Pub Trends

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.

Hope on the horizon: Jonathan Adnams believes economic circumstances are starting to look up after a number of years

Strong second half drives profit recovery for Adnams

By Luke Nicholls

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.

Last orders? The Government was contemplating whether to enable targeted, local alternatives to personal licences

Government retains personal licences

By Luke Nicholls

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

George Osborne delivered the Government's 2014 Budget to a jubilant House of Commons earlier today (19 March)

Budget 2014: George Osborne scraps alcohol duty escalator

By Luke Nicholls

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. 

The East London Liquor Company is the brainchild of former Barworks operations manager Alex Wolpert (left) and master distiller Jamie Baxter (right)

Spirits production returns to East End

By Luke Nicholls

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.

Hotels, restaurants and pubs - and Boris Johnson - have supported National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2014: Hospitality leads the way

By Luke Nicholls

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.

A third of pub owners (32 per cent) said they would focus on improving their food offer in the next year

Customers want additional food occasions at pubs

By Mark Wingett

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.

Hotels, restaurants and pubs - and even Government Ministers - are supporting National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week: Hospitality industry unites

By Luke Nicholls

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.

The nation’s beer lovers drank nearly 33 million more pints of local beer than in 2012

2014 beer duty cut: Benefits clear for independent brewers

By Luke Nicholls

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. 

London’s King's Cross Station has seen retail sales increased by 26 per cent

Restaurants and pubs outperform retail at train stations

By Luke Nicholls

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.