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Classic ingredient: mushrooms are just one trend that are predicted to pop up in hot drinks

10 food trends you need to serve in your pub

By Nikkie Sutton

Consumers are ultimately led by trends when it comes to their eating and drinking habits, and a report has explored dishes to put on the menu this year.

Extra: Farm Frites’ 10mm chip has its skin still on to offer variety.

Farm Frites launches new chips range

By Nikkie Sutton

Potato specialist Farm Frites has launched a new product in a bid to satisfy consumer demand for crispy, coated, tasty chips with greater heat retention.

Gastrosprogs: 'they want tasty food that doesn't look healthy'

Create a healthy food menu for kids

By Andrew Don

Creating a children’s menu that satisfies young appetites, while keeping mum and dad happy that their cherubs are eating a balanced diet, can be tough. But the experts have a few ideas. Andrew Don reports

Could Pret replace the pub?


Could Pret replace the pub?

By Emily Sutherland

There are plenty of obstacles in the way of pubs, and it’s not just coming from Government taxation, there’s also coffee shops and fast-food businesses to beat. Emily Sutherland reports.

Election food special clegg and chips

Election food: Fancy a Clegg & Chips?

By Daniel Woolfson

As May 7 approaches, operators are doing their bit to cash in on the event with a variety of election-themed menus and food promotions.

Trend watch: could secret menus crack the UK?

Trend watch

Trend watch: could secret menus crack the UK?

By Daniel Woolfson

It may sound ridiculous, but creating outrageous dishes that you don’t actually tell anyone about could help create brand loyalty and drive profits.


Call time on unhealthy pub food

By Pete Brown

As someone who loves pubs and thinks we spend too much time drawing attention to what’s wrong with our industry and not enough championing what’s right, I always feel a bit bad about using this column to criticise pubs.


Choice is very important for pub customers

You definitely have to be a people person to work in this industry, don’t you? Customers are so awkward! Chefs spend hours devising menus with dishes full of complementary flavours and working out beautiful ways to present the food — and then the customer...

Pub grub: worth trading up from fast food

Pub sales up among lower earning consumers

By Lesley Foottit

Pubs appeal to customers with household incomes of between £19,000 and £49,999, according to research by The NPD Group. The market research...

Harvester: one of the M&B brands in the tracker

Pub chains: January better than expected

By Ewan Turney

Leading pub and restaurant chains have experienced a better start to the year than expected and clawed back some ground on December's snow hit...

How many calories? Scheme could cause problems

BII slates calorie count trial

By John Harrington

The BII has criticised the trial of calorie count scheme for menus because pubs were "barely represented". The BII said the plan from the Food...

Chips: the perfect comfort food

Get set for National Chip Week

By Adrian Greaves

National Chip Week runs from 15 to 21 February. Adrian Greaves, associate foodservice director at McCain Foodservice, looks at how pub caterers can...

Pub classic: steak and kidney pudding for £3.99

'Comfort' menu from JDW

By Jo Bruce

JD Wetherspoon's new menu focuses on British comfort dishes and bigger portions. The menu, out on 30 September, features new dishes including steak...

Sharing platters: just £10

Go solo at Two for One

By Ewan Turney

Punch Taverns brand Two for One is offering single unit meals for the first time since the brand was launched in 2002. The new "Price Cruncher" meals...

Meal deals are all the rage

Full price for food — a thing of the past

By Tony Halstead

A new mindset of bargain-hunting has gripped the UK consumer. Tony Halstead looks at how pub operators are taking advantage of the phenomenon with...

Pub grub to go

Pub grub to go

Kelly Crawford has been managing the Elm Tree in Farnham, Surrey, since March this year. The Fairway Traditional Inns-owned community pub attracts a...

Bar Talk

Bar Talk

What do you think of the Local Government Association's calls for more detailed health information on menus? Claire Alexander Ebrington Arms Chipping...

Kids' stuff

Kids' stuff

Punch lessee Stephanie Corcoran talks Lucy Britner through her kids' menu revamp Stephanie Corcoran is a firm believer that licensees have to be...