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Proud: CEO Jonathan Lawson praised the teams for dealing with the challenges of the past year

Liberation Group chief hails ‘sector-leading’ performance

By Gary Lloyd

Channel Islands and West Country-based brewer and operator Liberation Group has announced its managed UK pubs have seen like-for-like (lfl) sales grow 18.6% for the final three quarters of its financial year ended 29 January 2022, versus the same period...

Vocation Brewery on cask ale and category future

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Vocation ramps up cask range post-pandemic

By Gary Lloyd

Vocation Brewery sales director John Hadingham answers a few questions about the Hebden Bridge-based beer producer, the business’s cask ale range and offers advice for pub licensees.

Funkin Cocktails shows cocktail opportunities for on-trade operators

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Capitalise on cocktails to increase margins

By Funkin Cocktails marketing director Ben Anderson

Funkin Cocktails’ marketing director Ben Anderson looks at CGA’s newly released mixed drinks report and considers the opportunities for on-trade venues.

Unable to cope: More than 10,000 sites could close warns Kate Nicholls (Getty/ gwengoat)

More than 10,000 pubs and restaurants could close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

More than 10,000 pubs and restaurants could close as the sector faces “as big a crisis, if not bigger” than the pandemic, warned UKHospitality (UKH) chief executive.

Price rise: the cost of a pint has increased by more than 70% in the past 14 years (image: Getty/kyrien)

Average price of a pint reaches £3.95

By Nikkie Thatcher

The average cost of a pint of beer has increased by almost three quarters (70%) since 2008, with a pint in London costing more than £8, research has revealed.

Sleek design: the new font for Kopparberg draught Strawberry & Lime

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New draught font for Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime

By Kopparberg

Kopparberg, the UK’s leading fruit cider brand (1), is rolling out a brand new Strawberry & Lime draught font nationwide in time for summer.

Queen's Birthday Honours List 2022: Emma McClarkin and Jill Whittaker awarded OBEs

Hospitality leaders awarded OBEs

By Rebecca Weller

Leading figures within the hospitality sector have been awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced today (Thursday 2 June).

Fixing the crisis: UKH release workforce strategy to boost recruitment and training in the sector (Pictured: UKH CEO Kate Nicholls)

UKH announces workforce strategy

By Rebecca Weller

UKHospitality (UKH) has announced the launch of a nationwide workforce strategy, Fixing the crisis: a framework for collaborative action across the sector, tasked with nurturing cooperation between industry stakeholders and boosting recruitment and training...

Do consumers still love gin?

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Sparks are still flying in our love affair with gin

By Kate Blake, senior category strategy manager, Diageo

Brits have had a long love affair with gin, which we believe could be due to the versatility of the liquid as well as its increasingly accessible flavour profiles.

New products round-up: Kopparberg and Black Sheep Brewery release new serves

NEW PRODUCTS ROUND-UP

Kopparberg announces new serve with twist

By Rebecca Weller

This weeks new products round up is led by Kopparberg, offering a fruity new serve with a twist, alongside new products from Black Sheep Brewery, Urchin Spirits, Eight Lands and Burleighs.

Event announcement: the 2022 Licensee of the Year finalists have been divulged

LOTY 2022 finalists unveiled

By Nikkie Thatcher

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII)’s Licensee of the Year Award (LOTY) 2022 shortlist has been announced.

Help needed: Sacha Lord calls on the Government to bring forward the beer duty cut planned for next year

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'At this moment of acute danger, speed is of the essence'

By Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester

After it emerged that he is spending half a million pounds of taxpayers’ money on a focus group vanity exercise to try to repair his battered image, the Chancellor has finally come forward with a package of support to help people struggling to pay their...

Health and safety: Average food ratings of popular pub names revealed (Getty/zoranm)

Food hygiene ratings for top 10 pub names revealed

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, online-training provider High Speed Training has compiled a list of the ten most popular pub names and has calculated an average food hygiene rating for each based on Food Standards Agency data.

Place to party: Coyote Ugly launches new site in Camden

Coyote Ugly opens new site in Camden

By Joe Lutrario

Coyote Ugly is bringing its ‘high-octane style of hospitality’ to London for the first time with the opening of a site in Camden.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 44

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Do pubs need to improve on tech?

By Ed Bedington

Are pubs behind the curve when it comes to the digital world? Are we not embracing technology enough? The Lock In team tackle the subject with a range of guests debating everything from back of house tech, to whether customers should be allowed to google...

Let's get the party started: Pubs look forward to the Platinum Jubilee weekend

Platinum Jubilee weekend: How are pubs celebrating?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

With licenced premises permitted to open for two hours extra across the Platinum Jubilee weekend, pubs are pulling out all the stops with events ranging from beer festivals to art exhibitions, Rolls Royce rides to BBQs, and afternoon teas to fancy dress...

Celebration offer: the deal is for customers visiting Greene King Local Pubs or Flaming Grill sites

Greene King giving away free pints

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub company and brewer Greene King is giving away free pints for one day only, across more than 400 of its sites, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s royal coronation.

To the rescue: CAMRA call for Gov support after hundreds of pubs shut down in 2021 (Getty/ whitemay)

Action needed as 2021 saw 290 pubs demolished or converted

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has called for Government intervention after its research showed an average of just over 5 pubs a week (290 in total) were demolished or converted to another use in 2021.

Cheers Liz: Jubilee weekend could boost the sector by £76m (Getty/ nicolamargaret)

Platinum Jubilee weekend could boost sector by £76m

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Independent pubs, bars and restaurants are expecting a £76m boost over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, with 49% of those open predicting a sales rise, revealed the Barclays SME Barometer.

Recruitment crisis: Pubs and nightclubs are in desperate need of more door staff (Getty/mikeinlondon)

Security shortage: Sector in desperate need of door staff

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The sector desperately needs a “boost” in security staff, as the shortage of door workers worsens due to the cost of living crisis, festival season and fears of further closures, according to Get Licensed.

Long-standing history: the Caledonian Brewery has been running for more than a century

A deep dive into the Caledonian Brewery's past

By Nikkie Thatcher

With Heineken’s recent announcement of its intention to shut the Caledonian Brewery, The Morning Advertiser has taken a look into the site’s history and how it became one of Scotland’s oldest breweries.

Why selling cask gives a pub an advantage

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Making cask ale more commercially viable

By Anthony Hughes, director of Lincoln Green Brewing Company

We’ve seen the statistics and know from our own experiences; cask is in decline.

Huge investment: Revolution Cheltenham will relaunch in time for the Jubilee weekend

£250k overhaul for Revolution Cheltenham

By Gary Lloyd

Revolution Bars Group has invested £249,000 into a makeover for its Revolution Cheltenham bar, which is set to reopen in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

New products round up: Camden and Joseph Holt breweries announce Jubilee beers

NEW PRODUCTS ROUND UP

New products from Camden Brewery and Ciroc

By Rebecca Weller

Camden and Joseph Holt breweries announce limited edition Jubilee beers alongside new products from Ciroc and Bullards plus a celebrity appearance.

Professional thoughts: licensing expert James Anderson gives his take on the current rules in place and any amends that could benefit operators

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The musings of a licensing lawyer

By James Anderson, partner, Poppleston Allen

These are a few thoughts on my job as a licensing lawyer and what is good and what changes would help.

Growing portfolio: Liberation Group acquires two West Country sites from OHH Pub Company

Liberation Group acquires 2 sites from OHH Pub Company

By Amelie Maurice-Jones


Liberation Group’s UK Butcombe Pubs & Inns acquired the Northey Arms in Box, Wiltshire and the Rising Sun in Backwell, North Somerset from OHH Pub Company yesterday (Thursday 26 May).

Theakston and Robinsons launch beers for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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Theakston, Robinsons and Joseph Holt launch Jubilee beers

By Gary Lloyd

North Yorkshire brewery T&R Theakston, Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery, Manchester brewer and operator Joseph Holt and Hook Norton Brewery of Oxfordshire are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the launch of new beers.

What's in the news 27 May

"We've been here before"

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Kuckoo's Rich Powell for his take on the current headlines, from rising costs and brewery sales through to continued confidence and business expansion.

Staff impact: 30 jobs at the brewery are at risk

Heineken looks to close Caledonian Brewery

By Nikkie Thatcher

Drinks giant Heineken UK has proposed the closure of its Caledonian Brewery, citing the decades old infrastructure causing “significant inefficiencies and costs” as one of the reasons behind the decision.

Double joy: Salcombe has been recognised in both European and SIBA competitions

Salcombe Brewery celebrates two gold beer wins

By Gary Lloyd

Devon-based brewer Salcombe Brewery Co has scooped a gold medal at the 2022 European Beer Challenge for its Pilsner beer following hot on the heels of a gold for Belgica, its small batch Belgian Pale Ale, at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Awards.

Bright future: The Coaching Inn Group chief executive Kevin Charity said the company was looking to 'expand the estate at pace' (image: Getty/MicroStockHub)

RedCat continues to grow inn portfolio

By Nikkie Thatcher

Rooney Anand’s investment vehicle RedCat Pub Company has announced the purchase of the Castle of Brecon hotel, bringing the number of pub hotels owned by its subsidiary The Coaching Inn Group to 26.