Punch launches seventh annual national pub quiz

Punch has kicked off its seventh annual Great British Pub Quiz with a record 1,030 pubs across its estate taking part. All participating pubs receive a free weekly quiz for eight weeks. Pubs will then be encouraged to invite their top-scoring teams to regional finals,...

Greene King Pub Partners expands food service

Greene King Pub Partners has expanded the range of its food service to tenanted and leased pubs within its estate. Since its launch last year, the food service has been taken up by around 150 sites and now a set of new menus has been launched, including a premium...

Protz on coaching inns of Great North Road

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has released its latest book, Historic Coaching Inns of the Great North Road, Roger Protz. Known as “the Route 66 of Britain”, the Great North Road is part of British folklore, serving as the main route between London and Scotland for...

Brakspear gears up for ‘staycations’

Brakspear has opened nine new bedrooms at its Chequers managed pub in Marlow, taking to 77 the total number of letting rooms across its managed estate. The move expands Brakspear’s accommodation offer at a time of growing consumer demand for ‘staycations’....

Major refurbishment for Cressy Arms, Dartford

Red Oak Taverns, together with licensees Mark and Deana Lewins, have completed the six-figure refurbishment of the Cressy Arms, in Dartford, Kent. The historic pub was named after HMS Cressy, an armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy around 1900. Mark Grunnell,...

Mayor to tackle decline in London’s pubs

Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to help halt the decline in the number of pubs in London, releasing new figures that reveal the number of locals in the capital have fallen by a quarter since 2001. The figures show that 1,220 pubs have been lost in the last 15 years. In...

Cirrus Inns purchases three London pubs

Metro Bank has provided Cirrus Inns with £11.67 million in funding, enabling it to purchase three central London pubs, previously owned by DM Group. The new debt facility has allowed Cirrus Inns to acquire the freeholds of the Cross Keys in Chelsea and the Sands End...

BrewDog opens new bar in Tallinn, Estonia

BrewDog is launching a new bar in Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn, this week — one of the first dedicated craft beer bars in the country. Since BrewDog’s iconic Punk IPA became the first craft beer to be sold in the country back in 2011, Estonia’s craft beer movement...

Brakspear launches new series of pub trails

Left to right at the pub trails launch are: chairman of TOE2, Karen Woolley; Henley MP, John Howell; Brakspear chief executive, Tom Davies; and Mayor of Henley, Julian Brookes   Henley brewer and pub operator Brakspear is encouraging pub-goers to work up a thirst...

Major makeover for Old Bell, Harrogate

One of Harrogate’s landmark pubs, the famous The Old Bell, in the Montpellier quarter of the town centre, is re-opening with a new look and experience. Close to the Pump Room Museum and Valley Gardens, the Old Bell has been renowned for offering outstanding real...