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Which cocktails could go with the latest food trends?

Cocktail and food pairing

Cocktail and food pairing: let the trends meet the drinks

By Nicholas Robinson

There is an untapped £100m spirits opportunity for casual-dining operators, which food-led pubs can take advantage of by pairing cocktails with dishes on their menus, according to spirits giant Diageo.

Find out which of JDW's dishes are vegan below

Menu ideas

Wetherspoon’s ‘vegan menu’ praised by PETA

By Nicholas Robinson

JD Wetherspoon's (JDW) decision to highlight vegetarian and vegan dishes on a separate menu in each of its 900+ sites has been praised by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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News analysis

Is this the end of the Sunday roast?

By Nicholas Robinson

The decision by managed pub chain giant JD Wetherspoon to axe the Sunday roast has sent shock waves through the trade. Nicholas Robinson finds out if the reverberations will hit other pubs too

Bidvest Foodservice chief executive officer Andrew Selley

Bidvest Foodservice snaps up Caterfood

By Nicholas Robinson

Bidvest Foodservice has acquired the south-west-based distributor Caterfood in a bid to strengthen its reach, after the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) revealed the company's plans to continue its expansion.

What pies will you be making to celebrate British Pie Week?

Pie Report

10 facts to help boost your pub’s pie sales

By Nicholas Robinson

With British Pie Week just around the corner, it’s time to swat up on your pie knowledge to help boost the quality of your offer. Here are our top 10 tips to the best pub pies

Casual Dining show, some of the best bits

New Products

What’s new in casual dining?

By Nicholas Robinson

Boosting kitchen profitability was a major theme at this year's Casual Dining show and many suppliers aimed to please with a vast line-up of interesting new products. Here we've selected a few of the ones that stood out for us.

Lots of positives for pubs and casual dining

Casual Dining

Pubs' casual dining growth bubble could be burst by Burger King's beer

By Nicholas Robinson

Three pub chains are providing a considerable boost to the massive growth of the UK’s casual-dining scene, but should be wary of increased competition – including Burger King’s beer offer – warns Horizons managing director Peter Backman.

Getting nutty: Edgar's Choice was made just for pubs

Bar snacks

New nuts brand just for pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Founders of the new premium snack firm Edgar's Choice, which has been developed specially for the pub trade, are aiming to get their products into 1,000 pubs within a year. Nicholas Robinson finds out if it's a good idea or just nuts.

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Content sponsored by the authentic Italian cheese firm Galbani.

Sponsored - How pizza can boost your pub’s food sales

By Nicholas Robinson

Pizzas are an easy-to-make and great-tasting option for your menu, and you can capitalise on the recent boom for the Italian food. Nicholas Robinson reports

British pork could be a thing of the past unless imports are reduced


British pork could vanish from pub menus

By Nicholas Robinson

Home-grown pork could disappear from UK pub menus if the trade, as well as the wider food sector, doesn’t stop buying imports, pig big wigs have warned.

How to make pizza

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Sponsored - VIDEO: A masterclass in pizza making

By Nicholas Robinson

Pizza is quickly becoming a popular dish in pubs as more operators turn to the quick, easy and tasty food to entice new customers into their businesses. Watch this video to see how the masters create delicious pizzas.

What's new in pub desserts?

Dessert Report

Nine things you need to know about desserts in pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers are pickier than ever, especially when it comes to foods that are perceived to be bad for health and the waistline. Here are nine things you need to know to put a succesful dessert offer on in your pub.

10 ways to start your own pizza offer

Sponsored: Pizza Report

Sponsored - 10 tips to a successful pizza offer in your pub

By Nicholas Robinson

Italian classics have been a big part of the UK’s food scene for decades, but now more pubs are beginning to cash in on pizzas with rising success. Here are 10 things you should consider before launching your offer.

Demand for meat-free food is on the up and is going to continue to rise

What’s next for vegetarian food in pubs?

By Nicholas Robinson

More people are considering meat-free dishes when they eat out and want to see more choice on the menu. Michelle Perrett unearths a potential new order

Steak and stout pie part of Bidvest's premium ready-prepared offer


Bidvest relaunches own brand after name change

By Nicholas Robinson

Foodservice giant Bidvest has relaunched its own brand portfolio of food, drink and non-food products, less than a year after the hospitality supplier changed its name.

All day dining in pubs

All day dining boosts pub food sales

By Nicholas Robinson

As consumers become increasingly demanding and more inclined to turn their backs on traditional mealtimes, pubs need to change tack to keep pace. Nicholas Robinson reports on an All Day Dining Event that looked in detail at this trend

Christmas food and beer pairings guide

How to match beers with your festive food offer

By Daniel Woolfson

The Christmas rush is getting into full swing: kitchens are pumping out roast potatoes faster than machine gun fire and the sector’s chefs are most likely already bored to death of prepping winter veg. 

The conference was followed by a London study tour

ALMR conference

How to gain investor interest in your business

By Nicholas Robinson

The ALMR conference drew wise words from sector dignitaries — with advice to those seeking investment in the future. Nicholas Robinson reports

Profit by putting food on board


Profit by putting food on board

By Poppleston Allen

You might now be thinking about your business plans for the new year, and what you could do to differentiate your offering from that of your competitors.

Beer and food: the perfect partnership

There's A Beer For That - sponsored feature

Beer and food: the perfect partnership

By Neil Gannon

With sales of beer in growth and with record numbers of brewers across the UK, there’s never been a better time to promote beer and food matches in pubs says Neil Gannon head of marketing of There’s A Beer For That campaign.

Pie sales are on the up - especially if they're homemade

Pie sales rise in pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs must capitalise on increasing diner demand for homemade pies, following research suggesting more consumers than ever were drawn to the pub classic.

A stock pot is not a rubbish bin'

Menu focus

Focus on stocks and sauces: it's all gravy...

By Alison Baker

Warming winter dishes are often made better with good stocks and sauces. Alison Baker discovers how you can improve your menu and maintain consistency whether you make your own or buy in

The equivalent of 1.3bn meals are thrown away by the sector each year

Pub chefs must do more to tackle food waste: SRA

By Nicholas Robinson

Tackling food waste must be given more focus by pub chefs to help save their businesses money and benefit the environment, a spokesman from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has urged.

Focus on Sunday roasts: what's your beef?

Menu Focus

Focus on Sunday roasts: what's your beef?

By Michelle Perrett

Taking the burden of a big Sunday meal away from the home and putting the onus on themselves can help pub chefs reap big rewards. Michelle Perrett discovers how you can optimise this weekly treat

There are three important factors that go into the perfect steak, experts advise

Revealed: Secrets to best steak

By Nicholas Robinson

The secrets to making the perfect steak have been revealed to the Publican’s Morning Advertiser by top chefs, suppliers and even Steak (R)evolution film director Franck Ribière.

Frank Albers (l) of Albers GMBH and Jack's Creek Managing Director Patrick Warmoll with the award-winning steak

World’s best steak announced

By Nicholas Robinson

A Wagyu cross from Australia has been revealed as the world’s best steak at the World Steak Challenge last night (15 October).

There's a wine for that curry, says IWC boss

National Curry Week

Wine and curry pairings: the rules

By Nicholas Robinson

Wine doesn’t have to be overlooked during National Curry Week (NCW), according to International Wine Challenge boss Peter McCombie, who has revealed his top tips for pairing wine with curry.

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