All news articles for May 2019

Roof destroyed: Ye Olde Six Bells in Horley has been left in a sorry state after fire

Fire devastates M&B Vintage Inns site

By Nicholas Robinson

Customers had their meals and drinks cut short as a fire broke out at one of Mitchells & Butlers Vintage Inns sites in Horley, Surrey, on Tuesday (28 May) evening.

Community spirit: the charity is aiming for 1.5m people to register as potential stem cell and bone marrow donors

Pubs ‘thinking pink’ for stem cell drive

By Emily Hawkins

Pub operators will help a charity recruit stem cell and bone marrow donors this summer, with businesses including Fuller’s, Yummy Pubs and Cirrus Inns set to rally customers.

New attitude: most of the issues that affect pubs could be solved if they were viewed differently according to Karen Errington

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Why is the pub industry so undervalued?

By Karen Errington

Making food pay is a tricky business as the margins are tight and fragile according to Karen Errington, the chef-owner of The Rat Inn in Northumberland

Perfect tonic: Boë Gin directors Andrew Richardson (left) and Carlo Valente

Flavoured gin boom boosts Boë sales by £7.4m

By Stuart Stone

Stirling-based Boë Gin has revealed a near eightfold sales increase for the 12 months to February 2019 against a backdrop of a flourishing flavoured spirit category.

Eventful year: NewRiver’s Mark Davies (left) and Hawthorn Leisure’s Gerry Carroll remain opportunistic about new acquisitions

NewRiver aims for £2.8m spend on pub projects

By Stuart Stone

Following what NewRiver’s CFO Mark Davies described as a “pretty eventful” year – both he and Hawthorn Leisure’s CEO Gerry Carroll believe that the company’s pub business is well placed to develop further.

Crafty move: Simon Wright sees BrewDog as a kindred spirit

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How do you like them apples?

By Stuart Stone

Hawkes is treading the craft path of cider and its positioning on the Bermondsey Beer Mile is a move to appeal to more discerning tastes. ‘Chief Hawker’ Simon Wright reveals all