow and freezing temperatures in March.
JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has asked rival pub company Greene King to ‘respect’ a decision by the Stirling Licensing Board to grant a licence for a new Wetherspoon pub in Stirling city centre, close to a number of Greene King pubs.
The long winter has seemingly taken its toll on UK pubs with beer sales dropping by almost 50 million pints in the first quarter of 2012 and pub trade down 5.5 per cent.
A new report from trade consultants CGA Strategy has found that 67 per cent of all pub sales on a Sunday come from a food offering, with roast dinners alone accounting for £867m in sales.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has hailed the scrapping of the Beer Duty Escalator in last month’s Budget as ‘a new beginning’ for the British pub and brewing industries as the consumer group launches a month-long celebration of British community pubs.
While there will inevitably be winners and losers from this year’s Budget announcement, the hospitality industry remains confident and defiant against a tough economic backdrop, with almost 50 per cent of businesses optimistic about the year ahead.
Labour may have to retain the controversial Beer Duty Escalator if it came into power at the next election as Shadow Small Business Minister Toby Perkins admitted to brewers at SIBA’s BeerX conference that they ‘can’t solve all the problems facing pubs’.
Food sales in managed pubs are outperforming the rest of the UK’s eating-out sector on the back of keen pricing, effective marketing and a broadening of their offering to appeal to a wider consumer-base.
Pub giant JD Wetherspoon posted a ‘reasonable’ set of results for the half-year ending 27 January 2013, with the burden of what the Group calls ‘stealth taxes’ contributing to a drop of 2.7 per cent in its pre- tax profit to £34.8m.
Food travel firm SSP is set to open a new pub - The Grain Loft - in Manchester airport which will feature high-tech elements including 'sound pods' and self-service beer points.
Long hours, unskilled work and few career development opportunities: the hospitality industry, and pubs in particular, are constantly fighting to change these perceptions of jobs in the sector but now the team behind a new initiative gaining momentum believes it has found the answer.
In the final part of our series of special articles on technology in hospitality, BigHospitality paid a visit to three of the most high-tech restaurants, hotels and pubs to investigate the business benefits for a special video report.
Managed pub and restaurant operator The Orchid Group has revealed it has completed the first refurbishments of its Great British Carvery pubs as it looks to refresh the estate over the next two years.
Amidst the ‘perfect storm’ of a weak economy, lack of support from Government and low consumer confidence, locally brewed beer has offered a lifeline to Britain’s pubs, with volume sales up by an estimated 6.8 per cent last year - in contrast with on-trade beer sales declining by 4.7 per cent over the same period.
The world of technology is, by its very nature, driven by innovation and change. Ordering room service through smartphones, dining with on-table touchscreens and browsing drinks lists on iPads are not visions of the future, they are happening right now.
Pubs and bars operators across the UK could reap ‘spectacular rewards’ if they enhanced their offerings of cider, which is closing in on beer in terms of consumption. But many customers say they are not always aware that the product is on offer.
UK brewer and pub operator Fuller’s is rolling out a healthier kids menu in half of its managed pubs in response to calls from parents to provide better quality ingredients and more value for money.
The owner of the Princess of Shoreditch pub in East London has claimed that running a pub in the current climate isn’t difficult, and that the reason so many pubs are closing across the UK is because they’re being run by people that ‘don’t know what they’re doing’.
Leading restaurant and pub groups collectively saw a 2.4 per cent drop in like-for-likes in January, but the heavy snow across the country 'was not wholly responsible' and year-on-year sales wouldn’t have increased without it.
Pub giant Punch Taverns has partnered with hospitality training provider Charnwood to deliver the BIIBAB Level 2 Apprenticeship in Licensed Hospitality as part of the leased pub company’s bid to help its employees build their careers in the trade.
The administrators of the Pubs ‘n’ Bars group have put 20 pubs up for sale, at a combined value of around £6.25m.
The founder of Amber Taverns believes the shift of focus towards food by rival pub operators has paved the way for his wet-led community pub group’s success, with sales across the Amber estate growing by 16 per cent during the 12-day festive period.
Smaller, up-and-coming pub operators will have more opportunities to expand, restaurateurs will begin to divert away from the high street and more hoteliers will begin actively preparing for recovery.
Spirit Pub Company and JD Wetherspoon are the latest pub groups to report a very profitable Christmas and New Year as the latest industry sales barometer reveals that pubs outperformed restaurants over the festive period.
With 18 pubs closing every week across the UK, leisure property specialists Fleurets has released its Alternative Use Report, analysing 2012 sales figures to reveal what happens to these 'community hubs' after they are sold.
Restaurants and pubs across the UK have generally reported strong sales over the Christmas and New Year period, with the majority admitting that any festive successes were down to early planning, effective menus and more price-sensitive offerings.
Pub giant JD Wetherspoon has unveiled plans to open 30 new pubs in 2013, creating 1,200 jobs and taking the firm’s estate to just under 900 venues across the UK.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has today organised the biggest campaigning event in its 40-year history as over 1,200 of its members and other key figures from the beer and pub industry descend upon Parliament for a mass lobby calling for an end to the beer duty escalator.
Drinks distributor First Drinks is launching a new strategy for pubs and bars next year, doubling its on-trade team, enhancing its category management team, and investing heavily in new technology and merchandising.
London-based brewer and pub operator Fuller’s has delivered what it calls ‘a strong set of half-year results’ with both revenue and EBITDA up 8 per cent to £137.9m and £26.9m respectively.
Britain’s leading restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales down 1.7 per cent in October compared with the same month last year, caused in part by the later school half-term holidays, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.
Despite a summer of sport which included the Olympics and the Euro 2012 football, Britons drank 117 million fewer pints of beer in the three months to September this year than in 2011, with pub sales down 4.8 per cent.
According to two surveys, hospitality operators are increasingly realising the importance of coffee to their businesses with national pub chains now selling more cups of the beverage than their coffee shop neighbours on the high street.
The 2012 Gram Green Paper – a study into the hospitality industry’s attitudes towards sustainability – has been released, providing a comprehensive review of the sustainable attitudes and behaviours within the hotel, restaurant and pub sectors.
A clutch of pubs across the South West have been sold in the space of just two weeks, defying gloomy national pub sale forecasts and giving sector specialists Colliers International its busiest month since 2008.
WaverleyTBS, one of the UK’s largest wholesalers and distributors of alcoholic and soft drinks, has fallen into administration, with business advisory firm Deloitte appointed as the administrator.
Pub and bar operator Orchid Group has reported a 5.4 per cent drop in EBITDAR in 2011, although turnover grew by 3.7 per cent to £179.6m as the company announced a £20m programme which will see all of its wed-led pubs become food-led.
Around 2.2 million barrels of cask, equating to some 633 million pints, were sold in the UK last year, marking a 1.6 per cent uplift in volume on 2010 - the first increase in sales of the drink since 1991.
Chefs and restaurateurs across the country are being forced to reconsider the meat options on their menus after a global shortage of pork and bacon has been deemed ‘unavoidable’ next year by Britain’s National Pig Association.
With the beer tax e-petition last week reaching its target of 100,000 signatures, Britain’s largest brewer, Molson Coors, has released a report revealing the shocking scale of pub closures across Scotland due to the ‘excessive taxation on beer and pubs’.
The British beer and pub industry is today celebrating as the Government e-petition calling on the abandonment of the controversial beer duty escalator has finally exceeded the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a Parliamentary debate.
Trading performance within the public house sector appears to be stabilising, with a survey of pub investors and owners revealing that future expectations for trading performance in the short and medium term are strongly positive.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is today raising a glass to the 40th anniversary of its flagship publication the Good Beer Guide which reports that there are now just over 1,000 breweries operational across the UK - the highest number for over 70 years.
Combined like-for-like sales for pub and restaurant groups inside the M25 increased by 5 per cent in August, but businesses outside of London saw a much more modest uplift of just 1 per cent compared with the same month last year.
Pub groups Greene King and Spirit Pub Company have admitted that the London 2012 Olympics disrupted summer trade, but the poor weather has not been a dampener on business as both firms have reported an increase in sales.
Sixty per cent of pubs saw an upturn in trade during the second week of the London 2012 Olympics, with one in five operators seeing like-for-likes increase by 11 per cent or more compared with the same period last year.
The Yummy Pub Company has announced it is to rollout its Ssshh Supper Club concept to The Gorringe Park pub in Tooting after the venue was bought by Charles Wells with the specific intention of the two companies jointly launching a second operation together.
In the final part of our special feature on securing investment for your hospitality business our focus turns to private investment: from love money courtesy of friends and family to equity houses and venture capital.
A cross-Whitehall committee or 'Star Chamber' is set to meet in the next few weeks to consider hospitality industry proposals to cut red tape and regulation, Tourism Minister John Penrose has revealed.
UK restaurants and pubs saw like-for-like sales edge up 1.3 per cent last month, but a combination of the unusually cold and wet weather, Euro 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee brought contrasting prosperities for the sector.
The UK on-trade drinks market is straining under the weight of the recession, with consumers now tending to react in one of two ways: trade up and buy less, or trade down and buy more, according to the 2012 First Drinks Market Report.
Five years on from the inception of the smoking ban in England and there are still mixed views in the pub industry, with many customers actually visiting the pub more frequently because of the ban, but the majority of licensees pressing for amendments to the legislation.
Restaurant and pub groups across the UK saw a welcome 2.6 per cent increase in collective like-for-like sales in May, with total sales up 6.5 per cent on the same month last year.
Cambridge City Council is set to become the latest local authority to consult on introducing planning laws to protect local pubs and save them from becoming victim to changes of use after a report on pub closures in the city is discussed by councillors next week.
Eight pubs in the Peak District & Derbyshire are to offer tourist information centre services as a pilot scheme is launched which will see visitor information points installed in bars across the area.
April proved to be a washout for the eating and drinking-out market as unusually cold and wet weather hit like-for-like sales, according to this month’s Coffer Peach Business Tracker.
The Coach and Horses in Soho and The Smithfield Tavern in Smithfields market have become London’s first ever vegetarian and vegan pubs, following a successful trial period of the new concept from the owner.
Courvoisier has launched a marketing and promotion campaign, Cocktails on a Grand Scale, to encourage the use of cognac in cocktails; bartenders are also being invited to enter a competition at Imbibe Live later this year.
A new report from global ratings agency Fitch Ratings has concluded there is a growing divergence in performance of pubs in the UK between managed sites and those that are tenanted or leased.
National pub group JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is to reduce the number of new pub openings in the next financial year as it grapples with a £50m increase in its annual tax bill.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has today released new research which reveals that over 300 community pubs have permanently shut down in the past six months, demonstrating the effects of the recent beer tax hikes.
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has slammed Chancellor George Osborne and the Government for their decision to raise beer tax by a further five per cent in the March Budget.
The UK pub industry is facing a potential rise in beer prices as the drought across the south of England is likely to cause a shortage of barley and hops.
The Government has confirmed in the publication of its Alcohol Strategy that it is to introduce a minimum price for alcohol with the level of 40p a unit being examined in a move the Prime Minister David Cameron said would 'not hurt pubs'.
Traditional pub food may not be the lifeline for publicans looking to tackle falling drink sales and pubs need to emulate the high street restaurant market in order to survive.
A new report commissioned by the British Beer& Pub Association (BBPA) shows that 300,000 young people are directly employed in the beer and pub industry, fuelling concerns that plans for huge beer tax hikes in next month’s budget will put more young people out of work.
As hospitality businesses are gearing up for next month’s announcement on the 2012 budget, the British beer and pub industry is unanimously demanding a freeze in the Government’s controversial beer tax escalator.
Restaurants, hotels and pubs had mixed fortunes in 2011, with all three hospitality sectors suffering a decline in property prices. But there is hope on the horizon, with the potential for an increase in opportunities and transactions in 2012.
Britain’s pubs and restaurants saw a major sales boost over the Christmas and New Year period, with like-for-like sales for December up 9.9 per cent from 2010.
Pub and bar operators are ‘cautiously optimistic’ for the year ahead after seeing a year-on-year sales boost over the Christmas period, a survey from the Association of Licenced Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has discovered.
Orchid, the 290-strong food-led pub group, has released its own 2012 guide, featuring experts’ predictions of the trends, key issues and challenges facing the wider pub trade next year.
The price of bottom end freehold pubs has fallen by 3.2 per cent nationally and 11.6 per cent in the north of England, according to Fleurets’ latest annual survey of pub prices.
As Molson Coors launches a sampling campaign for Animée, its new low-calorie beer range designed for women, master beer sommelier Mark Stroobandt believes many brewers and pub operators are ‘getting it wrong’ when it comes to attracting the female beer-drinking market.
Pub industry bodies have slammed the Government over its persistent reluctance to protect publicans from mistreatment by large pub companies under the new, self-policed pub industry framework code of practice.
Community pub operator Amber Taverns is to expand after it secured £5 million in additional funding, the company announced today.
UK pub beer sales are down 4.3 per cent in the third quarter from the same period last year, according to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
Pub companies are ‘stifling’ the UK pub market by behaving in an irresponsible manner not dissimilar to that of country’s banks in the lead up to the recession.
Following the warmest September since 2006 and the equal-sixth warmest in the last 100 years, Britains leading pub and restaurant groups saw a significant boost in sales.
New figures from the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) show that pubs are closing at a startling rate of two every day across Britain.
The Feathers Inn in Hedley-on-the-Hill, Northumberland, has been named the Great British Pub of the Year 2011 after winning the awards’ Best Gastropub category.
JD Wetherspoon has seen total annual sales break the £1bn barrier for the first time, although the managed pub operator blames higher interest charges for a reduced profit before tax and exceptional items of 5.9 per cent.
The average cost of a pint of beer has broken the £3 barrier, as increasing taxes force prices up across the UK on-trade.
The number of pub insolvencies has increased by almost 50 per cent in the first half of this year due to continued financial pressures forcing consumers to cut their spending.
Almost half of UK pub owners have reported a fall in sales over the past year, although serving food has been the saving grace for many pubs, according to a new survey.
The number of ale drinkers and real ale breweries in the UK have risen significantly over the past five years, creating a new market for more growth, says CAMRA as the Great British Beer Festival opens its doors today in London.
Small businesses in the hospitality sector should be particularly vigilant of their business strategies over the years ahead, as corporate financial analysts warn that the worst is still to come.
Brewer and pub operator Marston’s has said sales of its focus on local beers and premium ales has helped boost its business performance in a difficult trading environment.
Restaurant vouchers and discounts are losing their influence on diners’ decisions on where to eat, a survey has found.
The term gastropub has been used to describe most food-led pubs for almost two decades, but with the recent rise in the popularity of pub dining, its overuse has led to confusion as to its true definition.
A growth in cocktails, premium drinking venues and the rise of the Weekend Millionaire has fuelled growth of the spirits market, which is largely driven by premium brands.
Nightclub operator Luminar has invested £100k into refurbishing two of its venues to enable them to offer live music in addition to regular club nights.
The UK is the largest single source of over 55 year-old holidaymakers, a population group that makes up more than a quarter of all holiday travel in Europe.
Senior executives in the hospitality sector worldwide are more optimistic than their peers in other industries about the prospects of the economy, with many of them gearing up for growth in their business, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young.
Pub operating costs are stabilising for the first time since 2007, indicating that Britain’s pubs and bars have a good platform for growth, reveals a benchmarking report from ALMR.
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon (JDW) will open 14 new pubs in July, which marks a monthly high amongst its annual target of 50 new pub openings.
Pubs are increasingly turning away from live music and entertainment in a bid to drive footfall, a move that could result in long-term damage to the sector’s reputation, according to analysts.
Consumers are happy to pay more for a steak in a restaurant or hotel than in a pub, with almost half prepared to fork out up to £17.
Inner city pubs have suffered most since the introduction of smoking bans in Scotland, England and Wales, finds a new report that examined pub closures around the country.
The economical food offering in pubs is helping the sector attract consumers while traditional full-service restaurants continue to struggle, according to new market research.
Restaurants, pubs and cafes now account for a third of independent high street shops in the UK, a study of 75,000 businesses has found.
With the hospitality industry becoming increasingly competitive, operators should be drawing inspiration from those that are performing ahead of the market in order to run their business more effectively.
Tickets are still available for the Tenanted Pub Company Summit at the Sheraton Park Lane on 28 June, where attendees can discover vital trends in the tenanted and leased pub market.
BII, the trade group for the licensed retail sector, has published red tape guidelines to help its members respond to the government’s call for comment on burdensome hospitality regulations.
The UK’s latest inflation hike is likely to cause further damage to the hospitality sector, both in terms of sales and staffing, say sector trade groups.
The Royal Wedding, Easter Holidays and record sunshine all contributed to higher sales in pubs and restaurants this year, but market analysts warn that they also created new challenges for the hospitality sector, which did not trade as well as it could have.
In the second part of our feature on summer drinks trends, BigHospitality takes a look at which spirits will be in the spotlight this summer season, and why.
The cost of eating out in the UK is rising faster than inflation, with an average three-course meal eaten out of home now costing almost £19.
The UK’s major pub and restaurant groups have recorded a slight increase in sales last month, demonstrating that consumers are still eating out despite spending less at the supermarket.
Brakspear pubs has completed a £250k redevelopment of The White Hart in Nettlebed, near Henley-on-Thames, which now features the “bedroom blueprint” for accommodation at the group’s pubs for the future.
Marston’s, the brewer and pub group, this morning said it was making good progress in each of its trading divisions, with sales growth in its managed pub arm up 2.4 per cent for the 23 weeks to 12th March 2011.
People in the UK are consuming less beer and more strong spirits and wine, according to new consumption figures, prompting renewed calls for a beer duty freeze.
TV show Michel Roux’s Service may have inspired a growth in student and graduate interest in hospitality jobs of almost 200 per cent, signalling a shift in the perception of the industry as a worthwhile career route.
Leading casual dining and pub brands plan to invest more in marketing, branding and customer feedback in an effort to gain market share in 2011, reveals a survey of top CEOs in the sector.
Consumer service firms, such as restaurants and hotels, continued to struggle in the three months to February, as the gap in sentiment between firms that rely on consumer spending and those that benefit from business investment widened during the period.
A new survey has found that the social networking site Facebook has a powerful influence over people’s holiday plans, with over half of users saying that photos on the site inspire them to travel.
Restaurants are the most popular destination for British adult drinkers when they go out, according to new research by the Wilson Drinks Report (WDR).
The UK’s leading pub and restaurant operators witnessed a 10.7 per cent like for like sales rise in January compared to last year, when snow hampered trade for much of the country.
A quarter of hospitality operators are missing out on potential revenue by failing to encourage their staff to upsell wines, research has found.
Almost two-thirds of consumers plan to cut back on eating out this year, according to new research.
Restaurants should add a “healthy eating” section to menus before fully calorie counting every dish, an expert has advised.
Pret A Manger and McDonald’s are the UK’s most admired food and beverage brands by people in the industry, according to a new survey released today.
Vouchers and discounts have meant big business for restaurants over the last year, but with consumers increasingly looking for value in more than just their wallets, and with warnings that vouchers could permanently damage brands, restaurants will need to pay attention to other dining trends in order to fulfil their customers’ desires.
BigHospitality brings you an exclusive insight into which ingredients will be top of the agenda for some of the UK’s top chefs this year.
Restaurant, hotel and pub property prices have stabilised over the past year, although the restaurants sector was the only one of the three to show any significant increase in average prices, according to Christie + Co.
In the second week of BigHospitality’s food trend feature, some of the country’s top chefs tell us which popular flavours and food pairings they think will be big in 2011.
Pub and restaurant operators have seen sales plummet in December compared to last year, after the heavy snow encouraged consumers to stay indoors at home.
Pubs could be forced to add 10p or more to the price of a pint this year as a combination of wholesale price rises, the VAT hike and duty increases hit home.
British diners have become more aware than ever of their expanding waistline and shrinking pockets, shifting their taste for out-of-home dining towards lighter, healthier meals that give value for money.
Will this be the year Chinese food regains its place in the nation’s hearts? Or will Indian and Mexican cuisine continue to dominate the market?
With 2010 almost over its time to look ahead to what the future brings. We’ve spoken to some of the industry’s key players to find out what they believe 2011 has in store for them and the industry, and look forward to the major openings hitting the UK.
Food-led pubs can learn vital lessons from the burgeoning fast-casual sector this year by concentrating on increasing their speed of service, research from retail consultancy him! has shown.
Britain is on target to attract 300,000 more visitors next year as confidence amongst overseas travellers returns.
As 2010 draws to a close, we take a look back at how the pub sector has evolved in the past 12 months.
Wine sales are growing more strongly in pubs and restaurants than they are in the off-trade, according to the latest quarterly report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.
As we look to the dining trends that are likely to pick up in the new year, a recent survey of UK diners suggests that people are especially interested in discovering new flavours that are linked to the way food is prepared.
Eating out in restaurants when visiting Britain has been flagged up as the top priority of most holiday-makers to the country, according to a new study published by VisitBritain.
Hospitality businesses are expected to suffer over the next few weeks, as a second wave of freezing weather hits the UK in the run-up to Christmas.
Small and medium-sized businesses in the hospitality sector are struggling to make ends meet, with many having no cash flow flexibility to cope in case of emergency, finds a new study.
Pub and restaurant operators will likely face a tough trading environment as we head towards Christmas, as analysts say the latest sector sales figures reveal a challenging time ahead.
Beer sales have fallen again in the year to September 2010, pushing on-trade figures down by 37.8 per cent on peak 2002 levels, figures released by the GMB union have revealed.
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