Gastropub

Pub ideals: chefs Dan and Natasha Smith operate gastropubs in the south-east

Call to Arms from pub chefs in Kent

By James McAllister

Chefs Dan and Natasha Smith have overcome a pandemic and the ire of locals to establish a mini empire of Michelin-starred pubs in rural Kent

Free PDF on how to improve your pub's cider offer

FREE PDF download

Boost your cider offer with this free PDF

By Gary Lloyd

Summer is on its way and what could be better than have a packed pub and, in particular, a packed beer garden to boost your bottom line?

Here's to many more years: Operators celebrate 43 years at Kent-based pub the Anchor

Licensees celebrate 43 years behind the bar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Licensees of the Anchor in Sevenoaks, Kent, have celebrated their 43rd anniversary behind the bar as they opt to sign another 10-year contract with pubco Admiral Taverns.

Trend setters: Nick Hack and Tina King of the Cadeleigh Arms, Devon, and the Shires in Lincolnshire

Food trends feature

FEATURE: What’s hot in food trends?

By Gary Lloyd

Most of us would like to see the end of the colder months as we, hopefully, usher in the post-peak-Covid world.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 39

The Lock In Podcast

Upping your game on food

By Ed Bedington

This week’s episode is brought to you from the number one Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk and includes licensee Brendan Padfield alongside rising chef star Ruth Hansom of the Princess of Shoreditch and Big Smoke co-founder...

Gastropub glory: More than 40 pub chefs have appeared on Great British Menu

44 pub chefs have starred on Great British Menu

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs have been solidly represented by BBC Two show Great British Menu, with 44 current, past or future gastropub chefs appearing on the programme since its debut in 2006.

Charity champs: Tom Kerridge and star chefs put on a five-course meal to boost funds

Kerridge joins forces for Ukraine fundraiser

By Gary Lloyd

Gastropub chef Tom Kerridge along with an elite set of celebrity cooks have joined forces to raise more than £70,000 to help people in war-torn Ukraine through a charity dinner and auction.

What's in the news 11 March?

The MA's Review of the Week

Menu engineering is key in the face of rising prices

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with the Parkers Arms Stosie Madi to get her take on the week's news, from rocketing commodity costs and soaring fuel prices through to the need for Government support on VAT.

Inspirational: the women leading operations in the pub sector

International Women's Day 2022 - sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro

The talented women operating hospitality sites

By The Morning Advertiser

Female talent is flourishing when it comes to operators of hospitality businesses. Here are some of the best in the sector with their thoughts on the importance of women’s contributions and how they would like to see further progression to celebrate International...

Creative process: Stephen Harris talks punk music, creativity and sourcing ingredients locally

Michelin-starred chef claims punk music helps his cooking

By Amelie Maurice-Jones


Stephen Harris, head chef at the Sportsman gastropub in Kent, has shared the creative process behind his dishes. This comes after his pub retained its Michelin star in the 2022 Michelin Guide last week.

Over the moon: Chef-owner of the Dog & Gun Inn shares shock at bagging Michelin star

New Michelin star a 'shock' to the Dog & Gun Inn

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Chef-owner of gastropub the Dog & Gun Inn, which bagged a Michelin star last week, was “over the moon” his small, Cumbrian pub had scored the prestigious award.

Michelin Guide: Two pubs bag Bib Gourmands

New Bib Gourmands awarded this year

By Amelie Maurice-Jones


Two pubs have scored Bib Gourmand awards, which are dished out by the Michelin Guide to recognise restaurants that “will leave you with a sense of satisfaction, at having eaten so well at a reasonable price”.

Award-winning: Two pubs bag Michelin stars

Two pubs awarded Michelin stars

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Bridge Arms in Canterbury, Kent and the Cumbria-based the Dog & Gunn Inn have scooped their first Michelin stars today (Wednesday 16 February) in the 2022 Michelin Guide.

Dish deconstructed: celebrity chef and operator Tom Kerridge defended the price of his Valentine's Day meal kit

Kerridge: ‘I haven’t looked at TripAdvisor in 12 years’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Head chefs of Tom Kerridge’s pubs the Hand & Flowers and the Coach in Marlow, which ranked in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub list 2022, discuss the inspiration behind dishes that have been slammed for their expensive prices.

Say cheese: Burgers are bought in almost a quarter of pub outings (Getty/ coldsnowstorm)

23% of pub trips involve burgers

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Almost a quarter (23.15%) of times people ate out at pubs from November 2020 to January 2022 included burgers, data from Lumina Intelligence Eating and Drinking Out Panel has revealed.

Stability at the top: former CEO and chairman Mark Derry will stay on as executive chairman at Brasserie Bar Co

Alchemy acquires Brasserie Bar Co

By Georgi Gyton

Brasserie Bar Co has been acquired by Alchemy Partners for an undisclosed sum, understood to be around £40m.

Popular dish: just over half of pubgoers ate chips when visiting the on-trade, research reveals (image:Getty/ Knaupe)

Half of pub visits include chips

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Some 50.7% of times people ate out at pubs from November 2020 to January 2022 included chips, data from Lumina Intelligence Eating and Drinking Out Panel has revealed.

Big reveal: The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list 2022 will be announced in Manchester on Monday 24 January

Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs

2022 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs set to be revealed

By Ed Bedington

The best gastropubs in the business are set to be announced as The Morning Advertiser gears up for the reveal of the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list for 2022.

Trade requirements: operator of the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk Brendan Padfield calls for clarity, certainty and reassurance from the Government

‘Hospitality is the victim’ of Gov’s indecision

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The UK Government’s response to the Omicron Covid variant has been a “fiasco” that has undermined customer confidence and victimised hospitality, said the owner of the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk.

Is it a matter of time? The wearing of face coverings in pubs has not been enforced (credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Concern over new variant as face masks ruled out at pubs

By The Morning Advertiser

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has voiced concern over the new Covid variant Omicron but has welcomed the Government's decision to not ‘mitigate against hospitality’ by preventing enforced use of face masks.

Alcohol free: celebrity chef and pub owner Tom Kerridge is now teetotal

Kerridge: ‘I was 100% committed to drinking’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Tom Kerridge, the owner of Marlow-based gastropubs including the Hand & Flowers, opened up about his past alcohol use, and said the “exhilarating” nature of the industry often drew in people prone to excess over moderation.

In-cider information: Sharp's Ed Hughes believes cider should be treated more like wine to show off its qualities

Cold River Cider offers the perfect balance

By Gary Lloyd

There’s a new cider on the block and it has the lot. Made by Sharp’s Brewery, in collaboration with Aspall, Cold River Cider offers “a unique blend of bitter-sweet and culinary apples creating a crisp, balanced, refreshing cider”.