Other operators

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.

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.