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EOTHO helping pubs move towards ‘continental model’ of increased weekday trade

By Ed Bedington

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The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington speaks with Brewhouse & Kitchen chief executive Kris Gumbrell about the biggest issues from the news this week.

Further reading: 

  • Brewhouse & Kitchen sales soar 115% during first week of EOTHO​ - Nationwide brewpub operator Brewhouse & Kitchen has revealed that its sales more than doubled during the first six days of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
  • Hundreds apply for pub jobs, Robinsons reshuffles board, A-level results 'shambles'​ - Our latest jobs round-up includes a closer look at soaring job application figures from a number of nationwide pub operators, boardroom changes at Robinsons and the thoughts of Brewhouse & Kitchen boss Kris Gumbrell on the recent A-level results 'shambles'.
  • One-in-four Brits reckon running a pub is a ‘very difficult’ career​ - A cocktail of long hours and spiralling sector costs appear too strong for more than three quarters of the British public, who consider running a pub to be a ‘difficult’ career path.
  • B&K work offer to politicians over 'unskilled' jibe​ - Brewhouse & Kitchen (B&K) chief executive Kris Gumbrell discussed hospitality's status as 'the accidental career' after former Apprentice contestant Frances Bishop told the BBC that working behind a bar taught her more than university.
  • 85% of Brits feel pubs are meeting or exceeding Covid-secure guidance expectations​ - The vast majority of customers who’ve visited post-lockdown pubs have found operators to be compliant with guidance to stop the spread of Covid-19.
  • More than 35m meals claimed on Eat Out to Help Out​ - Over 35m meals have been consumed during the first fortnight of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, the Treasury has revealed.
  • A-Level results 'shambles' shows need for high quality hospitality apprenticeships, says B&K boss​ - The chaotic release of A-Level results further highlights the need to develop high calibre hospitality apprenticeships as an alternative to higher education, Brewhouse & Kitchen’s Kris Gumbrell has said.
  • 60% of EOTHO diners wouldn’t have visited venues without discount​ - Though initially dismissed as a “gimmick” by some, new data from Streetbees and restaurant booking app OpenTable has highlighted the Eat Out to Help Out scheme could be among the Government’s most effective Covid-19 crisis policies.
  • How could post-lockdown distancing rules change the layout of pubs?​ - The Morning Advertiser (MA) spoke to Jones Architecture & Design’s creative director Abi Perry-Jones to run the rule over post-lockdown pub blueprints before trading resumes under social distancing.
  • Digital tools won’t just exist for social distancing - they’ll become the ‘new normal’​ - Social distancing may force operators to re-programme post-lockdown pubs to accommodate new consumer behaviour – but which tech innovations can help them push the right buttons?

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