Marston's Pub Company

Marston's sells last share of brewing to Carlsberg

Marston's exits brewing to focus on pubs

By Ed Bedington

Marston’s has announced the sale of the remainder of its brewing operations as it refocuses its business to entirely focus on running its pub estate.

The Morning Advertiser's Lock In Podcast episode 76

The Lock In podcast

Winning ways!

By Ed Bedington

As the dust settles on the recent Publican Awards, the Lock In team caught up with some of the winners to find out what makes them tick.

Stage stars: the Marston's pub of the year awards winners

Star shines as Marston’s T&L pub of the year

By Gary Lloyd

Publican Ally Heath praised her team after the Star in Penkridge saw off all other competitors to be crowned pub of the year in Marston’s tenanted & leased annual awards.

52-week results: total revenue rises at Marston's

Marston’s revenue rises 9%

By Gary Lloyd

Marston’s pub company has reported a 9% uplift in revenue in its preliminary results for the 52 weeks ended 30 September 2023.

Improved outlook: Marston's reports 10.1% sales increase

Marston's sales up 10% as pubco reduces head office costs

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Marston’s has reported like-for-like sales in the 52 weeks to Saturday 30 September were 10.1% up compared with the same period last year as well as a £5m reduction in head office costs.

Crooked House Dudley should be a reminder of pub plight

My Shout

Where is the outrage for all pubs?

By Heath Ball

The justified anger and passion from the general public, members of parliament, and the press regarding the suspected arson of the beloved Crooked House near Dudley has truly captured the nation's attention and fuelled our collective outrage.

Steadfast trading: Marston's reports like-for-like sales up 4.5% for the 16-week period to 21 January 2023

Marston’s sees ‘positive sales momentum’

By Finn Scott-Delany

Marston’s has reported like-for-like sales up 4.5% for the 16-week period to 21 January 2023 compared to FY2020, the last period unaffected by Covid-19.

In great shape: Marston's celebrates preliminary trading results

Marston’s boasts strong trading year

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

It’s been a strong year for Marston’s, as the company’s latest trading results revealed improved profitability, an uptick in net asset value and positive cash flow.

Pubs rewarded: The Gun Inn has been named Marston's best pub

The Gun Inn crowned best Marston’s pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Gun Inn, Findon, West Sussex bagged top prize at Marston’s annual Pub of the Year Awards 2022 at the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham.

Marston's win three awards: The first pub group to achieve zero waste to landfill

Marston's wins trio of awards

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Marston's has won three awards at the 2020/2021 International Green Apple Environment Awards, which has recognised and rewarded companies globally for best environmental practice since it launched in 1994.

Buyer sought: the Grove Hotel in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire is one of the sites featured in the package

SA Brain puts 99-pub package on the market

By Nikkie Thatcher

Cardiff-based brewer and operator SA Brain & Co is seeking a buyer for 99 pubs, which are currently let to Marston’s Estates on 25-year leases.

What is my brief? ‘I have to deliver and enforce the pubs code as it is, and not as some may argue it should be’

Opinion

Looking ahead: the post-Covid pubs code

By Fiona Dickie – pubs code adjudicator

The announcement that I would be the next pubs code adjudicator (PCA) was made on 24 February 2020. The first lockdown came just three weeks later.

'Clear vision': 'Despite the challenges of the last year, the actions we have taken have ensured that Marston’s has emerged a stronger and more focused business with a substantially strengthened balance sheet', according to Marston's Ralph Findlay

Marston’s records £105.5m loss

By Stuart Stone

While pub operator Marston’s has revealed a £105.5m pre-tax loss in the 26 weeks to 3 April, the firm cites post-lockdown sales hitting 80% of pre-pandemic levels as cause for optimism.

Discount denied: 'It leaves us with no breathing space. Essentially the discount is totally irrelevant to us,' Phil Urban, CEO of M&B, said (Image: selensergen/Getty Images)

‘Business rates cap will harm pub revival’

By Stuart Stone

The Government must re-consider its proposed £2m business rates relief cap or face the continued “systemic closure” of pubs, according to Colliers International’s head of business rates.

People moves: the latest news on people moves, jobs and training from across the pub sector

Jobs round-up

Marston’s CEO to step down, new City Pub Group director

By Stuart Stone

This week’s round-up includes news that Marston’s CEO Ralph Findlay is to leave his role after 20 years, City Pub Group has hired a former Walmart boss, and the founder of Seafood Pub Company is to lead a new Oakman division.

Irreversible damages: 'The Government needs to demonstrate that the roadmap out of this pandemic provides timely, tangible support to every business in the hospitality sector and, crucially, supports the industry for the long-term.'

Opinion

'Back to normal’ no longer enough for pubs

By Paul Davies, CEO, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

Paul Davies, chief executive officer of Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC), outlines much-needed measures from the Chancellor’s Budget on 3 March to protect the future of the brewing, pub and hospitality industries.

Former history: a previous bid from Platinum was unanimously rejected by Marston's

Platinum walks away from Marston’s bid

By Nikkie Thatcher

Platinum Equity Advisors has announced it does not intend to submit a revised proposal for Marston’s and will not make a firm offer for the business.

Private interest: Marston’s has confirmed reports that US-based Platinum Equity has made an initial approach to take the firm private

Marston’s confirms private equity interest

By Stuart Stone

Pub company Marston’s has confirmed reports that US-based Platinum Equity has made an initial approach to take the Wolverhampton-based operator private.