1,000 UK pubs need to close, says agent

A further 1,000 UK pubs need to close within the next two years to reach a sustainable equilibrium of 47,000 pubs. That’s the view of commercial agent Christie + Co its its newly released Business Outlook publication. Although many pubs have closed, those that...

Pubs vital in planning policy, says BBPA

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has said that pubs must be front of mind when it comes to increasing planning flexibility, which will in turn help boost town centres and high streets. It was responding to a government consultation on planning reform and...
New look for Leaping Wolf, Wolverhampton

New look for Leaping Wolf, Wolverhampton

  The Leaping Wolf pub, on the doorstep of The Molineux football stadium in Wolverhampton, has relaunched after a £450,000 investment by owner Punch. The community pub has had a full refurbishment inside and out, and is being operated by Bobby Basran, who also runs...
Spanish influence as Jose Pizzaro takes over Esher pub

Spanish influence as Jose Pizzaro takes over Esher pub

  London chef José Pizarro (pictured) has announced that is taking over The Swan Inn, in Esher, combining José’s family cooking values with a British Pub feel. It will re-open in March. The menu will include José tapas favourites to share, such as his croquetas,...
Refurbishment for Marine Hotel, Tankerton

Refurbishment for Marine Hotel, Tankerton

  Shepherd Neame has begun work on a £500,000 refurbishment project at its Marine Hotel, in Tankerton near Whitstable. The hotel, which boasts impressive sea views, is to undergo a substantial transformation of its bar and lounge area, restaurant, reception and...

Ei Group sells 370 pubs to Tavern Propco

Ei Group — formerly Enterprise Inns — has sold 370 pubs to an investment fund, Tavern Propco Ltd, although the deal is subject to shareholder approval. The sale price is around £348m. Tavern Propco Ltd is a new company owned, through holding companies, by investment...

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