All news articles for January 2020

Sow what you see: the Unruly Pig was formerly known as the British Larder

My Pub: the Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

By Gary Lloyd

Former lawyer Brendan Padfield embraced a radical change in career and opened the Unruly Pig only to suffer a devastating fire weeks after opening. However, the Unruly Pig was able to get back on its trotters and has since gone on to win a multitude of...

Recent additions: Punch’s Clive Chesser has welcomed the seven Heartstone Inns pubs to the fold

Punch acquires 7 pubs from Heartstone Inns

By Nikkie Thatcher

National pubco Punch Pubs & Co has completed the acquisition of seven pubs from south-west-based Heartstone Inns this week for an undisclosed sum.

On the up: 2019 saw Five Points' cask beer sales soar

Five Points doubles cask sales

By Nikkie Thatcher

London brewer The Five Points Brewing Company has reported a year of growth in 2019, more than doubling its cask beer sales.

Evolution, not revolution: innovation always comes from the freehouse sector, says Stephen Owens of Christie & Co

Innovation to continue from freehouse sector in 2020

By Stuart Stone

While Stephen Owens – managing director, pubs and restaurants at Christie & Co – predicts that the freehouse sector will continue to grow and offer a source of diversity in the on-trade, he forecasts evolution rather than revolution in 2020.

Sugar fears: health experts call for ‘ready to drink’ alcoholic beverages to be reduced in sugar and calories

RTD beverages present ‘double burden to health’

By Alice Leader

Popular sugary alcoholic drinks are a ‘double burden’ on consumers’ health because of their alcohol and sugar content, coupled with the huge cash onus placed on the NHS, according to new research.

Pub investment: JD Wetherspoon announced its plans for the next year

JD Wetherspoon to spend £80m on estate

By Emily Hawkins

JD Wetherspoon has announced it will spend £80m on opening new sites and revamping existing pubs as it celebrated a sales boost.

Reopening soon: Kiki on Canal Street, Manchester will be kept as an LGBTQ+ site by Stonegate (image: Gerald England, Geograph)

Stonegate buys beloved gay venue

By Emily Hawkins

Stonegate has acquired a beloved LGBTQ+ venue on Manchester’s famous Canal Street that it plans to reopen next month.

Category growth: CGA research suggests a third of consumers tried a low or no-alcohol product in the last six months of 2019

What do pub-goers want to see on drinks menus in 2020?

By Emily Hawkins

Whether it is introducing a new range, cutting down on variants that don’t sell or lining up the latest in no and low-alcohol options, it’s time to review your drinks list and target your customer base better this year.

Australia ablaze: pubs are raising money to help fight the wildfires in Australia (image credit: flickr.com/bertknot)

How are pubs battling Australian bushfires?

By Alice Leader

As the bushfires continue to wreak damage and destroy wildlife, native Australian animals need more help than ever spurring various pubs to do their charitable bit to help.

Very vegan: new research unveils the Veganuary boom with 16% of positive reviews mentioning the word ‘delicious’

Reviews quoting ‘vegan’ rise 104% in a year

By Alice Leader

New insight has revealed the public’s keenness to participate in Veganuary as the percentage of reviews citing the word ‘vegan’ rose by 104% between January 2019 and January 2020.

Site closures: Revolution claims it will open more sites this year (image: Evelyn Simak, Geograph)

More sites next year says Revolution boss

By Emily Hawkins

Revolution Group chief executive Rob Pitcher has confirmed the bar chain still aims to open new sites in the near future after closing a handful of underperforming venues.

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