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Trade requirements: operator of the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk Brendan Padfield calls for clarity, certainty and reassurance from the Government

‘Hospitality is the victim’ of Gov’s indecision

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The UK Government’s response to the Omicron Covid variant has been a “fiasco” that has undermined customer confidence and victimised hospitality, said the owner of the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk.

The Dog at Wingham:

December set to be weakest trading period of 2021

By Rebecca Weller

December is set to be the weakest trading month of the year following the surge in Omicron cases and the announcement of Plan B restrictions causing cancellations, lost revenue, and decreased footfall, according to one Kent-based operator.

The Onslow Arms in Loxwood: We have had to get used to U-turns overnight due to indecisive leadership and misplaced trust

Hospitality needs to ‘get used to U-turns overnight’

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector needs to ‘get used to U-turns overnight’ and new restrictions over the festive and new year period due to indecisive leadership and knocks to consumer confidence, according to one West Sussex operator.

Expanding estate: RedCat has acquired the White Horse Hotel in Hampshire.

RedCat acquires the White Horse Hotel

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

RedCat Pub Company has acquired the White Horse Hotel in Romsey, Hampshire at an undisclosed price: the sale was completed by Savills on behalf of a private client, and the pub will be operated by the Coaching Inn Group.

Opportunity arisen: Panmure Gordon believes Fuller’s could generate significant funds to help with its acquisition strategy to acquire managed freehold pubs if it were to sell its tenanted division

Fuller’s has good opportunity for M&A

By MCA

Fuller Smith & Turner has a good opportunity to participate in M&A activity within the pub sector, by disposing of its tenanted inns division, and using these funds to acquire City Pub Group (CPC), an analyst note from Panmure Gordon has suggested...

Company history: Fuller's has made a number of deals in its history

A look back at Fuller's mergers and acquisitions

By Nikkie Thatcher

Brewer and operator Fuller’s has a long history for its pub and brewing business and The Morning Advertiser has taken a deep dive into the company’s merger and acquisition deals.

Company growth: Dorset-based the Manor House in West Bexington has been acquired by RedCat

RedCat’s portfolio tips over 80 sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

RedCat Pub Company, Rooney Anand’s investment vehicle, has expanded its estate once again with the addition of six further sites.

Northern powerhouse: Robinsons is based in Stockport, Greater Manchester

Why Robinsons is a real Trooper

By Gary Lloyd

Independent family brewer and pub operator Frederic Robinson, or better known simply as Robinsons, has been running from its Stockport base for more than 180 years.

Sloppy Joe Burger: Garden Gourmet to feature at 1,200 Whitbread sites

Whitbread menus to feature plant-based 'Garden Gourmet' dishes

By Rebecca Weller

In January 2021 45% of meat-eaters aged 25 to 34 had cut down their meat consumption, research by Mintel showed, and the number of Brits adopting a vegan diet in 2020 skyrocketed by 40%, according to Finder, showing the demand for plant-based dishes has...

Tap the Admiral: Admiral Taverns now has a portfolio of circa 1,600 pubs

Admiral Taverns through the years

By Gary Lloyd

The Morning Advertiser examines the history of Admiral Taverns and its mergers and acquisitions activity throughout the years.

Buyer sought: the Grove Hotel in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire is one of the sites featured in the package

SA Brain puts 99-pub package on the market

By Nikkie Thatcher

Cardiff-based brewer and operator SA Brain & Co is seeking a buyer for 99 pubs, which are currently let to Marston’s Estates on 25-year leases.

Planet matters: Hamish Stoddart (centre) and Simon Heppner (right)

MA Leaders Club

Peach boss urges operators to be net zero

By Gary Lloyd

Peach Pub Company founder and managing director Hamish Stoddart has urged all operators to cut their carbon footprints and become net zero.

Clive Watson: 'We think we have got the structure in place to go to 100 pubs'

City Pub Co to double size of estate to 100 pubs

By Michelle Perrett

City Pub Co has revealed it wants to double the size of its estate to 100 pubs focusing on a cluster strategy, Clive Watson, executive chairman has told The Morning Advertiser.

Positive outlook: Business leaders are more optimistic about trading (Credit: Getty/ SolStock)

Business leaders optimistic but major challenges remain

By Michelle Perrett

Seven in 10 (70%) pub, restaurant and bar leaders feel optimistic about their businesses’ prospects for the next 12 months, the third-quarter Business Confidence Survey from CGA and Fourth has revealed.

Company history: Stonegate started some 11 years ago

How the UK's biggest pub company was formed

By Nikkie Thatcher

With Stonegate now being the largest pub company in the UK, The Morning Advertiser has taken a deep dive in the company’s history of mergers and acquisitions in its 11-year history.

Acquisition trail: Brunning & Price looking for new sites

Brunning & Price on acquisition trail

By Michelle Perrett

Brunning & Price, the 55-strong pub chain, run by The Restaurant Group (TRG) is on the acquisition trail looking for is large and period or characterful leasehold or freehold sites in affluent rural, town and city centre locations across England and...

Large company: Stonegate, which is headed up by Simon Longbottom, is set to stay biggest pub group this year

Stonegate set to remain largest pub group in 2021

By Michelle Perrett

The 10 largest pubs groups are expected to see +7.0% growth with further consolidation in the pub market, the latest data from the Lumina Intelligence Operator Data Index has revealed.

Staycation future: the trend is set to continue into Autumn

Staycation boom set to stay

By Michelle Perrett

The demand for UK staycations is set to continue into the Autumn, Cornwall-based brewery St Austell has revealed.

Multi-site operator: the group also operates a commercial property portfolio, Barkby Hospitality (comprising Barkby Pubs and Workshop Coffee) and Centurian Automotive Ltd (image: Getty/John Lamb)

Barkby Pubs trade strongly on reopening

By Michelle Perrett

Barkby Group, the pub gastro pub operator and diversified business group, said despite the fact its pubs were materially impacted by Covid-19 and national lockdown, it has traded ahead of expectations between 17 May and 30 June 2021, when restrictions...

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