Operators

'Call the cavalry': police sent to deal with 40-man fight

40-man brawl breaks out at Star pub

By Georgina Townshend

Staff at a Star Pubs & Bars site in Greater Manchester were forced to call the police when a fight broke out between 40 people who “refused to leave the pub”.

Information packed: delegates heard about best use of sport and festivals

MA500 Edinburgh in pictures

By Nikkie Sutton

The last MA500 Business Club meeting of 2017 took place north of the border for the first time – in Edinburgh – earlier this month (September).

Evacuation: Stongeate pub at centre of false fire alert (Picture from Google Maps when it was called the Hole in the Roof)

Stonegate pub evacuated after ‘false alarm’ fire

By Georgina Townshend

Customers in a new Stonegate pub in Kent, which had £400,000 spent on its refurbishment, were evacuated when it was believed a fire had broken out – just weeks after opening.

Positive outlook: chief executive Jonathan Neame

No room for mediocre pubs, says Shepherd Neame boss

By Nicholas Robinson

Shepherd Neame’s focus on revitalising its managed pub estate through investment and acquisition has provided great profits for the Kent-based operator, but that does not signal the demise of the independents.

Wise up: Tim Martin considers using non-EU supply chain

JD Wetherspoon could switch to non-EU suppliers

By Georgina Townshend

JD Wetherspoon’s chairman said he is considering looking at suppliers outside the EU due to the “current posturing and threats” by Brexit negotiators, who need to “wise up”.

My Pub: The Dukes, Leighton Buzzard

My Pub: The Dukes, Leighton Buzzard

By Georgina Townshend

Two entrepreneurial sisters realised their dream when they helped return 200-year-old village pub, the Dukes, back to its former glory after spending time as failing Indian and Thai restaurants – before sitting abandoned for years. Co-director Jo Carter...

A first: Stonegate CEO Simon Longbottom has long coveted outlets in transport hubs

Stonegate snaps up Sports Bar & Grill chain

By Nicholas Robinson

Stonegate Pub Company has strengthened its property portfolio in the capital through the acquisition of the Sports Bar & Grill concept, bringing its estate up to 703 sites.

Environmental campaign: Laine Pub Co stops serving straws

Laine Pub Co latest operator to ban plastic straws

By Georgina Townshend

Laine Pub Co has ceased serving plastic straws with drinks in all of its 55 pubs across London and Brighton - and estimates that this will stop more than 2m from entering the ecosystem.