Christmas

Pub sales down 29.2% in December 2021: Lifting of restrictions means businesses can look forward to better conditions to aid their recovery in 2022 (Credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Saturday 4 December most profitable trading day

By Rebecca Weller

Pub sales were down 29.2% in December 2021 when compared to 2019 with New Year’s Eve sales down some 30%, however staff headcounts and hours worked were in good stead, the latest Fourth Hospitality Report has shown.

Halted trade: December put a stopper in hospitality's recovery (Getty/Leo Patrizi)

13 sites a day lost since pandemic’s onset

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

While Britain’s hospitality sector grew modestly in the last quarter of 2021, tough trading conditions now threaten to halt the sector’s upturn, the Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners has revealed.

Hard hit: Pubs and bars had the toughest trading period over Christmas (Getty/ Dimensions)

Pubs and bars hit hardest over festive period

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups suffered a double-digit sales drop from pre-Covid levels in December, yet pubs and bars were hit particularly hard over the festive period, the latest CGA Business Tracker revealed.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 35

The Lock In Podcast

Hard times ahead?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team review the Christmas that wasn't and take a look to the months ahead and what to expect. We talk the challenging financial situation with top advice from expert advisor Chris Worden from 1st Business Rescue, hear from award winning...

Christmas Part Two: Licensee Pete Marshall wants to give customers the December they wanted but couldn't have (Credit: Getty/ Martinns)

Kent pub offers customers a second chance at Christmas

By Rebecca Weller

Following announcements from Prime Minister Boris Johnson in December, including the advice to limit socialising over Christmas, the Kings Arms in Bexleyheath saw 400 cancellations in just six days, but licensee Pete Marshall is giving customers a second...

Dire trade: Gov's support does little to recoup hospitality's lost trade

Gov support ‘doesn’t touch the sides’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Trade over the Christmas period was “pretty dire” at the Curlew in Bodiam, East Sussex, with the Government’s support packages doing little to provide sustained support to hospitality, said operator Matthew Devlin.

Christmas Day trade down 60%: UKH calls on the Government to lift restrictions for the sake of the

Pubs lost £10,335 on average over Christmas

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs, bars, and restaurants lost £10,335 on average in the week leading up to Christmas with Christmas Day takings down 60% when compared to 2019, figures from UKHospitality (UKH) have shown.

Will the Government support pubs and bars?

Lockdown by proxy must come with support

By Ed Bedington

It was a sobering experience watching my social feeds this weekend, as operator after operator voiced their despair as they watched Christmas trade fall off a cliff.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 34

The Lock In Podcast

Christmas woes and financial thoughts...

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team sign off the year with a focus on how operators can maximise the most of the current situation and plan for the worst in the New Year. From some great advice on how to offset or extend bounceback loans to best practice on handling reservations...