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Snap poll: would you charge a 'caleage' fee at your pub? (Credit: Getty/AzmanL)

POLL: would you charge a 'cakeage' fee at your pub?

By Rebecca Weller

Operators share differing views on whether customers should be charged a fee for customers bringing celebratory cakes to pubs, have your say in The Morning Advertiser’s snap poll.

Bright side: Food inflation marginally slows (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Food inflation falls to 21.7%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Inflation as measured by the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index fell marginally to 21.7% year-on-year in July.

Plated up: What times of day do you offer food? (Credit: Getty/ Pekic)

POLL: What times of day do you serve food?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs are tapping into the brunch trend, with more and more venues serving up all-round food offers and upping the game with their breakfast offering.

What's on the Coach, Marlow, breakfast menu?

Sarah Hayward: Keep breakfast ‘simple but tasty’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A Michelin-starred gastropub in Marlow launched its new breakfast menu last month, and its head chef advises on why and how pubs should be selling that first meal of the day.

Shining star: the Candlelight Inn in the West Country

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My Pub: the Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood, Somerset

By Gary Lloyd

Double AA Rosette-awarded gastropub the Candlelight Inn has recently taken on former Great British Menu chef Charlotte Vincent in its quest to climb to even greater heights.

In-depth experience: Tom Kerridge has been in the hospitality trade for more than three decades

A look back on Tom Kerridge’s hospitality career

By Nikkie Thatcher

While celebrity chef and pub operator Tom Kerridge has been in the hospitality trade for more than 30 years, we’ve looked at his career over the past decade or so and what he’s achieved in that time as well as some words from the man himself on how he...

How is Tom Kerridge facing industry challenges?

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Government needs to do more: Kerridge

By Ed Bedington

“There’s a huge amount the Government could and should be doing,” according to leading chef and pub operator Tom Kerridge, with a key issue being a reduction in VAT.

Food and alcohol: How to combine your two favourite things (Credit: Getty/ miodrag ignjatovic)

Alcohol in food can be a recipe for success

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pints are pulled and wine poured at British gastropubs while dishes are plated and served. But in the kitchen, the worlds of food and alcohol become one.

Business option: Chef Central will utilise the existing Booker infrastructure

Booker unveils low-cost business function

By Nikkie Thatcher

Food and drink wholesaler Booker has launched a new business function, designed to be a low cost, high service option for new customers.

One's a crowd: How should pubs handle solo dining? (Credit: Getty/ DjelicS)

'Solo diners should feel welcome'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pub operators have shared their two cents on guests eating alone after a two Michelin-starred restaurant announced solo diners would be charged double for the price of a tasting menu.

Threat to post-pandemic recovery: 50% of businesses concerned about food costs (Credit: Getty/andresr)

Business confidence hit by food cost concerns

By Rebecca Weller

Half of senior-level operators have expressed concern over the sector’s post-pandemic recovery due to rising food and drink prices, new data from CGA by NIQ and Fourth has revealed.

Cost increase: Inflation sees summer veg prices rise (credit: Getty/ YelemaYemchuk)

Summer veg prices rocket by over 30%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Summer seasonal veg prices have shot up by 31.3% versus a like-for-like period in 2022 while fruit prices have dropped, according to The Morning Advertiser’s analysis of Government data.

Following on: former England cricketer Harry Gurney and current England cricketer Stuart Broad

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My Pub: Tap & Run, Upper Broughton, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

By Gary Lloyd

When the Tap & Run pub was destroyed in a fire in June last year, owners and England cricket players Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad, were distraught but vowed to bring the site back even better than before. Here, Gurney tells The Morning Advertiser...

Inflation impact: Hospitality hit by soaring costs (Credit: Getty/ Hispanolistic)

Food inflation hit 21.6% in May

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Year-on-year inflation, as measured by the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index, increased to 21.6% in May – only just below the record high of 22.9% of December 2022.

Struggling sector: Hospitality tackles a perfect storm (Credit: Getty/Art Event ET)

Spiralling food costs pack pressure on hospitality

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Ongoing hikes in food and drinks prices are piling the pressure on hospitality operators, as supply chain fragility continues to hit the industry hard, a new report from Fourth has revealed.

Menu planning: Lynx Purchasing's Market Insight offers insight into food prices

Quality British food ‘key’ to menu success

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

High quality produce with a focus on the best of British is a key chance for hospitality businesses to thrive beyond the cost-of-living crisis, according to hospitality buying specialist Lynx Purchasing.

Morning meals: Operators advise on how to elevate your brunch offering (Credit: Getty/ Geber86)

How to boost your brunch offer

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Brunch has captivated customers’ hearts and plates over the past decade. What started as a humble breakfast progressed to boozy brunch, which rapidly became a bottomless affair. Now, Disney brunches, drag brunches, karaoke brunches, and cabaret brunches...

On the scene: Simon King (left) and Matt Larcombe (right) took the Victoria on in 2021

The secrets behind the Victoria, Oxshott

By Nikkie Thatcher

Described as a quintessential British experience, the Victoria Oxshott is a neighbourhood gastropub, set in the heart of its Surrey community, with a stellar food and drink offer.

Variety of benefits: foraging for ingredients could benefit chef's bottom lines and mental health (Image credit: Chloe Newcomb Hodgetts of Gourmet Gatherings)

How can foraging for ingredients benefit chefs?

By Rebecca Weller

Foraging for ingredients offers a multitude of benefits to operators, from sustainability to variety and diversity to mental health and finances, according to people from across the sector.

Cooking up a storm: It's all hands on deck at Tommy Banks' new gastropub

Tommy Banks: 'Your business is only as good as its people'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Last month, Tommy Banks picked up keys to the pub where he washed pots as a kid. It was a real full-circle moment for the chef, whose high-flying career has carried him from championing sustainability to Michelin-starred heights.

Forecasted growth: Lumina data shows the UK eating and drinking out market could grow 4.6% this year (Credit:Getty/sturti)

Eating out market to grow 4.6% in 2023

By Rebecca Weller

The eating out market has been predicted to grow by 4.6% during 2023, reaching a total value of £95.2bn, figures from Lumina Intelligence have revealed.

Eating and Drinking Out Panel: consumers visiting pubs less and seeking inexpensive meal options (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Pub visits in year-on-year decline

By Rebecca Weller

Pub and bar occasions showed a 1.2 percentage point year-on-year decrease in the four-weeks to Sunday 16 April, the latest data from Lumina Intelligence has revealed.

Making a meal of it: Pubs torn on the ethics of adults ordering kid's food (credit: Getty/Rawpixel)

Should adults be able to order from the kids' menu?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Operators and customers have debated whether adults should be able to order from the children’s menu: some slam the behaviour as unacceptable, with others viewing it as no big deal.

Smiles all around: James Nye felt

James Nye: ‘Put your people first’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The managing director of Anglian Country Inns, which took home the Best Premium Food accolade at The Publican Awards, said investing in staff was key to success.

Double show: Charlotte Vincent has made two appearances on Great British Menu

TV chef to join award-winning pub

By Nikkie Thatcher

Devon born chef Charlotte Vincent has been appointed the new head chef at the award-winning Candlelight Inn, Chard in Somerset.

Foodie debate: Many said pubs had every right to charge for added items (credit: Getty/ The Good Brigade)

40% of pubs charge for added items

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Chefs are torn on whether pubs should charge for added items: gravy on a roast dinner, or butter on a cheeseboard, for some it's a ‘no brainer’, but others price accordingly to cover the added cost.

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