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.

Team member Petra Snajdrova at the Comedy pub in London during Christmas trading.

Estate diversity delivers profitable Christmas for TCG

By Luke Nicholls

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’.

In good Spirits: Hospitality businesses benefited from a record-breaking year for tourism in 2013

BigHospitality’s 2013 review: What you told us

By Luke Nicholls

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 BBPA’s chief executive Brigid Simmonds with Mark Stewart, chairman of Pubs of Ulster (left) and Colin Neill, the organisation’s chief executive (right) at Brewers Hall, for the signing of the Memorandum

BBPA partners with Pubs of Ulster

By Luke Nicholls

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.

The 26-seat cinema features surround sound, leather recliners and state-of-the-art presentation equipment

Young’s opens cinema at Bristol pub

By Luke Nicholls

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.

Revolution's new menu includes a wide variety of burgers, capitalising on the increased demand for American cuisine

Inventive revolutionises food offering

By Luke Nicholls

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.

In his 2013 Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne said the Government's plans will 'remove the cap on aspiration'

Autumn Statement 2013: What it means for hospitality

By Luke Nicholls

"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. 

Almost two-thirds of pub operators expect accommodation revenue to grow over the next 12 months

Sector to find more space for rooms

By Mark Wingett

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...

Sixtyone, Steam & Rye, The Smugglers Cove and Sign of the Don were among the big openings in November

Hospitality Openings: November 2013

By Luke Nicholls

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 185-strong managed pub operator fell into administration at the end of October

Remaining Bramwell pubs up for sale

By Luke Nicholls

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.

Last orders? The BII's Tim Hulme says the current Personal Licence system forms a vital part of the pathway to better compliance

Protect Personal Licences, urge BII members

By Luke Nicholls

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.