Operators

A view to more rooms: Broad Street Townhouse in Bath, Somerset, pictured

Liberation Group to invest in more rooms across estate

By Gary Lloyd

Liberation Group will invest in expanding its accommodation offer after announcing like-for-like (lfl) sales on the rooms side of its UK business has risen by 14.7% in the first half (H1) of its current financial year (FY23).

Green initiative: the Greene Oak is one of Brucan Pubs' five sites

My Pub

My Pub: Greene Oak, Oakley Green, Berkshire

By Gary Lloyd

James Lyon-Shaw is the owner of Brucan Pubs, which includes the Greene Oak, which won Green King Pub of the Year in the Great British Pub Awards 2022. Here he gives The Morning Advertiser a virtual tour around the site.

What's in the news 28 July?

Review of the Week

'We've got to support each other'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with the Vaulkhard Group's Ollie Vaulkhard to talk about challenges, positivity and the price of a pint.

Third-quarter results: Phil Urban says M&B is well positioned to deliver a strong full year

Like-for-like sales up 8.9% at M&B

By Gary Lloyd

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) believes it will “continue to outperform the sector” after reporting like-for-like (lfl) sales in the year to date were up 8.9% versus last year.

Shakeup: Stonegate says the strategy will help deliver profitable growth

Stonegate 'to axe up to 260 jobs'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pub company Stonegate is set to enter into a consultation process that could make up to 260 roles redundant, as it restructures its central functions and operations management team.

Second site: Tom and Renata are the new licensees at the George Inn in Newnham for Shepherd Neame

Kent couple go multiple after lunch at picturesque village pub

By Gary Lloyd

A lunch date at Shepherd Neame site has led to a pub-running couple to take on their second venture with the brewer and pubco after being enamoured with the picturesque village inn. Here are some pictures of the George and the operators

Strong start to the year: Fuller's CEO Simon Emeny has been buoyed by recent sales figures

Fuller’s like-for-like sales up 15.1%

By Gary Lloyd

Pub operator Fuller, Smith & Turner (Fuller’s) has announced a like-for-like (lfl) sales boost of 15.1% for the first 15 weeks of its financial year (FY23) to 15 July 2023.

Escape to the lakes: The Angel Inn aims to welcome guests to the pub as they would their home

Friendly staff ‘key’ to business success

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Staff can make or break a business according to general manager of the Angel Inn, which was recently recognised as one of the top places to stay in the Lake District.

Good results: Brunning & Price site the Roe Deer in Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands

‘Exceptional’ performance by Brunning & Price

By Gary Lloyd

The Restaurant Group (TRG), which operates the Brunning & Price pub brand, has reported an “exceptional trading performance” in the first half its 2023 financial year (FY23).

Pub People: Mark Crowther was appointed as non-executive chairman in October 2022

The Pub People expands by 50% in six months

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Pub People has grown its estate by 50% in six months, a move its non-executive chairman cites as one of his biggest achievements as he eyes the future with “confidence”.

What's in the news 14 July

Review of the Week

‘It’s a bit of a war out there’

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Heartwood Collection chairman Mark Derry to discuss the week's news, from duty rates to recruitment and the need to be more upbeat.

Trading results: The Pub People shares its business and acquisition insights

Pub People celebrates ‘strong’ trade

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Pub People Group has accelerated its expansion plans by making several freehold acquisitions, including an addition of five pubs to its portfolio last month.

What's in the news 7th July

Review of the Week

Three year anniversary since Independence Day!

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Anglian Country Inns boss James Nye to get his take on the week's news, from milestone anniversaries to machine learning!

Trading update: Young’s is looking forward to the Rugby World Cup in autumn

Young’s optimistic as revenue and lfl sales rise

By Gary Lloyd

Young & Co Brewery said it is optimistic about the year ahead as it announced, for the first 13 weeks of 2023, revenue was up 8.3% in total and up 6.8% on a like-for-like (lfl) basis versus 2022.

New buzz: the new menus at Hive Pubs will allow operators to tailor the offer to their customers

GK’s Hive Pubs rolls out curated food menus

By Gary Lloyd

Greene King Pub Partners, the leased, tenanted and franchise division of Greene King, has created a set of new menus in the rollout of its Hive Pubs concept.

High class: the renovated Harrogate Inn from The Inn Collection Group

A look at Inn Collection’s reopened Harrogate site

By Gary Lloyd

Newcastle-based pubs with rooms operator The Inn Collection Group has reopened the St George Hotel after a refurbishment under the new name of the Harrogate Inn. Here, we give you a look around the renovated site.

Desi-gnated drinking time: author David Jesudason at the Regency

Spice up your (pub) life

By Phil Mellows

Like accidentally biting on a cardamom pod, ‘Desi Pubs’ has exploded on our complacent palates and spiced up the way we think about the great British pub.

Staff support: Greene King’s LGBTQ+ employee-led inclusion group, The Village Greene, supported the new policy

Greene King launches gender identity policy

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Greene King has launched its new Gender Identity Policy, which offers support for LGBTQ+ team members who are transitioning at work, or who identify as a different identity to that which they were born.

What's in the news 30 June?

Review of the Week

Inflation 'is a bit of a worry'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Oisín Rogers who's about to open the Devonshire Soho, to get his views on the week's news.

Estate expansion: Red Oak Taverns has completed six acquisitions this year (image: Getty/simarik)

Red Oak Taverns adds 2 pubs to growing estate

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multi-site operator Red Oak Taverns has exchanged contracts on the Croft in Wednesbury, West Midlands and the Bulls Head in Clipston, near Market Harborough, Northamptonshire from Everards.

Call for help: The Bevy claims to be the UK's only community-owned pub on an estate

Community pub’s plea for help as bills rocket

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Bevendean Cooperative Pub, claimed to be the UK’s “only community-owned pub on an estate” has called for help to keep its doors open after energy bills rocketed.