Decline: diners ate at the pub less during sunny May

Sunny May leaves pubs short on diners

By Nicholas Robinson

Food pubs did not feel the benefit of the unseasonably warm May, with budget-sensitive diners opting for home barbecues or picnics in the park, new data shows.

Born in the USA: Barbecue food takes inspiration from overseas

Brits go gaga for US barbecue

By Daniel Woolfson

Pub gardens are perfect for barbecues. But barbecue cooking is more complex than slapping some flaccid meat on a smouldering grill.

The Big Green Egg is a great BBQ at any size

Going up in smoke: running a barbecue

By Laurie Macdonald

With the busy summer period in full swing, barbecues are all the rage in pub gardens up and down the country. A range of new options are aimings to make barbecue a year round event instead of seasonal - and give your food offering a smoky new flavour....

Whiskeys can also add a special touch to marinades and sauces for barbecue dishes

Trend Watch

Trend watch: meat and whiskey pairings

By Jo Bruce

When it comes to barbecues, beer and wine are typical accompaniments, but whiskey is increasingly taking a slice of this dining occasion.

National Barbecue Week: ready, flame, fire

National Barbecue Week: ready, flame, fire

By Daniel Woolfson

National barbecue week is upon us and operators are firing up their grills across the country as the weather takes a turn for the better to cash in on consumer demand for charred and marinated delights.

Barbecues can be a great way of drawing in some summer revenue

Industry insight

Top tips for hosting a sizzling pub BBQ

By Daniel Woolfson

Summer is fast approaching and for operators lucky enough have an outdoor dining area, it’s the perfect time to cash in on the hot weather with a solid barbecue offer.

Marston's Garden Grill  is among operators capitalising on the BBQ trend


Barbecued food

By Sheila McWattie

Among the food trends identified by Allegra Foodservice in its Menu & Food Trends 2014 report are "hot trends", such as barbecued foods.