'Madonna's pub prices probed'

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie's pub is being investigated by the local council because of its bar prices. Staff at The Punchbowl, in London's posh Mayfair,...

Madonna and Guy Ritchie's pub is being investigated by the local council because of its bar prices. Staff at The Punchbowl, in London's posh Mayfair, have been accused of selling pints cheaper to locals than to tourists - The Sun

A woman has been prosecuted for smoking in the hotel she owns - while it was closed. Patricia Coupeland, 50, was puffing away as she walked from the kitchen when environmental health officer Alan Taylor arrived, a court heard. She was fined £50 on the spot. It would have been cut to £30 if she paid in 15 days, but she did not - The Sun

Punch Taverns is likely to wait a year before deciding whether or not to convert to REIT status. Due to its leverage at the moment, a REIT conversion would have fewer tax advantages for the UK-listed pub company in the short term than it could for other pub companies. - Financial Times

Cains Beer Company, the Liverpool brewer and pubs group, has gone into administration after failing to conclude a funding agreement with the Bank of Scotland. About 1,000 jobs are under threat - The Times

Small businesses in Wales are to be offered rate relief if they allow the public to use their toilets. A new Welsh Assembly Government scheme is being targeted at businesses such as pubs, garages and filling stations. Participating councils will receive £18,000 annually to provide the rate relief - Western Mail

A row is brewing between Irish farmers and suppliers of malt -- a key ingredient in beer and stout -- over the price. Farmers are claiming there is a worldwide shortage of the malting barley which is key to the brewing process. According to the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA), there is currently no shortage of the crop in Ireland, but if producers are not paid enough they may stop growing it. - Belfast Telegraph

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