Star Pubs & Bars launches specialist food workshops

By Daniel Woolfson

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Workshops: Star & Bars has invested £24k
Workshops: Star & Bars has invested £24k

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Star Pub & Bars has announced the launch of a series of specialist food workshops designed to enhance the skills of its licensees who want to improve their food offer.

The company will run four free workshops: on meat and poultry, fish and shellfish, menu development and healthy eating and allergens.

‘Massive income opportunity’

Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs & Bars, said: “Food is a massive income opportunity for pubs. Customer expectations are higher than ever and the food has got to be good for licensees to succeed."

Star Pubs & Bars has invested £24k into the scheme, from which 240 of its sites will benefit in 2016.

“Trained kitchen staff are essential to deliver great food and with a crisis in the availability of qualified people we want to do all we can to make the necessary training available,” added Mountstevens.

Food-centred initiatives

This is the latest in a string of food-centred announcements from the pub company.

Earlier this year, it made public plans to invest £250k into various initiatives - which the workshops are part of - to help Star licensees develop their food offers and tackle the industry’s chronic chef shortage.

Speaking at the time, Mountstevens said this was evidence of the company’s focus on creating “long-term, sustainable leased pub businesses”.

Star Pubs & Bars has also launched pricing agreements with national food suppliers, including Russell Hume Butchers and Direct Seafood, which it said would enable licensees struggling with pricing to sell food at a competitive RSP. 

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