Biggest single investment: Star reopens the Unicorn in Cardiff after £1.4m refurb

Star injects more than £1.5m into Welsh pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Star Pubs & Bars has revealed a new look for its flagship site in Cardiff, Wales, following a £1.4m renovation project, its biggest single investment this year, and plans to plough a further £730k into Welsh venues.

Weathering a storm: Community helps with clean-up operation (credit: Getty/itsarasak thithuekthak)

Freak hailstorm forces pub to close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Bird in Hand in Pontllanfraith, Wales was forced to shut due to flooding from a freak hailstorm, but staff have thanked the local community for its support.

Hard hit: Cost-of-living forces another pub into hibernation (Getty/ Rogan Macdonald)

Only pub in village forced to close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The only pub in the village of Broughton, Oxfordshire, has been forced to shut its doors until spring due to the cost-of-living crisis, according to its owner.

Visitor Levy: UKH Cymru calls for Welsh gov to drop consultation (Getty/ Alasdair James)

Welsh Visitor Levy ‘wrong tax at wrong time’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality (UKH) Cymru has responded to the Welsh government’s consultation on the implementation of a discretionary visitor levy, calling for the proposal to be dropped due to the damage it would cause to hospitality.

Shortlisted venues: ahead of the awards next week, we've taken a closer look at the Admiral Pub of the Year finalists

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Meet the finalists for Admiral Pub of the Year

By The Morning Advertiser

With the Great British Pub Awards just days away from announcing and celebrating some of the best bars in the business, we take a look at some of the finalist that are in the running to take home some silver. Today it’s the turn of the bars that are competing...

In-depth education and training: Bluestone Academy launches hospitality apprenticeship programme (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Bluestone Academy new training programme

By Rebecca Weller

Training facility, Bluestone Academy, has announced the launch of a new apprenticeship programme set to benefit West Wales’ tourism and hospitality sector and due to start this Autumn at Bluestone National Park Resort, in Pembrokeshire.

Wales Tourism Week: Public encouraged to visit hospitality venues in Wales (Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

Wales Tourism Week 2022: Public urged to back businesses

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality Cymru (UKH) has urged the public to back local businesses and visit Wales’ hospitality sites throughout the holiday season, in light of the start of Wales Tourism Week 2022 yesterday (Monday 16 May).

What's in the news 25 February?

The MA's Review of the Week

The economic impact of Ukraine invasion will be felt across the world

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Valiant Pub Co boss Gerry Carroll to get his take on the latest headlines hitting the industry, from managing the exit of restrictions through to the impact of war in Europe on the trade.

Restarting recovery: Restrictions on hospitality businesses to be lifted as of 28 January with crowds back at sporting events the week before (Credit: Shutterstock/ComposedPix)

Welsh Six Nations games to be played in Wales

By Rebecca Weller

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed Wales’s Six Nations rugby matches are to be hosted in Wales as planned after restrictions were lifted, offering a chance for hospitality businesses in the country to recoup some revenue from lost trade...

What's in the news 14 January

Review of the Week

Restrictions have had no impact on infection rates

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Castle Rock Brewery boss Colin Wilde to hear his thoughts on the weeks news, from the impacts of restrictions, frustrations over government behaviour and isolation rules changing.

What's in the news 17 December

The MA's Review of the Week

'The least Mad Friday we've had for years...'

By Ed Bedington

With Christmas looming, The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington caught up with Revolution Bars CEO Rob Pitcher to get his take on the headlines of the week, from the lack of support from Rishi, through to the "over-reaction" in Wales which...

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Late-night trade slashed by a quarter after Covid Pass rollout

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The implementation of Covid Passes has considerably impacted the Welsh hospitality sector, with late-night businesses experiencing a 26% drop in trade since the rollout, which costs businesses approximately £398 per week in added cost, a poll...

Recruitment issues: 'The solution is not as important here as getting across the point that we need to stop blaming the hospitality sector itself for this staff shortage crisis'


Stop blaming the industry for the hospitality staff crisis

By Sarah John, director, Boss Brewing

Those of us within the hospitality industry are well aware that we face a staff crisis; there is no disputing that we are experiencing rising worker shortages, with job vacancies at higher-than-ever levels.

Tournament countdown: 'Pubs are the home of live sport and we cannot wait for the Euros and watching together a major tournament in the pub once more,

BBPA outlines pub tactics ahead of UEFA Euro 2020

By The Morning Advertiser

As operators count down to UEFA Euro 2020’s curtain raiser on 11 June, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has produced practical guidance for pubs in an effort to assist safe and successful screenings this summer.