All news articles for January 2018

Not unwell: the Food Standards Agency said there is no indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by Russell Hume (steak not pictured)

Why JDW had no steak on Steak Night

By Nikkie Sutton

The supplier of JD Wetherspoon’s meat, which was pulled from the pub chain’s menu, is being investigated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for “serious non-compliance with food-hygiene regulations”.

Challenging high rents: what options are available to licensees who find their rent unsustainable?

How can licensees tackle high rent?

By Stuart Stone

The Morning Advertiser sought advice from Slater and Gordon lawyers on where licensees stood when it came to challenging high rent.

New role: MP Richard Harrington has confirmed he is the new minister for pubs policy

Do pubs have a new pubs code minister?

By Georgina Townshend

MP Richard Harrington has confirmed he is the new minister overlooking the pubs code, and said he is "listening very eagerly" to concerns.

Huge concerns: MP Adrian Bailey slams Paul Newby and pubcos

Pubs code adjudicator and pubcos slammed by MP

By Georgina Townshend

An MP has blasted the behaviour of pubcos and the work of the pubs code adjudicator in a Westminster Hall debate, calling for adjudicator Paul Newby to be replaced and for a tougher approach to legislation.

Taking the strain: Thwaites will absorb additional costs rather than pass them on to pubs and their customers

Brewer announces price freeze for 250 pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Lancashire-based brewer and operator Thwaites is freezing the price of its beer sold to its tenants across its 250 leased and tenanted estate, for the second year in a row.

Lessons in beer: the taproom will also function as a training centre for Cave Direct’s customers in the on-trade

Beer Merchants Tap announces opening date

By James Beeson

The Beer Merchants Tap, the new Hackney Wick taproom, bottle shop, training centre and blendery from beer distributors Cave Direct, is to open its doors on 24 February.

Good egg: chefs will compete against each other to be Scotch egg champion

Scotch Egg Challenge returns for 2018

By Nikkie Sutton

The Scotch Egg Challenge will return at Young’s pub the Canonbury in Islington, north London, next month (21 February).

Rumour quashed: Colin Valentine dismisses 'chaos' claims led to retirement

CAMRA chairman is not 'bailing out'

By Nicholas Robinson

Outgoing Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) chairman Colin Valentine has dismissed rumours he is "bailing out" on the organisation, saying he is "quietly" confident the Revitalisation Project will succeed.