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Hospitality Expo: Experts discuss the future of functional drinks

What’s the future for functional drinks?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Creating ‘experiences’, targeting young people and engaging big players were key to the future of the functional drinks market, experts revealed at the Big Hospitality Expo on Wednesday (28 September) at London’s Olympia.

Final shortlist: the six contenders for Best Sustainable Pub have illustrated their green credentials

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Meet the finalists for Best Sustainable Pub sponsored by Heineken UK

By The Morning Advertiser

With the Great British Pub Awards just days away from announcing and celebrating some of the best pubs in the business, we take a look at some of the finalists that are in the running to take home some silver. Today it’s the turn of the pubs that are...

Down and out in pubs in London: Labour MP defends George Orwell's pub (Getty. whitemay)

Labour MP defends Orwell’s ‘perfect pub’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A member for Islington South & Finsbury council has defended George Orwell’s ‘perfect pub’ the Compton Arms, north London, which faced threat of closure after residents complained.

New appointment: Simon Bonwick (pictured) has been confirmed to be taking over the kitchen at the Princess of Shoreditch from the end of August

Simon Bonwick to join Princess of Shoreditch

By Rebecca Weller

Michelin-starred chef Simon Bonwick has been confirmed to be joining Noble Inns site the Princess of Shoreditch in East London as head chef at the end of August.

Looking ahead: CGA director for hospitality operators and food EMEA Karl Chessell predicted further churn of opening and closures over the second half of the year (image: Getty/shank_ali)

Almost 1,000 closures in second quarter of 2022

By Nikkie Thatcher

While there were nearly 1,000 closures of licensed premises over the second quarter of this year, almost the same number opened as other businesses took their place.

Vitally important: NTIA states rebuilding confidence in transport infrastructure vital as sector regains pre-pandemic trade levels (Credit: Getty/ilkersener)

TfL confirms night tube services return

By Rebecca Weller

Building confidence in the nations transport infrastructure is “vitally important” as businesses regain pre-pandemic levels of trade, the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has stated.

Dining out: City of London pubs will be offered 'alfresco' dining licences free of charge (Getty/ Caia Image)

Free ‘alfresco’ licences up for grabs to city pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs and bars in Square Mile, central London, are gearing up for a summer of ‘alfresco’ dining after the City of London Corporation agreed to grant free pavement licences to hospitality businesses.

Fighting fire: Pubs impacted by blazes around the country (Getty/ Gannett77)

UK heatwave: Pubs tackle wildfires

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs were hit by the impact of wildfires yesterday (19 July), with some battling flames and others hosting evacuees as the UK sweltered in unprecedented 40°c heat.

The Admiralty pub suffers fire: Fuller's site to remain closed until further notice  (Credit: Getty/Ricky Deacon)

Fuller's pub suffers 'serious' fire

By Rebecca Weller

A Fuller, Smith & Turner site in Central London will remain temporarily closed until further notice after a “serious” and “challenging” fire broke out at the premises yesterday (Tuesday 12 July) afternoon.

Pub entry: the Angel at Hetton in Skipton, North Yorkshire was the highest placing pub on the list at number 12

7 of top 100 UK restaurants are pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Under a tenth of the UK’s best restaurants are pubs, according to the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2022.

Work, fun and rock & roll: Blue Boar manager George Dean opens up on staff retention and running a pub (Getty/ The Good Brigade)

Being a bartender ‘coolest job in the world’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Blue Boar in Westminster, central London manager George Dean believed valuing staff, creative strategy and making hospitality fun again was key to overcoming challenges in the sector, after his pub was dubbed the ‘One to Watch’ at the 2022 Top 50...

Place to party: Coyote Ugly launches new site in Camden

Coyote Ugly opens new site in Camden

By Joe Lutrario

Coyote Ugly is bringing its ‘high-octane style of hospitality’ to London for the first time with the opening of a site in Camden.

Let's get the party started: Pubs look forward to the Platinum Jubilee weekend

Platinum Jubilee weekend: How are pubs celebrating?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

With licenced premises permitted to open for two hours extra across the Platinum Jubilee weekend, pubs are pulling out all the stops with events ranging from beer festivals to art exhibitions, Rolls Royce rides to BBQs, and afternoon teas to fancy dress...

UKH summer conference: showcasing the sectors vision for the future

UKH summer conference to take place in June

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality leaders and MPs are among those expected to take part in the UKHospitality (UKH) Summer Conference to showcase the sectors vision for the future to key Government and political figures.

Gastropub galore: Three pubs amongst London's top restaurants

Three pubs crowned in London’s top 100 restaurants

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Three gastropubs have been credited in SquareMeal’s list of London’s best 100 restaurants, after they were acknowledged by the Top 50 Gastropub awards at the start of the year.

Attention to detail: Inception Group's innovation with this site was impressive

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Best New Site sponsored by Heineken – Cahoots Ticket Hall & Control Room

By The Morning Advertiser

Inception Group’s unique 1940s theme bar the Ticket Hall, and downstairs event space the Control Room, near Oxford Circus, impressed judges with its authentic storytelling, with this new bar linking well with the story of the original Cahoots Underground...

Great British Beer Festival 2022: CAMRA festival returns to London following 2 year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic

CAMRA festival returns after 2 year hiatus

By Rebecca Weller

The Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) will return to London Olympia from 2 to 6 August 2022 following a 2-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Pictured at the MA Leaders event (from left to right): The Morning Advertiser's Nikkie Thatcher was joined by operators Brian Whiting, Dianne Irving and Philip Thorley

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Consumer confidence has risen but inflation poses threat

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs are still standing and optimistic for the year ahead, but inflation and VAT rises alongside the staffing crisis pose big challenges for 2022, according to operators across the sector.

Outside service: the current provisions on al fresco dining are set to end in September this year (image: Getty/claudiodivizia)

Licensing hub - legal with Poppleston Allen

A little slice of European culture in west London

By Felix Faulkner, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a catastrophic time for the licensed industry, however not in every sense.

Mezzanine collapse: emergency services including ambulances were called to the incident at Hackney Wick's Two More Years bar (stock image: Getty/Franz Takatsch)

13 injured by collapsed mezzanine at city bar

By Nikkie Thatcher

Emergency services were called to Two More Years bar in Hackney Wick, east London following reports parts of the building had collapsed on Saturday (12 February) afternoon.

Agenda details: Farringdon will play host to the latest MA Leaders Club event on Thursday 24 February (image: Getty/Andrew Holt)

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MA Leaders London line-up revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

Our first MA Leaders Club event of 2022 will be taking place at the iconic Fabric nightclub in Farringdon, London this month (Thursday 24 February) as well as exploring Smiths of Smithfield before hitting the streets to uncover some of the most exciting...

Safe space: Inclusivity, community and entertainment key to LGBTQ+ venues (Getty/Ladanifer)

Operators offer tips for running LGBTQ+ venue

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Community, entertainment, and inclusivity must come first when running a successful LGBTQ+ venue reveal operators, with the rise in homophobic hate crimes over the pandemic stressing the need for safe spaces.