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Administration sale: Rekom UK sold for £19.5m (Pictured: Rekom UK chairman Peter Marks)

Rekom UK sold for £19.5m

By MCA

The assets of late-night operator Rekom UK were sold to a connected party for £19.5m in a pre-pack administration process.

Hart and soul of Ashill: the White Hart pub

MY PUB

My Pub: the White Hart, Ashill, Norfolk

By Gary Lloyd

Married couple Jonathan and Naomi Pearson took on the White Hart in Ashill during Covid and were forced to quickly close during the lockdowns of the pandemic.

Rekom shuts 17 nightclubs

Rekom shuts 17 sites

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Rekom UK has closed 17 sites across its estate following the completion of a pre-pack administration.

Cash injection: Admiral Taverns has invested more than £20m into its community pubs in 2023

Admiral pumped over £27m into 300 pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Community pub company Admiral Taverns ploughed more than £27m into refurbishments and updates across its Proper Pubs and tenanted and leased estate in England, Scotland and Wales last year.

New site opening: Alex and Matt Crowther are opening the Lost Pug

Beer & Coffee Company to open the Lost Pug

By The Morning Advertiser

The Warwickshire-based bar and restaurant group behind venues including pubs the Royal Pug, the Fat Pug and the Black Pug in Warwick, and the Lazy Pug in Shipston is continuing to expand with plans for a new Pug venue.

Toughest month: the pub remains a ‘wonderful place’ even for those abstaining

OPINION

Remember pubs during the ‘longest month of the year’

By Gav Young, licensee of the Plough & Barleycorn, Isle of Wight

So we are here, 2024 has begun. Much of the population will have powered through the festive indulgences in preparation for new year resolutions as we head into, arguably, the longest month of the year.

Fresh challenge: taking on a pub or moving to a different site could be just what the doctor ordered (credit: getty/andresr)

The surge in applications to run a pub

By Gary Lloyd

“New year, new me.” So often the cry of someone who managed to survive the previous 365 days despite facing hammer blows all the way with the intention of reversing such misfortunes in the time it will take for the Earth to revolve around the sun again.

Strong festive trading: Amber Taverns targets 185 sites by the end of 2024 (Pictured: The Railway in Caerphilly, South Wales)

Amber Taverns reports strong festive trading

By Shwetali Sapte

Amber Taverns has reported strong trading over the festive period across its pub portfolio, with like-for-like sales up 20% in the period spanning 18 December to 1 January 2024.

Community hero: the Millhouse licensee Lisa Leyland says the support for Luke Littler brings the community together

Darts star Luke Littler is pride of Joseph Holt pub

By Gary Lloyd

Darts sensation Luke Littler was the centre of attention for fans of the sport across the world last night (3 January) but it was particularly special for his bartending older brother Leon.

Message for Government: JW Lees' MD William Lees-Jones says the Government must look at what it can do to help the sector

JW Lees reports record turnover of £88m

By Gary Lloyd

Manchester-based brewer JW Lees has reported record turnover for the year to 31 March 2023 with revenue at £88m (up £13m (16%) on the previous year).

Founder Knipe reacquires Blackrose Pubs

Knipe re-takes control at Blackrose

By Ed Bedington

Blackrose Pubs has been bought back following the purchase of the business brand by former managing director Daren Knipe.

Tres bien: Wells & Co's two new French sites will add to the Sherlock Holmes and the Starfish (pictured below)

Wells & Co adds first new French sites since 2019

By Gary Lloyd

Bedford-based brewer and pub operator Wells & Co has expanded its French pub estate by two sites – welcoming the House of Parliament and HMS Victory in Bordeaux to its portfolio.

What's in the news December 15?

Review of the Week

'We have a vital role'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Frederic Robinson's William Robinson to hear his thoughts on the week, from Christmas trade to changing of the political guard.

Sector attacked: can Zoe Eliasson meeting a community plea also help hospitality's standing?

OPINION

Seeking positive feedback as a community stalwart

By Zoe Eliasson, licensee at the Boot at Sarratt, Hertfordshire

With our pub, the Boot at Sarratt (established 1729), being situated in the middle of our picturesque village, we had no choice but to agree to a Christmas plea from the Church and local primary school.

What's in the news 1 December

Review of the Week

Better Government leadership needed

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Fuller's CEO Simon Emeny to get his take on the week's events, from the Covid Inquiry to the death of a footballing icon.

Great relationship: Shepherd Neame acquires Ship Inn pub in Herne Bay (Pictured: licensees Alan and Michele Clarke)

Shepherd Neame expands tenanted estate

By Rebecca Weller

Independent family brewer and pub company Shepheard Neame has expanded its tenanted estate with the acquisition of a historic seafront pub in the South-East.

Hydes opens dining pub the Harry Beswick Wirral, Merseyside

Hydes opens £3.6m premium dining pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

North west brewery and pub retailer Hydes has launched its first new establishment in five years, following the opening of its latest premium pub dining venue on the Wirral, Merseyside.

Government needs to recognise pub community role

Pubs community role needs recognising

By Ed Bedington

The Government needs to recognise and support the important role pubs play in the community, according to the chief executive of a leading family brewer.

Charity champs: Chris Jowsey (right) with Jake Mills of Chase The Stigma

Admiral Taverns posts improved turnover and EBITDA

By Gary Lloyd

Despite economic headwinds creating a “challenging backdrop” for its licensees, Admiral Taverns has posted improved turnover and EBITDA figures in its 2023 financial year (FY23) results.

Oisin Rogers gears up for Devonshire opening

'The best pubs are chaotic!'

By Ed Bedington

Pub legend Oisín Rogers is all set to open his new pub project with Charlie Carroll, the Devonshire at Piccadilly, London

(image: Getty/Adam Gault)

Red Oak Taverns to acquire 17 St Austell pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Red Oak Taverns is set to complete the purchase of 17 sites from St Austell Brewery’s leased and tenanted division, helping to further extend the former’s presence in the south west.

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