Pubs and bars in brief

Yorkshire’s Amity Brew Co is to open a brewpub at Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley. The aim is to have the 25,000 sq ft space open by Christmas.

As many continue to work from home, Young’s is offering ‘Work from Pub’ packages. It is promoting free Wi-Fi, charging points, quiet spaces, and unlimited tea and coffee, as well as meal deals.

Star Pubs and Bars has come up with a tiered system of continuing rent concessions for leased and tenanted licensees, in parallel with the covid19 response tier system. Managing director, Lawson Mountstephens, said: “Our new three-tier rent reduction programme is designed to give [licensees] the support, clarity, and reassurance they need. The latest local lock-down restrictions will have a devastating impact, not just on pubs but on the communities they serve. The government must step up and do more to help.”

Former rugby league player Andy Gascoigne, who owns Haworth Steam Brewery, as well as a gin business, has purchased The Farmers Arms, in Muker, North Yorkshire.

Beavertown Brewery is teaming up with Fuller’s to exclusively launch Nanobot, a 2.8% ABV super session IPA, on draught. The beer is in 100 Fuller’s pubs across London this month, with drinkers in with a chance of winning a free pint. Every Thursday afternoon, from 8th to 29th October, three Fuller’s pubs will be chosen to pour free pints of Nanobot, which will be announced on Beavertown’s Twitter page ahead of time. The first 50 customers to book at table at the chosen pubs for 12:30pm that Thursday afternoon will win fresh pints!

BrewDog has lodged a planning application to open a bar in Exeter. It is looking to take on a unit in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Queen Street.

A ban on supplying plastic straws and stirrers came into force in England on 1st October. It is estimated we use 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers, and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England every year, many of which find their way into our ocean.

Ei Publican Partnerships is offering up to 100,000 free drinks in October. The promotion is in partnership with Budweiser Brewing Group, Britvic, Diageo, Heineken, Molson Coors, and Sharp’s Brewery.

Greene King is selling disposable face masks in its pubs and donating the proceeds to its national charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support. So far, more than £400,000 has been raised.

A charity cocktail event that raised a five-figure sum for workers in the coronavirus-ravaged drinks industry has been hailed by one of the participants, alcohol-free spirits distiller Bax Botanics. More than 1,500 people visited the two-day Cocktails in the City event, in Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, buying 4,982 cocktails created by 30 London bars using 50 premium drinks brands, including alcohol-free spirit Bax Botanics, Hennessy, and The London Essence Company.

The Crown Inn at Benson, Oxfordshire, a characterful, 17th century, grade II listed, timber-framed coaching inn, is due to re-open on Friday, 2nd October, following a major refurbishment by Hook Norton Brewery. The Crown will welcome all to enjoy its bar, restaurant, six en-suite bedrooms, rear courtyard, and beer garden. 

Foosball Club

Foosball Club is to launch on London’s Holloway Road on 30th September. It will feature four championship grade table football set-ups with custom lighting, as well as drinks and pizza. More information at foosballclub.co.uk/

About a quarter of licensed premises in Britain had not re-opened by the end of August, according to industry analyst CGA and consultacy Alix Partners. Two sectors particularly slow to re-open are bars and licensed sports and social clubs.

The Pooley Bridge Inn, near Ullswater, has re-opened after a £1m refurbishment by Robinsons. It had been due to open in March, but this was postponed due to covid.

German-style beer hall Bierschenke is to re-open on Liverpool Street, London, on 16th September. Sister site Bierkeller, in Tower Hill, will remain closed for now.

Wadworth is to operate its own version of Eat Out to Help Out in its managed pubs. There will be 20% off food Monday to Wednesday during September, with no spend limit.

Fierce Beer is to open a bar in Manchester on Friday, 4th September. The venue, at 57 Thomas Street, the Northern Quarter, was previously occupied by Marble Beers.

The Wharf Crossways

Waterside pub The Wharf, in Dartford’s Crossways, has re-opened following a £1.5 million transformation by Shepherd Neame. A wraparound terrace has been added to take advantage of the pub’s stunning location overlooking Cotton Lake. An outside bar has been added, and its large garden has been fully landscaped, with new furniture and lighting. Inside, The Wharf’s layout has been reconfigured to create a more spacious, open feel, including removing a mezzanine dining area near its entrance and reconfiguring the bar area.

The premises which was home to Brigantes, one of York’s most popular pubs, which closed in June, is on the market to let. The agent is Barry Crux.

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association has said a ban on background music is having a devastating impact on the country’s pubs, with increased likelihood of closures and job losses as a direct result of the policy. It is urging the Scottish Government to reverse the ban on music and sound from TV in pubs, to help boost their businesses as they try to recover post-lockdown. The Scottish Government updated its guidance covering the sector on 14th August.

The Red Lion, in Chobham, has been awarded the prestigious TripAdvisor’s 2020 Diner’s choice award, recognising the best places to eat around the world. Winners are calculated based on the quality and quantity of the millions of reviews, opinions and ratings collected on TripAdvisor. Licensees Garry Tallent and Sandy Masson, took over the Admiral Taverns pub in July 2019, following an extensive £250,000 refurbishment which saw the popular venue adapted into an independent restaurant and pub, with a feature outside dining area.

The Inn Collection Group has added to its portfolio of properties with the purchase of the Churchill Inn, Ambleside.

Private Eye cartoonist Simon Key is having an eight-week showcase at Anspach & Hobday’s craft beer and bottle shop, The Pigeon, in Camberwell, South London, from Tuesday, 15th September. Simon will be in attendance on the first night and will be unveiling a new cartoon of The Pigeon, Anspach & Hobday’s emblem, and the name of the bar itself. The artwork will be held in The Pigeon’s Skylight Room. To make a booking, use OpenTable.

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