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Bar 38 Takes Coffee Crown For Second Year

Managed pub and bar operator TCG has awarded its Barista of the Year 2015 title to Rachael Simmons, assistant manager at Bar 38 in Portsmouth, after she impressed judges in the finals of the annual competition. Her winning creation, a Carioca Iced Coffee, will be added to TCG’s summer coffee menus, launched in June. The

Leading Pub Group Continue Making A Difference

Reaching the summit of Ben Nevis as part of Admiral Taverns ‘Make a Difference’ challenge is just the starting point for some of the team at the leading pub group.  With more training afoot they will continue their mission to raise money for the mental health charity MIND. Nearly 50 members of the Admiral team

Pub Growth Sparked By Rise In Young Landlords

42% of pub businesses were established in the last three years, according to analysis by Barclays The number of pub owners aged 25 to 34 has risen by a quarter (25%) since 2012 Over one in five (22%) pubs are solely owned by a female landlady Average pub turnover has increased by almost a quarter

Casual Dining Call To Arms

Cementing its status as the UK’s leading voice across all aspects of licensed hospitality, the ALMR has launched its Casual Dining Manifesto promoting the UK’s varied and innovative casual dining market. The Manifesto highlights the dynamism and diversity of casual dining in the UK and calls upon the Government to address issues surrounding property and

Bar 38 Takes Coffee Crown For Second Year

TCG Barista of the Year 2015Managed pub and bar operator TCG has awarded its Barista of the Year 2015 title to Rachael Simmons, assistant manager at Bar 38 in Portsmouth, after she impressed judges in the finals of the annual competition. Her winning creation, a Carioca Iced Coffee, will be added to TCG’s summer coffee menus, launched in June.

The barista competition, held for the first time last year, challenges team members across the estate to create a new coffee or hot chocolate serve. From the initial entries, four finalists were invited to make their coffees in front of judges, and produce a latte to demonstrate their coffee skills. Judging this year were TCG chief operating officer Nigel Wright, Bryan Unkles and James Oldfield of TCG’s coffee supplier Cafeology, and last year’s Barista of the Year, Andrei Slemco, also from Bar 38. Read more

Leading Pub Group Continue Making A Difference

Reaching the summit of Ben Nevis as part of Admiral Taverns ‘Make a Difference’ challenge is just the starting point for some of the team at the leading pub group.  With more training afoot they will continue their mission to raise money for the mental health charity MIND.

Nearly 50 members of the Admiral team including directors, business development managers, head office support staff and friends and family took part in the Ben Nevis climb at the weekend, scaling a total of 1,344 metres and raising close to £15,000 for the charity. Read more

Pub Growth Sparked By Rise In Young Landlords

  • 42% of pub businesses were established in the last three years, according to analysis by Barclays
  • The number of pub owners aged 25 to 34 has risen by a quarter (25%) since 2012
  • Over one in five (22%) pubs are solely owned by a female landlady
  • Average pub turnover has increased by almost a quarter (23%) up from 2012

There are encouraging signs of growth for the UK pub industry which has seen a rise in turnover and injection of new owners in the last three years, according to new data from Barclays. The research, which looks at the number of Barclays’ business customers in the Pubs and Bars industry, reveals just under half of these pub businesses were established in the last three years, boosted in part by the number of younger landlords entering the industry.  Read more

Casual Dining Call To Arms

Cementing its status as the UK’s leading voice across all aspects of licensed hospitality, the ALMR has launched its Casual Dining Manifesto promoting the UK’s varied and innovative casual dining market.

The Manifesto highlights the dynamism and diversity of casual dining in the UK and calls upon the Government to address issues surrounding property and investment to ensure continued growth in the sector. Read more

Over Half Of UK Consumers Ordering Takeaways – But Eating-Out Still A Bigger Attraction

Research from CGA Peach’s new BrandPulse service has revealed that 57% of the population ordered a take away meal in the last month – and probably to accompany them watching a box set or movie at home, with 37% saying they stayed in to watch a subscription TV service like Sky Movies, Netflix or Amazon Instant.

Despite the attraction of a good night in, 75% of the public still chose to eat out of home over the same period, with JD Wetherspoon (with 14% of the public visiting), Nando’s (8%), Pizza Hut (7%), Harvester (5%) and Toby Carvery (4%) seeing the highest levels of usage across restaurants and pub restaurants for the four weeks ending 15 May. Read more

Pubs Advisory Service Announces MRO Road Show Dates

MROASThe Pubs Advisory Service are announcing five MRO road show dates during which the forthcoming Market Rent Only option will be explained to licensees, brewers and other interested parties.

The road shows will take place throughout June with dates in London, Liverpool, York, Leicester and Exeter and will be hosted by the MRO Advisory team: Chris Wright, Simon Clarke and Dave Mountford. Read more

National Chef Of The Year Semi-Finalists Revealed

National Chef of the YearThe paper entries have been judged and the Craft Guild of Chefs can now reveal the 40 chefs going though to the semi-final of the National Chef of the Year competition.

The semi-finalists listed below will compete in the heats at Sheffield College on Thursday 11 June or at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in London on Wednesday 24 June. Read more

Up To One Third Of People At Risk From Campylobacter Food Poisoning During Their Lifetime

2015 Chicken ChallengeNew figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) suggest that up to a third of the population could contract food poisoning from campylobacter, a bug most commonly found on raw chicken, during their lifetime. The figure is based on the current infection rates of more than a quarter of a million people per year.

…up to a third of us could fall ill with campylobacter at some point in our lives. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to reduce that figure. Read more

VisitEngland Chief Executive Welcomes New Government Appointments To Support Tourism

Commenting On The Government Announcements this week James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland said: “My congratulations to the newly appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport John Whittingdale and the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Tourism, Tracey Crouch. This renewed government commitment to supporting tourism is welcome indeed and I look forward to working together to support the development of world-class product right here at home, and to ensure our dynamic domestic tourism industry, worth £106bn to the economy, supporting 2.6m jobs, continues to grow.” Read more

Greene King Named Winner Of VQ Large Employer Of The Year Award

Tamara-Leigh Kirkham apprentice 2015Greene King has been named winner of the 2015 VQ Large Employer of the Year Award, in recognition of the outstanding support it has provided to those undertaking vocational qualifications (VQs) within its workforce.

Greene King established its apprenticeship programme in 2011 as part of its strategy to invest in both existing employees and newcomers to the business. In this time, over 3,000 employees have achieved nationally recognised qualifications, with 2,000 more expected to complete theirs within the next 12 months. Since introducing the programme, Greene King has seen a positive increase in staff retention, as it looks to develop in-house talent. Read more