All news articles for April 2024

Energy update: Nationwide Energy lays out what's happening with the utility market (image: Getty/FroYo_92)


Utility sector update

By Nationwide Energy

In the last week, commodity costs peaked on Tuesday and have since fallen back. Israel's striking Iran on Thursday night, maintains the risk of a widening Middle East conflict.

New product: MCBC introduces two new Rekorderlig flavours


MCBC unveils two new Rekorderlig flavours

By Rebecca Weller

Molson Coors Beverage Company (MCBC) has introduced two new flavoured variants to its Rekorderlig cider range, Peach & Raspberry and Blackberry & Blackcurrant.

The Morning Advertiser's Lock In Podcast episode 77

The Lock In Podcast

Stars in bars!

By Ed Bedington

Celebrities love owning pubs, so the Lock In team spoke to a few, including James May and Candice Brown, to find out why they couldn't find an easier way to lose money!

Flagship site: the Reading town centre taproom and restaurant will be part of the Station Hill development

Siren hits £250,000 fundraising target

By Gary Lloyd

Berkshire-based Siren Craft Brewery has hit its £250,000 crowdfunding target with the aim of using donations to build a flagship bar in Reading.

GBPA: A trip down memory lane


A trip down GBPA memory lane

By Rebecca Weller

With the deadline to enter the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) 2024 fast approaching, The Morning Advertiser (MA) has taken a look back at the last five years of the event.

Timothy Taylor's Dewey argues Fresh Ale may help cask sales


Fresh Ale could mean more people go for cask

By Gary Lloyd

Despite complaints about ‘Fresh Ale’ being poured through hand-pulls, Timothy Taylor’s Tim Dewey believes if it draws people to the cask category – then it’s not a problem.

Earth Day: helping the planet is a must for all sector businesses (credit: Getty/Jesper Mattias)

How the sector is marking Earth Day

By Gary Lloyd

From re-using a weekly by-product of 10 tonnes of spent grain to brewing a new beer using leftover ingredients, the hospitality sector is doing its part for Earth Day.

Special place in people's hearts: Coronation Street's Rovers Return named Britain's favourite TV pub (Credit: Getty/Giuliano Benzin)

Nation's favourite TV pub revealed

By Rebecca Weller

The nation’s favourite pub has been revealed thanks to new research from insurance provider Simply Business.

Great British Pub Awards 2024 cash prize and new category

GBPA 2024

Cash prize and new category for GBPA

By Ed Bedington

Cash prizes are up for grabs for Community Pub of the Year in the Great British Pub Awards, courtesy of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP).

New sites: Loungers has a ‘fantastic pipeline’ (Muro Lounge in the north-east pictured)

Loungers opens eight sites since end of January

By Gary Lloyd

The rapid rollout of Loungers new site openings has reached one every 10 days since the end of January this year – bringing the total number in its portfolio to 257.

How to boost spirits sales in pubs


Top tips for expanding your reputation for spirits

By Rebecca Weller

As spirits sales continue to struggle across the on-trade, The Morning Advertiser (The MA) has looked into how pubs can maximise opportunities to push growth within the category.

Economic hardship: Operating costs still suffocating the sector despite ease to inflation (Credit:Getty/fcafotodigital)

Sector 'suffocating' despite economy easing

By Rebecca Weller

Operating costs continue to “suffocate” hospitality firms despite a drop in food prices having helped drive the headline rate of inflation down to its lowest level in two and a half years.

Business plan: the strategy aims to return the company to profitability

Revolution Bars sets out restructuring plan

By Hannah Currie, MCA

Revolution Bars Group has revealed more details of its restructuring plan and future strategy, which it says comes in response to a series of external challenges affecting the business.

JKS expand to three pubs with Chiswick purchase

Third site for JKS and Jacobs

By Ed Bedington

JKS Restaurants has announced the opening of a third pub with operator Dominic Jacobs in Chiswick, West London.

Milestone: Little Door & Co to open fifth site (Pictured: Kamran Dehdashti and Jamie Hazeel)

Little Door & Co to open 'milestone' fifth site

By Rebecca Weller

London-based house-party inspired late night bar and restaurant concept, Little Door & Co., has announced it will open its “milestone” fifth bar this summer.

Licensees: publicans Chris Walsh and Beccy Keddie are dealing with extra costs

Rising costs hurting small pub businesses

By Gary Lloyd

Improving trade but ever-escalating bills is an issue several pubs are experiencing three years after sites were allowed to start serving again after the pandemic forced the on-trade to close its doors.

Scottish operator: BrewDog CEO James Watt claims the business is 10% ahead of on-trade rivals

BrewDog’s ‘phenomenal’ Q1 2024 performance

By Gary Lloyd

Despite the hospitality sector and craft beer having a “very challenged” start to 2024, BrewDog’s performance has been “phenomenal”, according to CEO James Watt.

Dish Deconstructed: How to make Chicken saltimbocca


How to make: Chicken saltimbocca

By Rebecca Weller

In this edition of The Morning Advertiser's Dish Deconstructed series, chef and owner of the Red Lion in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, Mauli Dwivedi, details how to make the pub's chicken saltimbocca with an Aspall Cyder sauce.

Cask thoughts: Tim Bird met with Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt off the back of his previous opinion article on The MA


OPINION: Pubs cannot afford to fail the ale test

By Tim Bird, owner of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Inns

It has been a busy time since my last ‘Opinion’ article when I shared my concerns that, as an industry, we are at times a little too ‘doom and gloom’ and raised the question as to whether we are asking Government for too many things to help our cause.

What's in the news 12 April

Review of the Week

The art of keeping things simple!

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Livelyhood non-exec director and business consultant Karen Bosher for her take on the weeks news which has seen a number of results and mergers

New products: This month's round-up features BrewDog Distilling Co, Global Brands, CMBC and more


Thatchers releases new cider exclusively for pubs

By Rebecca Weller

This month's round-up includes a new cider from Thatchers only available to pubs as well as new products from BrewDog Distilling Co, Global Brands, CMBC and more.