The coronavirus pandemic has taught operators the need to be resilient and adaptable, the importance of technology and who could be counted on as loyal friends and customers, according to licensees across the sector.
In the five weeks of Christmas and New Year, Peach Pubs was up 3.1% on 2019 with like-for-like sales compared to 2019 increasing by 21% in the six months to 2 January, 26% over the summer, 10% in autumn and 3% at Christmas.
Pub sales were down 29.2% in December 2021 when compared to 2019 with New Year’s Eve sales down some 30%, however staff headcounts and hours worked were in good stead, the latest Fourth Hospitality Report has shown.
Despite a rocky festive trading period, Rekom UK chief executive Peter Marks was “excited” for a future free from Plan B restrictions, and said young people should be celebrated for their responsibility.
Covid Passes led to confusion, conflict and cost in what was "this year's version of the Scotch egg", according to Revolution Bars chief executive Rob Pitcher, who said the Government must do more than roll back Plan B restrictions.
Chris Seaby, head of food and beverage development at Whitbread, who joined the pub restaurant and hotel operator last year after 26 years at retailer M&S, offers tips on plant-based food and shares insights on Whitbread’s Veganuary offer
Lockdown parties have showed the Government to be in shambles as hospitality worked hard to keep customers safe and follow the rules during lockdown despite receiving thousands of pounds worth of fines while our leadership did not act appropriately, according...
The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Castle Rock Brewery boss Colin Wilde to hear his thoughts on the weeks news, from the impacts of restrictions, frustrations over government behaviour and isolation rules changing.
The most enjoyable part of running a pub is always being around and meeting new people and the key to success is always making sure you offer something different, according to one Leicestershire licensee.
With the post-Christmas dust settling, MA editor Ed Bedington caught up with Fuller's ceo Simon Emeny to see what had caught his attention in the past few weeks, from political machinations to the vaccination debate.
Greene King has partnered with specialist recycling businesses, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and dispose of typically hard-to-recycle plastic environmentally as part of its new campaign, Tub2Pub.
Pub operator and brewers, Fuller’s, has closed the majority of its city pubs temporarily and called on the Government to provide immediate suspension of business rates and an extension on VAT reduction.
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.