Operators

A player in many markets: JW Lees operates 42 managed houses and has 96 Pub Partners

JW Lees ready to expand in 2022

By Gary Lloyd

Historic brewer and pub operator JW Lees has hunkered down during the pandemic to concentrate on survival first and foremost but that looks certain to change in the new year.

Prospect Pubs & Bars: Dan Shotton and Mark Draper are adding to their portfolio of pubs

Prospect Pubs & Bars to open fifth site

By Rebecca Weller

Prospect Pubs & Bars has announced it will open its fifth site, The Joiners Arms in Bloxham, Oxfordshire after major refurbishment and extension.

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.

New concept: the Hive Pubs franchise model is the second format from Greene King Pub Partners

Greene King launches Hive Pubs franchise model

By Gary Lloyd

Greene King Pub Partners (GKPP) plans to make a real buzz about its new pub franchise concept – Hive Pubs – which it said is “a branded community pub model”.

Punch deal rumours remain unconfirmed

By Ed Bedington

Speculation over a potential deal for the purchase of Punch Pubs & Co continues to swirl with both parties refusing to comment.

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...

What's in the news 19 October?

The MA's Review of the Week

"Feels like everything is difficult to do at the moment"

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Vicki Williams from Almond Family Pubs to get her thoughts on the weeks events, from ongoing supply challenges, staffing shortages, through to Christmas ordering nightmares.

Portfolio expansion: the two latest acquisitions take Brunning and Price to 79 venues (image: Getty/Adam Gault)

Brunning and Price eyes 80 sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple pub operator Brunning and Price has acquired two new sites, taking its total estate to 79, with plans for an eightieth in the pipeline.

Marston's win three awards: The first pub group to achieve zero waste to landfill

Marston's wins trio of awards

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Marston's has won three awards at the 2020/2021 International Green Apple Environment Awards, which has recognised and rewarded companies globally for best environmental practice since it launched in 1994.

What's in the news 12 November

Rising costs are 'frightening'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington speaks to Brian Whiting of WH Pubs for his views on the week's news, from inflationary pressures and premiumisation through to the debate over dogs in pubs.

Forever Young’s: the London-based brewer sold its Ram Pub Company division earlier this year

The history and business story of Young’s

By Gary Lloyd

Historic brewer and pub company Young’s has been a household name in London and the surrounding area since before Queen Victoria took to the throne. Here The Morning Advertiser looks at its history, acquisitions and disposals.

Expectations upgrade: Nightcap has reported a sales boost as it prepares to open new sites

Nightcap reports 68% sales increase versus pre-Covid

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the parent company of cocktail bar groups London Cocktail Club and Tonight Josephine, has reported a 68% increase in net sales for a 13-week period versus the same, pre-Covid, equivalent in 2019.

Inquisition needed: trade adviser Phil Dixon says setting rents way above pre-pandemic levels is ‘bonkers’

Opinion

Pub companies must do something about unviable rent offers

By Phil Dixon, trade adviser

As Monty Python famously recorded: “Though there was trouble at the mill they didn’t expect ‘The Spanish Inquisition’.” There is trouble in the pub sector mill and there needs to be an inquisition into the behaviour and transparency of pub-owning companies.

Price drop announced: JDW chairman Tim Martin

JDW drops prices on three alcoholic serves to 99p

By Gary Lloyd

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) will reduce prices on a trio of alcoholic drinks to 99p at 671 of its pubs but minimum unit pricing means customers to sites in Scotland and Wales will pay £1.10 on one of those lines.

Strong set-up: JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin

JDW’s pub deals and history

By Gary Lloyd

From unique carpeting at each of its sites to the grandeur and historic locations of some of its pubs, managed operator JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is one of the best-known brands across the UK on-trade.

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