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Taste sensation: Mr Fogg’s has an Indian fusion menu to go with its gin brunch offer this summer

Bottomless gin brunch, anyone?

By Robert Mann

Inception Group, the London-based restaurant and bar operator, has launched a new bottomless brunch – filled with gin and cocktails.

Less formal approach: Sally Abé is the head chef at the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms

Classic cooking is our trend, say gastropub chefs

By Nicholas Robinson

Gastropub chefs are shouting loud and proud about the fact their businesses are booming through their focus on classic cooking, as well as fresh and local ingredients.

To deliver or not to deliver?: Is delivery an opportunity or a threat to pubs?

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Food delivery: disaster or opportunity for pubs?

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs are failing to tap into the rising food delivery trend, with only a few pub companies adopting it, despite it cannibalising the eating-out market and growing by 13% to a value of £8.1bn, new analysis has claimed.

Operators’ viewpoints: (left to right) panellists Alice Bowyer, Nicola Arrow and Pete Hughes on vegan options

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3 operators on evolving a vegetarian offer

By Nicholas Robinson

The trend towards reduced or no meat intake among consumers is set to continue and even grow, but getting the offer right can be tricky, explained three leading operators with a keen eye on the trend.

Pay and display: There’s not a lot worse than no-shows at your premises – your site is empty, staff are doing very little and there’s no money to pay them

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Should pubs use deposits to tackle no-shows?

By Nikkie Sutton

Customers that fail to arrive after booking a table are a bugbear for operators across the hospitality trade but could charging a deposit be the answer to this problem?

Tragic event: a customer died after choking while dining at the Barley Mow in Friskney, Lincolnshire (image credit: Alex McGregor)

Diner chokes to death on pub lunch

By Nikkie Sutton

A customer at a Lincolnshire pub died after he choked on his lunch earlier this year (13 January) a coroner has confirmed.

Harsher penalties: According to NFU Mutual there are more than 10,000 outlets with a food hygiene rating of one or zero

Average food safety and hygiene fine rises by £4,900

By Stuart Stone

New research by Government agency the Sentencing Council has found the number of fines and prosecutions for food safety and hygiene offences has more than doubled since the introduction of new sentencing guidelines.