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Walkies: the picture was returned one week after it was taken

Shaggy dog story with a happy ending

By Fred A'Court

It has to be said: Some customers are clearly barking! This is the tail about one that walked into the Grafton Arms in west London, had a nose around then calmly lifted one of several of the pub’s dog pictures off the wall.

How you like: drinkers told not to worry about how they drink their whiskey

Drink whiskey ‘any damn way you want’

By Nicholas Robinson

That's the advice of Jim Beam’s straight-talking head distiller Fred Noe, speaking on a visit to the UK from JB's homeland of Kentucky where the spirit has been distilled since 1795.

Star attraction: Battlesteads won Green Pub of the Year and overall title Great British Pub of the Year in 2010


Where are GBPA winners now: Battlesteads

By Fred A'Court

Battlesteads in Wark-on-Tyne was the brightest shining star among a host of others when it won the 2010 Great British Pub Awards, and literally the most knowledgeable about star quality.

Service speed: waiting for the bill is one of the biggest pain points for consumers, according to Worldpay

New technology launched to make paying easier

By Fred A'Court

A range of innovative features taking the stress out of setting up a tab, calculating the tip and splitting the bill is being introduced by payments processor Worldpay.

Transporting overseas: there have been calls for the Government to set out what checks they intend to do on food imports

Brexit 'pushing food prices up'

By Nikkie Sutton

With almost one third (30%) of food eaten in the UK currently coming from the EU, post-Brexit trade barriers are threatening to disrupt supply and as a result, push prices up, meaning pubs might have to charge more for their food, a new report has found.

Industry issue: pub chefs were one example the BBPA gave when it mentioned workers needed as much experience as they do qualifications

Changes needed to improve pub careers says BBPA

By Fred A'Court

A range of initiatives that the industry and Government can undertake to secure jobs and careers in the hospitality sector has been suggested by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Big success: the Shibden Mill owner Simon Heaton said winning the award was a turning point for the business


Where are GBPA winners now: Shibden Mill

By Fred A'Court

The picture-postcard 17th-century Shibden Mill Inn may nestle somewhat out of the way within a deep fold of Shibden Valley near Halifax, but winning the Great British Pub Award put it in a welcome spotlight.