All news articles for April 2019

Make a splash: will cask ale sales rise again?

A mixed bag for cask ale sales

By Nicholas Robinson

The on-trade offers the optimum place to drink cask ale, yet despite all the work that goes into it, the category is still to realise its full potential – but there is light at the end of the tunnel

What a pickle: fermenting and pickling offers new flavours

How chefs can get themselves into a pickle

By Robert Mann

Pub chefs need to be able to make the most of seasonal produce – in some instances that may mean being able to save on costs – and fermenting and pickling fits the bill perfectly.

Floating business: Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies

Loungers to join stock market

By Nikkie Sutton

Multiple operator Loungers has announced its plan to float on the London Stock Exchange’s market for smaller, growing companies – Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

Wethering the storm: JDW staff have broken free from JDW boss Tim Martin

Spoons' split from Martin

By Ed Bedington

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has announced its independence from Tim Martin following a closely fought staff referendum.

Good to talk: the ban has been put in place in a bid to help encourage social conversation (image credit: DenisKot/

Samuel Smith bans mobile phones from pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Brewer and pub operator Samuel Smith has banned customers from using their mobile phones in its venues and punters should go outside to take calls “in the same way as is required with smoking”.

Regional growth: (l-r) managing director William Lees-Jones, general manager Neil Gorman and chairman Richard Lees-Jones

JW Lees continues its north-west expansion

By Emily Hawkins

Manchester-based brewery JW Lees has continued its expansion in the north-west with the acquisition of a Cheshire coaching inn to its portfolio.

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