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New opening: Tin of Sardines to launch Sunderland venue

Tin of Sardines to open third site

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Tin of Sardines, which made headlines when it opened the world’s smallest gin bar in Durham, is set to open a third site, on Sunderland’s sea front, with a landscaped outdoor terrace hanging over the Roker Pier.

Major refurb: Brakspear reopen the Bull, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Brakspear pub the Bull reopens after major makeover

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Multiple operator and brewer Brakspear has reopened the Bull on Bell Street in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, after an extensive refurb, the first major investment within its managed estate since it was rebranded as Honeycomb Houses last autumn.

Strong recovery: St Austell Brewery has more funding available to improve further in 2022

St Austell Brewery back in profit post-Covid

By Gary Lloyd

South-west-based brewer and pub operator St Austell Brewery has reported a strong recovery and a return to profitability in 2021 after the impact of the pandemic.

Here's to many more years: Operators celebrate 43 years at Kent-based pub the Anchor

Licensees celebrate 43 years behind the bar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Licensees of the Anchor in Sevenoaks, Kent, have celebrated their 43rd anniversary behind the bar as they opt to sign another 10-year contract with pubco Admiral Taverns.

Boss comment: 'Through the pandemic, we are justly proud of how H&W has resolutely stuck to its purpose and lived by its values despite the extreme pressure,' says H&W chairman Anthony Woodhouse

Hall & Woodhouse returns to profitability

By Nikkie Thatcher

South England-based business Hall & Woodhouse (H&W) has returned to profitability with an underlying profit before tax of £1.6m in the 2021/22 financial year, after a loss previous period of £10.5m.

Recognising hard work: Fuller's celebrate Pride of Fuller's awards winners with Sunday lunches hosted by TV chef Brian Turner CBE

Fuller's celebrates Pride of Fuller's awards

By Rebecca Weller

Large multi-site pub operator Fuller, Smith and Turner has celebrated the Pride of Fuller's awards after receiving more than 250 nominations and selecting 20 winners.

Death by a thousand cuts: as costs continue to rise pubs have been left with no breathing space following Covid and face a tough year (Credit: Getty/sturti)

Hospitality sector entering 'catastrophic period'

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs have had no breathing time following the pandemic as rising costs pose multiple challenges for operators who have survived by “the skin of their teeth” with the potential for a "catastrophic" and "very tough" year ahead, according...

Patrick Dardis steps down as Young's CEO

Dardis to leave Young's

By Ed Bedington

Young’s boss Patrick Dardis has announced plans to step down from the role after six years, to be replaced by chief operating office Simon Dodd.

Building history: the Wynnstay Hotel & Spa is Grade II-listed and has been a part of Oswestry since 1727

RedCat estate tips over 100 sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

The investment vehicle founded by former Greene King boss Rooney Anand, RedCat Pub Company has added to its portfolio with the Wynnstay Hotel & Spa, building on its existing estate of more than 1,000 hotel rooms.

No delivery: Lack of gas at the Chaser inn, Kent (Getty/ B2M Productions)

No delivery from Calor Gas forces pub to close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A Kent pub was forced to close for a few days after Calor Gas failed to top up gas levels, which the managing director of the pub group has claimed was “not forgivable”.

Support shown: craft breweries have formed a group called Drinkers for Ukraine (credit: Getty/Kukurund)

Craft breweries unite to raise funds for Ukraine

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Europe’s craft breweries, cider makers and wineries are coming together to raise funds and show solidarity for the Ukrainian people, as the ninth day of Russia’s invasion dawns.

Head north: New World Trading Company is to open a Botanist site in Scotland later this year

NWTC to open Botanist site in Edinburgh

By Gary Lloyd

Bar-restaurant operator New World Trading Company (NWTC) will open a Botanist site in the St James Quarter area of Edinburgh later this year.

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£121k revamp of Herts GK pub and boutique pub with rooms opens in Newbury

By Gary Lloyd

The latest property news includes Greene King Pub Partners’ renovation of a village pub in Hertfordshire, Red Lion Holdings’ restoration of a site with boutique pub and rooms in Berkshire, a new Punch Pubs site and London Fields Brewery site placed on...

Your Adventure Starts Here: St Austell Brewery launches six-figure recruitment campaign

St Austell Brewery launches six-figure recruitment campaign

By Rebecca Weller

Independent brewery and pub company, St Austell Brewery, has launched a six-figure campaign to attract new talent to the hospitality industry and highlight the adventures in store for employees who choose to work in the South-West.

Linda and Paul McNamara: having run the Park View in Birkenhead for two decades the licensees are selling the site via raffle

'Proper boozer' to be sold via raffle

By Rebecca Weller

Licensees in Birkenhead have decided to sell their pub via raffle in the hope the “proper boozer” will stay at the heart of the local community.

Growing portfolio: the Crown in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire takes the company's bedroom total to 1,000

RedCat grows accommodation offer with latest acquisition

By Nikkie Thatcher

Former Greene King boss Rooney Anand’s pub investment vehicle RedCat Pub Company has acquired the Crown Hotel in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, taking its portfolio to approximately 100 sites.

One in three pubs have no cash reserves left: BII member survey reveals 55% of respondents have debts of more than £40,000 (Credit: Getty/katleho Seisa)

Pubs in 'fragile state' as 1 in 3 left with no cash reserves

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs have been left in a ‘fragile state’ with no cash reserves, forcing some to consider ceasing trade as one in 10 licensees believe their business is currently unviable, according to the latest British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) member survey.

CAMRA launches consultation to drive inclusivity: members and non-members asked to anonymously share experiences with the campaign (Credit: Getty/ alubalish)

CAMRA launches consultation to drive inclusivity

By Rebecca Weller

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has launched a consultation into inclusivity, diversity and equality within the organisation and at its events, in response to discussions in the wider beer and pub industry regarding continuing prevalence of discrimination and...

Drinks sales down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January:  figures are an improvement on the first two weeks of the year (Credit: Getty/skynesher)

Drinks sales down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January when compared with the same week in 2019, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

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