Pub

Raise a glass: the growth in 2019 equated to an extra 87m pints of beer being sold versus 2018

255 pints sold per second last year

By Alice Leader

It seems beer was a popular ask in 2019 as total beer sales toppled those in 2018 by 1.1%, equal to 255 pints sold every second – reaching a total of 8,059,495,997.

Taking measures: the Government has stated its rules on pay during sickness for Covid-19

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Your guide to paying staff with coronavirus

By Alice Leader

The Government has announced today (3 March) that up to one fifth of employees may be absent from work during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak – so what do you need to know about paying these staff members?

Team matters: there is a strong focus on training in-house and promotion from within too

My Pub: Moody Cow, Upton Bishop, Herefordshire

By Gary Lloyd

Turning around the fortunes of a failed pub is often more difficult than starting from scratch but that is exactly what licensee Chris Burgess did at the Moody Cow.

Fighting back: Anneliese Smith launched a fundraising effort to retrieve the pub’s takings that were stolen during a burglary

Publican’s daughter recoups stolen £3.4k takings

By Alice Leader

A theft of more than £3,000 worth of pub takings almost saw a hospitalised publican become homeless as the burglary threatened the pub’s closure – but his daughter’s fundraiser saved the day.

Stocking strategy: pub founder Randy Rampersad only stocks from eco-friendly or charitable suppliers

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Ethical products pay off, says pub founder

By Emily Hawkins

The labour involved in searching for eco-friendly and ethical suppliers pays off, pub founder Randy Rampersad told attendees at The Morning Advertiser’s MA500 conference.

Peacekeeping force: how can pub staff effectively resolve customer conflict?

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How to be a pub peacemaker

By Stuart Stone

CPL Online director of learning and education Martin Hilton shared how publicans can turn their staff into an effective peacekeeping force and steer customers off the warpath with a handful of conflict resolution tips.

Road rage: pub boss seeks to sue council after roadworks cause major disruption for trade

B&K boss to sue council over ‘agony’ roadworks

By Alice Leader

Brewhouse & Kitchen is set to sue a council after it claimed roadworks that lasted more than a year outside one of its sites saw the business make a ‘material loss in trade’.

Violent storms: pubs suffer floods, roofs collapse, fallen trees and submerged beer gardens as Storm Ciara hits the UK

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Storm Ciara wreaks havoc on pubs

By Alice Leader

Britain saw quite the blustery weekend as Storm Ciara ripped through the country with up to 80mph winds, inflicting havoc on some of the UK’s beloved pubs.

Responsible adults: a JDW pub is encouraging a restricted booze rule for adults to reduce “unruly” child behaviour

JDW pub limits parents to two drinks

By Alice Leader

A JD Wetherspoon (JDW) pub is restricting parents to just two alcoholic drinks to prevent “unruly” behaviour by their children if left unsupervised.

Sow what you see: the Unruly Pig was formerly known as the British Larder

My Pub: the Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

By Gary Lloyd

Former lawyer Brendan Padfield embraced a radical change in career and opened the Unruly Pig only to suffer a devastating fire weeks after opening. However, the Unruly Pig was able to get back on its trotters and has since gone on to win a multitude of...

Australia ablaze: pubs are raising money to help fight the wildfires in Australia (image credit: flickr.com/bertknot)

How are pubs battling Australian bushfires?

By Alice Leader

As the bushfires continue to wreak damage and destroy wildlife, native Australian animals need more help than ever spurring various pubs to do their charitable bit to help.

Breaking and entering: a licensee held a burglar to the ground after he broke into his pub and tried to smash a fruit machine open

Licensee catches burglar red handed

By Alice Leader

A licensee pinned a burglar to the floor after the intruder smashed through a window and began attacking a fruit machine with half a paving slab.

Hail Mary: St Mary's Inn has established itself as a little gem with its great food offer and accommodation

My Pub: St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth, Northumberland

By Gary Lloyd

St Mary’s Inn general manager Robin Freer tells us how this site that serves great food and offers overnight accommodation has quickly established itself as a mainstay despite only being open for 18 months.

2019 in review: MA500 conferences proved a hit with delegates throughout the year

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MA500 in 2019: a year of insights and networking

By Nikkie Thatcher

We take a look back at what 2019 has brought for the exclusive MA500 crowd – a collection of multiple site operators, hungry for advice and inspiration from peers.

Mixed bag: the past 12 months has seen a plethora of news for the pub trade

The 2019 news in review

By Nicholas Robinson

Here is a selection of news stories featured on The Morning Advertiser website throughout the past 12 months

Quiz of the year: have a go, and share your score on Facebook or Twitter to let us know how you did

The Morning Advertiser Quiz of the Year

By Ed Bedington

It’s nearly the end of 2019 and it has been quite the year, but have you kept up to speed on the various issues and challenges that have faced the sector?

Christmas trouble: police crack down on crime in pubs to create a merrier Christmas

Troublemakers can expect 13-month pub ban

By Alice Leader

Cumbria Police are knuckling down on drink-fuelled trouble in pubs and clubs across Whitehaven by implementing a bar ban for troublesome customers, spanning both this Christmas and next.

Social-friendly: small biz owners make changes to their sites to be more appealing on social media

Operators alter sites for social media

By Alice Leader

Social media is proving to have quite an impact on small businesses as operators reshape their sites to make them more visually enticing.

Pack leader: the Dog at Wingham leads the pack with its pub-restaurant-rooms offer

My Pub: The Dog at Wingham, Kent

By Gary Lloyd

Creative Marilyn Brigden had designs on owning a hotel. So when fate brought the opportunity of rolling a pub, restaurant and hotel into one, she seized the chance. Here, her son Marc Brigden – co-owner – tells us about the strength of the bite at the...

Numbers game: a net rise in the number of licensed premises has bucked the trend of pub closures

Pub numbers ‘rise for first time in 10 years’

By Alice Leader

It’s nothing new that many UK pubs and bars have struggled and have been forced to shut their doors over the years, but for the first time in a decade, the number of licensed premises is on the rise.

On the front: the outside of the pub has been developed to include a large seating area

My Pub: Brooksteed Alehouse, Worthing, West Sussex

By Gary Lloyd

Brooksteed Alehouse micropub may look an unassuming venue but, as licensee Aaron Burns explains, its offer – especially when it comes to beer – is a big hitter on the south coast