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The latest news and developments concerning the pub trade from our team of dedicated industry journalists

Cumbrian publican wins World’s Biggest Liar 2014

21-Nov-2014 - A tall tale of fracking and jam butties has earned George Kemp of the Lifeboat Inn in Maryport the title of the World’s Biggest Liar 2014.

Pints for pooches: Beer for dogs launched in UK

21-Nov-2014 - A new beer for dogs brewed in Belgium has been launched in the UK.

Licensed Trade Charity calls on publicans to support the lonely this Christmas

20-Nov-2014 - The Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) is urging publicans to reach out to a former colleague or friend who is on their own this Christmas.

Study finds drinkers ignore 'meaningless' consumption guidelines

20-Nov-2014 - A study has found that consumers are ignoring drinking guidelines because of a lack of scientific basis and because of the disconnect between official advice and average lifestyles.

Greene King raises £125k for Macmillan

20-Nov-2014 - Greene King employees have raised £125,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this year.

Pubs ordered to pay total of £30k costs for breaching Premier League copyright

20-Nov-2014 - Four pubs in England have been ordered by the High Court to each pay the Premier League costs for breaching copyright by making unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football in their pubs.

Government to accept MRO pubs code vote

20-Nov-2014 - The Government has accepted MPs’ decision to vote for a market rent only clause for tied tenants in the pubs code and will not seek to challenge it.

Pub Retail Summit: Slug & Lettuce rolling out updated brunch menu

20-Nov-2014 - Slug & Lettuce has updated its brunch menu and begun rolling it out across all of its sites as part of its evolution of the brand.

Hawkshead Brewery launches beer ordering app for licensees

20-Nov-2014 - A Lake District brewery claims it is the first in the UK to launch a mobile and tablet ordering app for publicans.

Queen guitarist Brian May visits Yorkshire pub

20-Nov-2014 - Staff working at a South Yorkshire pub and restaurant could have been forgiven for feeling ever so slightly ‘Under Pressure’ last week when a legendary musician rocked up for a bite to eat.

Pub Retail Summit: Pubs are adapting for Generation Y

20-Nov-2014 - Pubs are turning into casual-dining venues in an attempt to appeal to Generation Y, according to Geronimo Inns.

Anthony Pender named BII chairman

20-Nov-2014 - Yummy Pub Company co-founder Anthony Pender has been unveiled as the new chairman of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

Better Rates for Pubs: Trade calls for action from Chancellor over business rates

20-Nov-2014 - A coalition of trade bodies — as well as the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) — has called on the Chancellor to give further support to the pub sector through business rates reform in next month’s Autumn Statement.


Pubs fight shy of Xmas Day food, PMA survey reveals

20-Nov-2014 - Just one third of pubs open on Christmas Day are serving food, according to a survey of Publican’s Morning Advertiser readers about their festive plans.

Anglian Country Inns wins Gastropub of the Year award

19-Nov-2014 - Anglian Country Inns' site the Fox at Willian has been announced as Gastro Pub of the Year for England in the inaugural Food Awards England and Wales 2014.

Pubs share of eating out visits up

19-Nov-2014 - Pubs are gaining ground on restaurants in terms of their share of the eating-out market and satisfaction scores.

Surrey pub battling to win 'Rural Oscar'

19-Nov-2014 - An award winning Surrey pub is in the running to scoop a Champion of Champions accolade in an X-factor style competition.

Spirit launches apprenticeship team

19-Nov-2014 - Spirit Pub Company has appointed a new team to deliver its award-winning apprenticeship scheme.

Hertfordshire pub restaurant wins first nationwide FreeFrom Eating Out Award

19-Nov-2014 - Salisbury Pubs' site the Alford Arms in Frithsden, Hertfordshire has won an award for being the most allergen-aware eatery in the UK. 

Pub statutory code: Trade responds to market rent only option vote

19-Nov-2014 - Leading figures in the pub trade have responded to the new market rent only option for tied tenants in the pubs code. New Clause 2 was voted through by MPs yesterday following a passionate debate in the House of Commons.

Pub Retail Summit: Marston’s eyeing investment opportunities in casual dining

19-Nov-2014 - Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay told last week's Pub Retail Summit his company is considering investing in small, casual-dining operators.

Publicans still awaiting clarity from Home Office over personal licence renewals

19-Nov-2014 - The pub trade is still awaiting clarification from the Home Office regarding the application forms that need to be completed to renew personal licences.

MPs vote for market rent only option in pubs code

18-Nov-2014 - MPs have voted to include a market rent only option clause for tied tenants in the pubs code following a passionate debate in the House of Commons, putting the future of the beer tie into question.

Pub Retail Summit: Debt finance is a huge challenge for smaller pubcos

18-Nov-2014 - Simon Buckley, chief executive of Evan Evans, said the biggest challenge for small pub companies in growing their estate was the difficulty of securing debt funding.

LIVE: Blog of Small Business Bill debate in House of Commons

18-Nov-2014 - Follow the latest updates on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill - including the potential introduction of an amendment for a market-only rent option for tied tenants.


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menu ideas

Seven ideas for bar snacks

Sheila McWattie looks at how pub caterers are maximising the opportunity for bar snacks in their pubs

thanksgiving ideas


PubFood looks at how licensees are driving trade around Thanksgiving later this month