CAMRA names pub of the year finalists

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named the four finalists in its national Pub of the Year 2017 competition. The overall winner will be announced in February. Among the finalists is the Weavers Real Ale House, in Kidderminster, a relatively new one-room micropub....

Hook Norton to open Malthouse Kitchen

Hook Norton Brewery has restored its original maltings building to create a new Malthouse Kitchen restaurant, which will open on Thursday, November 9. With red brick walls, ironwork and wooden floors, the Malthouse Kitchen will offer a café style menu featuring...

Stonegate enhances apprenticeship programme

Stonegate chefs John Reynolds, Bruno Byrne and Chris Dickson at the Hanover Tap, Edinburgh   Stonegate Pub Company has enhanced its Albert Theory of Progression (ATOP) scheme with the launch of a new apprenticeship programme for back-of-house staff across the country....

Charles Wells takes stake in Little Gems

Charles Wells and Little Gems Country Dining, run by Steve Wilkins and Rachel Slater, are to form a joint venture to run a combination of the Little Gems and Charles Wells’ Apostrophe Pubs. The deal will see Charles Wells taking a stake in Little Gems. Little Gems...

Vintage Inns offers St Peter’s Without beer

St Peter’s Without Original is now on the menu at nearly 190 Vintage Inns pubs  — the only alcohol-free beer available across the pub group. Recognising that being the designated driver shouldn’t mean you miss out, Vintage Inns also offers an alcohol-free...

Best Bar None launches in Westminster

London night tsar, Amy Lamé (centre) with Stephen Carpenter, of Pernod Ricard (left), and Mick McDonnell, national co-ordinator of the Best Bar None scheme, at its launch in Westminster   Westminster City Council (WCC) has joined dozens of local authorities up and...

‘Crucial’ Parliamentary debate on pubs

x Photo: Flickr Creative Commons   A Parliamentary debate today will examine taxation of the beer and pub sector in the UK ahead of what many in the industry view as a crucial Budget on November 22. The debate will highlight the pressures that the pub and brewing...

Brakspear pub trails now available via app

With the autumn walking season under way, Brakspear has made its Pub Trails available as an app and published trails for a further ten pubs. The circular walks, which start and finish at a pub, are now linked to 19 pubs across Brakspear’s Oxfordshire and...

Black Bull retain Punch darts title

The Black Bull darts team with Punch category manager Stephen Martin (right)   The Black Bull, in Blaydon-on-Tyne, has won Punch’s 14th annual darts final, at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, for the fifth year in a row. A record 800 teams registered to take...

Beer Merchants Tap coming to London

Cave Direct is set to open its first pub — The Beer Merchants Tap — in Hackney Wick, London, in January. To help fund the project, it’s running a crowdfunding scheme that offers people £2 to spend in the tap for every £1 invested. Fifteen years after closing its...