Pubs (and bars) in brief …

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the launch of a Night Time Enterprise Zone for London, to boost the capital’s economy at night and help its high streets. London’s night-time economy employs 1.6 million people and contributes billions to the economy. This includes pubs, which are already a successful and key part of London’s night-time offer.

Admiral Taverns has announced that Chris Jowsey will take over as the company’s new chief executive, succeeding Kevin Georgel next month. Chris joins Admiral from Heineken, where he currently leads the group’s on-trade business in the UK.

Plymouth-based Bulletproof Brew Co is set to open its first pub. The company, founded in 2016, has applied to convert a former charity shop in Mutley Plain.

Ady Smith, the man behind cask ale pub The Dove Street Inn, in Ipswich, is opening a second venue in the town. Ipswich Gin Parlour will be in a former home brewing shop on St Helen’s Street and will open on June 5.

Shaven Crown

The Shaven Crown (above), in Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, has been bought by Safeland plc managing director, Larry Lipman, following a deal brokered by Colliers International. The asking price was £1.1m.

Derby Brewing Co is taking on the lease for the Corner Pin, in Chellaston, which is owned by Heineken’s Star Pubs and Bars. It will be refurbished and re-open under the name Cruck and Barrel.

Like-for-like sales at Mitchells & Butlers grew 4.1% in the 28 weeks to April 13, 2019, the company has revealed. Adjusted operating profit grew by £10m to £151m. The half-year saw the company out-perform the market and return to profit growth.

St Austell Brewery has acquired the Bridge Inn, in Dulverton. “It’s a fantastic property and our first in Exmoor National Park,” said St Austell’s retail director, Steve Worrall.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed a ban on the supply of plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and cotton buds, which will come into force in April 2020. The ban will build on voluntary initiatives already made by the pub sector.

BrewDog has opened a new bar in Inverurie, close to its Aberdeenshire HQ. The venue, on Market Street, has 22 taps of beer, as well as the brewer’s pizza, burgers, and wings food offering.

Charles Wells has announced the launch of its Pizza, Pots & Pints managed pub concept in Nottingham. Set to open on May 23, The Playwright, located on Shakespeare Street, is the first of three new openings for the company.

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) ill be participating in this year’s Pub in the Park with Tom Kerridge and Friends for the second year, kicking off this weekend in Marlow. After last year’s success, Pub in the Park has expanded and will travel to eight destinations across the UK, including Marlow, Bath, Warwick, Tunbridge Wells, Knutsford, Chiswick, St Albans and Leeds.

Craft Beer Co has opened a new site in Hammersmith, West London. It is on The Broadway, opposite the Apollo.

Camerons will be opening its 16th Head of Steam site this summer, on Park Row, Leeds. It will offer an eclectic selection of UK and world beers, featuring 19 keg lines with a selection of rotating beers plus dedicated lines for the brewer’s Tooth & Claw range and fellow UK brewers Tiny Rebel and Beavertown. These will sit alongside eight cask ale lines.

Bird Cage Brixham

The Birdcage (pictured), previously known as the Bolton Hotel, in Brixham. has relaunched following a £257,000 investment by pub owner, Punch. Work has included a complete refurbishment of the ground floor, with cosy new seating and soft furnishings that lift the pub, giving it a quirky edge and a cool vibe.

Northern Whisper Brewing Co is planning to open its first micropub, in Colne, Lancashire. The plan is to convert a former NatWest bank.

Pub and hotel operator Fuller’s has repositioned and relaunched its learning and development offer with a suite of materials, training courses and online learning, to provide an unparalleled level of staff development. Under the banner Designed for Life, the new programmes are aimed at all levels of front of house employees and kitchen team members, where courses support the ongoing Chefs’ Guild scheme.

The government has launched its first review of the Pubs Code Adjudicator. It is welcoming views from all parties on the effectiveness of the office. Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “The BBPA welcomes this consultation as a valuable opportunity to assess the ongoing impact of the code, the effectiveness of the adjudicator, and to make suggestions for improvement.”

The south east London-based Cityglen Pub Company is set to open its sixth pub, The Great Southern, this May in Gipsy Hill London. Named after a steam train and next door to the station, the site, formerly the Gipsy Tavern pub, is being extensively renovated with an investment of £400,000.

bod TrenthamTitanic Brewery has opened a new bod café bar in Trentham (right). Around £300,000 has been invested in creating a stylish new venue, in a collaboration between Titanic and long-term partner Everards Brewery. It operates as a café throughout the day, serving coffee, tea and light dishes from breakfast time onwards, with craft and real ale available for lunchtime and evening customers. It has created up to 20 jobs.

A new analytics platform is looking to bring provide pubs and bars with data about their performance, their customers, and their local competitors. Olvin, a real-world analytics platform, uses location data from mobile devices to gain an understanding of consumer behaviour and trends within the drinks industry. The platform, which is free to use, aims to provide pubs and bars with offline insights to help improve their digital marketing and drive revenue growth.

Greene King pubs saw 2.9% like-for-like growth in the 52 weeks to April 28. Drinks-led ‘local’ pubs saw sales up 4.6%. Total beer volumes were up 0.9%, but own-brewed volumes were down 3.4%, although this was against a UK ale market down 4.2%.

Laine Pub Company, which has venues in London and Brighton, is expanding into Birmingham with the acquisition of Urban Art Bar. The company has three venues: the Lord Clifton and Red Lion, in Birmingham, and the Wagon and Horses, in Digbeth.

Heineken is to invest £50m in nearly 150 of its Star Pubs and Bars venues, creating some 1,200 jobs. The refurbs will include the addition of Smart Dispense — environmentally friendly cellar technology which saves on water and CO2.

Brewhouse & Kitchen has revamped its menu for the summer, and it will include the return of an old favourite. Coated in a special dry rub and roasted over a can of Brewhouse & Kitchen American Pale Ale to keep the meat tender and moist, beer can chicken comes with a choice of three sauces.

West Berkshire Brewery has opened its first pub in its sole ownership. It has taken on The Grapes, in Oxford.

Wadworth has launched new spring and summer gluten-free menus and an increased vegan offering for its managed pubs. The menus are available now in its managed pub estate throughout the West Country.

Horse Groom Upper Oddington

The Horse and Groom (pictured), at Upper Oddington, Gloucestershire, has been sold to Drunken Sailor Holidays Ltd, in a deal brokered by Colliers International, acting on behalf of Old Amersham Hotels. Norman Liu, from Drunken Sailor Holidays, said: “We want to create a memorable dining experience, mixing fusion cuisine with fantastic local produce, such as Gloucester Old Spot pork, to make the Horse and Groom that little bit more different and exciting. We strive to source as much of our produce within a 50-mile radius of the pub.”

Bank Top Brewery has launched its third pub, reopening the Old England Forever in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire.

Pin It on Pinterest