Gastropub

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

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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”.

Industry celebration: the awards are now open for entry

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Entries for Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs awards now open

By Top 50 Gastropubs

Think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned Newcomer of the Year or Front of House Team of the Year at the 2022 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub awards then enter the coveted special awards now.

GBPA winner: Making the most of your location and creating a welcoming atmosphere are key to the Best Pub of the Year's success

Best pub in the country owner shares secrets to success

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The co-owner of the Best Pub of the Year, the Brisley Bell, gave top tips for running an award-winning pub, including creating a “warm” atmosphere and making the most of the surrounding setting.

Flex your menu: tips from Julie Cleijne and Garden Gourmet's ‘Sensational Burger’ with daikon and sprouts

Tips on how to maximise World Vegan Month

By Julie Cleijne, founder of Sustainable Kitchen Consultants

Sustainable menu expert Julie Cleijne, founder of Sustainable Kitchen Consultants and creator of a new plant-based toolkit for operators, Flex Up Your Menu, in partnership with Garden Gourmet, offers tips for pub caterers for World Vegan Month, which...

Deals and openings: the Three Horseshoes in Headingley is the latest deal in the partnership between Your Friendly Local and Greene King Pub Partners

Property round-up

Latest openings in the sector and sites for sale

By Gary Lloyd

New openings for Coppa Club, Manahatta and Bulldog Gin are among the sector’s new openings. Meanwhile, estate agent Savills’ Paul Breen looks at the future for city centre-based businesses.

Dine out on this: The GBPA winners' lunch menu

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Were you spotted at the GBPA winners' lunch?

By Gary Lloyd

The best of the best in the pub world gathered for the Great British Pub Awards winners' lunch at The Pem restaurant In central London where the overall winner was named and category winners received their trophies.

GBPA winner announced: Marcus Seaman and Amelia Nicholson of the Brisley Bell with The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington

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Ring my Bell - GBPA winner announced

By Ed Bedington

The pub sector has fought its way back from the brink of disaster and now a stunning transformation against the odds has seen one pub crowned champion of champions.

Let the search begin: the Publican Awards 2022 will be the first in-person event since early 2020

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Entries open for Publican Awards 2022

By Ed Bedington

The hunt is now on to celebrate the best companies in the pub and bar sector with the launch of the Publican Awards 2022.

Social hub: fine-dining pubs are friendlier and more relaxed than their restaurant counterparts, says Gareth Ostick (Getty/ The Good Brigade)

A pub should have banter, says Gareth Ostick

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The casual atmosphere and homely feel is what sets fine-dining pubs apart from restaurants, according to the joint-owner of the White Swan at Fence, East Lancashire.

Awards ceremony: GBPA 2021 was streamed at the live party at Greenwood, Victoria, London

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Having a blast on social media

By Gary Lloyd

The Morning Advertiser looks at the social media activity of those involved in the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) after the event and category winners were announced.

Upgrade your food offer to snare extra spend: top pub chefs offer their advice

The premium food league season has begun

By Gary Lloyd

As the country begins the crawl out of the pandemic, pubs need a point of difference to attract customers, and elevating your food offer is one way to differentiate your business from rivals.

Procedure in place: Brendan Padfield, owner of multi award-winning and Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub, the Unruly Pig, in Woodbridge, Suffolk explains why he wholeheartedly recommends workplace lateral flow testing

Opinion

Caring for customers, caring for your team

By Brendan Padfield, the Unruly Pig, Woodbridge, Suffolk

This pandemic has hit the whole country so hard. Hospitality, as a sector, has perhaps been hardest hit, having been closed for a total of nine and a half months via three lockdowns since March 2020.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 26

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: Food Glorious Food!

By Ed Bedington

With indoor reopening now well underway, the Lock In team tackle the subject of pub grub, how the crisis has impacted on offers, the challenges around growing your own chefs, calorie labelling on menus and we ask how sustainable is your pub food offer?...

Online reveal: Top 50 Gastropubs list announced Friday 26 March at 7pm

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Top 50 Gastropubs 2021 revealed tonight at 7pm

By Top 50 Gastropubs

The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs will be revealed tonight (Friday 26 March) at 7pm in a live stream from London hosted by the incredible Angellica Bell and Top 50 Gastropubs editor Nicholas Robinson.

Executive team: (l-r) Peter Borg-Neal, Dermot King and Joycelyn Neve

Oakman acquires six Seafood sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

Hertfordshire-based multiple operator The Oakman Group has acquired six pubs from the administrators of Seafood Pub Company.