English-Language Films

Mitchells & Butlers has bought the bulk of the Orchid estate

Mitchells & Butlers buys 173 Orchid pubs

By John Harrington

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has announced that it has acquired the majority of Orchid’s estate, consisting of 173 sites, in addition to Orchid’s head office, for £266m.

Our anoymous licensee refused to settle the 'bullying' claim out of court

Handling accusations of ‘bullying’ from new staff

Having employed pub staff for a number of years I thought that we had a good handle on individuals sat in front of us being interviewed and working trial shifts, but it’s so easy to make the wrong character call.

M&B chief Alistair Darby said its Toby Carvery brands was performing well

Toby Carvery drives M&B growth

By John Harrington

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) chief executive Alistair Darby has told M&C Report he’s pleased with the progress of the group’s core growth brands, amid claims that Toby Carvery is “going like a train”.

Tim Bacon sets out expansion plans

MA300: Gusto and New World look to London

By John Harrington

Tim Bacon has set out his expansion plans for the Living Ventures-led Gusto brand and the recently renamed New World Trading Company, his pub-led venture backed by the Hill Capital Partners Food & Beverage Fund.

The DPS is the main point of contact in discussion with police

Legal checklist: Appointing a DPS

By Poppleston Allen

While many of you will already have undertaken the appointment of a designated premises supervisor (DPS), the importance of the role can often be forgotten, with potentially damaging consequences.

Pub cleaner: Sheila Nicholson retires after 41 years at the Red Lion in Chester-le-Street

Pub cleaner retires after 41 years

By Gurjit Degun

Sheila Nicholson, cleaner at the Red Lion in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, has polished the pub’s bar for the last time, retiring after 41 years.

Enterprise Inns offers festive prizes to tenants

Enterprise offers festive prizes to tenants

By Adam Pescod

Enterprise Inns has given its tenants the chance to win their weekly drinks order this Christmas in a special edition of its monthly “empower deals” brochure.

Mulholland: welcomed news that Government is looking into self-regulation deal

Greg Mulholland welcomes Government review of self-regulation deal

By Michelle Perrett

Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, Greg Mulholland MP, has welcomed news that the Government is looking into the self-regulation deal over the pubco-tenant relationship, giving the industry until 23 November to respond.


Buying the freehold of your pub is worth the hassle

For the 30 years I have been in pubs, owning your own freehold has always seemed the holy grail: freetrade prices, capital growth, no area manager, rent reviews or flow monitoring. Affordable freeholds have always been available, but not in our area.