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Celebrating success: we spoke with operators about their experiences for International Women's Day


The talented women operating hospitality venues

By The Morning Advertiser

A number of leading female operators in the sector have had their say on how the industry can #EmbraceEquity this International Women's Day.

Latest accounts: turnover has doubled for Thorley Taverns (credit: Getty/The Good Brigade)

Turnover doubled at Thorley Taverns

By Gary Lloyd

Kent pubs and hotels operator Thorley Taverns has reported turnover has doubled from £6.7m to £13.4m in its financial year ended 30 June 2022.

Surprise visitor: film star Keanu Reeves visits Hertfordshire pub (Credit: Facebook/Robin Hood Pub Tring/Laura Rolfe)

Keanu Reeves visits Hertfordshire pub

By Rebecca Weller

Film star Keanu Reeves has been spotted enjoying some quintessentially British cuisine at a Fuller, Smith & Turner pub in Hertfordshire.

No room to grow: Three Hills at Bartlow managing director Emma Harrison (pictured) shares her thoughts on financial burdens restricting the sector


Financial burdens leave no room for growth

By Emma Harrison

For the last few years, it feels like the hospitality sector has been thwarted in every direction, no matter how efficiently we run our businesses, and operating a pub/restaurant with rooms has never been harder.

New site: BOXPARK Liverpool to open late 2023

BOXPARK sets sights on new site

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

BOXPARK has secured planning permission for a new Liverpool venue which will open later this year.

Great view: Aviary Rooftop Restaurant & Terrace Bar in Finsbury Square

50% off at ETM sites during rail strikes

By Gary Lloyd

ETM Group and Maven Leisure owner Ed Martin has announced anyone who works in the hospitality sector will be given 50% off food and drinks at its sites on rail strike days.

Position of strength: City Pub Group chairman Clive Watson

City Pub Group reports sales growth, COO to depart

By Gary Lloyd

City Pub Group, which owns and operates 44 premium pubs across the south of England and Wales, has reported accelerated like-for-like (lfl) sales growth of 7.8% versus 2019 in the fourth quarter (Q4) of its financial year.

Pub setting: John Mills receives his MBE from Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Elizabeth Fothergill, while the BBC films the ceremony

Community pub hosts MBE awarding ceremony

By Gary Lloyd

A former dentist who became a leading light in funding research into vasculitis has been honoured in what is believed to be a first for the pub industry.

In the wrong: Wimbledon pub operator claims Castle Water falsely charged business £11k for

Pub charged £11k for ‘rogue’ meter readings

By Rebecca Weller

Small businesses are at the “mercy” of utility providers, a south-west London-based licensee has stated after being hit with an £11,000 bill for allegedly incorrect meter readings.

All's Wells: generous customers gave an extra £1 for their festive meal for charity

Wells & Co raises £10k via Xmas menu scheme

By Gary Lloyd

Pub operator and brewer Wells & Co has raised £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust through an initiative that saw a £1 donation taken from each Christmas meal sold.

Exciting developments: Manahatta will come to Sheffield in February

Arc to launch Manahatta in Sheffield

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Premium bar operator Arc Inspirations is set to expand its portfolio with the opening of its landmark venue Manahatta in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Thwarted trade: Quiet cities impact trade at REKOM sites (Getty/ Flashpop)

Rail strikes batter REKOM Xmas profits

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Train strikes and the cold snap stifled Christmas trade for late-night goliath REKOM UK, but its chief executive has hope for the future.

Another one bites the dust: Fuller's pub suddenly shuts

Fuller’s pub shuts doors

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Customers have flooded to social media in solidarity for the Ship in Southwark, central London, which has shut permanently due to circumstances beyond its control.

Vital education: Fuller's raises £5,000 for Made in Hackney through plant-based burger sales

Fuller's and Made in Hackney partnership raises £5,000

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Fuller, Smith and Turner has raised £5,000 with plant-based burger sales through its partnership with cookery school and emergency food support service, Made in Hackney.

Hard hit: Cost-of-living forces another pub into hibernation (Getty/ Rogan Macdonald)

Only pub in village forced to close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The only pub in the village of Broughton, Oxfordshire, has been forced to shut its doors until spring due to the cost-of-living crisis, according to its owner.

All too much: Soaring costs force Kent-based pub to close (Getty/ Rogan Macdonald)

Family pub to shut up shop

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Wig and Gown in Dartford, Kent will shut its doors in the new year after costs doubled and footfall plummeted.

Merger news: Liberation CEO Jonathan Lawson

Liberation Group merges with Cirrus Inns

By Gary Lloyd

Liberation Group, the UK and Channel Islands brewer and pub operator has merged with Cirrus Inns – which runs 22 sites from south-west London across to the Cotswolds.

Success story: Leigh Mac opens up about the Saddle Inn's future plans

‘I'm doing better than I ever have done’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Business is better than ever at the Saddle Inn, Chester, Cheshire, but there’s more to running a pub than “dripping in gold” according to its licensee.

Hard times: Footfall drop at North Yorkshire venue due to cost-of-living

‘Good luck to all the pub trade’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A North Yorkshire operator has warned hospitality’s future will be “bleak” without further Government support.

Weather warning: snow has covered many parts of the UK (image: Getty/_ultraforma_)

Operator loses 50% of bookings due to snow

By Nikkie Thatcher

One London operator has seen cancellations mount this morning (Monday 12 December) after the parts of the country saw heavy snowfall, resulting in yellow weather warnings in a number of areas including the capital.

Looking to the future: Challenges ahead but premiumisation is key

'2023 will be a year of breaking even'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

There will be economic storms in the new year, but entertainment packages and premium drinks could help city venues stay afloat, according to the joint owner of the Phoenix Arts Club in Soho, London.

Profiteering: operator claims energy suppliers are using pubs as piggy banks (Credit:Getty/Nicholas Murrall)

Energy suppliers 'profiteering' from pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Energy suppliers are using the hospitality industry as “piggy banks” and “profiteering” from the ongoing energy crisis, according to one Chester-based operator.

Beginning of another chapter: Brighton's

City's 'oldest' gay bar to close

By Rebecca Weller

East Sussex seaside city’s “oldest” gay bar has closed its doors for good amid “excessive overheads”.