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...

Crucial trading period: December revenue has been predicted to drop by a further quarter (Credit: Getty/wutwhanfoto)

December revenue predicted to drop by a quarter

By Rebecca Weller

The Government need to step in and provide financial help before it’s too late as December revenue for the hospitality sector has been predicted to drop by a further quarter, according to industry body UKHospitality.

Trade issues: BII boss Steve Alton warned of the difficulties currently facing the sector

‘Viable businesses will be lost from communities’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government’s latest announcement including asking people to work from home to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant could mean viable businesses will be lost, one sector leader has said.

How have pubs reacted to Plan B?

Industry 'shafted' by Government

By Ed Bedington

Cancellations are reported to be flooding in from across hospitality in the wake of the Government's shift to Plan B.

Is Christmas a bust for the pub sector?

Is Christmas slipping away?

By Ed Bedington

The drip drip drip of paranoia and panic are starting to do damage and desperate operators are beginning to fear Christmas slipping through their fingers.

What's in the news 19 October?

The MA's Review of the Week

"Feels like everything is difficult to do at the moment"

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Vicki Williams from Almond Family Pubs to get her thoughts on the weeks events, from ongoing supply challenges, staffing shortages, through to Christmas ordering nightmares.

Christmas Plus One: bringing people together

Campaign to combat loneliness to launch

By Rebecca Weller

A new campaign that encourages customers to bring someone at risk of being lonely to the pub with them to combat loneliness in their area, and benefit pubs, has been launched.

What's in the news 12 November

Rising costs are 'frightening'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington speaks to Brian Whiting of WH Pubs for his views on the week's news, from inflationary pressures and premiumisation through to the debate over dogs in pubs.

What is the trade expecting for Christmas?

Christmas optimism high

By Ed Bedington

Optimism for the Christmas period is running high with people working in the hospitality sector, despite concerns over Government plans for the winter.

Festive season: Poppleston Allen has issued advice on how to deal with customers who have 'indulged in the odd glass or two more than they usually would'

Licensing hub - legal with Poppleston Allen

How to deal with a bit too much Christmas spirit

By David Inzani, solicitor at Poppleston Allen

I know that you might have only just packed away your Halloween costumes, however this week the John Lewis advert hit our TV screens and that means only one thing – Christmas is coming.

Will Christmas come for the pub trade?

Christmas is coming, or is it?

By Ed Bedington

The entire trade has its fingers, and even toes, crossed that we’ll be given the opportunity to get a clear shot at a decent Christmas trade this year.

Christmas dinner: 68% of the nation want turkey this year (Credit: Getty/Ross Woodhall)

Turkey crowned king of Christmas

By Rebecca Weller

Turkey crowned king of Christmas despite a growing desire for new traditions this year, a study conducted by supermarket chain Tesco has revealed.

Lockdown sales losses: UKHospitality has said the sector needs further support to survive the rest of the pandemic

£200m a day hospitality losses

By Emily Hawkins

Britain's pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels lost nearly £200m a day in sales in 2020, according to new figures.

Leap of faith: ‘I love turning up to work with the scent of hops floating up the spiral stone staircase’

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

GBPA winner swaps pints for the pulpit

By Reverend Emily Kolltveit, St Mary‘s Church and the Chandos Arms, London

According to Great British Pub Award-winning operator turned ordained Anglican Deacon, Emily Kolltveit, 2020 has been ‘an extraordinary year of highs and lows’. Here she explains how she’s adapted to a new style of service.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 5

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: Christmas planning in a pandemic

By Ed Bedington

In this week's episode of the Lock In podcast, Ed Bedington, Heath Ball and James Cuthbertson talk about Christmas, what can we expect to get out of a Christmas with restrictions, and where they see things heading. Tune in for a listen the latest...

Trade impact: excluding hospitality businesses from the 'Christmas bubble' plan demonstrates 'muddled thinking and will cause the sector yet more harm,' UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls said

Christmas bubble plan ‘makes mockery’ of trade

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government’s proposed plans to ease restrictions and allow people to form a “Christmas bubble” makes a mockery of the additional measures on pubs, one trade body has stated.