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Pub ghost captured on film throwing glasses

by admin 8/20/2015 11:24:00 AM

A pub poltergeist has been captured on film throwing glasses from the bar shelves.

Owner Nick Bevon thought he had been burgled after discovering glass strewn across the floor when he arrived at the Bassa Villa pub in Shropshire. However, he got a bigger fright when he reviewed security footage - only to discover the glasses were moving on their own, hours after the pub had shut.

Bevon said the CCTV clip was not the first sighting of supernatural episodes at the now infamous venue, which has developed a reputation for being haunted.

He said: "We get a lot of visitors who come here because of the haunted history and we're expecting a big group at the end of the year. I think they'd be amazed if they saw this."


Diners demanding more meat-free dishes this Christmas

by admin 8/19/2015 11:23:00 AM

Operators are being urged to give more prominence to vegetarian dishes on Christmas menus, as research reveals over half of diners feel there is a lack of choice when it comes to eating out over the festive period.

The research, commissioned by Vegetarian Express, has shown that 54% of people think there are not enough vegetarian options on menus at Christmas, rising to 65% among women.

When asked how many vegetarian dishes customers would like to see when dining out at Christmas, 62% feel two or three meat-free options would give a better choice, while more than a quarter think this doesn’t go far enough and demand four or more.

Will Matier, managing director at Vegetarian Express, said: “With gross profit margins typically greater on vegetarian dishes than on meat options, giving a little more thought to vegetarian menus will make for an even more profitable Christmas.”


Party launches latest ale in local pub

by admin 8/19/2015 11:22:00 AM

The Monster Raving Loony Party has launched its 12th ale in two years at The Jolly Sailor pub in Farnham’s West Street this month.

On 20 August landlords Sarah-Jane and Ian hosted a memorable night of fun and entertainment to celebrate the new Boris Johnson-themed beer, Blonde Ambition.

Guests had the opportunity to meet Alan “Howling Laud” Hope, leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) member, who says this is the final ale to be launched by his party.

The Jolly Sailor is CAMRA Surrey and Hampshire Borders branch Pub of the Year for 2015.


Brits spend quarter of their annual wage on dining out

by admin 8/18/2015 11:22:00 AM

A study by OpenTable has found that the average British person spends over £4k on dining out each year, which is a quarter of the average annual income.

The study showed that Brits eat out an average 1.5 times per week and spend up to £53 per meal.

Despite earning 30% less than those in the over 55s category, the research found that people between the ages of 18-24 eat out twice as much as their older counter-parts.

Mike Xenakis, managing director at OpenTable, said: “It is no surpirse to discover that Brits are spending a healthy amount of their income on dining out. With the diverse quality and variety of food in the UK, there is more culinary choice for diners than ever before.”


Diner is served rare meal at local pub

by admin 8/18/2015 11:21:00 AM

A lucky diner was left shocked after being served a 25 billion-to-one meal - consisting of a triple and double yolked egg.

Alan Millar was gobsmacked when his order of ham, egg and chips at his local pub, the Gloucester Old Spot in Bristol, appeared with not one, but five yolks.

The pub gets its free range Cotswold Legbar eggs, which have a distinctive pale blue shell, from a firm called La Chasse, based near Wiltshire. Records show that only one out of every 25 million has three yolks, while one in one thousand is a double yolker.


Pubs told to close early during Rugby World Cup

by admin 8/17/2015 11:20:00 AM

Pub landlords in Twickenham, home to England’s national rugby stadium, are up in arms at police who are urging them to close early after evening matches in the upcoming World Cup.

The 80,000-capacity stadium will host late-night matches for the first time in its history when the Rugby World Cup comes to England in September, meaning games could go on until 10pm.

But calls from local residents already angered by the behaviour of drunken fans during the normal season have prompted police to call on landlords to shut early.

Police said that their plans for matches during the World Cup were still being formed.


Call for smoking ban to cover pub gardens

by admin 8/13/2015 11:20:00 AM

The smoking ban should apply to pub gardens and other public spaces, a report by the Royal Society of Public Health has suggested.

The society would extend the ban to children’s playgrounds, alfresco dining areas, parks, squares and outside school gates.

The report states that the introduction of a smoking ban for all enclosed public places in 2007 was a “landmark in government interventions to reduce smoking levels, reducing the public’s exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, and acting as a catalyst for many smokers to ‘kick the habit’”.

Shirley Cramer, the body’s chief executive, said: “We believe that banning smoking in these locations via an exclusion zone could further denormalise smoking, ensuring that it is seen as an abnormal activity, potentially preventing children and young people from beginning in the future.”


Research shows 87% of diners would not return after slow service

by admin 8/12/2015 11:19:00 AM

New research by guest experience management experts HospitalityGEM has found 87% of diners would not return to a pub or restaurant following an experience of slow service.

Furthermore, the negative impact of a single incident of slow service can be even greater than anticipated, with 95% of diners stating they would feel obliged to mention this to friends. However, only 48% of consumers said they would complain while at a venue, meaning operators may not be aware of any issues with service unless they have an evaluation system in place.

Steven Pike, managing director of HospitalityGEM, said: “Our research clearly demonstrates the need for operational processes and training to support a fast, effective service. With less than half of customers saying that they would complain while on-site, it can be difficult for operators to even be aware of problems before they leak into the guest’s recommendations. This demonstrates the need for a comprehensive evaluation system that can compare the experience against the brand standards and highlight areas where improvement is needed.”


Screach reports 1,000 pubs signed up to new service

by admin 8/12/2015 10:51:00 AM

Cloud-based communication and entertainment platform, Screach, has reported 1,000 pubs have signed up for the new Screach Lite BT Sport package in just five weeks.

Screach creates a new TV channel for pubs’ existing screens, enabling venues to display their own adverts and promotions to help drive footfall and sales. In June 2015, Screach announced a partnership with BT Sport where customers signing up to BT Sport Total benefit from a free Screach Lite service.

Robert Rawlinson, Screach chief executive, said: “Pubs have bought into the concept of using their existing screens to increase venue profitability, through sharing their venue messages such as food and drink offers or special events. The days of posters are numbered as landlords are now understanding how to better maximise their existing screens as marketing tools with minimal financial outlay.”


Research finds half pint glass more popular than pint

by admin 8/11/2015 10:50:00 AM

New research shows the half pint glass is now the most popular way to drink beer. The survey of 2,000 people, commissioned by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and undertaken by independent research company YouGov, showed 34% of drinkers opt for a half pint glass when trying a new beer, whereas a joint 26% opt for a pint glass or third of a pint glass.

The research also showed people believed the best place to try a new beer for the first time was at a beer festival (41%) or secondly at a pub (37%), whereas trying beer at home was favoured by just 5% of people.

Tim Page, CAMRA chief executive, said: “Britain has seriously got the beer bug. People are becoming more open to trying new beers and are moving away from the mentality of drinking pint-after-pint of the same brew. A half or third of a pint is a much more sensible option and allows people to try a range of beers without drinking past their limits.”