Food

'Tis the season: JDW's Christmas menu will be available from 15 November

JDW hikes Christmas dinner price by 13%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has raised the price of its Christmas dinner by 13% for 2023, but the pub goliath claims it’s still “excellent value”.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 66

The Lock In Podcast

Going to the dogs...

By Ed Bedington

With dog ownership booming, the Lock In team get to grips with how pubs can best embrace man's best friend and create the paw-fect (sorry) doggy offer.

Sobering view: non-alcoholic occasions should be seen as an opportunity says Hari Fell

OPINION

Sober October deniers’ pubs will struggle to survive

By Hari Fell, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Gloucestershire, and founder of NoLo Cocktails

As a hotelier of 20 years and having given up alcohol more than four years ago, I read Gav Young’s opinion piece ‘A Pub is for life not for 10 months of the year’ with dismay.

Disparity: research shows no-shows are increasing but not all pubs are affected (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Pubs counter ‘no-shows double’ research claim

By Gary Lloyd

The unwelcome sight of increased numbers of ‘no-shows’ has reared its ugly head once again in the sector but not all pubs The Morning Advertiser spoke to are convinced the situation is getting worse.

Seasonal meetings: a change of menu to suit the colder months could attract more customers (credit: Getty/SolStock)

FEATURE - FOOD TRENDS

FEATURE: Food trends for winter

By Emma Eversham

Shorts and T-shirts have finally been replaced by sweaters and sou’westers as the UK’s weather resumes its usual service following an unseasonably warm and dry September and October.

Standing out: Little Door & Co managing director and co-founder Kamran Dehdashti (left) with director and co-founder Jamie Hazeel

OPINION

Company culture: how we can stand out from the pack

By Kamran Dehdashti and Jamie Hazeel, founders, Little Door & Co

In the current economic climate, many hospitality businesses are finding the conditions tougher than ever – margins are being squeezed across the board, and revenue is less reliable and consistent than before.

Head-to-head: M&B to rival Greene King's US-style barbecue operation with new smokehouse opening (Credit: Getty/luchezar)

EXCLUSIVE

M&B to launch US-style barbecue venue

By The Morning Advertiser

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) are set to go head-to-head with Greene King with the launch of a new operation focused on "Slow ‘n Low" US-style barbecue food.

Shooting for the stars: What sets a Michelin-rated gastropub apart?

What makes a Michelin Star pub?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

21 gastropubs have gained Michelin stars since the trailblazing Stagg inn became the first pub to win the accolade in 2001. But what makes Michelin-starred pubs a cut above the rest? We spoke to chefs of some of the country's most prestigious venues...

New flavours: consumers want adventure, playfulness, comfort and value from the eating out market in 2024  (Credit: Getty/	SolStock)

5 key food and drink trends for 2024

By Rebecca Weller

Consumers will be looking for adventurous flavours, healthy and hearty recipes and playful experiences from the on-trade in 2024, according to Bidfood’s 2024 Food & Drink Trends report.

Stephen Terry’s Abergavenny restaurant The Hardwick closes

Top 50 Gastropub closes its doors

By Restaurant

Stephen Terry’s Abergavenny restaurant The Hardwick has closed suddenly after nearly two decades in business.

Record results: Jonathan Neame is confident for the future

‘Record revenues’ achieved by Shepherd Neame

By Gary Lloyd

Shepherd Neame CEO Jonathan Neame is confident “the turmoil of the past few years is now settling” as the company achieved “record revenues” in the 52 weeks ended 24 June 2023.

Be smart: technology can be used in front and back of house at your premises

FEATURE - Technology

FEATURE: How tech can free up time for your staff

By Fiona Griffiths

Times are tough right now. Pub and bar operators are being hit from all sides with consumers tightening their belts, struggles over recruitment and costs soaring across the board.

Lively crowd: Pete Marshall (second from right) and his team at the Kings Arms, which won Best Pub for Entertainment get the party started

GBPA 2023

Pics of all the GBPA 2023 winners

By Gary Lloyd

For those who attended, the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) 2023 will live long in the memory. If you were there and have forgotten who won, here is a picture special to remind who the winners were.

Snap poll: would you charge a 'caleage' fee at your pub? (Credit: Getty/AzmanL)

POLL: would you charge a 'cakeage' fee at your pub?

By Rebecca Weller

Operators share differing views on whether customers should be charged a fee for customers bringing celebratory cakes to pubs, have your say in The Morning Advertiser’s snap poll.

Hidden costs: Karen Errington of top gastropub the Rat at Anick outlines how rising prices are impacting her business

OPINION

'It's much harder to keep people happy'

By Karen Errington, the Rat, Anick, Northumberland

When I was asked to write an opinion piece on the issues that affect us in the industry today, it was nigh on impossible to write about anything other than rising costs and the struggle for us small businesses to stay viable.

Bright side: Food inflation marginally slows (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Food inflation falls to 21.7%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Inflation as measured by the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index fell marginally to 21.7% year-on-year in July.

Plated up: What times of day do you offer food? (Credit: Getty/ Pekic)

POLL: What times of day do you serve food?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs are tapping into the brunch trend, with more and more venues serving up all-round food offers and upping the game with their breakfast offering.

What's on the Coach, Marlow, breakfast menu?

Sarah Hayward: Keep breakfast ‘simple but tasty’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A Michelin-starred gastropub in Marlow launched its new breakfast menu last month, and its head chef advises on why and how pubs should be selling that first meal of the day.

Shining star: the Candlelight Inn in the West Country

My Pub

My Pub: the Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood, Somerset

By Gary Lloyd

Double AA Rosette-awarded gastropub the Candlelight Inn has recently taken on former Great British Menu chef Charlotte Vincent in its quest to climb to even greater heights.

In-depth experience: Tom Kerridge has been in the hospitality trade for more than three decades

A look back on Tom Kerridge’s hospitality career

By Nikkie Thatcher

While celebrity chef and pub operator Tom Kerridge has been in the hospitality trade for more than 30 years, we’ve looked at his career over the past decade or so and what he’s achieved in that time as well as some words from the man himself on how he...

Food and alcohol: How to combine your two favourite things (Credit: Getty/ miodrag ignjatovic)

Alcohol in food can be a recipe for success

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pints are pulled and wine poured at British gastropubs while dishes are plated and served. But in the kitchen, the worlds of food and alcohol become one.