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Pub sales down 29.2% in December 2021: Lifting of restrictions means businesses can look forward to better conditions to aid their recovery in 2022 (Credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Saturday 4 December most profitable trading day

By Rebecca Weller

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.

Flashpoints and financial strain: Covid Passes were 'this year's version of the Scotch egg'

‘Covid Passes were this year’s version of the Scotch egg’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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.

Not just for Veganuary: Whitbread head of food and beverage development shares tips for success with vegan dishes

Whitbread share top tips for success with vegan dishes

By Rebecca Weller

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

SA Brain reported to be negotiating the sale of the majority of it's estate to Song Capital and Cerberus Capital

SA Brain in deal to sell estate

By Ed Bedington

Leading Welsh brewer SA Brain is reported to be set to sell the freeholds of the majority of it’s pubs to a global consortium for a reported £100m.

Hospitality worked hard to be compliant: industry angry and disappointed UK leaders did not act sensibly during lockdown (Image credit: Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street via Flickr)

Downing Street lockdown parties make a ‘mockery’ of everything

By Rebecca Weller

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...

What's in the news 14 January

Review of the Week

Restrictions have had no impact on infection rates

By Ed Bedington

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.

'Employer of choice': Fuller's

Fuller's offers all employees private healthcare

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Fuller, Smith, and Turner, has partnered with Medicash to launch to a new healthcare benefit scheme as part of a package of improvements to its pay and benefits system.

Trading update: Everards has reported its sales for its latest financial year (image: Getty/alexsl)

Trading restrictions cost Everards more than £3m

By Nikkie Thatcher

Covid measures for nine months of this year have meant Leicestershire-based firm Everards reported an operating loss of £3.4m for the financial year ending September 2021.

Fuller’s closes majority of its city pubs: operator calls for suspension of business rates and extension on VAT reduction

Fuller’s closes the majority of its city sites

By Rebecca Weller

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.

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.

Who owns the Laine Pub & Brewing Company?

Laine also acquired by Fortress

By Ed Bedington

The Laine Pub & Brew Co has also been snapped up by US-bank Fortress Investment Group as part of its acquisition of assets from Patron Capital & May Capital.

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.

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