All news articles for December 2020

Government orders: all pubs apart from those on the Isles of Scilly will have to close their doors again

All pubs except in Isles of Scilly to shut

By Nikkie Thatcher

Every pub in the nation will be closed as of New Year’s Eve, with the exception of those in the Isles of Scilly, the Government has announced.

Incredible support: 'As we sit in tier three and unable to open for the foreseeable, we’re grateful that we’re still in business'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘This certainly wasn’t in the business plan we presented last Christmas’

By Marc Hornby, co-founder, the Virgins & Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Publicans Jonathan Carter-Morris and Marc Hornby received the keys to their new pub on 9 March – less than a fortnight before the UK’s first national lockdown. Here Marc reflects on taking on a site during a pandemic.

The Morning Advertiser most popular stories of 2020

The MA's most popular stories of 2020

By Nikkie Thatcher

In the year that saw most pubs closed for more time than they were open, we take a look at the most read stories across 2021.

Tricky year: 'I've had to pay a lot of people out of my own pocket to make sure they have money for Christmas'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

'We've served 450,000 customers since July and are unaware of any Covid cases'

By Patrick Frawley, owner, East London Pub Company

Patrick Frawley, who owns and operates five pubs and bars in central London as well as five restaurants and bars in Ireland via the East London Pub Company, believes hospitality has been 'thrown to the wolves' in 2020.

Pub passion: 'the situation facing our nation’s pubs and publicans is serious and all of us who care about our locals and the role they play in communities need to show their support,' Al Murray said

Al Murray becomes Campaign for Pubs ambassador

By Stuart Stone

Comedian Al Murray, ‘The Pub Landlord’, has become an ambassador for national grassroots campaign group Campaign for Pubs and is calling on all pub-lovers to sign its latest petition.