Pub

Windmill Taverns celebrates 30 years of trade

'I was lucky!'

By Ed Bedington

As the McElhinney family celebrate more than three decades in the UK pub trade, the MA speaks to founder Jack, and son Ryan, to find out the secrets to their success.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 67

Why are pubs hooked on fish and chips?

By Ed Bedington

Fish and chips are a staple of the pub menu, but why is that? The Lock In team cast their net to find out where the tradition comes from and why it's such a popular menu item.

Community pubs 10,000 pound boost from Coke

Community hero gets £10,000 boost

By Ed Bedington

Community events at an award winning pub have been given a £10,000 boost from Coca-Cola, following its success at the Great British Pub Awards.

Government needs to recognise pub community role

Pubs community role needs recognising

By Ed Bedington

The Government needs to recognise and support the important role pubs play in the community, according to the chief executive of a leading family brewer.

Heineken teams up with Marmalade Trust to tackle loneliness

£90,000 raised to help tackle loneliness

By Ed Bedington

A charity to help solve the challenges of loneliness has been given a £90,000 boost thanks to a glittering gala ball hosted by Heineken UK.

Oisin Rogers gears up for Devonshire opening

'The best pubs are chaotic!'

By Ed Bedington

Pub legend Oisín Rogers is all set to open his new pub project with Charlie Carroll, the Devonshire at Piccadilly, London

Who were the winner in the Punch awards?

Best pubs in Punch estate celebrated

By Ed Bedington

The best Punch pub operators have been unveiled following a rigorous process to pick out the best from the company’s 1,300 businesses.

How can pubs target their MPs on rates campaign?

Call for pubs to step up on rates campaigning

By Ed Bedington

With many pubs struggling to break even, operators are being urged to increase pressure through their local MPs around business rates relief as the Government Autumn Statement approaches.

What's in the news 25 August?

Review of the Week

'I don't feel represented'

By Ed Bedington

Top chef and pub and bistro operator Gary Usher calls for more passion from lobbyists, greater support for independent businesses, a reduction in VAT and talks about the challenges around recruitment in the MA's Review of the Week.

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.

How can pubs tackle the energy crisis?

The Power Struggle

Act now to tackle the energy crisis

By Ed Bedington

With volatile energy costs and operators locked into sky-high deals, the Morning Advertiser has teamed up with UKHospitality to launch a campaign, The Power Struggle, to ensure the industry is heard loud and clear as part of a consultation process.

What's in the news 28 July?

Review of the Week

'We've got to support each other'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with the Vaulkhard Group's Ollie Vaulkhard to talk about challenges, positivity and the price of a pint.

What's in the news 14 July

Review of the Week

‘It’s a bit of a war out there’

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Heartwood Collection chairman Mark Derry to discuss the week's news, from duty rates to recruitment and the need to be more upbeat.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 62

The Lock In Podcast

Wasp wrangling and other tips for summer success

By Ed Bedington

Wasps can ruin many a pub garden experience, but how best to handle them? The Lock In team tackled the perennial pests and other top tips on making the most of summer trade.

How to survive in the pub trade

'Total war' - surviving 20 years in the trade

By Ed Bedington

Surviving 20 years in the pub trade without going backwards is no mean feat, but the founders of the Three Cheers Pub Co can look back with a real sense of achievement.

Banning alcohol at work events

Perspective needed on work parties

By Ed Bedington

If things can’t get much worse for the pub sector, the fun-police are now out trying to ban drinking at work parties.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 59

Lock In Podcast

Getting your cask offer right

By Ed Bedington

Cask beer is a key component of the pub operation, but are we getting it right? The Lock In team takes a look at where pubs are going wrong with cask and how you can up your game on a category that is key to a good operation.

Gary Usher opens new pub

Chef Gary Usher's first pub off to a flying start

By Ed Bedington

A chance encounter and a life-long love for pubs has seen one of the north-west’s leading chefs open his own site to great success and he’s already eyeing up a second!

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast 57

The Lock In podcast

How to run a pub quiz

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team tackle the topic of pub quizzes, much to the delight of Heath - the do's and don'ts of running a great quiz!

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast 55

Making the most of your roast!

By Ed Bedington

A great roast dinner is the cornerstone of many pub operations, and a cultural touchstone for many - but why is that? And what we are getting right or wrong when it comes to the classic dish. The Lock In team take a deep dive into the world of roasts,...

Great British Pub Award winner The Gun Inn

Great British Pub Awards

Inventiveness key to success, says GBPA winner

By Ed Bedington

Standing still is not an option for the pub trade, adaption and inventiveness will be key according to the winner of the Great British Pub of the Year Awards.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 47

The Lock In Podcast

Will pubs get the support they need?

By Ed Bedington

The podcast team returns for season three of the award-winning (James's mum gave us a rosette) Lock In podcast and we get to grips with the challenges facing the sector.

Great British Pub Awards and Wetherspoons results show diversity is key

Diversity is key for the Great British pub

By Ed Bedington

The recent Great British Pub Awards was a triumphant celebration of the diversity and richness of the UK’s pub offer, with businesses of all stripes recognised for excellence across the board.

GBPA 2022: hosted by comedian Russell Kane (pictured) this years awards took place on Tuesday 4 October in Manchester

Where are the best pubs in the country?

By Rebecca Weller

With the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) 2022 now over, The Morning Advertiser (MA) has put together a useful map of all this year's winners.

PM needs to act on energy crisis for pubs

Action is needed now Liz

By Ed Bedington

So the wait is finally over and the one MP most of her colleagues didn’t think was up to the job is now moving into number 10, but hey ho, what do they know that the wider Conservative membership doesn’t…

Who won the BII Licensee of the Year Award?

Heron Inn scoops top award

By Ed Bedington

A Cornish operator was celebrating after taking home the prestigious title of Licensee of the Year (LOYA) yesterday.

Why do we sell cask beer too cheaply?

Let's stop being cheap with cask

By Ed Bedington

Our consistently cheap approach to the sale of cask beer is one of the main reasons we struggle to ignite the category.

ONS figures do not mean a slowdown in spend for pubs

No consumer slowdown for pubs yet

By Ed Bedington

The latest ONS figures which show a boost in off-trade sales does not signal a slowing down in the on-trade, industry watchers report.

Quality is key for cask beer

Are you getting it right on cask?

By Ed Bedington

Are you selling your cask beer within the three day window? That’s the question we’re asking as part of The Cask Project.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 42

The Lock In Podcast

Can pubs shake up the cocktail market?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team look to shake things up when it comes to cocktails, and take a look at how pubs and bars can up their game when it comes to tapping into the growing cocktail sector.

What's in the news 29 April

The MA's Review of the Week

Pubs must remain an affordable treat

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Anglian Country Inns md James Nye to get his take on the week's news, from inflationary pressures, the return to the "new normal" and tackling the recruitment crisis.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 41

Tackling the crippling cost increases

By Ed Bedington

With sky-rocketing costs across all aspects of the trade, the Lock In team take a look at what's driving those, and any steps operators can take to mitigate and make savings.