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St Austell Brewery fighting chef recruitment "absolute nightmare" with new incentives

The South West based group, which currently runs 25 managed sites, has introduced new bonus schemes, competitive salaries and a training academy for its chefs. 

Nick Hemming: "The impact when you can't recruit an experienced head chef in our managed estate is colossal"

Yorkshire licensee giving away 21,600 chicken drumsticks to raise money for cancer charity

03-Aug-2015 - A Yorkshire publican is giving away 21,600 chicken drummers to set up local ‘Man vs Food’ events in an effort to raise money for cancer support.

Oxfordshire pub named Good Food Guide's Readers' Restaurant of the Year 2016

31-Jul-2015 - An Oxfordshire pub has been named Readers’ Restaurant of the Year 2016 by the Good Food Guide.

Menu Marketing

Mark McCulloch: "a brand is a promise delivered"

31-Jul-2015 - What does the word brand mean to you? Is it a badge, a logo, a name, a colour or a collection of these? For me it is something that runs...

Going up in smoke: running a barbecue

30-Jul-2015 - With the busy summer period in full swing, barbecues are all the rage in pub gardens up and down the country. A range of new options are aimings to make...

Business Booster

How one pub made a killing from champagne and food matching

29-Jul-2015 - Bruno Palliard Champagne and food dinner


Video: Tom Kerridge of the Hand & Flowers on the chef shortage

29-Jul-2015 - Watch the double Michelin-starred chef speak on the issue.

Trend Watch

Trend watch: deep sea treats...

29-Jul-2015 - When chef Brett Redman reopened Hackney bar the Richmond in March, he decided to include a happy hour with a difference. 

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Opinion: opportunities for apprentices are more appealing than ever, despite the skills shortage

29-Jul-2015 - When I joined the trade, life as a chef was tough - with long hours, hard work and not a lot of time off. But that didn’t deter me at...

Food trends

Healthy eating in pubs not yet mainstream

28-Jul-2015 - Analysis of menus across leading pub and restaurant operators by M&C Allegra Foodservice has shown that healthier eating has yet to become mainstream with only 36% of brands providing full...

Sawday’s Pub Awards 2015: the winners

27-Jul-2015 - The latest edition of Sawday’s Special Places: Pubs & Inns will hit bookshelves on August 3, featuring a comprehensive guide to over 1,000 of the country’s pubs as well as...

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Mass Mobilisation: meet the managed pub groups taking on the chef shortage

27-Jul-2015 - Finding and retaining chefs for an independent or leased pub can be hard enough, but imagine trying to find and recruit enough chefs to maintain and drive kitchens at — in...

Young's rolls out Burger Shack at three London sites

27-Jul-2015 - Young’s has launched its Burger Shack concept across three of its London pubs.


Restaurants stealing business from pubs

27-Jul-2015 - Pubs must up their game to compete with branded restaurants according to leisure analysts Panmure Gordon, whose latest report revealed restaurants are taking business from pubs.

Digital feature

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22-Jul-2015 - Many operators say they are finding it harder than ever to hire and retain chefs - but why? In our extensive digital feature covering the crisis, the PMA looks at some...

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The battle for the kitchen crew

22-Jul-2015 - Filling their boots? Daniel Woolfson talks to some of the top figures in the pub industry to discover the lay of the land regarding chef recruitment.

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Chef recruitment may be a thorn in the sector's side, but the industry is striving for change

22-Jul-2015 - The eating-out sector has fared enormously well since the end of the recession. In pubs, we’ve seen a food renaissance, with chefs across the industry pushing the boundaries of casual...

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Meet the chefs

22-Jul-2015 - Meet the pub chefs who are facing challenges regarding recruitment - and how they overcome them.


Video: Andrew Fishwick of the Truscott Arms, London, on the living wage

22-Jul-2015 - The award winning owner of Maida Vale pub the Truscott Arms speaks on the benefits of paying staff a living wage and how it has affected retention and staff morale.


Video: Emily Watkins of the Kingham Plough on hiring chefs

22-Jul-2015 - Watkins, chef patron of the Kingham Plough, Oxfordshire, says the problem is industry-wide.

The best pub food on twitter this week

21-Jul-2015 - It's time to get vain. Social media's the perfect place to show off your dishes, whether it's a succulent duck breast or an intricate gastro-molecular experiment. Every week, we'll be...

Celeb chef Phil Vickery: "ignorant and arrogant" chefs "pay lip service" to coeliac customers

21-Jul-2015 - Chefs’ “ignorant” attitudes towards coeliac customers can lead to missing out on valuable business opportunities, according to celebrity chef Phil Vickery.

Hampshire student named "MasterChef" at Sun Inn chef's competition

21-Jul-2015 - Stephen Naylor, who recently finished a level 3 diploma in professional cookery, won the title at a cook-off held at Basingstoke College of Technology, organised by Gordon Stott, head chef...


Marketing ideas: complimentary sun station and Mediterranean long lunches

20-Jul-2015 - Complimentary sun station

UK diners more flexible than ever about meal times, report finds

20-Jul-2015 - UK diners are becoming increasingly flexible in the way they approach mealtimes, according to a new study.