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Pub trade on the rise

The number of landlords aged 25 to 34 has risen by a quarter since 2012. The pub trade has seen an increase in younger landlords. This in turn is helping to attract a new crowd of pub-goers.
According to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) reports that 40pc of employees in public houses are under the age of 25, as more young people are attracted to the social and flexible nature of the work.
Increased competition from supermarkets selling cheap drink, the smoking ban ...more

New owners Home Grown Hotels the proprietors of the Pig Hotel brand will launch in April 2016.

Combe house in Devon is due to extend to 33 rooms subject to planning approval.
There are also plans for a new kitchen garden to grow and supply most of the produce to be served in the restaurant. All other produce will be sourced from within a 25 mile radius.With fresh fish sourced just eight miles away, Devonshire cheese and locally sourced meat.
Since 1998, Combe House has been in the hands of Ken and Ruth Hunt on lease from the Combe Estate. The Hunts are planning to return ...more

Robinsons Brewery Wizard Amber Ale

Robinsons Brewery are heralding Wizard, their newest 3.7% ABV amber ale, a stunning success after 84% of their 300 strong estate have stocked the beer.

The ale, which was launched in April, is already a mainstay in over 250 of Robinsons’ pubs across the North West, Cumbria and North Wales and has become the most successful beer launch into the brewer’s pubs to date.
Inspired by a local Cheshire legend, The Wizard of Alderley Edge, Wizard was created by the ...more

Chef Mark Birchall to spread his wings

Mark Birchall from Simon Rogan’s Umbel Group is due to open his own restaurant in 2016.
At present Birchall works for the Cumbria, Cartmel and Manchester operations for Rogan will depart on the 31st of July. Birchall has not yet announced where his new restaurant will ...more

Hotel du Vin and Malmaison have been sold

Frasers hospitality UK Holdings have purchased the hotel group for a cool £363.4m. The group comprises of 29 boutique lifestyle hotels in, 2,082 rooms across 25 cities throughout the ...more


Liverpool’s top fine dining chef, Paul Askew, has been honoured in the far eastern city-state that first inspired him to become a chef 30 years ago.

Paul was invited as a guest celebrity chef at the nine day “Best of British” festival in Singapore nearly 7,000 miles away from his Art School Restaurant in Liverpool’s Hope Street area.

He cooked for the festival’s opening dinner and then demonstrated a dish at the Ladies’ Luncheon - one of ...more

Beefeater to overhaul brand image

Paul Fletcher an ex-gaucho chef has been appointed to over haul the Beefeater brand .Established since 1974, the Beefeater brand operates 140 restaurants nationwide serving in excess of 12m customers a year.
Fletcher has been brought in to develop the food offering at Beefeater while steak remains a key focus on the ...more


The Bulls Head, Hale Barns, has closed for an extensive 12 week refurbishment program that will completely transform the pub’s interior.

Simon Taylor, Retail Operations Manager for Robinsons Brewery said: “The pub is a flagship site for the brewery and one that we are proud to be investing in. The closure will allow us to radically improve the food and drink offer at the pub and enhance its village pub charm. We are excited to see the results and know that the new look ...more

Craft Guild of Chefs Awards results

The cream of the crop of the UK chef scene was celebrated at this year’s Craft Guild of Chefs Awards, which took place at a glittering gala dinner at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel last night (Monday 15th June).

Vice presidents of the Craft Guild of Chefs Steve Munkley and David Mulcahy hosted the ceremony in front of an audience of 800 industry luminaries. Amongst the big winners of the night were the Chiltern Firehouse and acclaimed chefs Sat Bains and Billy ...more

Apple Pay to launch in UK restaurants in July

Nando’s, Wagamama, Costa, Pret A Manger, Starbucks, KFC and Subway, customers will be able to pay with an iPhone 6, IPhone 6 Plus and Apple watch.
Diners will be able to pay by holding their IPhone near the contactless reader.
Restaurants are increasingly adopting contactless payment, Pret A Manger has had the technology installed for 6 years, contactless transactions account for almost half of the payment’s across the group.
Credit and debit card numbers are ...more

Family brewer JW Lees reveals record turnover of £64m

JW Lees family brewer announced sales of £64m in the financial year ending March 31, 2015 the company will now pay more than 400 staff from a profit share pot of £440,942. It means each team member will receive an average pay-out of just over £1,000.
JW Lees remains the leading family brewer in the North West, despite a challenging market.

A spokesperson for the company said, "We are committed to growing the business towards our next landmark ...more

Pay at Table service now available with Book a Table have teamed up with MyCheck and Paypal to offer diners a unique pay at table options. The first restaurant to adopt the new technology is Busaba Ethai. Conceived by Alan Yau with the first branch opening on Soho's Wardour Street in 1999, Busaba Eathai is a modern Thai eatery.

It has been said that pay at table functions, increases loyalty, customer engagement and boosts revenues allowing the restaurant staff to concentrate on customer service rather than receipt ...more

Multi-millionaire owner seeks partner for North Yorkshire pub

The multi-millionaire founder of HomeServe plumbing business, will give away 50% equity in his village pub located in Nun Monkton between York and Harrogate. Paul Harpin bought the Alice Hawthorn Pub to save it from closure, previously owned by Punch Taverns.

Listed at number 447 on The Sunday Times Rich List with a fortune of £218m, Harpin originally acquired the ...more

Wetherspoons threatens meal deal legal action

The pub giant JD Wetherspoon’s has threatened legal action and accused its competitors of mimicking meal deals. The offending competitors have been named as Green King, Stonegate, Whitbread and Mitchells & Butlers.

The root of the disagreement lies in the wording of offers. Green King withdrew a Deli Deal offer that featured wording that was trade marked by JD Wetherspoon. The ‘Steak Club’ and ‘Chicken Club’ deals have also been ear marked as ...more

Giggling Squid heads east with Suffolk opening

Bury St Edmunds location announced

Within a week of announcing a new restaurant in Essex, Giggling Squid, the popular high growth family of Thai restaurants, has completed on a new site in Bury St Edmunds –its first in Suffolk. 

The new restaurant will occupy a prime site near the cathedral in Abbeygate Street in the town centre, replacing the former Chimichanga Tex-Mex venue.

Co owned by husband and wife team Andrew and Pranee Laurillard (the brand is ...more

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