All news articles for February 2019

To deliver or not to deliver?: Is delivery an opportunity or a threat to pubs?

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Food delivery: disaster or opportunity for pubs?

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs are failing to tap into the rising food delivery trend, with only a few pub companies adopting it, despite it cannibalising the eating-out market and growing by 13% to a value of £8.1bn, new analysis has claimed.

Revenue driver: Phil Cutter, licensee of the Murderers, has used Formula One to boost his pub's bottom line

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How can Formula One drive footfall?

By MA Editorial

Hear how Phil Cutter, licensee of the Murderers pub in Norwich and sport category finalist at the 2018 Great British Pub Awards has used Formula One to boost business.

Sold: Emily Watkins sells the Kingham Plough

Kingham Plough sold by Emily Watkins

By Nicholas Robinson

Gastropub the Kingham Plough has been sold by Emily Watkins and her husband and business partner Miles Lampson, having spent 12 years building the iconic award-winning business.

Going for gold: The Alchemist is targeting £70m in sales in 2019 according to managing director Simon Potts

The Alchemist targets extra £30m in sales by 2021

By Stuart Stone

The Alchemist's managing director, Simon Potts, revealed that the Palatine Private Equity-backed cocktail bar and restaurant concept was working towards a sales target of £70m in 2021.

Right or wrong: three operators talk pros and cons of tenanted and leased pubs

Multiple operators spill the beans on tenancies

By Nicholas Robinson

His first experience of a pub tenancy left Mark Robson, co-founder of Red Mist Leisure, “feeling scarred”, having been advised to remain guarded and to keep any sniff of financial success from reaching the site's landlord.

Top dog: BrewDog’s CEO of retail, David McDowall (left) discussed BrewDog's rapid expansion at The Casual Dining Show 2019

BrewDog to hit 100 sites this summer

By Stuart Stone

BrewDog will bolster its bar estate by up to 33 new sites this year, increasing the number of outlets from 84 to more than 100, said CEO of retail, David McDowall.

Right to reply: the Plume of Feathers has hit back at one-star reviews on TripAdvisor (image credit: Google Maps)

Operator’s tirade over TripAdvisor reviews

By Nikkie Sutton

One licensee has responded to a series of one-star TripAdvisor reviews, slamming each one, describing one user as “a little child” and criticising another on their use of exclamation marks.

Class act: Loungers' co-founder and chairman Alex Reilley (left) believes that the company can match the scale of some of Britain's best-known brands

Potential for 500 Loungers’ sites

By Stuart Stone

Loungers boss Alex Reilley has claimed the café bar group can easily compete with the likes of JD Wetherspoon, Pret and Greggs for scale, with plans to launch sites at a rate of 25 a year.

No end: Ei Group boss Simon Townsend is on an investment path

Ei Group sets 500 managed pubs by 2020 goal

By Nicholas Robinson

Ei Group will continue to invest in its managed house operation and plans to increase the number to more than 400 this year before reaching 500 in 2020, said chief executive Simon Townsend.

Enforcement notice: Westminster City Council ordered developers to rebuild the Carlton Tavern in 2016

Battle to rebuild illegally knocked down pub continues

By Nikkie Sutton

The fight to rebuild an iconic London pub is still ongoing after the developers did not comply with the council’s enforcement order to restore it within two years following its demolition.

Star turn: Lawson Mountstevens claims Star Pubs & Bars will invest in its tenanted and leased estate

Star Pubs & Bars to pump millions into T&L estate

By Nicholas Robinson

Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars is prepared to pump millions of pounds into its tenanted and leased estate this year, managing director Lawson Mountstevens has indicated.