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Chorley landlady is raising her glass to a decade at the helm of popular pub.

by Ashleigh 12/16/2014 2:46:00 PM

The last 10 years has been a very difficult time to run a pub but one licensee is bucking the trend and gearing up to celebrate a landmark anniversary of running the Eagle on Bolton Street in Chorley.

Linda Treadwell, 55, is celebrating 10 years of being in charge of one of the town’s most popular pubs. She took over the lease of the Admiral Taverns pub in 2004 after working behind the bar as a barmaid for her brother. 

The Eagle, or The Little Eagle as it’s commonly known by locals is a hive of local sporting activity. It is home to Eagle FC, a darts team, a dominoes team and hosts the Chorley Super League darts matches in the newly refurbished function room.

Having lived in the area all her life Linda knows how important the pub is to the community. “Running this place on my own is really hard work but the locals are great. We have a good mix of ages that enjoy drinking in here and the atmosphere when we have a DJ playing is brilliant.”

Linda hosted a party on Saturday 8th December to commemorate her 10 years behind the bar and everyone was welcome: “It was a great night, it always is! When we’ve got DJs playing and there is a real party feel in here.”

John York, Admiral Tavern’s Business Development Manager for Lancashire said: “It’s a great achievement for Linda to have been in the Eagle 10 years. She runs a great pub and I hope she will be running it for another 10 years."




Business rates support extended

by Ashleigh 12/4/2014 11:35:00 AM

Chancellor George Osborne has promised to double small business rate relief (SBRR) for another year and increase high street discounts on rates by 50% to £1,500. Speaking during the Autumn Statement last week, Osborne said the SBRR, which is available to pubs with a rateable value of under £50,000, benefits half a million firms and means a third of small businesses will pay no rates.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), said: “I am very pleased to see that small business rate relief has been extended for a further year. The increase in the retail relief to £1,500 is more good news that will benefit 64% of pubs. Overall, more than 70% of pubs will receive retail relief.
"For pubs, the current Business Rates regime makes up 10% of costs. As well as getting bills down, we need to make it easier for pubs to appeal their rates bills and make the system more responsive to changing business conditions. The Government is certainly giving increasing attention to this important issue for pubs.”



Admiral Taverns partners #GivingTuesday

by Ashleigh 12/3/2014 11:34:00 AM

Admiral Taverns has become the first national pub company to throw its weight behind a campaign promoting a global day of charitable deeds, known as #GivingTuesday. One of over 600 organisations in the UK to back #GivingTuesday, Admiral encouraged its pubs and partner licensees to get behind the campaign, which took place on Tuesday 2nd December.

The global campaign was launched two years ago in America as a counter-balance to the start of the festive shopping season, in the wake of retail days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It encourages businesses, charities and individuals to undertake generous and charitable deeds, both online and at special events around the country.

Kevin Georgel, CEO of Admiral, said: “Many of our pubs are engaged in charitable events throughout the year, but this was a perfect opportunity for our licensees to highlight their fantastic work in raising millions for charities and to strengthen their community ties by acting as a hub for a coordinated campaign such as this.”


Fry tops pub poll

by Ashleigh 12/1/2014 1:27:00 PM

A recent survey revealed that the celebrity in which most British people would choose to visit the pub with is famous writer and broadcaster, Stephen Fry. In the poll of 2,000 people, Fry took the top slot, with David Beckham taking second place and X-Factor judge, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini taking third.

Hundreds of famous names were nominated in the research and Peter Kay, Boris Johnson and David Attenborough were among other popular suggestions. Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson and Robbie Williams took further places in the list of celebrities.

A spokesperson stated: “The survey gives us real insight into what the nation likes and it’s great to see a diverse list of professions in the top five. As one of this country’s most loved personalities, it was not a surprise to see Stephen Fry at the top of the chart and I’m sure he will retain his place in the nation’s heart for some time to come.”


England’s ‘most Christmassy’ pub

by Ashleigh 11/29/2014 11:33:00 AM

A publican believes he has "the most Christmassy pub in England" after spending four days and thousands of pounds adorning it with decorations. The Angel, in Ripley, Derbyshire, has 53 Christmas trees of various sizes, inside and out.

The largest, which is 22ft tall, cost over £1,000, including decorations. There is also a permanent 9ft golden angel above the entrance, which was previously used on the set of the soap opera Crossroads.

Peter Clay, owner of the Angel, said: "It started back in the middle of the recession. Everyone was depressed and saying it's doom and gloom. I'm a partly-sunny guy, not a partly-cloudy guy, so we thought we would do something to cheer everybody up. That's how it started and then from year to year we keep exceeding ourselves."


Pub of the Year finalists revealed

by Ashleigh 11/28/2014 1:35:00 PM

CAMRA has revealed the four finalists in its National Pub of the Year competition. The competition judges pubs on elements such as beer quality, decor, atmosphere and value for money.

The Freshfield in Formby, Merseyside; The Harewood Arms in Broadbottom. Greater Manchester; The Salutation Inn in Ham, Gloucestershire; and The Windmill in Sevenoaks, Weald, Kent have made it into the final four with the winner to be announced in February next year.

Competition organiser Gary Chester said: "Each of these four fantastic pubs are already winners in their own right and really are well worth a visit from any ale-lovers who find themselves in the area.”


Cyclops hits 2,000 beers

by Ashleigh 11/28/2014 11:32:00 AM

Cyclops, the descriptor scheme for beer, has now reached the landmark of 2,000 beers. The number is growing fast, with over 400 new beers accredited in the last twelve months.

According to a consumer survey earlier this year, 18% of those who have never tried real ale, would give it a try if simple tasting notes that explained what a beer looked, smelt and tasted like were added to the pump clip or handpump. This figure was even higher for younger drinkers (44%).

Peter Jackson, formerly of Marston’s and now owner of Southwark Brewing Company, said: “Cyclops makes it really easy for drinkers to make decisions about which beer to choose, as they can tell from the descriptions whether a beer is similar to another that they already like. It’s not aimed at brewers, but at drinkers who use it to make comparisons and can easily see whether a beer is going to be light or dark, hoppy or sweet and use it to make informed decisions about whether they will enjoy the new beer.”


Spirits opportunity for pubs

by Ashleigh 11/25/2014 1:34:00 PM

New research by sector consultancy, CGA Strategy, reveals that spirit-based drinks provide promising sales opportunities for UK pubs and bars, but more can be done to convert consumers into the category. It found 86% of spirit drinkers go out more than once a month, against 67% of non-spirit drinkers.

CGA’s survey further revealed that only 19% of spirits drinkers say they drink spirits between 5pm and 7pm, against 60% who do so between 7pm and 9pm. CGA suggested more work needs to be done to convey the right messages about the value and strength of spirits. Many people are unaware that the ABV of a spirit and mixer is comparable to the more popular post-work drinks, such as beer or wine.

Rachel Perryman, CGA Strategy's client services director, said: “These new figures prove that spirits have the potential to become a far bigger part of the drinks mix for consumers and the outlets that serve them.”


Hunt to find Licensee of the Year

by Ashleigh 11/24/2014 1:33:00 PM

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has officially begun the search for its 30th Licensee of the Year. The award celebrates excellence in the licensed hospitality industry and is the longest-running award for licensees in the UK, which is judged over a six-month period.

Tim Hulme, BII chief executive, said: "The BII is delighted to be able to provide this opportunity for licensees to showcase themselves and their business as well as learning from current best practice across the industry. Every year we see interesting and innovative business ideas coming forward and with ever more licensees entering the competition I am excited to see what this year's award will bring.

“The winner will be a licensee who shows a commitment to staff development, has the highest levels of business acumen and shows a passion for the trade.”


Music equipment available in competition

by Ashleigh 11/24/2014 1:32:00 PM

PRS for Music, the Music Copyright, Royalties and Licensing society, is due to give two lucky pubs £10,000-worth of music equipment each, in its annual Music Makeover competition.

Pubs will be able to enter two categories - ‘already using live music’ or ‘does not yet use live music’ – for a chance to enhance their pub with the new equipment. Research by PRS for Music has shown that pubs and venues providing live music can take up to £306 more per day on wet sales, increasing to £667 per day over the weekend. 

The judging panel will consist of Paul Clements, PRS for Music’s commercial director, Neil Williams, head of media at the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and Horace Trubridge, the Musicians’ Union’s assistant general secretary.

Paul Clements said: “Pubs across the UK continually need to innovate and drive footfall with engaging offerings. Live music is a great way in which pubs can attract and retain new audiences. Music Makeover 2015 offers landlords the opportunity to upgrade their existing offering and position live music as a central part of their future success.”