On-trade boost: sales of cider rose the most year-on-year last week (credit: Getty/ViewApart)

Weather and sport boost weekly drink sales

By Gary Lloyd

Drinks sales in the on-trade rose by 3% in the week to last Saturday (14 October) with the Rugby World Cup and good weather cited as the key drivers.

Sporting focus: the Royal Dyche impresses judges with its dedication to all sports

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Meet the winner of the Best Pub to Watch Sport 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

The Royal Dyche is an institution in Burnley – it’s where everyone goes if they’re a sports fan and, in particular, a fan of the town’s Premier League football side.

Lively crowd: Pete Marshall (second from right) and his team at the Kings Arms, which won Best Pub for Entertainment get the party started

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Pics of all the GBPA 2023 winners

By Gary Lloyd

For those who attended, the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) 2023 will live long in the memory. If you were there and have forgotten who won, here is a picture special to remind who the winners were.

(image: Getty/Hleb Usovich)


Playing by the rules

By Andy Grimsey, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The more I think about the issue over the early opening of pubs to watch the Women’s World Cup Final involving England and Spain, the more troubled I am by it.

Roaring success: online searches for the Women's World Cup have climbed massively (credit: Getty/valentinrussanov)

Online searches for Women’s World Cup soar by 750%

By Gary Lloyd

England’s Lionesses may have had their party spoiled after losing the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday but there was a whopping 750% increase in searches for the Women’s World Cup.

Big match: the Women's World Cup final is taking place in Sydney, Australia (credit: Getty/gradyreese)

Gov urged to allow early Sunday opening for World Cup final

By Gary Lloyd

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is among many in the industry to call on the Government to allow pubs to serve beer from 10am this Sunday so both pubs and customers can benefit from England reaching the Women’s World Cup final.

Vital to trade: pubs urge Sky Sports to change 'unfair' cost evaluation process as it 'penalises' successful businesses (Credit: Getty/ georgeclerk)

Pubs urge Sky Sports to change 'unfair' cost assessments

By Rebecca Weller

Operators across the sector have called for Sky Sports to re-evaluate the way it calculates “unfair” subscription fees, claiming the current process "penalises" successful businesses, though Sky asserts it "recognises the importance of...

Sports focus: legal experts Poppleston Allen delves into queries around the Rugby World Cup (image: Getty/Thomas Northcut)


Legal Q&A: Rugby World Cup screening

By Felix Faulkner, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

This week's Q&A with Poppleston Allen looks at the rules around screening the Rugby World Cup and betting.

Funds raised: the charity match saw the TNT Sports team win 9-2 against a Pub Trade Select team

TNT Sports crowns Pub Cup winners

By Nikkie Thatcher

The champions of the TNT Sports Pub Cup have been announced while thousands was also raised for the Licensed Trade Charity.

Premier League fixtures on TNT Sports


Kicking off the new campaign with TNT Sports

By TNT Sports

A new season is upon us and TNT Sports will be by your side from the very first whistle. And while we’ve had a name change from BT Sport, we will still be bringing the very best live sporting action to your screens.

New season: BT Sport has rebranded to TNT Sports and has a few new faces in its presenters' line-up

TNT Sports set to reduce prices according to RVs

By Gary Lloyd

Customers of TNT Sports – which has been rebranded from its former name of BT Sport – is set to reduce the price of its subscriptions for many pubs thanks to its new Rateable Value Pricing Policy.

Success breeds success: the better England fare in the Women's World Cup, the more interest will grow (credit: Getty/JackF)

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FEATURE: Go into extra time to back the Lionesses

By Henry Woodland

Women’s football has been making big strides in the past year and this is due to the increased visibility of the matches. As a publican, it’s your duty to back our Lionesses and, as a business owner, it’s a sensible choice too.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 60

The Lock In Podcast

Giving pubs a sporting chance

By Ed Bedington

Sport and pubs often go hand in hand, but are we making enough of the opportunity sporting events provide? Despite a total lack of understanding or interest in sports, the Lock In team take a look at the topic, with a little expert help from special guests.

In the club: Stonegate's Clubhouse 5 sports bar opened on Thursday 5 May

Record GBPA winner moves to Stonegate’s Clubhouse 5 site

By Gary Lloyd

Multi-award-winning pub operator Paul Eastwood – whose Famous Three Kings site has scooped Best Pub to Watch Sport at the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) an incredible FIVE times – has taken over new site Clubhouse 5.

Supreme effort: some of the walkers who trekked 21 miles between Fuller's pubs

Fuller’s raises £20,000 for Special Olympics GB

By Gary Lloyd

Almost 100 team members from Fuller, Turner and Smith (Fuller’s) and Special Olympics GB walked 21 miles between two Fuller’s pubs to raise £20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Double win: sport will help increase footfall and licensees can win prizes too (credit: Getty/The Good Brigade)

Sporting days out for licensees up for grabs

By Gary Lloyd

Licensees who have a Sky Sports subscription are in with a chance of driving a Formula 1 car or watching a day of Ashes cricket and will be able to drive footfall with increased summer sporting content.

Irish eyes: St Patrick's Day, Cheltenham races and Six Nations rugby victories helped the on-trade last week (credit: Getty/wundervisuals)

St Patrick’s Day trumps final Six Nations weekend

By Gary Lloyd

A bumper week saw pubs take advantage of Cheltenham races, St Patrick’s Day, the Six Nations rugby tournament and Mother’s Day with the Irish patron day running out a clear winner.

You have been served: England suffered a record loss but fans kept the on-trade going (credit: Getty/Ridofranz)

Sales up by 25% for latest Six Nations fixtures

By Gary Lloyd

England may have suffered their heaviest loss at Twickenham in the Six Nations tournament at the weekend but the UK on-trade was left cheering as sales grew by 25% versus an average weekend.

Cheer we go: the Six Nations once again provided greater footfall and sales for pubs (credit: Getty/Drazen Zigic)

Thirstiest rugby fans are in Scotland

By Gary Lloyd

Pubs in Scotland proved to be the thirstiest during the Six Nations third matchday as the average site sold an extra 199 pints, according to insights expert Oxford Partnership.

Plenty to cheer: an increase in pints sold and customers visiting pubs and bars was enjoyed by sites showing the rugby (Credit: Getty/The Good Brigade)

Six Nations brings 27% more visitors to pubs

By Gary Lloyd

The Guinness Six Nations rugby tournament, which kicked off at the weekend, gave pubs and bars a reason to cheer when almost 26m pints were served across Britain.

Raising a glass: Greene King and Jeff Stelling partner up to celebrate cask


Greene King teams with Jeff Stelling to celebrate pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Greene King has recently hosted its fifth event with sports presenter Jeff Stelling as part of a series of evenings that celebrate British pubs, cask beer and quizzes.

Events-focused: the Ganymede pub and Lucy Do (right) of the Dodo Micropub with Wild Card head brewer Jaega Wise

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FEATURE: Think ahead to get the punters in

By Stuart Stone

Make King Charles III’s coronation your crowning achievement, convert the Rugby World Cup into bums on seats and win roaring trade from the Lionesses’ next major tournament with these golden rules for building a diverse events schedule.

Recession looms: fears for SMEs despite a great World Cup trade (credit: Getty/dmbaker)

World Cup joy won’t save beleaguered pubs

By Gary Lloyd

Although the pub trade has been a huge winner during the World Cup, it won’t be enough to save many smaller operators, according to economic expert Christopher Dembik.