Alcoholic Beverage

The IEA report says the role of pubcos has been 'greatly overstated' and calls for dramatic change in government policy to save British pubs

Report blames government policy for pub closures

By Carina Perkins

Government policies such as the smoking ban, alcohol duty escalator and VAT are to blame for the closure of more than 6,000 pubs in the past eight years, according to a new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

The Railway Tavern opened in the site of the historic Railway Hotel

The Railway Tavern opens in Richmond

By Lauren Houghton

Nicholson's has opened The Railway Tavern pub in London’s Richmond in a building that previously housed an O’Neill’s.

The George has re-opened and now houses The Pig & Goose restaurant

London pub re-opens with new restaurant

By Lauren Houghton

The George pub on the Strand has re-opened following an extensive refurbishment and now includes new restaurant The Pig & Goose. 

Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh

McVeigh to open sixth Draft House

By Melodie Michel

Publican Charlie McVeigh is set to open his sixth Draft House venue in the former Birdcage Public House site in East London, on 30 November.

Strong sparkling wine and Champagne sales are driving value growth in the on-trade market

Premiumisation drives on-trade drinks market

By Carina Perkins

Sparkling wine sales have continued their impressive growth, with Champagne also showing strong upward movement, according to the latest market report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Good cellar management is essential to serving quality beer

Ask the Experts

How to serve great beer

By Carina Perkins

Whether a hotel, restaurant or pub, the quality of beer served can have an impact on customer satisfaction, profits, sales and waste. Here, Steve Lakin of drinks dispense service Innserve gives his tips on good cellar management for great beer.

The report reveals that as customers are getting more and more choice in what drinks they can purchase, their ideas on value are changing

Current alcohol trends: consumers want premium and unique

By Lauren Houghton

William Grant & Sons UK has announced the findings of its annual spirits and Champagne report, revealing current consumer trends in alcohol and seeing how this affects the way the industry should engage with its customers.

Pub operators have agreed to sell less than 12.5 per cent ABV house wines

Industry pledges to stock lower ABV house wines

By Melodie Michel

Pubs and bars have agreed to stock house wines below 12.5 per cent ABV and promote lower-alcohol products to customers as part of the government’s campaign to tackle the £21bn a year cost of drink-related harm.

Charlie McVeigh's latest venture The Bump Caves will open on 10 July

The Bump Caves bar to open in London

By Lauren Houghton

Latest bar venture The Bump Caves from owner of The Draft House Charlie McVeigh will open on 10 July on Tower Bridge Road in London.