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Mandatory introduction: the ratings scheme is compulsory in Wales and Northern Ireland but not in England (image: Getty/navorolphotography)

Call for mandatory food hygiene rating display

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has renewed its call to introduce a mandatory food hygiene rating for food businesses, such as pubs, in England.

Thank Brew: Trade bodies back limited edition beers sold for the Jubilee (Getty/ GeorgePeters)

Limited edition beers brewed for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Limited edition beers will be sold by UK pubs and bars in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the Thank Brew initiative, backed by trade bodies as a “fantastic opportunity” to celebrate the sector and bring people together.

Should calorie labelling apply to pubs?

Calorie labelling an unnecessary disaster for pubs

By Ed Bedington

Once again the fun police have been let loose on the hospitality sector, and while the sector is used to handling and weathering well-intentioned, but ill-thought out legislation, the timing of the introduction of calorie labelling on menus couldn’t be...

Accolade received: North was awarded Best Brewing Pub Company at the 2022 Publican Awards

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North eyes London and Birmingham openings

By Nikkie Thatcher

Leeds-based operator and brewery North Bar/North Brew Co is looking to open sites in London and Birmingham, one of the co-founders told The Morning Advertiser.

Important part of a ‘proper’ pub: the appreciation of cask ale remains

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Licensees must realise the trouble cask is in

By Pete Brown

It’s 15 years now since I wrote the first edition of the Cask Report – an initiative organised by cask brewers and industry bodies to reinvigorate attitudes around cask ale. Now, The Cask Project is a new initiative with the same goals.

Top advice: tips on how to utilise TENs (image: Getty/buzbuzzer)

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Top tips on TENs

By Andy Grimsey, senior consultant solicitor, Poppleston Allen

We all know how useful temporary event notices (TENs) can be. Particularly in the years 2022 and 2023, when the Government has, in order to support business following Covid, increased the limits for TENs from a maximum of 15 per premises to 20, and a...

What is craft: consumers consider things like independence and locally brewed to be important (Credit: Getty/LauriPatterson)

What defines craft beer?

By Rebecca Weller

According to Statista 1.24bn hectolitres (hl) of craft beer were sold in the UK on-trade in 2019, but just 36% of the 829 surveyed by the website had a ‘good’ understanding of what craft beer means with many consumers looking to better understand the...

Thatcher's Blood Orange Cider: the cider makers latest variant is to be launched alongside Thatcher's biggest campaign to date

Thatchers announces new Blood Orange cider

By Rebecca Weller

Thatchers Cider yesterday (Monday 11 April) unveiled its latest offering, Thatchers Blood Orange Cider (4% ABV), with the new product launch set to be supported by the company’s biggest multi-media campaign to date.

Eco-friendly and a homely feel: This year's interior design trends revealed (Getty/ archigram)

2022 interior design trends revealed

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Sustainability, homecoming and artistry are just a few of the interior design trends that have proved popular in the hospitality sector throughout 2022 according to commercial outfitter Novograf.

Official figures: data from the Office of National Statistics found total GDP for the UK in February 2022 grew by 0.1% (image: Getty/atiatiati)

Sector ‘main growth driver' of economy

By Nikkie Thatcher

The accommodation and food services sector activities grew by 8.6% in February 2022 and was the main contributor to the service industry’s growth in that month, official figures have revealed.

A week of ups and downs: average drinks sales hovered just below pre-pandemic sales in the week to 2 April (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales down 2% in the week to 2 April

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were 2% down in the seven days to Saturday 2 April when compared with the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has shown.

Deep dive: the inquiry aims to examine the UK's response to Covid-19 (image: Getty/Creative Crop)

UKH responds to Covid-19 inquiry consultation

By Nikkie Thatcher

Trade body UKHospitality (UKH) welcomed the opportunity to comment on the Covid-19 Inquiry draft terms of reference, particularly the specific mention of hospitality.

Sites pipeline: BrewDog’s James Watt has revealed the business will open dozens more venues this year

BrewDog to open 27 sites this year

By Gary Lloyd

James Watt, co-founder of craft brewer and bar operator BrewDog, has revealed the business is set to open 27 new sites during 2022.

Company stance: 'our feeling was we needed to absorb as much as we possibly could for the longer term', Joules MD Steve Nuttall says (image: Getty/Jonathan Knowles)

Joules holds beer prices

By Nikkie Thatcher

Shropshire-based operator and brewer Joules has made the decision to hold the prices on all its craft beers, including its Lager Green Monkey.

Falling numbers: CGA statistical analysis shows where cask ale is failing

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The decline of cask ale in numbers

By Gary Lloyd

The short shelf life of cask beer is a major factor in why the category has suffered a continued decline throughout recent years, according to statistics from data insights expert CGA.

Advice given: pubs that are recent converts to social media and email marketing need to be careful if they are planning to hold sweepstake events for this weekend’s Grand National (image: Getty/golero)

Digital marketing could make your pub sweepstake illegal

By Richard Bradley, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

With the pandemic forcing pubs to close for large periods over the past two years, we saw many establishments focus their attention on digital marketing to make sure their customers didn’t forget about them.

Bottling the magic of the sea: Hendrick's new gin is inspired by the coastal walks and sound of the waves in Scotland

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Hendrick's and Greenall's launch new gins

By Rebecca Weller

The drinks sector has been gearing up for summer this week with a new coastal-themed gin from Hendrick's and a new fruity offering from Greenall's launched alongside new products from Sheperd Neame, Galipette, Chandon, San Pellegrino, Coastal...

Company boss: Peter-Borg Neal was awarded Business Leader of the Year at the 2022 Publican Awards

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Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Poppleston Allen – Peter Borg-Neal

By The Morning Advertiser

A leading figure for the trade throughout the last few years, Oakman’s Peter Borg-Neal has continued to drive his business forward, with some key acquisitions to increase his portfolio, along with some impressive fundraising initiatives to support the...

Cleaning up: volunteers helping to clean beaches in the south-west of England can claim a free pint of beer

Free pint on offer for beach cleaners

By Gary Lloyd

Sharp’s Brewery and Stonegate Group are offering members of the public a free pint to encourage more people to join beach clean ups across the south-west of England.

One unit cocktail advice from Britvic

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How to make a ‘one unit’ cocktail

By Britvic

Last month, we asked our Sensational Drink users what they wanted to know about low and no options on drinks menus.

Calorie control: Businesses with more than 250 employees must display calorie info from today (Getty/andresr)

Calorie labelling rules come into force

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

New calorie regulations, which will bring cost pressures and an increased workload to the sector, come into force today (Wednesday 6 April), fuelling criticism from trade bodies.