New manager for Pear Tree, Hook Norton

Hook Norton Brewery has appointed Kitty Wright, 21, as manager at the Pear Tree, Hook Norton. Kitty has worked at the Pear Tree for the past two years and, following the end of the current tenancy, stepped forward to take up the reins. She is looking forward to...

Pubs set to benefit from Great Walks campaign

Hundreds of pubs on and near Britain’s great national trails stand to benefit from a new tourism promotion. Seven Great Walks of England will be showcased in a new campaign worth more than £1.2 million, targeting key overseas markets. The campaign is being funded...

Punch develops trio of new menus

As part of an ongoing commitment to help publicans grow their businesses, Punch has developed three new menus — categorised by pub and customer type — to maximise food sales. For the first time, these menus will be made available to the pub company’s tenanted and...

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...