All news articles for October 2023

Openings: Big news from Arc Inspirations, King Pins, AK Whelan


King Pins, AK Whelan open sites

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

In this week's property news, King Pins and AK Whelan announce new sites, as Arc Inspirations looks forward to its first foray into the east midlands.

New products: this week's round up includes BrewDog, J20, Thatchers, Adnams, Port Askaig, Greene King and more


BrewDog releases new IPA

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round up includes new products from BrewDog, J20, Thatchers, Adnams, Port Askaig, Greene King and more.

What's in the news 5 October

Review of the Week

'National living wage is very inflationary'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington catches up with award winning operator Clive Price of Barons Pub Company for his take on the week's news.

New flavours: consumers want adventure, playfulness, comfort and value from the eating out market in 2024  (Credit: Getty/	SolStock)

5 key food and drink trends for 2024

By Rebecca Weller

Consumers will be looking for adventurous flavours, healthy and hearty recipes and playful experiences from the on-trade in 2024, according to Bidfood’s 2024 Food & Drink Trends report.

Ghost towns: 30% of nightclubs have shut doors since the pandemic (Credit: Getty/ Flashpop)

'Youth culture is lost’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Britain has lost 30% of nightclubs since Covid, and the ex-owner of the UK’s longest running club has argued that Gen Z need to spark a cultural shift to revolutionise nightlife.

Rising rates: We take a look back at national living wage across five years (Credit: Getty/Hispanolistic)

NLW rises by 40.5% in 5 years

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The national living wage (NLW) is set to rise to “at least £11” next April, meaning it will have soared by nearly 40.5% in the past five years.

Classic combination: Thatchers Cider unveils new seasonal flavour Spiced Apple

Thatchers reveal new seasonal cider

By Rebecca Weller

Somerset-based cidermaker Thatchers has unveiled a new seasonal flavour for the on-trade, available on draught with its Fusion Font range.

Pints galore: Pubs are in with a chance to bag £150k cider

£150k of Stowford Press cider up for grabs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Westons Cider is giving 12 pubs the chance to bag a year’s worth of Stowford Press as part of a £150,000 investment in a bid to boost the hospitality sector.

Stephen Terry’s Abergavenny restaurant The Hardwick closes

Top 50 Gastropub closes its doors

By Restaurant

Stephen Terry’s Abergavenny restaurant The Hardwick has closed suddenly after nearly two decades in business.

Cost and consequence: operator warns pubs will not be able to absorb proposed increase to NLW (Credit: Getty/georgeclerk)

Operator warns pubs 'can't absorb' increase to NLW

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs will not be able to “absorb” the increase to the National Living Wage (NLW) as the sector continues to face “unrivalled pressure”, one Suffolk-based operator has warned.

Autumn start: On premise drink sales are behind last year's levels (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drink sales dip after weeks of growth

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

On premise drinks sales last week were down year-on-year for the first time since mid-August, CGA by NIQ’s daily drinks tracker has revealed.