Summer of cider: how to make your offer sparkle


FEATURE: Why the garden is a great place for cider

By Fiona Griffiths

Summer has finally arrived (meteorologically speaking at least), and with 63% of people visiting the pub more frequently during the summer months, that means it’s boom time for your business.

Punch Pubs: The MA looks at the pubco's activity from the last year

How Punch Pubs is winning each round

By Rebecca Weller

Punch Pubs & Co has had a busy few months as it executes its plan to scale up the business, in particular its managed estate.

Property: This week's round-up features Star Pubs & Bars, Flight Club, M&B, Arc Inspirations and more


Star operator takes on third lease

By Rebecca Weller

This week's property round-up features investments from Star Pubs & Bars, Flight Club, M&B, Arc Inspirations and more.

Card payments: Barclays Consumer Spend report shows purchase data on a monthly basis (Getty/ljubaphoto)

May sees 2.9% spending rise

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spending in pubs, bars and clubs grew by 2.9% in May, new data has revealed.

Drinks tracker: sales down year-on-year as heavy rain returned (Credit:Getty/Tim Parker)

Wet weather dampens drinks sales

By Rebecca Weller

After two weeks of year-on-year growth, wet weather has washed the positive figures away and pushed drinks sales back below 2023 levels.

Beer prices: Cost of a pint of lager jumps 4.6% in year to April 2024 (Credit:Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Lager prices up 4.6% YOY

By Rebecca Weller

Pint prices in pubs increased 4.6% in the year to April 2024, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

Summer favourite: pubs such the New Inn in West Sussex are taking advantage of wine


FEATURE: Make your wine sales rise as weather improves

By Michelle Perrett

Gone are the days when anyone asking for a glass of ‘dry white’ in a pub would be faced with rolling eyes as the bar member scrambled through the back bar fridge to find a bottle that had likely been open for at least a week.

Sales boost and high-end predictions: All Bar One (pictured) is one of M&B's brands

M&B lfl sales up 7% and buys Pesto Restaurants

By Gary Lloyd

Mitchells & Butlers has claimed to be outperforming the market in like-for-like (lfl) sales and expects its annual results to be at the top end of its forecasts.

Excuses made: often a change of plans will see a booking cancelled or result in a no-show (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Top 5 reasons for no-shows

By Gary Lloyd

One in five hospitality guests fail to turn up for a reservation because they booked multiple venues to ensure they would get in somewhere.

Positive trading figures: Thornbridge reports 18% uplift in sales during Q1 2024 (Credit:Getty/andresr)

Thornbridge sales up 18% in Q1 2024

By Rebecca Weller

Multi-site pub operator and brewer Thornbridge has announced “positive trading figures” in its latest update.

Rocket fuel: Andrew Fishwick tells MA Leaders attendees why he started acquisition and investment vehicle Hestia


Fishwick: 'We want to add rocket fuel to businesses'

By Rebecca Weller

Andrew Fishwick wants to add “rocket fuel” to firms and champion the sector amid falling confidence from shareholders with new acquisition and investment vehicle, Hestia PLC.

Cautiously optimistic: OakNorth predicts boost to trade from June onwards in inaugural report (Credit: Getty/jpa1999)

OakNorth shares 'cautious optimism' for pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Firms should be “cautiously optimistic” with a summer of sport set to boost trade after a challenging six months, according to the inaugural Hospitality Tracker Report from OakNorth bank.