Roller coaster of emotions: operator Brendan Padfield shares his experiences of the past fortnight


‘Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst’

By Brendan Padfield

Brendan Padfield usually spends his days running the award-winning Unruly Pig pub in Bromeswell, Suffolk. Here, he shares his thoughts about the realities faced by publicans.

Sector support: the latest news for pubs in the battle against Covid-19


Daily bulletin – Monday 23 March

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington delivers a rundown of the latest news for pubs in regard to coronavirus and what the sector is expecting to hear next in terms of financial support.

Keep connected: despite pub closures, a family brewer is keeping the community connected through the launch of its virtual pub


Virtual pub ‘brings community together’

By Alice Leader

An independent family brewer and pub operator, Wadworth, is keeping its community connected by bringing the essence of a pub virtually through Facebook.

Licence warning: new legislation has come into force that will punish venues that are still open to the public


Non-takeaway pubs could lose licence if they continue to open

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pubs that are still open for people to consume food and drink on the premises will face prohibition notices, potentially unlimited fines and the loss of their alcohol licence, new legislation has stated.

Funding: Diageo launches helpline and funding


Diageo pledges major support for on-trade

By Nicholas Robinson

Global drinks supplier Diageo has pledged a £1m fund to help operators during the coronavirus pandemic, as well the launch of a new information line for the independent, licensed business owners.

Campaign: The Morning Advertiser launches #UnitedWeStand with media partners


Trade joins forces to launch #UnitedWeStand

By Nicholas Robinson

The Morning Advertiser has joined forces with trade leaders and media bodies to help the sector overcome the coronavirus pandemic that has stripped hospitality businesses of jobs and income.

James Cuthbertson on coronavirus pub closures


Video: Pub boss reacts to closure news

By Ed Bedington

The announcement by the Prime Minister that all pubs, restaurants and cafes must close has left many in the industry reeling, despite growing expectation of the announcement.
The Morning Advertiser met up with the director of the Pale Moon Pub...

Government advice: Boris Johnson has ordered the closure of pubs to the public after tonight (Friday 20 March)


PM tells pubs to close

By Nikkie Thatcher

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told pubs, cafés, bars and restaurants to close tonight (20 March) while the Chancellor announced a new Government grant that will cover 80% of employees’ wages.

Coronavirus update for pubs Friday


Daily bulletin 20 March

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington delivers a run down of the latest news for pubs around coronavirus and what the sector is expecting to hear next in terms of financial support.

Editor’s comment: we must end sniping, peacocking and grandstanding


‘A need to work together’ during coronavirus pandemic

By Ed Bedington

For most of us, this is starting to feel like the end of the world. In such a short space of time, we’ve gone from something that seemed like an abstract problem in a far away part of the world to having the rug completely pulled out from under us.

Loans and grants explained: ABC Finance expert Gary Hemming outlines financial options for pubs


Grants and other financial help available to pubs

By Guest author – Gary Hemming

Operators are expected to face continued financial pressure over the coming weeks – specifically during the coronavirus. In this guest post, finance expert Gary Hemming outlines some of the financial options available to publicans.

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