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

Tyneside licensee launches virtual pub tour

24-Nov-2014 - A Tyneside licensee has embedded a virtual tour of his pub on its website, to show off the outlet to prospective customers and display the well-kept cellar.

Research shows potential for growth in post-work spirits

24-Nov-2014 - New research has shown that pubs and bars could maximise profits by capitalising on latent demand for spirit-based drinks in the early evening.

Arkell’s spends £35,000 on new barrels

24-Nov-2014 - Arkell’s Brewery has invested £35,000 on 500 new stainless steel barrels, to replace the aluminium casks that have been in use since the 1960s.

Luminar managers join street pastors on patrol

24-Nov-2014 - Luminar, the UK’s largest late-night operator, is encouraging its managers to go out on patrol with their local Street Pastors teams.

BII launches search for industry’s best licensee

24-Nov-2014 - The search has begun to find the UK’s best licensee with the launch of the British Institute of Innkeeping’s (BII) Licensee of the Year Award 2015 today.

Chef Claude Compton to open Fulham pub

24-Nov-2014 - Former Petersham Nurseries chef Claude Compton has said he would look to open more pubs if his initial site in Fulham is a success.

Enterprise reveals managed estate details

24-Nov-2014 - Enterprise Inns has revealed the locations of its 10 initial managed sites, which includes at least two “semi-managed” pubs.

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.

Inception Group: Strive for originality

21-Nov-2014 - Original concepts and staff are important for success, according to the Inception Group.

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.

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.

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thanksgiving ideas


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