Marston

Ratings rise: HSBC has upgraded its ratings for Mitchells & Butlers and Greene King

Pubcos' ratings upgraded by HSBC

By Emily Hawkins

HSBC has upgraded its ratings for Mitchells & Butlers and Greene King despite a mixed performance because of wet weather conditions earlier this year.

Royal approval: Marston's celebrates Queen's birthday in style

Beer

Marston’s celebrates Queen’s 90th with new ale

By Nicholas Robinson

Marston’s has revealed a new guest beer created especially for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, an event which pubs are allowed to extend their opening hours to 1am.

Human remains may be dug up from under pub car park for convenience store

Burial ground under pub

Human remains may be dug up from under pub car park for convenience store

By Oli Gross

When a pubco announces plans to build a convenience store on a pub car park, it’s often met with uproar from licensees, regulars and locals. But Marston's pub the Plough and Harrow in Sutton Coldfield has an unusual problem – the site is based on...

Marston's has sold more than 200 pubs for £90m

Marston's sells 202 pubs to NewRiver Retail

By John Harrington

Marston’s, the brewer and pub operator, has announced that it has disposed of 202 pubs for £90m to NewRiver Retail Limited, a specialist real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on the UK food and value retail sector.

Marston's reported strong growth in its Destination pubs

Marston's Destination and Premium pub sales rise

By John Harrington

Marston’s, the brewer and pub operator, has reported “strong” trading performance in its most recent trading period, with like-for-like sales in its Destination and Premium pubs up 6% in the 10 weeks to 20 July.

Marston's Pedigree celebrates its 60th birthday this year

Wishing Marston's Pedigree a Happy 60th Birthday

By Roger Protz

It’s good to be noticed. Some years ago, I described the fermenting halls at Marston’s — the famous Union Rooms — as “the cathedrals of brewing”. A short time after these pearls of wisdom appeared in print, I was touring the Union Rooms again with a party...

Sticky spot: Pete Brown has learnt the joy of hop rubbing

Grounds for hop-timism

By Pete Brown

I spent the other night sitting in a room above a pub, rubbing hops. This might seem like a strange thing to do. I mean, I like hops — most beer drinkers do — but isn’t rubbing them taking things a bit too far?