Why restaurants?: 'It is just lovely when you can make people smile with good service, a nice glass of wine and a lovely meal. Put these three elements together and you offer people a little bit of heaven'

How I got here: Margriet Vandezande-Crump

By James McAllister, Big Hospitality

The Belgian co-owner of the Greyhound in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, which was recently named ‘One to Watch’ at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs, spoke to Big Hospitality to reflect on her career to date.

Government announcement: eight more regions are to be added to tier three with just three areas moving down tiers

Thousands more pubs plunged into tier 3

By Nikkie Thatcher

Many more pubs will be forced to close for Christmas, with the exception of offering takeaways, as eight more regions are moved into tier three.

Thrown out: Raymond Blanc's plans for new pub refused by council (image: Google Maps)

Raymond Blanc's latest pub plans refused

By Nicholas Robinson

Raymond Blanc’s White Brasserie Company has had development plans for the historic King's Head pub in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, refused by the local council.

New pub plans: if accepted, the disused pub will replaced (Image: Google Maps)

Action group 'on the verge' of regaining pub

By Fred A'Court

Villagers may be on the verge of getting their pub back after a 14-year battle involving a brewery, their local MP, a five-day public enquiry and council planning officers.

CAMRA calls for ACV protections to apply to all pubs

CAMRA calls for ACV protections to apply to all pubs

By Oli Gross

The Campaign for Real Ale has called for planning protections given to assets of community value (ACV) to apply to all pubs, after latest figures showed 1,500 venues now hold the status.

The Missoula concept is working well, says Stonegate chief executive Toby Smith

Missoula ‘bias’ in Stonegate site conversions

By John Harrington

Stonegate’s conversions of its Living Room sites will have a “bias” towards Missoula, the group’s new US-inspired venture, according to chief executive Toby Smith.

Late-night levy: Milton Keynes has rejected implementing a late-night levy

Milton Keynes rejects late-night levy

By Gurjit Degun

Pubs, clubs and bars in Milton Keynes may not be subject to paying a late-night levy, after the licensing sub-committee recommended that such a fee should not be adopted.

Thomas: first Greene Room open

First Greene Room for No Saints

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

No Saints, the bar and restaurant group run by ex-Luminar boss Stephen Thomas opened its first site under its cabaret concept — the Greene Room —...

Charles Wells: six pubs for sale

Charles Wells puts six pubs on market

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

Bedfordshire brewer and pub operator Charles Wells has placed a portfolio of six freeholds on the market. The sale of the pubs is understood to be...

Chequers: TMS site

Brakspear up 12% after pub reopenings

By Lesley Foottit

Brakspear has attributed a 12% increase in turnover in the final quarter of 2010 on the previous year to the reopening of several "high-trading"...

Thomas: runs No Saints

No Saints' cabaret club bid

By The PMA Team

No Saints, the company run by ex-Luminar boss Stephen Thomas, aims to open a site in a Berkshire town. The company is reported to have put in a...

Redcomb is re-opening a Punch pub

Redcomb re-opens Punch pub

By The PMA Team

Redcomb Pubs, the company headed by former Urban & Country Leisure executive Dan Shotton, is to re-open a Punch pub in Bucks.

The Chequers in Marlow

TM Steaks reopens Chequers

By The PMA Team

Multi-site operator TM Steaks has opened its third Brakspear pub — the iconic Chequers in Marlow, Bucks. The pub was formerly tenanted by Massive...

Kerridge: cooked for HRH Prince of Wales

Pub chef wins mains on Great British Menu

By Lesley Foottit

Michelin-starred pub chef Tom Kerridge cooked at a banquet for HRH the Prince of Wales after winning the main meal round of BBC Two's Great British...

Black Horse: a Greene King leased pub

Salisbury Pubs buys fifth site

By Gemma McKenna

Multiple operator Salisbury Pubs has bought its fifth pub — the Black Horse in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire. David and Becky Salisbury have taken on...

Grand Union: expanding

Grand Union eyes Home Counties expansion

By The PMA Team

The Grand Union Group, the highly-rated London-based based multiple lessee, is planning to open six Grand Union Grills in and around the Home...

The Swan

The Swan

Denham, Buckinghamshire Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises (S&NPE) leasehold In late 2002 when David and Becky Salisbury took over the...

Christie & Co. logo

Canalside Lion is poised for new era

A canal-side pub and restaurant with its own deli and café in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, has been placed on the market with the Milton Keynes office of Christie+Co.

Buyer plots course

Buyer plots course

for Four Points Inn The Four Points Inn in Berkshire is headed for change after it was sold to an experienced licensee. Ian Cowie, who has previously...



Aylesbury Pubwatch has a long list of initiatives that it has instigated to make the night-time economy flourish in the Buckinghamshire town while at...