Britain

Up and away: gin sales are on the rise

British gin outsells beef

By Huw Cross

Britain exports more gin than beef, according to new figures that show overseas sales reached £530m in 2017.

Rising trend: the nation was split between sweet and savoury pies as their favourite flavour

The nation’s favourite pies revealed

By Nikkie Sutton

A mixture of sweet and savoury pies varied throughout the nation, according to a survey conducted by delivery company Hungry House.

Brexit bootlegging: WTSA warn government delays and gridlocks at ports will “encourage the resurgence of alcohol smugglers”

WSTA warns Government over post-Brexit bootlegging

By Georgina Townshend

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned Government that if Brexit talks do not achieve frictionless borders, delays and gridlocks at ports will “encourage the resurgence of alcohol smugglers”.

The trade has had a mixed response from the trade so far

Europe: the debate so far

By Emily Sutherland

Operators will have the chance to make known their views on Britain’s potential exit from the European Union at next week’s PMA500 event, where Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers chief executive Kate Nicholls will chair a debate on Brexit. In...

Brexit could make chef recruitment woes even worse

CHEF SHORTAGE

Brexit could make chef recruitment woes even worse

By Daniel Woolfson

A British exit from the European Union could further exacerbate the shortage of skilled chefs faced by the country’s hospitality industry, a leading recruiter has warned.

Reasons to be involved in Beer Day Britain

Reasons to be involved in Beer Day Britain

By Jessica Mason

Beer Day Britain is the country’s national beer day and it happens on 15 June. This date is significant because it is the date that Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. Ale is mentioned in Clause 35 of Magna Carta.

TRENDS

Is the whole beast back on the menu?

By Daniel Woolfson

Cheap, sustainable and most importantly, delicious: alternative cuts and offal appear to be making a comeback.

Rob Willock:

Facets of Community Value

By Rob Willock

I have always had doubts about the idea of Britain’s pubs having some special status that might prevent their owners exercising their rights to sell or convert the premises.

Brown:

Call time on unhealthy pub food

By Pete Brown

As someone who loves pubs and thinks we spend too much time drawing attention to what’s wrong with our industry and not enough championing what’s right, I always feel a bit bad about using this column to criticise pubs.

Great British Beer Festival 2012 picture gallery

Great British Beer Festival 2012 picture gallery

This year's Great British Beer Festival returned to London's Olympia and as usual there was plenty to entertain punters at what is billed as "Britain's Biggest Pub". Visitors – including those on the opening trade day – could...

Anti-Euro: JD Wetherspoons chairman, TIm Martin

The euro: a recipe for mayhem

By Tim Martin

History has shown that adopting the euro would have been a disaster, argues JD Wetherspoon's chairman, Tim Martin.

Can you serve the perfect pint

Perfect pint campaign launched

By Adam Pescod

BOC Sureserve, the leading supplier of dispense gas for beer, has launched a campaign to draw awareness of what makes a perfect pint. The 'We...

Adult drinkers: on the rise, say stats

Number of adult drinkers increases

By Michelle Perrett

The number of adult drinkers in Britain increased by about 300,000 every year between 2004 to 2009 - but the volume of alcohol consumed has fallen.

Olympics 2012: opportunity for pubs

Olympic Games: a win-win for Britain

By Ufi Ibrahim

The British Hospitality Association's chief executive Ufi Ibrahim argues that Britain will benefit hugely from the 2010 Olympics.

Good Beer Guide: CAMRA's 38th edition

Good Beer Guide: brewery numbers rise

By John Harrington

Fifty-six more breweries operate in Britain than one year ago, as the "real-ale revolution" continues apace. That's the message from the Campaign...

Luminar: cost cutting

Luminar to lose 40 head office jobs

By Mark Stretton, M&C Report

Luminar, Britain's biggest nightclub company, is to cut around 40 head office positions as part of a cost reduction exercise, M&C Report...

Brown: cask ale provides a point of difference

Cask ale can rescue pubs

By John Harrington

Cask ale is coming to the rescue of the British pub, experiencing strong sales while other categories slump. That's according to the cross-industry...