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.

Bramwell Pub Company operates 185 pubs and bars across the UK, employing approximately 3,300 staff

Bramwell placed in administration

By Luke Nicholls

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.

Merchant's Tavern, Gymkhana, Rosewood London and The Cross in Kenilworth were among the big openings this autumn

Hospitality Openings: September/October 2013

By Luke Nicholls

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 Staffordshire-based firm reported a 1.6 per cent rise in like-for-like sales

Spirit sees full-year turnaround in pre-tax profit

By Luke Nicholls

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.

Keeping it real: Cask Ale now appeals to a broad range of drinkers; male and female, young and old

Real ale pubs ‘missing a trick’ by not providing tasting notes

By Luke Nicholls

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 National Restaurant Awards recognise and celebrate the 100 best places to eat out in the UK

National Restaurant Awards: Hand & Flowers takes 2013 title

By Luke Nicholls

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.

Twenty-six pubs now close across Britain every week

Local pubs diminishing as restaurants favoured for socialising

By Luke Nicholls

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...