All news articles for January 2022

Rebecca and Joseph standing outside of the Royal Oak Hotel

Cumbrian pub opens only shop in village

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Publicans of the Royal Oak Hotel in Beckermet, Cumbria have come to the rescue of local residents by opening the only store in the village.

Hard hit: Pubs and bars had the toughest trading period over Christmas (Getty/ Dimensions)

Pubs and bars hit hardest over festive period

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups suffered a double-digit sales drop from pre-Covid levels in December, yet pubs and bars were hit particularly hard over the festive period, the latest CGA Business Tracker revealed.

Government rules: the work from home guidance has impacted pubs, particularly those in town and city centres (image: Getty/Catherine Delahaye)

Plan B easing announcement expected

By Nikkie Thatcher

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to reveal the lifting of Plan B rules will be implemented next week in an announcement later today (Wednesday 19 January).

Reinvigorating the sector: Fiona Dickie says an agreed investment can improve pubs while deferring the market-rent-only (MRO) option for tenants

How investing in pubs can be a major factor in sector recovery

By Fiona Dickie, pubs code adjudicator

Investment in tied pubs could be a significant element to recovery in the sector. The pubs code supports this while balancing protection of tenants, ensuring they are informed and advised on their rights and the effect of proposed investments. I’d like...

Not just for Veganuary: Whitbread head of food and beverage development shares tips for success with vegan dishes

Whitbread share top tips for success with vegan dishes

By Rebecca Weller

Chris Seaby, head of food and beverage development at Whitbread, who joined the pub restaurant and hotel operator last year after 26 years at retailer M&S, offers tips on plant-based food and shares insights on Whitbread’s Veganuary offer

SA Brain reported to be negotiating the sale of the majority of it's estate to Song Capital and Cerberus Capital

SA Brain in deal to sell estate

By Ed Bedington

Leading Welsh brewer SA Brain is reported to be set to sell the freeholds of the majority of it’s pubs to a global consortium for a reported £100m.

Reciprocal relationship: online training offers skills to your staff that will help your business

FEATURE

Feature: Get the right staff and let tech help you win in business

By Gary Lloyd

We all know that if we want to make money in our pubs, we need customers to buy drinks and food but there are many aspects needed to enable that to happen from having the right staff to do the right things through to back-office tech to help make the...

Restarting recovery: Restrictions on hospitality businesses to be lifted as of 28 January with crowds back at sporting events the week before (Credit: Shutterstock/ComposedPix)

Welsh Six Nations games to be played in Wales

By Rebecca Weller

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed Wales’s Six Nations rugby matches are to be hosted in Wales as planned after restrictions were lifted, offering a chance for hospitality businesses in the country to recoup some revenue from lost trade...

Hospitality worked hard to be compliant: industry angry and disappointed UK leaders did not act sensibly during lockdown (Image credit: Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street via Flickr)

Downing Street lockdown parties make a ‘mockery’ of everything

By Rebecca Weller

Lockdown parties have showed the Government to be in shambles as hospitality worked hard to keep customers safe and follow the rules during lockdown despite receiving thousands of pounds worth of fines while our leadership did not act appropriately, according...

What's in the news 14 January

Review of the Week

Restrictions have had no impact on infection rates

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Castle Rock Brewery boss Colin Wilde to hear his thoughts on the weeks news, from the impacts of restrictions, frustrations over government behaviour and isolation rules changing.

Positive outlook: Fleurets says there have been high levels of demands for pubs in all regions

Demand outstripped supply in pub property market last year

By Gary Lloyd

Strong demand for pubs rather than a flood of empty sites or failed businesses has been the most significant feature of the pub market in the past year, according to leisure property specialist Fleurets’ Survey of Pub Prices 2021 report.

New measures: the rules mean those who test positive for Covid-19 can leave isolation on day six if they have had two consecutive negative lateral flow tests on days five and six (image: Getty/TraceyAPhotos)

Cutting isolation to 5 full days ‘very helpful for sector’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government’s announcement about self-isolation for those with Covid-19 being able to end after five full days following two negative lateral flow tests has been welcomed by the trade as it could help ease staffing pressures.

Safe space: Inclusivity, community and entertainment key to LGBTQ+ venues (Getty/Ladanifer)

Operators offer tips for running LGBTQ+ venue

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Community, entertainment, and inclusivity must come first when running a successful LGBTQ+ venue reveal operators, with the rise in homophobic hate crimes over the pandemic stressing the need for safe spaces.

Big reveal: The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list 2022 will be announced in Manchester on Monday 24 January

Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs

2022 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs set to be revealed

By Ed Bedington

The best gastropubs in the business are set to be announced as The Morning Advertiser gears up for the reveal of the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list for 2022.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 35

The Lock In Podcast

Hard times ahead?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team review the Christmas that wasn't and take a look to the months ahead and what to expect. We talk the challenging financial situation with top advice from expert advisor Chris Worden from 1st Business Rescue, hear from award winning...

#IAMWHOLE: BrewDog launch alcohol-free beer alongside charity campaign to raise awareness of ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder' (SAD)

BrewDog launches charity beer SAD AF

By Rebecca Weller

BrewDog has partnered with #IAMWHOLE to launch an alcohol-free charity beer, SAD AF, as part of a mental health campaign to encourage men to talk to friends and family about depression and has pledged to donate 100% of the profits into mental health research....

Left in limbo: Scotland's First Minister not lifting restrictions for pubs despite capacity sports events going ahead from Monday

Scottish hospitality businesses ‘left in limbo’

By Rebecca Weller

Scottish hospitality businesses have been ‘left in limbo’ and ‘need answers now’ following Nicola Sturgeon’s latest coronavirus update as the sector saw another opportunity for recovery ‘snatched away’, according to trade bodies across the sector.