City Pub Company

Clive Watson: 'We think we have got the structure in place to go to 100 pubs'

City Pub Co to double size of estate to 100 pubs

By Michelle Perrett

City Pub Co has revealed it wants to double the size of its estate to 100 pubs focusing on a cluster strategy, Clive Watson, executive chairman has told The Morning Advertiser.

Vertical drinking: pub goers can order from and drink at the bar from Monday 19 July but some pub groups say they are keen to continue table service (image: Henrik Sorensen / Getty)

Pubs opt to continue 'relaxed' table service

By Emily Hawkins

Almost half of The Morning Advertiser’s (MA) readers have said they will continue with table service beyond next week and the relaxation of Covid-secure trading measures.

Pub goer resilience: 'I've looked at some of the figures thinking, ‘really?’ the weather was pretty cold – ‘where's that come from?’, Clive Watson says

'Change in emphasis' to boost City Pub Group expansion

By Stuart Stone

City Pub Group’s executive chairman, Clive Watson, explains that the operator’s definition of ‘high quality’ pub opportunities has changed slightly as the Group emerges from lockdown.

People moves: the latest news on people moves, jobs and training from across the pub sector

Jobs round-up

Marston’s CEO to step down, new City Pub Group director

By Stuart Stone

This week’s round-up includes news that Marston’s CEO Ralph Findlay is to leave his role after 20 years, City Pub Group has hired a former Walmart boss, and the founder of Seafood Pub Company is to lead a new Oakman division.

What's in the news 12 February?

The MA’s Review of the Week

‘Forget’ overseas tourists this summer

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington speaks with City Pub Group chairman Clive Watson to reflect on some of the week's biggest headlines.

The Three Blackbirds in Woodditton

My pub

The Three Blackbirds in Woodditton

By Michelle Perrett

The Three Blackbirds in Woodditton, near Newmarket, was purchased last year by farmer Guy Taylor, who has made some dramatic changes to his local pub.

Clive Watson:

The Big Interview: Clive Watson, City Pub Company

By Mike Berry

Entrepreneur Clive Watson has an enviable record of founding and selling pubcos – and his latest venture, City Pub Company, is shaping up very well so far. Mike Berry finds out what fuels Watson’s vision.

Bruce:

The Big Interview: David Bruce, City Pub Company

By Phil Mellows

For some reason that now escapes me, having carried our desserts across the level crossing, David Bruce and I are eating them off pub crockery balanced on some sort of electrical junction box at Kintbury railway station, eastbound platform, in Berkshire.

Bath site: the Cork’s freehold was bought for £2.72m

City Pub Co buys first three pubs

By John Harrington, M&C Report

City Pub Company, the new Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) funded venture from serial entrepreneurs David Bruce and Clive Watson, has acquired its first three pubs for circa £3.5m.

EIS fans: Clive Watson and David Bruce

More small-scale pubcos use EIS

By John Harrington

Increasing numbers of small-scale pub operators are setting up new companies via funding from the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

New ventures: John Roberts

Roberts joins Watson and Bruce in new pubco ventures

By Adam Pescod

John Roberts, the former managing director of the Fuller’s Beer Company, has become a founder investor and non-executive director of two new pub companies alongside pub entrepreneurs David Bruce and Clive Watson.

Top notch: award winners

Town and City rewards top pubs

By Gurjit Degun

Town and City Pub Company's Yates's in Halifax has won Pub of the Year in the pubco's annual awards. Town and City said the award was based on...

Charity: pubs can learn from each other

Feed off big boys' ingenuity

By The PMA Team

Pubs can capitalise on the fact that it's good value, and more convenient, for punters to venture out to eat than dine at home, says The PMA Team.

Chef School: new developments at Town & City

Town and City launches own chef schools

By Jo Bruce

Town and City Pub Company, operators of Yates's and Slug and Lettuce has launched its own chef schools. The two schools offer chefs and kitchen...

Town and City Pub Company: rewarding its employees

Town and City rewards top managers

By Gurjit Degun

Town and City Pub Company has rewarded 16 of its managers with a four-day trip to New York for "impressive sales" after the World Cup. The pubs...

Town and City: joined BII

Town and City joins BII

By Lesley Foottit

Town and City Pub Company has joined the BII as a corporate member. The company comprises 220 venues.

Chicken and leek pie

Town and City adds pies to winter menu

By Lesley Foottit

Town and City Pub Company has added two more pies to its autumn/winter menu following the success of the range last year. Customers can tuck into...

MA200: shortlisted finalists revealed

MA200 finalists revealed

By The PMA Team

The shortlisted finalists for the MA200 awards for multi-site managed pub companies have been unveiled. In the Best Food Offer category, Anglian...

Town & City: re-opens two pubs

Town & City re-opens two pubs

By The PMA Team

Town and City Pub Company has converted a former Hogs Head in Liverpool and a Litten Tree in Old Street, London, into two traditional style pubs....

Yates's: new look for Leicester Square venue

Flagship London Yates's to re-open

By Ewan Turney

Yates's flagship London pub in Leicester Square is set to re-open this week, following a refurbishment. The Town & City Pub Company outlet will...

Yates's: performed well over Christmas

Christmas sales up at Town and City pubs

By Ewan Turney

Town and City Pub Company has reported "strong" trading over the festive season with sales up 8.1% in December on last year. The operator, which...