Call 01244 321 171
  • Download our iPhone App and find your perfect pub
  • Download our Android App and find your perfect pub
Real Community Commitment

Brewers have the bottle for half marathon

by admin 2/19/2015 10:06:00 AM

A team from the Dark Star Brewery is set to run 21km for charity this weekend dressed as the brewery’s most popular beer bottles.

Among thousands of runners taking to the streets for the Brighton half marathon on Sunday, will be the Partridge Green brewery’s team of four bottles. Spectators of the half marathon can look out for the beers: Festival, Revelation, Hophead and American Pale Ale – also known as Steve Scott, Paul Prosser, Simon Ho and Chris Mallinson.

Not only concerned with raising money for The Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, the team is also taking on a world record attempt, hoping to complete the 13.1 miles within a time of 1hr 37min.

Simon Ho, who works within the Dark Star account team, said: “We were inspired by the team from craft brewery Brighton Bier, who currently hold the record. Maybe we can get a few more brewers involved in this next year, each running for our own charity.”


Pub15 opens and pulls in a roaring trade

by admin 2/18/2015 10:05:00 AM

Pub15, the only dedicated show for the UK pub industry, kicked off with a visible buzz that was echoed in the words of Community Pubs Minister Kris Hopkins MP, who opened the show.

Showing his passion and support for the pub sector, Hopkins offered words of encouragement to exhibitors and operators about their vital role as champions of an industry that is so valuable to the UK economy.

He said: "The pub sector has a £22 billion impact on the UK's economy and some 900,000 people are employed directly or indirectly. The government wants to support and continue to support the industry. It's a key part of our long-term economic plan. We've worked on business rates and under this government, beer is 8p cheaper and that's something we should celebrate.

"The pub is a part of British life. People come from around the world to visit Buckingham Palace and they'll come and see the House of Commons, but they also want to come and see the pub. We treasure that and should make sure that we sell it as part of our great heritage."


Pub chef recruitment drive launched

by admin 2/17/2015 10:04:00 AM

A major recruitment drive for pub chefs has been launched to attract thousands more young people into the industry’s kitchens.

The initiative is centred round the newly created Pub & Bar Careers website, which as well as career advice will post live jobs at companies across the sector. The aim is to have more than 500 companies using the site for their recruitment needs as quickly as possible. A national campaign promoting the site will be unveiled shortly.

To accompany the launch, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has produced a short film targeted at young people looking for ‘passion’ in their lives.

Brigid Simmons, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “Pubs now serve one billion meals a year, but we need to recruit many more young people into the sector. When chef jobs are advertised currently, they receive fewer responses that any other position. We need to be reaching young people with a passion for life, and translate that into a passion for being a pub chef.”


Top chefs to compete in pork pie off

by admin 2/16/2015 10:03:00 AM

The second Great British Pork Pie Off is set to take place on Monday 2 March at the Princess Victoria pub in Shepherd’s Bush.

Competitors include Peter Weeden of the Newman Street Tavern and Aiden McGee of the Truscott Arms in Maida Vale, which recently won Newcomer of the Year and Highest New Entry in the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015.

Chefs will present their personal twist on the traditional pork pie to a panel of judges at the event. The judges include: Selfridges’ restaurants director Hannah Bass, Eat My Pies founder Andy Bates, Financial Times cookery correspondent Rowan Leigh and chef Henry Harris.

In addition to this, guests will be asked to rate each competing pie out of five to determine the winner of the ‘People’s Pie’ award, which will be announced alongside the judges’ decision.



Pubs urged to campaign against prostate cancer

by admin 2/16/2015 10:00:00 AM

Prostate Cancer UK is calling on pubs to get involved with its new Men United campaign, which aims to help beat the disease.

To kick off the campaign, the charity transformed the Anchor Bankside pub, on London’s South Bank, into the ‘Men United Arms’ and raised thousands of pounds through a number of charity events.

The pub provided a focus for the campaign’s ‘keeping friendships alive’ theme – which aims to give men all over the country a reason to see their friends more and do something to help beat prostate cancer.

Owen Sharp, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We want the Men United Arms to be a real trailblazer, inspiring pubs, clubs and all types of venues across the country to create their own Men United Arms.”


Mini zoo launched in pub garden

by admin 2/13/2015 9:55:00 AM

Talking parrots, a South American racoon and meerkats are among the unusual new additions at the Fenn Bell Inn in Kent.

New licensees Andy and Kelly Cowell have moved to the pub along with more than 300 rescued animals, following a £75,000 refurbishment of the 17th century inn.

The couple, who previously lived on a nearby farm with their menagerie, are creating a mini zoo in the pub garden, which they hope to complete and open to the public for free by April. They’re also planning to add a small steam railway for children around the garden, and will be using the pub profits to pay for the animals’ care.

Andy said: “The whole purpose of this project is to fund more work with the animals. We are using the pub to support the animals, as opposed to using the animals to support the pub. Our aim is to give them a good quality of life, while also allowing customers to view them and learn more about them.”


Pub food sales outstrip drink in January

by Ashleigh 2/12/2015 12:11:00 PM

Food sales outstripped drink in pubs during January, showing a 2.8% rise versus a 1.2% fall, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

The figures also showed January like-for-like sales across the tracker were up 1.4%, which is the 22nd consecutive month of growth.

Total sales, which include the impact of new openings, were up 5.8% against last January across the 30 restaurants, bar and pub companies in the Tracker sample. Trading in London was only marginally ahead of the rest of the country during January, up 1.8% against 1.3% outside the M25.


Bridgwater pub given some Hart

by Ashleigh 2/11/2015 12:20:00 PM

A Bridgwater pub has been given a new lease of life from local resident Louise Williams, who has taken over the venue and secured a £60,000 refurbishment from the UK’s leading community pub group, Admiral Taverns.

Although the White Hart pub has long been considered the hub of the community, dwindling customer numbers left it on the brink of closure.
However, Admiral Taverns has been so impressed with Louise’s impact since she took over the pub – and her dedication and determination to make the business a success – that the company has signed off extensive renovations work. 

“I couldn’t imagine seeing the pub close,” explained Louise, “so when the opportunity came along to take it over I couldn’t turn it down.
“We have started renovating the hotel and bar, and I am really excited about bringing back food and eventually live music as well. I really want this to be the local pub where everyone comes to have a drink with their family and friends.”

The building works will pave the way for a new kitchen and having worked with Admiral Taverns previously, Louise knew that the takeover of the pub would be seamless. “I started in the industry 18 years ago as a waitress and had previously worked at the pub so the fit was perfect,” said Louise. “Since I came in to the pub Admiral has provided constant support and offered lots of training and guidance. They have been fantastic to work with and have made the refurbishment possible.”

Admiral Taverns Business Development Manager Edwin Pope commented: “We pride ourselves on the support we offer, but what really makes our business fly are great licensees like Louise.

“The pub had really been struggling so we needed someone with a real passion and determination to come in and turn things around. We have so much confidence in Louise – she has fantastic standards, is very hard working, engaged and has such a thirst to learn so we know that she will truly make a difference to not just the pub, but the community as well.”

In addition to the kitchen build, phase one of the refurbishment, which will be finished later in the spring, includes a complete re-decoration, along with much more. Phase two renovations will begin in early September, though the pub will remain open throughout.

Louise also plans to hold a grand re-launch party towards the end of the year to celebrate with the local community and welcome them back to the pub.


UK launches new pub microbrewing technology

by Ashleigh 2/11/2015 12:11:00 PM

New technology that enables pubs to brew their own craft beer at a fraction of the cost of installing a microbrewery has been launched in the UK.

Technobrewery is a fully automated compact ‘brew kettle’ that simplifies the process and allows pubs to brew in only two hours. Licensees can select one of the ingredient packs available – for example, a golden ale – and are then guided through the process via software and simple on-screen instructions.

The brew is then pumped into fermentation vessels and transferred to cask or bottle, after seven to 14 days.


Over-35s increasingly important to on-trade

by Ashleigh 2/11/2015 12:10:00 PM

Drinkers aged 35-plus are an increasingly important customer base for pubs, as 18 to 24-year-olds become less engaged in the on-trade, Andrew Turner of Heineken UK has suggested.

According to research from the brewer, customers aged 35-plus consume 66% of all beer and cider products in the UK.

Turner, who is category and trade marketing director for the company, added that last year only 21% of adults said they used the on-trade on a weekly basis – which is down from 23% in 2009 – but consumers are increasingly ‘trading up’ and willing to spend more.

He also noted that consumers want choice, but warned that ‘over-complicating’ the bar is a distraction – adding that punters only see six on-tap beers and ciders in their vision when ordering a drink.