Menu Ideas

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

DISH DECONSTRUCTED

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:

dish deconstructed

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.

How big is fish on your menu?

Fish

How to get your fish dishes right

By Michelle Perrett

The British public may be more than a little conservative when preparing their own food, but it’s a different matter entirely when it comes to eating out. As Michelle Perrett discovers, consumers of food in pubs are increasingly adventurous, with fish...