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Fire devastates Thwaites pub after £1m transformation

A Thwaites food pub and microbrewery in Hoghton, Lancashire, has been devastated by a fire that tore through the building just months after a £1m refurbishment.

Aftermath: the Grill & Grain has been gutted by fire (pic:@Pirateofchance)

Nine ways to child-proof your pub ahead of the Easter bank holiday

12-Apr-2017 - With new figures showing that there are two claims a week for children being injured at commercial properties, according to data from NFU Mutual, Graeme Cushion at legal expert Poppleston...

How to approach the sensitive issue of transgender customers

10-Apr-2017 - Taking the sensitive approach to transgender customers is what all pub operators would like to think they would do. But after a Sussex licensee asked a transgender woman to use...

Nottingham pub welcomed evacuated residents during police ‘stand off’

07-Apr-2017 - A Nottingham pub, The Johnson Arms, became a rest centre to more than 40 residents evacuated from their homes after reports of two youths on the roofs of their properties.

‘Over-regulation’ fears on sugar guidelines

30-Mar-2017 - Public Health England (PHE) has issued guidelines to reduce the amount of sugar in pub meals.

Pubs charged for food hygiene re-inspections

20-Mar-2017 - Pubs could be made to pay for requested re-inspections of their businesses under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced.

Food safety controls to be ramped up by local authorities

16-Mar-2017 - Food safeguards and allergen protection for consumers will be moved up a gear by local authorities, and will be core to delivering a better system of control to ensure a...

£10K fines for using illicit wholesalers to start in April

07-Mar-2017 - The Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS), which could see pubs fined up to £10,000 for working with illicit wholesalers, will come into force on 1 April.

Woman dies of food poisoning after eating at Cornwall pub

01-Mar-2017 - A grandmother died from food poisoning after eating incorrectly prepared roast lamb at a Cornwall pub, a court has heard. 

Ex-Potting Shed and Rectory couple set up Welsh food pub

27-Feb-2017 - The couple behind famous Cotswolds pub and boutique hotel the Potting Shed and the Rectory have set about transforming a Welsh village pub into a food destination.

Responsible drinking messages in pubs 'largely ignored'

22-Feb-2017 - Alcohol Research UK has called for a "multi-pronged" approach to responsible drinking in pubs after a study revealed that posters encouraging drinking in moderation are largely ignored in a pub...

Cumbria pub destroyed in blaze to reopen after £2m revamp

09-Feb-2017 - A fire-ravaged Cumbrian pub is set to reopen after a £2m investment by owner Robinsons Brewery.

BBPA releases guidance for pubs on catering for customers with access needs

31-Jan-2017 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has published updated guidance in a bid to help licensees ensure their pubs are welcoming to customers with access needs.

Food safety

Zero hygiene rating for pub with encrusted fly killer and E.coli

13-Jan-2017 - A heavily “encrusted” electronic fly killer, the presence of E.coli and a lack of hand-washing facilities has left an historic Northamptonshire pub with the lowest food hygiene rating.


Alcohol 'good for body and mind'

09-Jan-2017 - Moderate and low-alcohol consumption could “improve” people’s personal and mental wellbeing, according to a recent study. 

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NHS Health Survey: 31% of men drink above recommended guidelines

15-Dec-2016 - More men than women drink above the recommended alcohol guidelines on a weekly basis, latest NHS health statistics have revealed. 

Self-combusting tea towels

Warning on the dangers of 'self-combusting' tea towels that 'burn pubs to the ground'

14-Dec-2016 - Publicans are being urged to review the way they wash tea towels after self-combustion caused a string of disastrous pub fires.

Food safety

Rare burger crippling health risk warning

13-Dec-2016 - A food safety watchdog has warned of the crippling health threats undercooked burgers can cause now that the category is in steep growth and as a result of more consumers...

Designated Driver

Death by drink driving: changing a nation

06-Dec-2016 - The festivities around Christmas are always tempered by warnings about the dangers of drinking and driving, and the mayhem it can cause to the lives of victims and perpetrators alike....

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Go soft or go home

06-Dec-2016 - Designated drivers amongst a group of Christmas revellers can boost the dwell time of the whole party as well as their spend, here we explore how to give the drivers...

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How Scotland’s drink-drive law has changed pubs

06-Dec-2016 - Scotland’s lower drink drive limits have had a profound effect on the pub trade, leaving a significant amount of sites with a decline in trade. Has this led to a...

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Inside the New Queen Inn

06-Dec-2016 - Since taking on Dorset pub the New Queen Inn in early 2016, licensee Will Everingham and his wife, Lorraine, have put their own stamp on the site by developing both...

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Inside Thorley Taverns

06-Dec-2016 - Christmas may be a time for groups of revellers to let their hair down and party like there’s no tomorrow, but it also a time for licensees and pub operators...

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Inside Rab Ha’s

06-Dec-2016 - Rab Ha’s is named after a 19th-century lover of great food and drink. Manager Karen Pringle talks about how the site now aims to deliver great food and drink for...

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The rise of alcohol-free beer

06-Dec-2016 - They may have endured snide remarks and sidelong glances in the past, but low and no-ABV beers are enjoying a renaissance on the back of the current trend towards healthier...