Tim Martin: price cuts will demonstrate potential effect of VAT cut on hospitality sector

JD Wetherspoon to slash 7.5% off food and drink at 900+ pubs

By Daniel Woolfson

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) chairman Tim Martin will hack 7.5% off all food and drink prices for one day across his 900+ pub estate later this year to demonstrate the effect a VAT cut could have on the hospitality industry. 

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.

Not-so-meaty dish: More Than Meat's 'lamb casserole'

Free-from food

Extra '£5k profit' in pubs from vegan food

By Nicholas Robinson

A meat and dairy alternative company that is growing in popularity in UK pubs has launched a ‘joint of lamb’ and ‘chorizo sausages’ specially for eateries, following an uptick in demand for vegan and vegetarian products in pubs.

72 hours of heaven: The Morning Advertiser's events will be in London for 72 hours


72 hours in London with The Morning Advertiser

By Helen Gilbert

If you’re thinking about turning your country pub into an elite restaurant destination, are keen to adopt the latest trends or are simply looking for ways to generate extra income, then read on.

Makro vision: Nick Bennett is the landlord of the Robin Hood

In association with Makro

Getting the best out of Sunday lunch

By Nicholas Robinson

Competition is rife when it comes to one of the UK’s favourite dishes, but Robin Hood licensee Nick Bennett is achieving higher GPs without compromising on quality

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

The Jetsons' idea of the future didn't pan out


Robot Wars judge: ‘Bots will serve pints soon’

By Nicholas Robinson

Robots will pull and serve pints behind UK bars sooner than operators think, according to Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Sheffield University.

London eatery Kitchen Theory has devised an insect-themed menu

Eating insects in foodservice ‘not safe yet’

By Nicholas Robinson

More research into the potential allergenic, microbiological and chemical risks of eating insects is needed before they become commonplace on menus across Europe, experts have warned.

55% increase in JJ's profits

JJ Food Service eyes new sites after profits up

By Nicholas Robinson

JJ Food Service has posted record profits of £12m for the year ending March 31 2015 – up 55% year-on-year – the majority of which would be pumped back into the company’s existing and new sites.

Pubs worst-hit in some menu areas

Menu prices

High street pub food menu prices decline following increased competition

By Nicholas Robinson

The strain of increased competition in the eating out sector has forced many high street pubs to slash the prices of their dishes, while the amount of side dishes sold increased significantly, according to the latest Horizons’ Menu Trends report.

Pint Shop announced plans to expand in July last year


Pint Shop second site coming soon

By Nicholas Robinson

The Cambridge-based Pint Shop will open its long-awaited second venue soon, following last summer’s announcement to expand, The Publican’s Morning Advertiser understands.

Pint Shop opened its doors in November 2013

Pint Shop appoints Rosie Sykes as development chef

By Nicholas Robinson

Meat, bread and beer specialist the Pint Shop has appointed chef and Guardian food writer Rosie Sykes as its new development chef, in a bid to take its food offer to “the next level”.

New food in pictures

New food picture gallery

By Nicholas Robinson

Fancy pickled quail eggs, Christmas brownie ice cream and Jamie Oliver’s newly designed sauce range feature in this week’s new pub food product gallery.

Jamie Oliver is an advocate of using local produce

Jamie Oliver drops into Crown pub for lunch

By Nicholas Robinson

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver surprised staff at the Crown in Sevenoaks after dropping in for lunch with friend and television co-host Jimmy Doherty while filming in the area.

Chefs on the top 50 list create dishes that are second to none

Top 50 Gastropubs Awards 2016

Win a Top 50 Gastropubs Award

You and your pub could be immortalised as a winner of one of the three specialist awards categories open to entry at next year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards.

Neurogastronomy is about more than how the food looks on the plate

Double pub food sales with neurogastronomy?

By Nicholas Robinson

Encouraging diners to use more senses than just the taste buds could boost your profits. Nicholas Robinson explains how neurogastronomy can be used to enhance every diner’s experience

Pearl barley risotto from the Vittoria in Bristol

Trade misses out on vegan food market

By Nicholas Robinson

Pub chefs must work harder to cater for the UK’s growing vegan population, following criticism by one industry expert who claimed most pubs couldn’t be trusted to serve 100% vegan food.

80% of steaks sold in the foodservice sector are imported, according to Allen

‘Stop imported steak culture’ urges supplier

By Nicholas Robinson

Pub chefs must source more British meat and use alternative and more profitable cuts to ensure animal protein does not become an overpriced luxury, a leading supplier has urged.

Rare burger preparation guidance will be difficult to implement

Rare burger rules ‘won’t keep diners safe’

By Nicholas Robinson

Food businesses won’t be able to guarantee consumer safety when serving rare burgers, even after implementing the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) new guidance, experts have warned.

New pub food and drink picture gallery

In pictures: new food and drink

By Nicholas Robinson

Salted caramel-flavoured peanut butter and cherry bakewell-flavoured peanut butter feature in this week’s new product gallery, along with a range of ‘home-cooked’ curry sauces.

Will the Staith House team open a second site?

Staith House’s Calton mulls second venue after win

By Nicholas Robinson

John Calton, chef-proprietor of North Shields-based Staith House, is preparing to open a second venue after winning Food Pub of the Year at this year’s Great British Pub Awards (GBPA).

The Staith House won Food Pub of the Year at this Year's Great British Pub Awards

Pub focus

What's next for the Staith House?

By Nicholas Robinson

When the Staith House was unveiled two years ago, it took just £500 in its first week. Nicholas Robinson discovers how this pub is now an award-winning phenomenon

Make more effort to support British produce, British Food Fortnight organisers say

Top chef urges others to ‘buy British’

By Nicholas Robinson

A top chef has joined forces with royalty and government ministers to urge food businesses to be more supportive of local produce by displaying the provenance of the food on their menus during British Food Fortnight.

Winter warming recipes are top of Premiers Foods's list

New products in pictures

By Nicholas Robinson

Award-winning ice cream, bagel sandwich thins and flower sprouts have made it into this week’s round-up of new food products.

The number of food-serving suburban pubs rose by 5.2%

Food pub openings up by 9%

By Nicholas Robinson

Branded food pubs bucked the wet-led pubs closure trend over the past 12 months with a 9% growth in openings.

Enter the awards to win the recognition your pub deserves

Top 50 Gastropubs Awards 2016

Top 50 Gastropubs Awards launched

By Nicholas Robinson

The opportunity to enter the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards 2016 has arrived. Nicholas Robinson tells you what you need to know

Roasts boosted TCG trial pubs' sales by 20%

Roasts boost pub sales by 20%

By Nicholas Robinson

Managed pub and bar operator TCG will roll out its Sunday roast offer to six more of its 18 food-serving sites, after the offer boosted food sales by 20% in five trial sites earlier this year.

More than 850 Wetherspoon pubs are rated on the FSA’s website

JD Wetherspoon’s food sales slow

By Nicholas Robinson

JD Wetherspoon’s food sales have slowed compared with last year, as the pub giant’s chairman criticises excessive food taxes on pubs and a leading City analyst blames a rise in casual dining.