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007 visits pub, leaving landlord shaken and stirred

by admin 10/28/2015 3:58:00 PM

Diners at a pub restaurant have been left stunned after a former James Bond actor turned up for lunch.

Sir Roger Moore dropped in for a bite to eat at the Dog and Partridge, in Marchington, just days before the new film Spectre went on national release in cinemas.

Moore was on the way to Nottingham as part of his ongoing tour 'An Evening with Sir Roger Moore'. The surprise visit left landlord Paul Needham, fellow staff, and visitors feeling slightly star struck.


Roger Moore starred in the famous film series from 1973 and 1985. He will be best remembered for The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die.


David Cameron takes Chinese president to the pub

by admin 10/27/2015 3:56:00 PM

A Buckingham licensee has said he must run the ‘most famous pub in the world’ after welcoming David Cameron and the Chinese president for a pint and traditional meal of fish and chips.

Steve Hollings welcomed the Prime Minister – who visits ‘often’ – and Xi Jinping to The Plough in Cadsden, which is local to the PM’s country residence, Chequers.

Hollings said: “The president was a true gentleman. We had a bit of a giggle, spoke about China and told a few stories. David Cameron’s favourite drink is Green King IPA, so they both drank one with a small portion of fish and chips. The president thoroughly enjoyed it.”


This is not the first time a pub has catered for a president, as in January 2014 David Cameron took French president Francois Hollande to The Swan Inn, in his Oxfordshire constituency – Witney.


Call for an end to 24-hour licensing

by admin 10/27/2015 3:53:00 PM

Staff from across all three emergency services have attacked so-called 24-hour licensing, calling for a return to old pub licensing hours, amid increasing concerns about the “huge strain” alcohol is putting on police, ambulance staff and firefighters.

Later opening hours have put particular pressure on police officers, according to a report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies, with many saying they routinely face physical, sexual and verbal abuse when dealing with drinkers.

Pubs, bars, clubs and supermarkets were given permission to apply for longer opening licenses 10 years ago by Tony Blair’s Labour government.


However, leading figures in the trade have hit back at the criticism, with British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) chief executive Brigid Simmons arguing 24-hour-drinking was a “myth”. She said that average pub closing times were now just 30 minutes later as a result of the Licensing Act 2003, than they were under the previous law.


Durham is top Pubwatch after alcohol-related incidents drop 15%

by admin 10/24/2015 3:52:00 PM

Durham Pubwatch has collected the National Pubwatch Award after helping reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the city by 15%.

The Durham branch gained glowing endorsements from police for promoting its Best Bar None award scheme, which encourages responsible management. It helped train licensees, bar staff, and door staff to clampdown on violent and disorderly incidents.

Andy Hughes, chairman of Durham Pubwatch, said: “It’s a real team effort from all of the licensees and it’s great for us to be recognised for the work we put into improving all aspects of the night time economy.

“Pubwatch allows licenced premises to make a real improvement to the safety and enjoyment of staff and customers, improving footfall and business for everyone, whilst lessening the demand for already stretched emergency services.” 


The Butchers Arms announced as Michelin Pub of the Year

by admin 10/23/2015 3:51:00 PM

The Butchers Arms in Eldersfield, Gloucestershire, has been announced as Michelin Pub of the Year 2016.

The red-brick pub was selected from nearly 600 food pubs across the UK and Ireland. Dating back to the 16th century, the pub is run by James and Elizabeth Winter, who live above the site with their three children.

Rebecca Burr, editor of the guide, said: “When they started out, James and Elizabeth’s aim was to open a ‘real’ country pub: a laid-back home-from-home where the locals could come to meet after work and have a good meal – and despite their runaway culinary success, that’s exactly the way it has stayed. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and Elizabeth and her sister Louisa are natural hostesses, who welcome one and all.”


Mandatory nutrition labelling on pub menus

by admin 10/22/2015 3:50:00 PM

The Government should make nutritional information on pub menus mandatory to help combat the UK’s growing obesity crisis, the Soil Association has urged.

It says detailed nutritional information – and not just the calorific content of food – should be standard practice on menus across the eating out sector.

Joanna Lewis, strategy and policy director at the Soil Association, said pubs and restaurants should make it easier for customers to see the healthy options on menus. She also called for a traffic light system on menus, which would help parents choose what is good for their children. 


London pub chef wins Scotch Egg Challenge 2015

by admin 10/22/2015 3:48:00 PM

The head chef of a London pub has been named one of two winners of the Scotch Egg Challenge 2015, which recently took place at The Canonbury in Islington.

Nick Maloney, of the Princess Victoria in Shepherds Bush, was crowned winner of the unconventional egg category for his Thai Scotch egg – with fish sauce, soy sauce, chilli, coriander, lemongrass, Tamworth pork, galangal and nori seaweed.

Calum Franklin of Holborn Dining Room topped the traditional egg category for his white pudding Scotch egg.

The event was hosted by journalist Joe Warwick, with entries judged by The Independent’s food critic Fay Maschler, journalist and food writer Zoe Williams, Guardian food editor Bob Granleese, restauranteur Henry Harris and ‘restaurant guru’ Hugh Wright


Report reveals eating out is cheaper, but diners are spending more

by admin 10/21/2015 3:47:00 PM

Competition in the eating out sector is pushing the price of some dishes down in many high street pubs, restaurants and hotels – although operators are compensating by introducing a wider variety of side dishes, extra toppings and special sauces to sell to consumers – according to Horizons’ latest Menu Trends report.

Horizons’ analyst, Nicola Knight, said: “Our menu survey picked up a big increase in the number of new side dishes being added to menus (45% more new side dishes compared to last year) as well as upgrades, extras, toppers and sauces. These add-ons are ways the operator can boost average spend, without appearing more expensive on the menu.”

Pubs have lowered the cost of their starters the most compared with last year, with prices some 5.4% lower. The average price for a starter in a pub is now £4.71, compared with £4.98 a year ago, while the average cost of a three-course meal in a pub was £18.74 this summer, compared with £19.19 in 2014.


70,000 poppies in pub's tribute to military heroes

by admin 10/21/2015 3:46:00 PM

As the nation prepares to commemorate those who have died in the service of their country on Remembrance Sunday, a pub on Teesside has created an unforgettable tribute to these men and women.

70,000 poppies grace the walls of The Don Bar in Stockton, and each one was placed there by landlady Julie Cooper.

The poppies frame dozens of photographs, images and flags commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflict, both past and present. Julie says her patrons are impressed with the decor, which she started a year ago. 


Admiral Taverns launches digital support for licensees

by admin 10/20/2015 3:45:00 PM

Admiral Taverns has unveiled a new digital media programme to support licensees in establishing a web and social media presence – helping further drive the profitability of their businesses.

The SocialConnect package provides licensees with a range of revenue-building tools – comprising website construction, professional photography, advice on boosting custom via social media, alongside guidance on digital promotion.


The community pub company introduced a pilot of the social platform to its licensees in July this year. Such has been the response from licensees – with almost 50 pubs having signed-up to receive the support – that Admiral is now encouraging all its pubs to take advantage of the new programme.