All news articles for October 2023

Official figures: the average cost pf a pint of beer remains at £4.62 in September - the same as August (image: Getty/agrobacter)

No change of average pint price

By Nikkie Thatcher

The average cost of a pint draught lager stayed at £4.62 in September – the same price as the previous month, according to official figures.

'Continuing difficulties': Sacha Lord speaks out on inflation

Sacha Lord: Inflation to cause ‘continuing difficulties’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Sacha Lord, the night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, has said the unchanged Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rate released today (18 October) will pile further pressure on small business, especially those in hospitality.

Significant challenge: sector vacancies up by 12,000 (Credit: Getty/Alvarez)

Sector vacancies see ‘surprise increase’

By Rebecca Weller

A “surprise increase” in vacancies across the sector demonstrates the “significant challenge” staff shortages still pose for hospitality firms, trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has said.

Free webinar -  improving your cask offer


How to improve your cask offer – free webinar

By Gary Lloyd

Whether you’re a licensee wanting to start serving cask beers or a pub company looking for a few tips to improve the offer you already have – this free webinar is one you won’t want to miss.

When does the Publican Awards deadline end?

Publican Awards

Publican Awards 2024 open for entry

By Ed Bedington

The hunt is on for the best operators in the hospitality sector as the industry’s leading awards gets underway for 2024.

Daily Drinks Tracker: drinks sales up 3.8% six months to September 2023 (Credit: Getty/	bogdankosanovic)

Drinks sales up 3.8% but real-terms growth 'hard-won'

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in the on-trade were up 3.8% overall during the last six months, though inflation, rail strikes and soaring costs make real terms growth "hard-won", CGA data has revealed.

Huge restraint: value of beer sales in the on-trade increasing at a higher rate than volume (Credit: Getty/Jack Andersen)


Value of beer sales in pubs higher than volume

By Rebecca Weller

Beer sales in pubs have seen a marginal increase in volume compared with a higher turnover in value over the last 12 months, demonstrating “huge restraint” from pubs in the face of "outrageous" rising costs.

Positive update: Armado Lounge in Plymouth

Loungers targets record number of openings

By Gary Lloyd

Loungers CEO Nick Collins has cited the “continued evolution” of the business as key to its sales growth in a trading update for the 24 weeks ended 1 October 2023.

Operator opinion: Gav Young of the Plough and Barleycorn in the Isle of Wight has his say on Sober October


'A pub is for life, not for 10 months of the year'

By Gav Young, the Plough and Barleycorn, Isle of Wight

As if ‘Dry January’ wasn’t enough, the geniuses at Macmillan have joined in with Sober October. I guess when your CEO earns in excess of £190,000, originality is too much to ask!

Company investment: Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies (far right) with Manu Bhatt (third from right) and Richard Brown (far left) of Little & Large Pub Company and team members from the Running Horses

Brakspear pumps £2m into two L&T sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

South east-based multiple operator Brakspear is investing £2m into two of its leased and tenanted sites after signing agreements with growing pub groups Little & Large and Friendship and Beer.

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Top tips: A timely reminder on prevention of underage sales of alcohol

By Graeme Cushion, partner, Poppleston Allen

With Christmas now approaching I thought it would be a good time to remind operators of their obligations in terms of the prevention of sales of alcohol to persons under the age of 18.

(image: Getty/Richard Drury)

Over 4,000 venues start net zero journey

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 375 hospitality companies, spanning 4,738 sites have signed up to UKHospitality (UKH)’s carbon calculator, which was launched in partnership with the trade body, Zero Carbon Forum and Sky Zero.

Development opportunities: TRG acquired by Apollo Global Management (Credit: Getty/Martin Barraud)

TRG to be taken private in £506m deal

By Finn Scott-Delany

The Restaurant Group is to be acquired by Apollo Global Management in a cash acquisition valuing the company at around £506m.

Poll: what do pubs need from the Autumn Statement? (Credit: Getty/JohnnyGreig)

POLL: what do pubs need from the Autumn Statement?

By Rebecca Weller

Ahead of next month's Autumn Statement, The Morning Advertiser wants to know what support you would find most beneficial for your business, have your say and vote now in our snap poll below.

Property refurbs: this week's round-up features Admiral Taverns and Stonegate


Historic Notting Hill pub restored to 'former glory'

By Rebecca Weller

In this week's property refurbishment round-up, we spoke to operator of the Walmer Castle in Notting Hill about the historic pub's restoration while reopening's from Admiral Taverns, Inn Collection Group and Slug & Lettuce also feature.

Improved outlook: Marston's reports 10.1% sales increase

Marston's sales up 10% as pubco reduces head office costs

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Marston’s has reported like-for-like sales in the 52 weeks to Saturday 30 September were 10.1% up compared with the same period last year as well as a £5m reduction in head office costs.

Significant cost increases: only one in two pubs making a profit BII research has revealed

BII: 'half of pubs operating at a loss'

By Rebecca Weller

Only one in two hospitality firms are making a profit, new research from The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has revealed.

Slap in the face: operators call for Gov to support sector with implementing increase to NLW (Credit: Getty/The Good Brigade)


8 in 10 feel NLW hike will have significant impact

By Rebecca Weller

Operators from across the sector have urged the Government to support pubs in delivering the increase to the National Living Wage (NLW) as more than 80% feel the rise will have a significant impact on their business.

Head-to-head: M&B to rival Greene King's US-style barbecue operation with new smokehouse opening (Credit: Getty/luchezar)


M&B to launch US-style barbecue venue

By The Morning Advertiser

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) are set to go head-to-head with Greene King with the launch of a new operation focused on "Slow ‘n Low" US-style barbecue food.

Who were the winner in the Punch awards?

Best pubs in Punch estate celebrated

By Ed Bedington

The best Punch pub operators have been unveiled following a rigorous process to pick out the best from the company’s 1,300 businesses.

Shooting for the stars: What sets a Michelin-rated gastropub apart?

What makes a Michelin Star pub?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

21 gastropubs have gained Michelin stars since the trailblazing Stagg inn became the first pub to win the accolade in 2001. But what makes Michelin-starred pubs a cut above the rest? We spoke to chefs of some of the country's most prestigious venues...

Significantly stronger: JDW reports 9.9% sales increase (Pictured: JDW chairman Tim Martin)

JDW reports 9.9% sales increase

By Rebecca Weller

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has reported like-for-like sales were up 9.9% in the nine weeks to 1 October 2023 compared to the same period last year.