Costs rise sharply at JD Wetherspoon

JD Wetherspoon saw like-for-like sales increase by 7.2% in the first 12 weeks of its second quarter, it reports today. But costs are rising, too. A Wetherspoon spokesperson said: “The company has spent £56m in the year to date on buying the freeholds of pubs of...

Community pubs enjoying great success

Pub closure rates may make dismal reading, but the success of community-run pubs deserves to be celebrated, according to rural community businesses group the Plunkett Foundation. A new report from the foundation shows that, at the end of 2017, the community pubs...

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...
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,...

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