Accommodation

Plenty to celebrate: JW Lees managing director William Lees-Jones

JW Lees set to announce record sales

By Gary Lloyd

JW Lees managing director William Lees-Jones has told The Morning Advertiser the brewer, pub operator and hotel business is set to post record sales when its financial year figures are published next week.

The Hound in Chiswick launches

JKS expands with third pub site

By Ed Bedington

A former police station is set to open as a leading London pub operator gears up for its third drinking and dining destination site.

Shortlist details: we've delved into each of the Best Accommodation Operator finalists for the 2024 Publican Awards

PUBLICAN AWARDS 2024

Find out about the Best Accommodation Operator finalists

By The Morning Advertiser

The Best Accommodation Operator will have focused on offering accommodation as a key part of its business, playing a significant part in contributing to the company’s profits and helping drive trade.

Finding more ways to prosper: Professor Victoria Wells

OPINION

Pubs have had to diversify to survive

By Victoria Wells, Professor of Sustainable Management School for Business and Society, University of York

As a pub researcher I’m almost always given pub (or beer) related gifts for Christmas and birthdays – Christmas 2023 was no exception.

Positive figures: JDW chair Tim Martin says the company is increasing spend at its pubs

Like-for-like sales up 9.5% at JDW

By Gary Lloyd

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has reported like-for-like (lfl) sales in the first 14 weeks of its financial year (FY24) were 9.5% higher than the same period last year.

Great nights: the Top 50 Boutique Hotels lists the best places to stay across England, Wales and Scotland

Top 50 Boutique Hotels list in third year

By Charli Tomney

Now in its third consecutive year, Top 50 Boutique Hotels is again looking for voters to join the illustrious academy that helps choose the lists each year.

High class: the renovated Harrogate Inn from The Inn Collection Group

A look at Inn Collection’s reopened Harrogate site

By Gary Lloyd

Newcastle-based pubs with rooms operator The Inn Collection Group has reopened the St George Hotel after a refurbishment under the new name of the Harrogate Inn. Here, we give you a look around the renovated site.

Rooms right: Grosvenor Pubs impressed judges with its accommodation offer

PUBLICAN AWARDS 2023

Best Accommodation Operator winner: Grosvenor Pubs

By The Morning Advertiser

The judges were blown away by the energy and passion of owner Jason Myers and his team in creating a package that sets new standards for modern pub accommodation.

Accommodation info: research surveyed both consumers and operators on the pubs with rooms market (image: Getty/structuresxx)

60% of consumers prefer staying in a pub to anywhere else

By Nikkie Thatcher

Six in 10 consumers who have stayed in a pub in the past two years would prefer to stay overnight in the on-trade rather than other types of accommodation for the same spend and location, new research has revealed.

Award-winning venue: the Lime Wood Hotel was named the best boutique hotel in the UK

Top 50 boutique hotels

Top 50 Boutique Hotels 2022 revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

This year’s Top 50 Boutique Hotels list, sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate, has been unveiled with the top spot being taken by Lime Wood Hotel in Lyndhurst, Hampshire.

Event details: this year's Top 50 Boutique Hotels list reveal will take place at Lillibrooke Manor in Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire

Top 50 Boutique Hotels

Top 50 Boutique Hotels list revealed

By The Morning Advertiser

Were you one of the exclusive 50 boutique hotels that has been voted by an academy of industry judges as being the best in the luxury hotel sector?

Feeling Bullish: the acquisition of the Bull in Beaumaris and Townhouse brings The Inn Collection Group's total number of sites to 32

Inn Collection Group completes on Welsh sequel

By Gary Lloyd

Multiple pubs with rooms operator The Inn Collection Group has taken a second site in Wales after completing on the purchase of the Bull in Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey.

Strong return: As trading has picked up, economic headwinds could create more activity on the pub property market (credit: Getty/sturti)

Pub property market to ‘ramp up’ this year

By Gary Lloyd

The pub property market is set to “ramp up” during the second half of 2022 with sales of sites expected to come from Stonegate, Marston’s and Amber Taverns, according to a new report from Christie & Co.

Consumer data: Brits are looking to reduce spending in pubs, bars and restaurants according to research from Barclaycard (image: Getty/Hispanolistic)

Consumers looking to cut spending at pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

British consumers are looking to spend less on social occasions at pubs, bars and restaurants as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, research has found.

Bright future: The Coaching Inn Group chief executive Kevin Charity said the company was looking to 'expand the estate at pace' (image: Getty/MicroStockHub)

RedCat continues to grow inn portfolio

By Nikkie Thatcher

Rooney Anand’s investment vehicle RedCat Pub Company has announced the purchase of the Castle of Brecon hotel, bringing the number of pub hotels owned by its subsidiary The Coaching Inn Group to 26.

Number crunching: nightclubs saw the biggest change in site numbers across the hospitality sector with a fall of 9.8% from March 2021 to March 2022 (image: Getty/ilbusca)

Pandemic cost licensed sector 9,200 venues

By Nikkie Thatcher

The number of licensed premises has fallen by more than 9,000 now compared to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, figures have revealed.

Building history: the Wynnstay Hotel & Spa is Grade II-listed and has been a part of Oswestry since 1727

RedCat estate tips over 100 sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

The investment vehicle founded by former Greene King boss Rooney Anand, RedCat Pub Company has added to its portfolio with the Wynnstay Hotel & Spa, building on its existing estate of more than 1,000 hotel rooms.

Property latest: if you have any property news, email the address at the bottom of this article

Property round-up

£121k revamp of Herts GK pub and boutique pub with rooms opens in Newbury

By Gary Lloyd

The latest property news includes Greene King Pub Partners’ renovation of a village pub in Hertfordshire, Red Lion Holdings’ restoration of a site with boutique pub and rooms in Berkshire, a new Punch Pubs site and London Fields Brewery site placed on...

Growing portfolio: the Crown in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire takes the company's bedroom total to 1,000

RedCat grows accommodation offer with latest acquisition

By Nikkie Thatcher

Former Greene King boss Rooney Anand’s pub investment vehicle RedCat Pub Company has acquired the Crown Hotel in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, taking its portfolio to approximately 100 sites.

A player in many markets: JW Lees operates 42 managed houses and has 96 Pub Partners

JW Lees ready to expand in 2022

By Gary Lloyd

Historic brewer and pub operator JW Lees has hunkered down during the pandemic to concentrate on survival first and foremost but that looks certain to change in the new year.

No music, no pub: Petition to save the Duke of Cornwall's licence nears 2,000 signatures (Getty/ milangonda)

Almost 2,000 sign petition to save live music pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The licensee of the Duke of Cornwall felt “the whole town plus people from out of Weymouth [are] on our side” as a petition to save the Dorset-based pub’s licence has scored almost 2,000 signatures.

When will the best boutique hotels be revealed?

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.

Deals and openings: the Three Horseshoes in Headingley is the latest deal in the partnership between Your Friendly Local and Greene King Pub Partners

Property round-up

Latest openings in the sector and sites for sale

By Gary Lloyd

New openings for Coppa Club, Manahatta and Bulldog Gin are among the sector’s new openings. Meanwhile, estate agent Savills’ Paul Breen looks at the future for city centre-based businesses.