While Stephen Owens – managing director, pubs and restaurants at Christie & Co – predicts that the freehouse sector will continue to grow and offer a source of diversity in the on-trade, he forecasts evolution rather than revolution in 2020.
Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has predicted private investors will continue to seek tenanted, managed and franchised pub portfolios alongside consolidation opportunities in the next 12 months.
Robinsons Brewery announced the purchase of regional operator Individual Inns, JDW revealed plans to spend £200m on growing its pub estate and Urban Village Pub Company has saved a pub from administrators.
Many community pubs act as a lifeline for residents of rural areas with little else around them. Ahead of the general election on 12 December, The Morning Advertiser asked the volunteers and publicans behind the bar at these sites what they would say...