Running your pub

Rising up: consumer spending in pubs rose in November, compared to the previous month (image: Getty/Kathrin Ziegler)

Spending in pubs up by a third

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spending in bars, pubs and clubs was up by 34.2% in November against October, according to recent data.

Is Christmas a bust for the pub sector?

Is Christmas slipping away?

By Ed Bedington

The drip drip drip of paranoia and panic are starting to do damage and desperate operators are beginning to fear Christmas slipping through their fingers.

Increase your options: a multitude of non-alcoholic serves awaits

Turn January into a great month at your pub

By Gary Lloyd

The traditional image of empty pubs in January isn’t something an operator has to endure while customers ‘punish’ themselves for over indulgence in the previous month. The month of January has become an opportunity in waiting for a canny licensee to profit.

Natural high: Drug and alcohol use is cultural to catering, said operators (Getty/ South_agency)

Have you seen evidence of drug use at work? Tell us now

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Addiction in hospitality is nothing new. In 2011, research by The Insider showed chefs were nearly twice as likely to be addicted to alcohol and drugs than the average person and, in 2017, Gordon Ramsay described cocaine as the industry’s “dirty little...

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 32

The Lock In Podcast

Still can't get the staff... the ongoing recruitment challenge

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team tackle the challenges around the ongoing recruitment and staffing crisis, with special guests Osh Rogers of the Guinea Grill, Dan Razavi of Leisurejobs and Mark McCulloch of Hospitality Rising all providing some expert insight into how...

On the house: Operators of London bars explain why they are giving away free drinks (Getty/ Sol Stock)

Why are London bars giving out free drinks?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Bars across London are giving away free drinks in a bid to increase footfall through drawing in customers who wouldn’t otherwise visit the pub.

Taking care: Nobody needs to struggle alone (Getty/ Aleli Dezmen)

Has your mental health suffered at work? Tell us about it

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The hospitality sector has a mental health problem, with approximately three out of five hospitality workers struggling with a mental health issue in their career, according to Hospitality Action's Mental Health Survey 2020. Vote in our poll to tell...

Student hero: Doncaster doorman saves customer through CPR (Getty/ Robert Daly)

Pub customer 'saved' by student doorman's CPR

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A doorman who administered CPR to a pub customer who collapsed and lost consciousness has been praised for his lifesaving skills at Biscuit Billy’s bar in Doncaster.

Race matters: your opinion will help form Be Inclusive Hospitality's report

Your opinion wanted on race equality in workplace

By Gary Lloyd

Social enterprise Be Inclusive Hospitality is calling for your opinions and is set to host a webinar with an array of people from all backgrounds and career levels to accelerate race equity and equality in the workplace.

Young people in hospitality: In 2019 of the 1.762bn people employed in the sector, 620,000 were aged 16 to 24

Poll: Would you employ under 18s in your pub?

By Rebecca Weller

More than a third (39%) of hospitality and leisure SMEs are expected to hire more staff this year, recent data from Barclaycard’s SME Barometer showed.

Christmas Plus One: bringing people together

Campaign to combat loneliness to launch

By Rebecca Weller

A new campaign that encourages customers to bring someone at risk of being lonely to the pub with them to combat loneliness in their area, and benefit pubs, has been launched.

Take advantage: Christmas makes up a large percentage of many sites' bottom line

How to make this Christmas a belter

By Gary Lloyd

The festive period is often the time when pub operators make most of their annual sales and this year, more than ever, needs to be a good one after the disasters suffered not just last Christmas (stop singing that Wham! song) but throughout the past 20...

Putting in the hard Graft: footballer Jill Scott, licensee Sarah Jones and Sky Sports pundit Siobhan Chamberlain

Gearing up for Women’s Football Weekend

By The Morning Advertiser

This weekend sees the Barclays FA Women's Super League take centre stage with some mouth-watering match-ups on an exciting Women's Football Weekend.

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Top 50 Boutique Hotels

Top 50 Boutique Hotels list launches for luxury sector

By Ed Bedington

Building on the success of the Top 50 Gastropubs and Cocktail Bars brands, The Morning Advertiser is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new list, focusing on the luxury hotel sector.

GBPA winner: Making the most of your location and creating a welcoming atmosphere are key to the Best Pub of the Year's success

Best pub in the country owner shares secrets to success

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The co-owner of the Best Pub of the Year, the Brisley Bell, gave top tips for running an award-winning pub, including creating a “warm” atmosphere and making the most of the surrounding setting.

Community hero: The Last Post Remembrance Bar and Museum is not just a pub, but a community hub.

‘A pub is not just a pub, it’s a community centre’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The North Yorkshire-based Last Post Remembrance Bar and Museum, proves itself the community’s “heartbeat” through food donations, mental health advice, Covid-concerts and tributes to war veterans.

Violence is not the answer: Listen to all sides of the story

Protecting your premises against violence

By Rebecca Weller

There are many ways publicans can protect their business, staff and reputation against violence, including CCTV, no drugs policies, stay up to date with health and safety regulations, provide extra staff training, use plastic bottles where appropriate,...

Fun with the family: the Onslow Arms pub garden

Britain’s most family friendly pub overjoyed with their amazing win

By Rebecca Weller

Great British Pub Awards 2021 winner for Best Family Pub, the Onslow Arms in Loxwood, West Sussex, showcased the important family values needed to embrace customers of all ages with beautiful canal side gardens, play areas and livestock within its premises....

Night of a thousand Nigel's: Nigel Smith celebrating with Nigel's and not Nigel's alike

Will the real Nigel please stand up?

By Rebecca Weller

Licensee of the Fleece Inn, Worcester, Nigel Smith is on a mission to stop the name Nigel becoming extinct by hosting as many Nigel’s as possible for ‘Nigel Night’ at his pub on 24 September 2022.

Put an end to no-shows: unfulfilled bookings costs the sector £17.6bn per year (credit: Getty/StockRocket)

5 ways to help prevent no-shows this Christmas

By Olivia FitzGerald, Zonal chief sales and marketing officer

Technology provider Zonal has offered tips on how to ensure customers who have made bookings to drink and dine at your pub don't disappoint you by failing to show.

'Instagrammable': Be a voice, not an echo (Credit: Getty / villagemoon)

How to make your pub more 'Instagrammable'

By Rebecca Weller

Social media has always been an important tool for the hospitality sector but following several lockdowns and the nation getting used to the ‘new normal’, a strong social media presence is more important than ever.

Dine out on this: The GBPA winners' lunch menu

GBPA 2021

Were you spotted at the GBPA winners' lunch?

By Gary Lloyd

The best of the best in the pub world gathered for the Great British Pub Awards winners' lunch at The Pem restaurant In central London where the overall winner was named and category winners received their trophies.

GBPA winner announced: Marcus Seaman and Amelia Nicholson of the Brisley Bell with The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington

GBPA 2021

Ring my Bell - GBPA winner announced

By Ed Bedington

The pub sector has fought its way back from the brink of disaster and now a stunning transformation against the odds has seen one pub crowned champion of champions.

Let the search begin: the Publican Awards 2022 will be the first in-person event since early 2020

Publican Awards 2022

Entries open for Publican Awards 2022

By Ed Bedington

The hunt is now on to celebrate the best companies in the pub and bar sector with the launch of the Publican Awards 2022.

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