Perfect pictures are not crucial for pub success on Instagram

Get the picture: promoting your pub with Instagram

By Claire Churchard, Georgina Townshend and Stuart Stone

Humans are visual beings, making Instagram an ideal place to showcase your pub. Experts and operators reveal how they get over the line first in a photo finish.

New dish: the pub's owners Marston's lauded the introduction of a menu (picture credit: Google Maps)

Residents create petition to stop pub serving food

By Nikkie Sutton

Local residents in a Staffordshire village have started a petition to prevent a pub from serving food, citing keeping the trade of regular drinkers and visitors as their reason.

Loss of trade: Publican talks about parking 'nightmare' due to seafront roadworks

Trauma after licensee loses £100k due to roadworks

By Georgina Townshend

A publican from north Wales has spoken about his “traumatic 12 months” after losing around £100,000 in trade due to nearby roadworks and a 130% rise in business rates.

Pursue your goal: Don't give up your vision of what you really want

Pub success: Starting out

By Liam Coleman

Owning a pub is the aspirational dream for a significant minority of people who regularly soak up the atmosphere in a pub. But just what do you need to know about the trade before starting out and what challenges lie ahead for first-time operators?

Takeover approaching: Stonegate will complete on the Robert Ransome

Stonegate takes on more JDW pubs

By Liam Coleman

Ever-expanding pub company Stonegate has bought two more JD Wetherspoon (JDW) pubs, meaning that it has now acquired a dozen JDW sites in the past four months.

Levy: The late-night levy is introduced by some local authorities

Legal Q & A: Late-night levies and TENs

By Poppleston Allen

Our legal experts tackle your questions on the basics of a late-night levy and obtaining a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) for sporting events.

Rob Palmer:


Rise or fall: creating a solid summer menu

By Daniel Woolfson

The British summer is a volatile beast, isn’t it? One day it will be tropical-style torrential rain, the next it’s sunscreen-doused noses, ill-fitting shorts and burned pink skin as far as the eye can see. 

Leases: How to sell on your pub business


Leases: How to sell on your pub business

By Paul Davey

You’ve been in your current pub for five years and you’d like to realise your assets and take a break before you decide on the next challenge in your career. Trouble is there’s five years left on your lease and no one has told you how to go about assigning...

Is Newby conflicted? Key points about the new pubs code adjudicator

Paul Newby

Is Newby conflicted? Key points about the new pubs code adjudicator

By Oli Gross

Paul Newby’s appointment as pubs code adjudicator has come under intense scrutiny amid claims of conflict of interest, culminating in a grilling at a Business Innovation and Skills select committee last week. The Publican’s Morning Advertiser looks at...

The time has come for unity on the pubs code


The time has come for unity on the pubs code

By Ed Bedington

And so, we now have the pubs code! But for those waiting for the dust to settle and the fighting to stop, I worry that this is a forlorn hope.

New evidence supporting a sugar tax

Sugar tax

New evidence supporting a sugar tax

By M&C Allegra

New evidence supporting the introduction of a sugar tax has meant there is “no closed door” to the measure, according to a report in The Times this morning.

A vital checklist for pub purchasers


A vital checklist for pub purchasers

By Simon Hall

Fleurets’ Simon Hall taps into his experience and know-how to reveal his top tips for buying a licensed retail outlet.

Will the Staith House team open a second site?

Staith House’s Calton mulls second venue after win

By Nicholas Robinson

John Calton, chef-proprietor of North Shields-based Staith House, is preparing to open a second venue after winning Food Pub of the Year at this year’s Great British Pub Awards (GBPA).

Glamping can offer a valuable additional revenue stream to pubs

Business Booster

How to... Set up a pub glamping site

By The Glamping Show

Glamping is believed to be the fastest-growing holiday sector worldwide with huge potential in the UK. How can pubs make the most of this trend and tap into an additional revenue stream?

Marketing your menu: how to deliver the right online content

Menu marketing

Marketing your menu: how to deliver the right online content

By Daniel Woolfson

I honestly believe that marketing has never been so easy, yet so hard. Take a look at all the communication channels we have to hand. We have a message and we want to push it out to a wide audience for little or no cost. 

The popularity of booking restaurants and pubs online continues to grow


Online booking popularity grows

By Mike Berry

New research has shown that over 40% of people tend to book at least a week ahead of a special occasion, with 31% booking online or through an app.

Issues to consider for a new food offer

Pub food

Issues to consider for a new food offer

By Poppleston Allen

From bar snacks to barbecues, operators up and down the country are rolling out the menus to feed their hungry customers and, hopefully, attract a few new ones.

The White Horse at Upton shop


Norfolk's first community-owned pub to open a shop

By Emily Sutherland

Norfolk’s first community-owned pub has opened a shop thanks to support from rural pub champions Pub is the Hub and Norfolk County Council. The White Horse at Upton will sell newspapers, local produce and other everyday essentials.

Anthony Pender: 'I’ve got so many peers who can’t find good chefs, can’t find good managers and struggle to find good bar staff who want to progress to a career'

News profile

Anthony Pender: Chairman, British Institute of Innkeeping

By Ellie Bothwell

Yummy Pub Company managing director Anthony Pender took on the role of chairman at the BII in November and is now looking towards the future to make sure the organisation remains a force for training future stars in the hospitality sector. Ellie Bothwell...

The new till systems will ease cash flow and enable lessees to keep track of their business performance

New EPOS tills for Star lessees

By Ellie Bothwell

Star Pubs & Bars is providing new lessees with Cloud-based till systems enabling them to generate and view all financial reports whenever and wherever they want.

Roy Boulter: 'Very often publicans haven’t made provisions for life beyond the trade'

News profile

Roy Boulter: Chairman, Licensed Trade Charity

By Ellie Bothwell

The Licensed Trade Charity does a lot more than offer financial help to those in or retired from the business. Ellie Bothwell finds out more about its work from chairman Roy Boulter

Brewdog eyes US launch and global presence

Brewdog eyes US launch and global presence

By Mark Wingett

Scottish brewer and bar operator BrewDog has set its sights on ramping up its international presence over the next 12 months, including opening its first location in the US.

Alistair Darby said there’s a 'theoretical nationwide capacity of about 1,200' for its leading brands

M&B reveals growth ambitions for brands

By James Wallin and Mark Wingett, M&C Report

Mitchells & Butlers’ leading brands — Harvester, Toby Carvery, All Bar One and Miller & Carter — have the potential to grow from a combined 455 to 1,200, the company has said.

Make sure planning permission allows you to operate in any new way

7 key points on expanding your business

By Poppleston Allen

Many operators are looking for new ways to boost their business; you may have a pub with spare rooms which you want to start letting, or you may want to add an extension or roof terrace. Before you start the project you should consider what you are currently...

Robert Sayles:

Last chance saloon for politicians and pubs

By Robert Sayles

So, after many months of deliberation, the government has finally issued its verdict. The decision to set up a statutory code and independent adjudicator, whilst welcome news, merely endorses what many have maintained from the outset.