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From throwing parties to pouring pints: Electric Star celebrates 15 years

Rob Star: ‘Increasingly, people want an experience’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

When Rob Star bought his first pub, he’d never poured a pint. Having spent his youth putting on raves, the call of east London’s taverns enticed him away from abandoned warehouses and archways.

Java juice: London Coffee Festival kicked off at the Truman Brewery last week (credit: Getty/ nastasic)

How can pubs boost their coffee offering?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Coffee culture has taken the UK by storm, so we caught up with roasters at the London Coffee Festival as to how pubs can crack the market.

Shoot for the stars: Manager Arber Hasani outside the new pub

JD Wetherspoon opens O2 pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A new JD Wetherspoon (JDW) pub has opened at The O2 today (Tuesday 21 March) after a whopping £2.9m investment.

New adventures: The family behind London-based community pub say their goodbyes

Family to vacate pub after 9 years

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The family at the helm of award-winning north London pub the Chandos Arms are set to vacate the venue next month (April) after nine years.

Future leaders: Apprentices celebrated at Westminster showcase (Getty/ andresr)

Apprentices celebrated at hospitality showcase

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

More than 200 people from the hospitality sector came together at the House of Commons, Westminster, for the seventh Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase last week.

Night trouble: Communication is key in resolving noise complaints (Getty/fotoVoyager)

Why are noise complaints shutting down music venues?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

“No one should have to go what we went through,” says Kwame Otiende. The licensee had to cash out more than £15,000 on legal fees, acoustic tests, sound proofing and construction after his pub – the Jago, Hackney – was slapped with a noise abatement notice...

Unanimous verdict: Mat Follas (pictured) was crowned winner of the 2023 Great Sausage Roll Off

Great Sausage Roll Off 2023 winner revealed

By Rebecca Weller

Previous Masterchef winner Mat Follas, from Bramble Restaurant in Sherborne, Dorset, has been crowned the winner of the 2023 Great Sausage Roll Off.

London calling: Satan's Whiskers in Bethnal Green was named the number one cocktail bar in the UK

Top 50 Cocktail Bars

UK’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

The 2023 Top 50 Cocktail Bars sponsored by Franklin & Sons have been unveiled, with London’s Satan’s Whiskers taking the top spot.

Aid required: the Night-Time Industries Association urges the Government to support the sector in its March Budget (image: Getty/BrianAJackson)

8 in 10 firms ‘on knife edge’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 82% of night-time economy firms could be under threat as the new Energy Relief Scheme from the Government will have no impact on them, research has shown.

In the wrong: Wimbledon pub operator claims Castle Water falsely charged business £11k for

Pub charged £11k for ‘rogue’ meter readings

By Rebecca Weller

Small businesses are at the “mercy” of utility providers, a south-west London-based licensee has stated after being hit with an £11,000 bill for allegedly incorrect meter readings.

Former champion: 2020 Great Sausage Roll Off winner Alan Chilton

Judging panel for Great Sausage Roll Off revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

The judges for this year’s Great Sausage Roll Off have been unveiled for the competition, which is taking place on Wednesday 8 February at the Red Lion in Barnes, south London.

Business update: Oakman CEO Dermot King (left) and chairman Peter Borg-Neal (right) (image: Oakman Group)

Oakman eyes £5.3m shareholder raise

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator The Oakman Group is looking to raise £5.3m from shareholders, it revealed in a half year trading update to Sunday 1 January 2023.

Another one bites the dust: Fuller's pub suddenly shuts

Fuller’s pub shuts doors

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Customers have flooded to social media in solidarity for the Ship in Southwark, central London, which has shut permanently due to circumstances beyond its control.

Online feedback: the pub responded to the one-star review, suggesting the guest should have brought up issues when they were at the site (image: Getty/Marko Geber)

Pub hits back at ‘watery gravy’ review

By Nikkie Thatcher

A London pub has responded to a one-star TripAdvisor review that criticised its ‘watery gravy’ and the fact it served cabbage rather than “a decent green vegetable”.

Weather warning: snow has covered many parts of the UK (image: Getty/_ultraforma_)

Operator loses 50% of bookings due to snow

By Nikkie Thatcher

One London operator has seen cancellations mount this morning (Monday 12 December) after the parts of the country saw heavy snowfall, resulting in yellow weather warnings in a number of areas including the capital.

Looking to the future: Challenges ahead but premiumisation is key

'2023 will be a year of breaking even'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

There will be economic storms in the new year, but entertainment packages and premium drinks could help city venues stay afloat, according to the joint owner of the Phoenix Arts Club in Soho, London.

Saving Simpsons Tavern: Dispute between landlord and tenant continues (Getty/ simongurney)

Simpson's Tavern rent dispute continues

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The landlord of historic chophouse Simpson's Tavern said it had “no choice” but to lock its doors after the tenants failed to pay rent, a claim the tenants have rubbished as “a selectively remembered version of events”.

Chicken's coming home: KFC opens first pub

KFC launches first pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

KFC has launched its first pub – the Colonel’s Arms – in Hammersmith, west London, which will open its doors from 25 November to 1 December.

Company news: the new venue is set to open its doors in February 2023 (image: Getty/Red Blu Productions)

£3m investment in 02 pub by JDW

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub group JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has announced a new pub opening in February next year at London entertainment venue The O2.

Out and about: Economic growth secure in cities but more support needed (Getty/ NORRIE3699)

Hospitality needs support to keep up growth

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs, bars and restaurants are recording positive sales in Britain’s major cities – but high inflation is making real-terms growth very difficult, according to the latest Top Cities report.

Special spectacle: Great Sausage Roll Off to return next year

Great Sausage Roll Off to return for 2023

By Rebecca Weller

The search for the best sausage roll in Britain will return on Wednesday 8 February 2023 following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

HospoDemo info: Bath Pub Company MD Joe Cussens outlines why he is attending the Hospitality Demonstration on Monday 14 November in London's Parliament Square

Opinion

Why I’m attending Hospitality Demo & why you should too

By Joe Cussens, managing director, The Bath Pub Company

The pub industry is facing a crisis the like of which we have never seen - rocketing costs and falling consumer confidence make the challenge of pandemic look like the good old days.

Save Our Simpsons: Manger aims for £385k target to reopen tavern (Getty/ Paul Campbell)

£65k raised to save historic chophouse

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

£65,060 has been raised to save a chophouse visited by Charles Dickens - the Simpsons Tavern in central London - after the landlord locked the doors in a dispute over rent.

Well deserved: George Orwell's perfect pub the Compton Arms retains licence (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Compton Arms retains licence

By Rebecca Weller

A London pub favoured by Animal Farm author George Orwell has reportedly retained its licence following complaints from nearby residents claiming the venue posed a health hazard and was a public nuisance.

Purchase agreed: the Wiremill, near Lingfield in Surrey has been sold the Hall & Woodhouse

Yummy rebrands and sells 'iconic' site

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multi-site operator Yummy Pubs has sold lakeside site the Wiremill, near Lingfield in Surrey to brewer and pub company Hall & Woodhouse for an undisclosed sum.