Sectors > Pubs & Bars

Heineken agrees sale of 111 pubs to Admiral Taverns

16-Sep-2014 - Heineken has agreed to sell a significant portion of its Star Pubs & Bars estate to Admiral Taverns for an undisclosed sum.

Pub and restaurant groups among 100 companies calling for business rate reform

16-Sep-2014 - Pub companies, restaurant groups and industry bodies have joined forces with retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers to publish an open letter calling for ‘fundamental reform’ of business rates.

More work needed to improve customer service, says People 1st

16-Sep-2014 - Hospitality employees are still falling short when it comes to customer service, according to new research from People 1st.

Innovative ice cream flavours driving demand, finds study

16-Sep-2014 - Diners are increasingly moving away from traditional ice cream flavours in favour of ‘weird and wonderful’ varieties, according to new research from Amore di Gelato.

New YouTube series to explore independent London eateries

15-Sep-2014 - New YouTube series Bites by Get Lifted TV is set to explore a number of ‘undiscovered’ independent restaurants, bars and cafes around the UK capital with a programme format that combines music and food. 

Friends’ Central Perk coffee shop set for UK expansion

15-Sep-2014 - The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends, has just opened its third site in the UK in Liverpool and has ambitious expansion plans, aiming to have 300 UK franchises in the next decade. 

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.

Special report

Scottish independence: what impact on hospitality?

12-Sep-2014 - As Scotland draws closer to its historic vote on independence, BigHospitality takes a look at the potential impact of a yes vote on the Scottish hospitality sector.

British pub groups report positive performance

12-Sep-2014 - Pub groups the Peach Pub Company and J D Wetherspoon plc have released their results for the year, with turnovers looking positive.

Mixed growth for restaurants and pubs

12-Sep-2014 - Restaurants and pubs are forecast to grow, despite continued pressure in terms of outlets and value over the next few years, according to Allegra Foodservice.

UK to refund the cost of 25,000 Chinese visas

12-Sep-2014 - Chancellor George Osborne has revealed plans to refund the cost of thousands of Chinese visas to boost inbound tourism and strengthen relations between the UK and China.

The Pony & Trap wins Best Food Pub at Great British Pub Awards

12-Sep-2014 - Josh Eggleton’s pub, The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna near Bristol, has been crowned Best Food Pub at the Great British Pub Awards.

Small Talk

James Robson on Cartizze and making it in Mayfair

11-Sep-2014 - Investor and entrepreneur James Robson has established a portfolio of exclusive venues in London, including Mews of Mayfair, La Cave, Mayfair Pizza Co and his latest venture, Cartizze.  

Inbound visits reach another record

11-Sep-2014 - The first seven months of 2014 saw 7 per cent more visits to the UK from overseas residents than in the same period the year before, according to the latest inbound tourism report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Kate Nicholls steps up as ALMR chief executive

11-Sep-2014 - Kate Nicholls has been appointed new chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) after David McHattie stepped down from the role to concentrate on his pub operation.

Stonegate brings Missoula – Montana Bar & Grill to Nottingham

10-Sep-2014 - Stonegate Pubs is converting the Living Room bar in Nottingham into its third Missoula – Montana Bar & Grill this September after an investment of £310,000.

Ask the experts

Avoiding legal pitfalls when starting a hospitality business

10-Sep-2014 - Whether you are opening a pop-up restaurant, starting a new hotel or launching a new concept business within the hospitality sector, here are top tips to avoid any legal pitfalls, by Nicola Kirk, head of the hospitality sector at Pitmans LLP .

Protect hospitality employees with new laws on tips, urges MP

10-Sep-2014 - An MP has called for new legislation to ensure hospitality employers pass on tips and service charges to their staff.

Spending grows at restaurants, bars and hotels

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

Britain's culture and heritage still major tourist draw

09-Sep-2014 - Britain’s culture and heritage is a key driver for inbound tourism, with food and drink an important part of the cultural package, according to a new report.

Equity launches live entertainment campaign

08-Sep-2014 - Trade union Equity is calling on pubs and bars to host more live music, comedy and theatre events.

Tax Equality Day: 15,000 pubs and restaurants prepare to cut prices

08-Sep-2014 - Thousands of pubs and restaurants across the UK will slash food and drink prices on 24 September to highlight the benefits of cutting hospitality VAT.

Horsemeat scandal: Government to create Food Crime Unit

04-Sep-2014 - The government is set to create a Food Crime Unit following the recommendations published today in the Elliott review of the horsemeat scandal.

News in brief

CG Restaurants & Bars to open 4th Dirty Martini

02-Sep-2014 - London leisure operator CG Restaurants & Bars has acquired a site at Monument to open a fourth Dirty Martini bar. 

Casamia’s Sanchez-Iglesias brothers crowned Good Food Guide’s Chefs of the Year

02-Sep-2014 - Chefs Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias of Bristol’s Casamia restaurant have been crowned Chefs of the Year by Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015.