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Grub drives pubs' revival

Grub drives pubs' revival

After years of pub closures there's now a revival as consumers turn their backs on expensive restaurants and choose good value pub grub instead. The Office for National Statistics reports that bigger pubs have benefited most from the growth but smaller pubs are also enjoying a slight revival

Added: Friday, January 17th 2020

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Wetherspoon set to open raft of new pubs

Wetherspoon set to open raft of new pubs

The JD Wetherspoon pub group -- founded by Tim Martin (pictured) -- plans to invest £200 million in its pubs and hotels over the next four years, creating 10,000 new jobs. The pubs will be in smaller towns along with such major cities as London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds and Galway

Added: Tuesday, December 10th 2019

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CAMRA names Pub of the Year finalists

CAMRA names Pub of the Year finalists

CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- has named a short list of four pubs that have reached the final round of the annual Pub of the Year competition. The Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton, Lancs, the George & Dragon, Hudswell, Yorkshire and the Bell, Aldworth, Berks, have all won the competition before but the newcomer is the community-owned Red Lion at Preston, Herts. The winner will be announced in February 2020

Added: Monday, November 4th 2019

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St Albans publicans lead big rates fight

St Albans publicans lead big rates fight

When two publicans in St Albans, Sean Hughes and Christo Tofalli (pictured) launched a campaign against crippling business rates on their pubs, the Boot and the Olde Fighting Cocks, they found that fellow pub owners throughout the country face a similar problem. What began as Save St Albans Pubs has now become a national campaign with publicans lobbying the Treasury for a review of rates

Added: Thursday, October 31st 2019

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Which doggy pubs take the biscuit?

Which doggy pubs take the biscuit?

Rover, the awards scheme that encourages pubs to welcome dogs, has launched its 2019 competition to find Britain's most dog-friendly pub. It says allowing dogs into pubs is good for business and will allow more dog owners to go to their locals. Many can't go to pubs as they are not prepared to leave their dogs at home. The awards this year are aimed at millennials, 27 per cent of whom say they would like to take their dogs with them when they go out for a drink

Added: Wednesday, October 9th 2019

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A pint of history in Britain's oldest inns

A pint of history in Britain's oldest inns

The title of Britain's Oldest Pub is hotly contested but research shows that the most visited of the breed is the Clachan in Scotland (pictured), closely followed by the Skirrid Inn in Wales. Other popular watering holes include Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham and Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans

Added: Friday, June 14th 2019

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Cash help for rural pubs if they expand

Cash help for rural pubs if they expand

A cash injection of £188,000 will go from the government to boost rural pubs if they expand their services to include grocery shops, post offices and libraries. The announcement was made by Pubs Minister Jake Berry, who stressed the vital role played by rural pubs that offer more than just a drink but bring communities together. The funds will be administered by Pub is the Hub, the organisation set up by Prince Charles

Added: Wednesday, March 27th 2019

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David & Goliath battle over historic inn

David & Goliath battle over historic inn

Gary Murphy runs the historic, listed Old Mitre Inne in Barnet, North-west London and is locked in a long-running battle with the Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) as a result of his plan to go free of tie with the pub's owner, Greene King. He has spent thousands of pounds of his own money on legal costs and has taken to crowd funding to finance a court hearing with the PCA.

Added: Monday, March 11th 2019

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Rescued pub now Britain's top ale house

Rescued pub now Britain's top ale house

The Wonston Arms in Hampshire, that was derelict and closed four years ago, has won the prestigious title of National Pub of the Year in the annual competition staged by CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale. Landlord Matt Todd not only serves a good range of local cask ales but also runs a series of events that involve the local community and raise funds for charities

Added: Thursday, February 28th 2019

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Giant pubco has landlord over a barrel

Giant pubco has landlord over a barrel

Harry is the landlord of the Dock & Duck in rural southern England. He has a lease with Enterprise Inns, the country's biggest pub company, now known as Ei Group. Harry is not his real name as he wants to renew his lease but he is keen to show how difficult it is to run pubs when they are tied to their landlords for beer. Harry says he pays some £60,000 a year more than if he bought his beer on the open market.

Added: Thursday, February 14th 2019

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