Several pub companies are addressing a demand for phone-charging facilities because research shows some customers decide whether to stay or leave a venue based on whether they can charge devices.
A Welsh pub is offering customers one quarter off their bill if they hand their mobile phones over for the duration of the meal.
Following national reports that JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has banned customers from charging their phones behind the bar of its pubs, The Morning Advertiser spoke with licensees about their policies on the issue.
Pubgoers would spend more if they could use smartphones as a 'digital wallet' to order and pay for food and drink, research from CGA Peach and Zonal’s Go Technology report claims.
Millennials are calling out for pubs to better tap into the digital world to improve their dining experience, according to research from technology company Eagle Eye.
The licensee of a Bristol pub has banned mobile phones in a bid to let customers enjoy a pint and a chat.
A bar in central London has seen trade rise significantly after offering free, fast Wi-Fi to city professionals during the day time.
Following on from Hove bar the Gin Tub installing a Faraday cage in their ceiling so mobile phone signals are unable to enter the site, this week’s bar talk asks licensees what they think of mobile phones in pubs.
A bar in Hove, East Sussex has installed a Faraday cage in the ceiling of the venue to block mobile phone signals, meaning customers have to go outside to make a call.
This week's legal Q&A looks at the thorny issue of data protection - and whether you should use customers' mobile phone numbers for marketing.
Mobile phone and internet
Rural pubs will benefit from reliable mobile phone signal and internet access for the first time in a pilot scheme which is set to be rolled out across the UK.
Using smartphones at the table can desensitise diners and stop them from fully appreciating food when eating out, according to new research by Digital Blonde.
Almost two thirds of diners (61%) think technology could play a bigger role in eating out, according to research by online restaurants, according to research by online restaurant booking service OpenTable.
Money making ideas for your pub or bar
JD Wetherspoon is to open a pub at Stansted Airport’s new-look terminal on 30 March.
E-cigarettes and craft beer have been added to the basket of goods and services used to calculate UK inflation, by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Free Wi-Fi has become widely available in all sorts of locations during the past few years. Customers visiting pubs are beginning to expect free Wi-Fi as part of their experience. Here are a five reasons why you should offer the service.
Mark McCulloch, former head of marketing at Pret A Manger and YO! Sushi, and founder and CEO of consultancy WE ARE Spectacular, offers tips on making sure your website is fit for purpose.
Pub and restaurant operators must embrace new technologies in order to be successful in 2014.
Licensees and operators have been warned to be alert to the increased risk of crime as the Christmas period approaches.
Pubs are the most popular destination for consumers looking to charge their devices, new research from E.ON has shown.
Novus Leisure, which owns 48 venues — predominantly in London — has “made a £2m investment” into its digital operations to boost online bookings and adapt to the changing needs of the smartphone generation.
Licensees in Cheshire are being warned of a scam targeting pub customers where con artists are distracting them in order to steal their mobile phones.
Facebook and tweeting are good for pubs, but don’t alienate customers, warns Pete Brown.
Greene King and Mitchells and Butlers roll out free Wi-Fi
Two of the UK’s largest pub chains have signed deals with Sky and O2 to roll out free Wi-Fi across their estates in the face of growing consumer demand.
ALMR launches new perception campaign
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) is urging MPs to take a fresh look at modern pubs and bars and value the positive impact the sector has on the economy, jobs and communities - through a new campaign called ‘I’ve Changed My Outlook’.
Catering equipment and disposables supplier Alliance Online has launched a mobile version of its website to enable customers to browse, order and buy products through their smartphones.
Pub licensing consultations in Camden are set to change from the end of April, as the council asks residents to sign up for email and text alerts....
Pubs and restaurants are missing a trick by not having websites that are designed to function properly with mobile phones, according to research from...
The BII has unveiled the first pub specific apprenticeship scheme to coincide with the launch of National Apprenticeship Week. The organisationis...
Three Buckinghamshire pubs are trialling a scheme that lets punters buy friends a drink from a pub remotely via text-message vouchers. Pint Drop...
App will help licensees cope with VAT hike
Licensees are being given a helping hand in coping with next year's VAT hike with the launch of an iPhone app. On January 4 VAT will go up to 20 per...
More than 30 Lancashire pubs have agreed to screen a short film warning customers to be aware of safe drinking to help prevent sexual assaults.
Footy Pubs 2010 - World Cup app helps pull in the punters
A mobile phone application has been launched to ensure pubs can get football-mad customers through their doors during the World Cup. The Drinksin...
Slug and Lettuce promotion goes mobile
Slug and Lettuce is the latest operator to offer promotional vouchers via mobile phones. Last month The Publican reported how London-based pub...
Slug & Lettuce has launched its first mobile phone promotional voucher, enabling customers easy access to discounts. The Town & City Pub...
Around 28 Scunthorpe bars have used decoy possessions like bags and mobiles to catch thieves in action. Two people have now been banned from all the...
Football fans can locate pubs showing games via their mobile phones thanks to a new application. The application is from Samsung and...
Website on lookout for football pubs
Pubs that screen live football are being urged to sign up to a website so customers know where they can watch games. The site - useyourlocal.com -...
Hamish Champ: Are licensees really a bunch of moaning minnies?
Are all licensees 'moaners'? I ask this - in a rhetorical sense you understand - because commenting on my blog on VAT last week one reader bemoaned...
A Bath man who attacked a barman has had his seven-year nation-wide pub ban overturned on appeal.
Licensees are being urged to join a campaign to scrap extra charges for calling mobile phones. When calls are made to a different mobile network, or...
Hamish Champ: Three cheers for chucking mobile phones out of pubs
Proof, if any were needed, that I am a Boring Old Fart arrived last week in the form of my raising a glass in the direction of one Harry Walker,...
'Pub stops drinkers from using mobile phones'
A pub has stopped drinkers from using mobile phones as part of a crackdown on 'antisocial customers'. Staff at the Court Inn in Durham order patrons...
'Pubs targeted by police drink-drive warning texts'
Police are to use Bluetooth mobile phone technology to warn revellers not to drink and drive as part of a new campaign. People in drinking...
Chris Maclean: Keeping your eyes peeled
Just occasionally a group of customers come in who trigger all the alarm bells. They may be dressed oddly, be particularly noisy or seem unduly...
New pub link-up targets trouble-makers
Drinkers who cause trouble in a seaside town are in for a surprise when details of who they are - and what they have done - reach other pubs before...
Mark Daniels: From beer goggles to e-mail goggles
Have you ever woken up the morning after a heavy drinking session, thinking how amazing it was that you managed to cross the road safely from the...
Getting the message out
Mobile-technology firm Eagle Eye Solutions has developed a clever way of drawing in more punters through drinks promotions. Noli Dinkovski reports...
ePub: Things are hotting up for Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi hotspots for web surfers are on the verge of an explosion - and pubs should be at the centre of the revolution.That's the view of Joe Brunoli,...