Food

What's in the news 11 August

Review of the Week

'We're cheaper than McDonalds!'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Revolution boss Rob Pitcher to get his take on the week's news from inflation to late night closures and the opportunities for AI.

Business option: Chef Central will utilise the existing Booker infrastructure

Booker unveils low-cost business function

By Nikkie Thatcher

Food and drink wholesaler Booker has launched a new business function, designed to be a low cost, high service option for new customers.

One's a crowd: How should pubs handle solo dining? (Credit: Getty/ DjelicS)

'Solo diners should feel welcome'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pub operators have shared their two cents on guests eating alone after a two Michelin-starred restaurant announced solo diners would be charged double for the price of a tasting menu.

What are the dos and don'ts of recycling?

GREEN INITITAIVE

Dos and don’ts of recycling

By Nikkie Thatcher

Separating waste is just one way in which operators can recycle better, helping to reduce the need for landfill and saving energy, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.

Green initiative: the Greene Oak is one of Brucan Pubs' five sites

My Pub

My Pub: Greene Oak, Oakley Green, Berkshire

By Gary Lloyd

James Lyon-Shaw is the owner of Brucan Pubs, which includes the Greene Oak, which won Green King Pub of the Year in the Great British Pub Awards 2022. Here he gives The Morning Advertiser a virtual tour around the site.

Threat to post-pandemic recovery: 50% of businesses concerned about food costs (Credit: Getty/andresr)

Business confidence hit by food cost concerns

By Rebecca Weller

Half of senior-level operators have expressed concern over the sector’s post-pandemic recovery due to rising food and drink prices, new data from CGA by NIQ and Fourth has revealed.

Cost increase: Inflation sees summer veg prices rise (credit: Getty/ YelemaYemchuk)

Summer veg prices rocket by over 30%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Summer seasonal veg prices have shot up by 31.3% versus a like-for-like period in 2022 while fruit prices have dropped, according to The Morning Advertiser’s analysis of Government data.

Pub in the Park 2023: inside the event's Brighton weekend

Inside Pub in the Park Brighton

By Rebecca Weller

Events like Pub in the Park can help “get people back into pubs” but preparation and investment are key to succeed, according to operators from this year’s East Sussex event.

Following on: former England cricketer Harry Gurney and current England cricketer Stuart Broad

My Pub

My Pub: Tap & Run, Upper Broughton, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

By Gary Lloyd

When the Tap & Run pub was destroyed in a fire in June last year, owners and England cricket players Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad, were distraught but vowed to bring the site back even better than before. Here, Gurney tells The Morning Advertiser...

New buzz: the new menus at Hive Pubs will allow operators to tailor the offer to their customers

GK’s Hive Pubs rolls out curated food menus

By Gary Lloyd

Greene King Pub Partners, the leased, tenanted and franchise division of Greene King, has created a set of new menus in the rollout of its Hive Pubs concept.

Locally sourcing ingredients for pubs

GREEN INITIATIVE

Local sourcing – the pros and cons

By Nikkie Thatcher

Building relationships with nearby suppliers can prove fruitful with pricing and availability but is local always best?

Desi-gnated drinking time: author David Jesudason at the Regency

Spice up your (pub) life

By Phil Mellows

Like accidentally biting on a cardamom pod, ‘Desi Pubs’ has exploded on our complacent palates and spiced up the way we think about the great British pub.

What's in the news 30 June?

Review of the Week

Inflation 'is a bit of a worry'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Oisín Rogers who's about to open the Devonshire Soho, to get his views on the week's news.

Inflation impact: Hospitality hit by soaring costs (Credit: Getty/ Hispanolistic)

Food inflation hit 21.6% in May

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Year-on-year inflation, as measured by the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index, increased to 21.6% in May – only just below the record high of 22.9% of December 2022.

Struggling sector: Hospitality tackles a perfect storm (Credit: Getty/Art Event ET)

Spiralling food costs pack pressure on hospitality

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Ongoing hikes in food and drinks prices are piling the pressure on hospitality operators, as supply chain fragility continues to hit the industry hard, a new report from Fourth has revealed.

Menu planning: Lynx Purchasing's Market Insight offers insight into food prices

Quality British food ‘key’ to menu success

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

High quality produce with a focus on the best of British is a key chance for hospitality businesses to thrive beyond the cost-of-living crisis, according to hospitality buying specialist Lynx Purchasing.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 63

The Lock In Podcast

Season finale: The challenges ahead

By Ed Bedington

With season three of the Lock In podcast coming to a close, we take a look at some of the current challenges, energy, supply, inflation etc - and where we see things heading.

New site: Oisin Rogers (left) and Charlie Carroll (right) are set to open the Devonshire in the autumn

Rogers announces launch of long-awaited pub

By Ed Bedington

Former Guinea Grill legend Oisín Rogers has teamed up with the founder of Flat Iron to open a new London pub that they hope will take the capital by storm.

Morning meals: Operators advise on how to elevate your brunch offering (Credit: Getty/ Geber86)

How to boost your brunch offer

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Brunch has captivated customers’ hearts and plates over the past decade. What started as a humble breakfast progressed to boozy brunch, which rapidly became a bottomless affair. Now, Disney brunches, drag brunches, karaoke brunches, and cabaret brunches...

Price hike: inflation was driven up by cost rises in vegetables, fish, sugar and jams & syrups categories (credit:Getty/fcafotodigital)

Foodservice inflation jumps back above 20%

By Gary Lloyd

Year-on-year foodservice inflation has jumped up to 21.4% after slowing at the end of March – the first time it had dropped below 20% since mid-2022.

On the scene: Simon King (left) and Matt Larcombe (right) took the Victoria on in 2021

The secrets behind the Victoria, Oxshott

By Nikkie Thatcher

Described as a quintessential British experience, the Victoria Oxshott is a neighbourhood gastropub, set in the heart of its Surrey community, with a stellar food and drink offer.

Variety of benefits: foraging for ingredients could benefit chef's bottom lines and mental health (Image credit: Chloe Newcomb Hodgetts of Gourmet Gatherings)

How can foraging for ingredients benefit chefs?

By Rebecca Weller

Foraging for ingredients offers a multitude of benefits to operators, from sustainability to variety and diversity to mental health and finances, according to people from across the sector.

Tuck in: JDW, which is chaired by Tim Martin, has scored impressively high across the UK for its food hygiene

JDW food rating score almost perfect

By Gary Lloyd

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has scored an average rating of 4.99 out of 5 in the latest food hygiene rating league for its 763 pubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Extra flavour: NQ64's Shoreditch opening is its first site to offer food

Inside drinks and gaming bar NQ64's 10th site

By Gary Lloyd

Arcade bar NQ64 has launched its biggest site to date and the first of its 10 locations to offer food. Here are some pictures to show you what to expect there.

Cooking up a storm: It's all hands on deck at Tommy Banks' new gastropub

Tommy Banks: 'Your business is only as good as its people'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Last month, Tommy Banks picked up keys to the pub where he washed pots as a kid. It was a real full-circle moment for the chef, whose high-flying career has carried him from championing sustainability to Michelin-starred heights.

Forecasted growth: Lumina data shows the UK eating and drinking out market could grow 4.6% this year (Credit:Getty/sturti)

Eating out market to grow 4.6% in 2023

By Rebecca Weller

The eating out market has been predicted to grow by 4.6% during 2023, reaching a total value of £95.2bn, figures from Lumina Intelligence have revealed.