All news articles for January 2024

What's in the news 12 January?

Review of the Week

'I don't think beer is enough'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Beer and Coffee gaffer Matt Crowther to get his take on the week's news from wages to drinks sales, and whether beer is expensive enough.

Finding more ways to prosper: Professor Victoria Wells

OPINION

Pubs have had to diversify to survive

By Victoria Wells, Professor of Sustainable Management School for Business and Society, University of York

As a pub researcher I’m almost always given pub (or beer) related gifts for Christmas and birthdays – Christmas 2023 was no exception.

Honoured: Tim Martin, Adam Handling and Stuart Broad

New Year’s Honours roll call review

By Gary Lloyd

The New Year Honours list always attracts attention and the recent awards were no exception as JD Wetherspoon (JDW) chairman Tim Martin received a knighthood for his services to hospitality and culture.

Pub support: The second reading of the private member's bill will take place on 19 Jan (Credit: Getty/G Trade)

BBPA supports licensing hours extension bill

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) was proud to support an MP’s drop-in event ahead of the second reading of her bill that will help pubs extend opening hours during national events.

Recipes from Hellmann's for pubs in Veganuary

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Recipes to inspire your kitchen this Veganuary

By The Morning Advertiser

With January traditionally being the month diners look to change their food and drink intake, we’ve got recipes to offer your guests that are reducing their meat consumption for Veganuary.

The Purefoy Arms pub Preston Candover Hampshire to shut

The Purefoy Arms to close for good

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Award-winning gastropub the Purefoy Arms, Hampshire, will shut its doors permanently at the end of the month due to “unexpected happenings”.

New opening: £1.1m has been invested in the new JDW pub at Haven Primrose Valley

JDW to operate at Haven holiday parks

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has signed an exclusive agreement with UK holiday park operator, Haven, meaning it can operate at its parks.

Saying goodbye: Pergola Paddington will shut for good on 21 January 2024

Incipio Group looks back on Pergola Paddington

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Incipio Group’s rooftop bar Pergola Paddington is set to close, but the operator has learnt and grown from the experience, according to its sales & marketing manager.

CGA Prestige shows food inflation fell to 15% in November

Food inflation fell to 15% in November

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Food Inflation as measured by the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index (FPI) fell again during the month of November to 15.0% - its lowest level since July 2022.

Big Interview: The Morning Advertiser talks brewing success with Becky Keane of Nirvana Brewery

BIG INTERVIEW

The Big Interview: Becky Keane of Nirvana Brewery

By Rebecca Weller

The Morning Advertiser caught up with Nirvana Brewery co-founder Becky Keane to discuss the key to confidence, brewing success and championing women working in beer.

Too late: tube strikes suspended at the

Tube strike cancellation 'too late' for sector

By Rebecca Weller

The damage done to hospitality businesses by tube strikes is “undoubtedly too late to reverse” as planned tube strikes in London are cancelled at the “eleventh hour”.

Toughest month: the pub remains a ‘wonderful place’ even for those abstaining

OPINION

Remember pubs during the ‘longest month of the year’

By Gav Young, licensee of the Plough & Barleycorn, Isle of Wight

So we are here, 2024 has begun. Much of the population will have powered through the festive indulgences in preparation for new year resolutions as we head into, arguably, the longest month of the year.

The Morning Advertiser's Lock In Podcast episode 70

The Lock In Podcast

New Year, new opportunities?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team take a look ahead to see what 2024 has in store, both the opportunities and the challenges and how you can embrace both.

Publican Awards: celebrating excellence across the sector

The PUBLICAN AWARDS 2024

The Publican Awards: a trip down memory lane

By Rebecca Weller

With the 2024 Publican Awards set to take place in less than 12 weeks, The Morning Advertiser has taken a look back at the last five years of the event.

Hitting the target: darts is enjoying a boost in popularity and Alex Tomlinson (right) has advice for pubs (credit: Getty/Jovan Doncic)

Darts – what are the rules for pubs?

By Alex Tomlinson, solicitor at Poppleston Allen

This week, we saw 16-year-old Luke Littler compete in the PDC World Darts Championship final before losing 7-4 to Luke Humphries.

Fresh challenge: taking on a pub or moving to a different site could be just what the doctor ordered (credit: getty/andresr)

The surge in applications to run a pub

By Gary Lloyd

“New year, new me.” So often the cry of someone who managed to survive the previous 365 days despite facing hammer blows all the way with the intention of reversing such misfortunes in the time it will take for the Earth to revolve around the sun again.

What are the key trends for UK pubs 2024?

What’s in store for 2024?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Here at The Morning Advertiser, we’ve rounded up some of the key predictions for food, drink and entertainment at pubs in 2024.

What's in the news 5 January?

Review of the Week

'We need to go to war on VAT'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington met up with Oakman Group's Peter Borg-Neal to get his take on the week's news, from a knighthood for Sir Tim through to closures and Christmas trade.

(image: Getty/Drazen_)

LICENSING HUB - LEGAL WITH POPPLESTON ALLEN

Tying up loose ends – changes to licensing law in 2024

By Andy Grimsey, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

So, welcome to 2024. We usually write a piece at this time of year looking forward to likely changes in the licensing landscape over the next 12 months, and this year is no different.

Cautiously optimistic: drinks sales up 7% in final fortnight of 2023 (Credit: Getty/	zeljkosantrac)

Drinks sales up 7% during last two weeks of 2023

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales were up 7% year-on-year during the final fortnight of 2023, indicating “positive trends” for 2024 despite continued “difficult trading conditions”, according to CGA.

Gig economy: Live music expected to boom in pubs this year (Credit: Getty/mixeto)

Live music in pubs could skyrocket in 2024

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Gigs in the ‘seed’ music industry – those staged in hospitality venues across the UK – soared 37% over the festive season, providing a boost for artists and the pubs they performed in.

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