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Crackling offer: UK's first crackling menu on offer in London

Ale house launches 'first' crackling menu

By Helen Gilbert

A London alehouse has debuted what it claims is the UK’s first ‘crackling menu’ aimed at complementing the venue’s craft-ale offering.

On the rise: 'slow' products have grown by around 214% since 2010

Slow food tops 2017's culinary trends

By Nikkie Sutton

Reducing food waste and slow-cooked food are the two main trends operators must keep an eye out for this year, according to research from Mintel.

St Tudy Inn: Cornish pub was newcomer on this year's Top 50 Gastropubs

How to make: 'perfectly wobbly' panna cotta

By Daniel Woolfson

Emily Scott’s Cornish pub the St Tudy Inn came 39th in this year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs awards. Here’s a classic dessert ideal for ending a lavish meal.

Scathing: many operators have responded to reviewers with cutting comments

Some of the 'best' TripAdvisor responses from pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

TripAdvisor has come under fire many times from the hospitality industry and operators have previously blamed the review site for staff resignations, sleepless nights and police intervention. Here we look at some of the responses pubs have given to irate...

Yates: new menus feature a range of Mexican and low-calorie dishes

Yates launches new spring menu

By Daniel Woolfson

Yates, the Stonegate-owned high street chain, is launching a new menu later this month (21 March).

Champions: the winners of the inaugural Chefs' Choice Awards

Chefs’ Choice Awards 2017 winners revealed

By Nicholas Robinson

Hundreds of foodservice suppliers battled it out to have their products named the best at the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards in London earlier this week.

Mobile: My Pie provide freshly baked pies in pub kitchens

Cut your pub a slice of the profit with pie

By Nikkie Sutton

More and more people are choosing to eat out rather than at home and, with a growing demand for increasing informality when doing so, pubs are ideally placed to cash in on the British public’s enduring love affair with pies.

Pie love: Fuller's operations manager Simon Gifford is a pie advocate

Inside Fuller's Ale & Pie pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Pies and pubs go together like a horse and carriage, so it should have come as no surprise that London brewer and pubco Fuller’s would make the most of the relationship through a hugely successful on-trade brand.

John Dory: consider pairing with Brewster's Helles

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How to make: John Dory with creamed peas, lettuce and pancetta

By Daniel Woolfson

Wright Brothers, based in London’s Spitalfields market, supplies more than 150 pubs and restaurants across the UK with fresh fish and seafood. This recipe from Wright Brothers chef Richard Kirkwood is a sure-fire crowd pleaser

Apple & blackberry crumble: Eggleton's pub is ranked fifth in the UK's Top 50

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How to make: chef Josh Eggleton's apple & blackberry crumble

By Daniel Woolfson

This traditional dessert by Josh Eggleton, chef-patron of the Pony & Trap, Chew Magna, will be a sound addition to any menu as the nights begin to draw in earlier. Extra points for serving fireside. 

Roast with the most: the roast at the sadly-closed Truscott Arms (above) was named the best in the UK

Sunday roasts

Getting rid of the roast? Sundays wouldn't be the same...

By Daniel Woolfson

When JD Wetherspoon announced earlier this year it would finish serving Sunday roasts to focus on its core menu offer, reactions from some of the chain’s patrons were borderline riotous

Snacks: new options rose by 60% this year

MENU TRENDS

Snacks, sides and nibbles key focus for pub menus

By Daniel Woolfson

UK operators are boosting customers’ average spend by increasing starter and dessert prices as well as focusing on side dishes and snacks, new research claims. 

Crab ravioli: making the most of seasonal seafood

DISH DECONSTRUCTED

How to make: chef Dom Chapman's crab ravioli

By Daniel Woolfson

This recipe from Dom Chapman, chef-patron of Berkshire pub the Beehive, may have a longer list of ingredients than an epic poem. But once the components are prepared, this delicate pasta dish is relatively simple to put together and quick to cook. 

Venison tartare: served by James Mackenzie at the Pipe & Glass inn

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How to make: chef James Mackenzie's venison tartare

By Daniel Woolfson

This take on a classic tartare by James Mackenzie, chef-patron of Michelin-starred pub the Pipe & Glass Inn, South Dalton, Yorkshire, combines succulent venison with rich, fruity flavours and a haggis Scotch egg.

Big changes: operators face difficult decisions about their menus

CONSUMER TRENDS

Salads now 'more popular than fish and chips'

By Daniel Woolfson

An onslaught of healthy options has transformed pub and restaurant menus to the extent that salads now outsell pub classic fish and chips across the eating-out sector, research has revealed.

Merry Christmas: Consumers demand more during the festive period

Christmas

Bidvest Foodservice launches new Christmas range

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers eat out across all dining occasions more at Christmas than any other time of the year and demand more free-from options, giving operators the opportunity to make more money over the festive period.

Gastrosprogs: 'they want tasty food that doesn't look healthy'

Create a healthy food menu for kids

By Andrew Don

Creating a children’s menu that satisfies young appetites, while keeping mum and dad happy that their cherubs are eating a balanced diet, can be tough. But the experts have a few ideas. Andrew Don reports

Healthy portions for children are key to keeping parents happy

Top Tips

5 tips to make your pub more family friendly

By Sara Hussein

Pubs are popular go-to venues for families to socialise and spend quality time with one another as well as meet up with other families. Yet there are many that are not making the most of their facilities to create a child-friendly atmosphere, which could...

Rob Palmer:

MENU DESIGN

Rise or fall: creating a solid summer menu

By Daniel Woolfson

The British summer is a volatile beast, isn’t it? One day it will be tropical-style torrential rain, the next it’s sunscreen-doused noses, ill-fitting shorts and burned pink skin as far as the eye can see. 

Pub barters for beer

Pub barters for beer

By Nikkie Sutton

A Leicester pub is giving local fruit and veg growers the opportunity to barter their produce for beer.

Mark Sargeant makes BBQ rib of beef

Dish deconstructed

Mark Sargeant makes BBQ rib of beef

By Nicholas Robinson

Not all pubs have the luxury of time and local suppliers, but that doesn’t mean the food has to be poor quality. Ex-Restaurant Gordon Ramsay chef Mark Sargeant works with Brakes to deliver a dish that’s both effortless and tasty

Chef Jack Boast:

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How to create the perfect gastropub 'gala' pie

By Daniel Woolfson

This take on the classic pork pie by Jack Boast, head chef at the Michelin star-winning Galvin brothers’ London pub HOP, earns its ‘gala’ moniker thanks to the delicate soft boiled eggs that run through its succulent pork filling. 

Small plates with a twist

Pub food pop-ups

Clapham pub pop-up brings tapas with a twist

By Nicholas Robinson

Clapham pub the King & Co got a touch of Barcelona cuisine when prominent pop-up chef team Tiberi set up shop earlier this week to serve traditional tapas with a twist.

How PubLove founder Ben Stackhouse is working with Deliveroo

How to build a food offer from scratch

Pubs do Deliveroo food delivery, here’s how…

By Nicholas Robinson

Creating a good pub food offer is the ‘Holy Grail’ for many wet-led operators, but getting the customer traction can’t always be possible. PubLove jumped the struggle by developing a separate brand and now delivers across London, boss Ben Stackhouse tells...

Trade figures' advice on food and drink pairings

Trade figures' advice on food and drink pairings

By Nikkie Sutton

“We need to educate people to let them know that it is OK to drink beer and cider with your food” said drinks educator and beer sommelier Jane Peyton at Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s (PMA) Future Trends: Beer and Cider event.

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