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Card payments: Barclays Consumer Spend report shows purchase data on a monthly basis (Getty/ljubaphoto)

May sees 2.9% spending rise

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spending in pubs, bars and clubs grew by 2.9% in May, new data has revealed.

Low, Light & Alcohol-Free Summit to take place in September 2024

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

Low, Light & Alcohol-Free Summit to take place in September

By Gary Lloyd

The trend is growing for drinking less alcohol, according to Laura Willoughby MBE, who will be talking more about the subject at the inaugural brand-led conference called the Low, Light & Alcohol-Free Summit 2024.

Shepherd Neame releases Go For Gold to honour Olympics win

THE CASK PROJECT

Shepherd Neame’s tribute beer to war and sporting hero

By Gary Lloyd

Kent brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame is releasing a cask beer to commemorate 100 years since Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame’s gold medal success in the 1924 Paris Olympics.

Shocking incident: Car crashes into Langport Arms (Credit:Getty/gorodenkoff)

Car crashes into 600-year-old pub

By Rebecca Weller

A Somerset pub and hotel has shared its gratitude for employees who “acted promptly” after a car crashed into the 600-year-old venue in a “shocking” incident.

Drinks tracker: sales down year-on-year as heavy rain returned (Credit:Getty/Tim Parker)

Wet weather dampens drinks sales

By Rebecca Weller

After two weeks of year-on-year growth, wet weather has washed the positive figures away and pushed drinks sales back below 2023 levels.

Joseph Holt to allow brewery tours for first time

THE CASK PROJECT

Joseph Holt to celebrate 175 years with festival

By Gary Lloyd

Northern brewer Joseph Holt is allowing fans of the brand a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to go have a look behind the scenes of its Manchester brewery as part of its inaugural beer festival.

What's in the news 31 May?

Review of the Week

‘Don’t listen to the forecasts!’

By Tom Easton

The Morning Advertiser’s Ed Bedington caught up with Thorley Tavern’s boss Phil Thorley for an audio chat on his take of the week’s goings ons, from election fever to the weather and the predictions for the summer ahead.

Winner: Jamie Delap of Fyne Ales named Brewer of the Year 2024 by Alun Cairns MP, chair of the APPBG

APPBG names its Brewer of the Year

By Gary Lloyd

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) has named Jamie Delap of Fyne Ales as its 2024 Brewer of the Year.

Sales of low and no alcohol beer in pubs 2024

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

Low & no alcohol beer sales continue to grow

By Nikkie Thatcher

While the low and no-alcohol beer category takes up a smaller percentage of the on-trade market, it is the fastest growing sector in both volume and value sales.

Licensing hub: PopAl partner Jonathan Smith shares advice for showing live sport ahead of Euros 2024 (Credit: Getty/FotografieLink)

LICENSING HUB - LEGAL WITH POPPLESTON ALLEN

Keeping onside with your Euro 2024 screenings

By Jonathan Smith, partner, Poppleston Allen

Pubs do not need permission on premise licenses to broadcast live sport, but there are other considerations operators should take into account ahead of the UEFA Euro 2024 tournament later this summer.

Low & No Project: new products

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

New low & no serves to expand your range

By Rebecca Weller

Following the launch of the Morning Advertiser’s (MA) Low & No Project earlier this week, we’ve put together a handy round-up of some of the best new products in the segment from the last 12-months.

Sponsors give expert advice on low & no drinks at pubs

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

Operators must be agile on low & no drinks

By Gary Lloyd

Some of the best in the low & no drinks business have offered advice to pubs and bars wondering why they should invest in the category.

Dish Deconstructed: How to make rabbit and bacon terrine

DISH DECONSTRUCTED

How to make: Rabbit and bacon terrine

By Rebecca Weller

In this week's Dish Deconstructed we look at how to make a rabbit and bacon terrine from the Crown pub in Burchetts Green, Berkshire.

Unique identity: Greene King Pub Partners adds two more pubs to Nest portfolio

Greene King opens two more Nest pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Greene King’s leased, tenanted and franchise arm has announced the opening of a further two Nest pubs following its launch earlier this year.

Laura Willoughby exclusive article for Low & No Project

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

Laura Willoughby: Moderation has gone mainstream

By Laura Willoughby MBE, founder of mindful drinking movement Club Soda

Many people in the UK are drinking less alcohol than they used to. However, only a small number of these have become complete abstainers.

Beer prices: Cost of a pint of lager jumps 4.6% in year to April 2024 (Credit:Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Lager prices up 4.6% YOY

By Rebecca Weller

Pint prices in pubs increased 4.6% in the year to April 2024, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 79

The Lock In Podcast

Are you being served?

By Ed Bedington

Customer service is key to making your business a success, in the season finale, the Lock In takes a closer look at a key aspect that can make or break a pub.

Number of women drinking beer in UK has decreased since 2018

Fewer women drinking beer than in 2018

By Gary Lloyd

Six years after research revealed the UK had the lowest percentage of beer drinkers in the world, new evidence has shown the figure has fallen further.

Summer favourite: pubs such the New Inn in West Sussex are taking advantage of wine

FEATURE - WINE

FEATURE: Make your wine sales rise as weather improves

By Michelle Perrett

Gone are the days when anyone asking for a glass of ‘dry white’ in a pub would be faced with rolling eyes as the bar member scrambled through the back bar fridge to find a bottle that had likely been open for at least a week.

The Low & No Project launches #LowNoProject

THE LOW & NO PROJECT

The Low & No Project launched by The MA

By Gary Lloyd

The Morning Advertiser is launching The Low & No Project in a bid to educate and inspire the opportunities in the low & no products on-trade category that are currently only being taken advantage of by a few operators.

Welcome all: Ayesha Kalaji encourages diversity of food at pubs (credit: Vicki Steward)

OPINION

OPINION: Don't restrict pub food to just the classics

By Ayesha Kalaji, chef-patron, Queen of Cups, Glastonbury

The first pubs were a place to provide food, drink and rest to weary travellers, conceived around 43AD, with the Romans bringing the concept with them to Britannia.