Lola Lo

Johnson on Eclectic: New concepts, disposals and Smash rollout

23 Mar 2017

Luke Johnson has told MCA there is further work to do within Eclectic Bars Group, which could involve re-branding sites and introducing new concepts.

The Grain Store

Pubco/tenant relations stable post-pubs code

23 Mar 2017

MCA’s annual benchmark of the tenanted pub sector has shown the introduction of the pubs code has had little discernible impact on tenant/pubco relations.

Pizza Hut Express Stratford

Yum! restructures Pizza Hut European arm

22 Mar 2017

Pizza Hut International, the Yum! Brands owned group, has restructured its European business with the aim of accelerating growth across the region.

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay tops Growth Company Index

22 Mar 2017

Turtle Bay, the Piper-backed Caribbean chain, has topped the list of the fastest growing companies in the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector.


BrewDog in talks on investment and IPO

16 Mar 2017

Scottish brewer and pub operator, BrewDog, has admitted it is considering the timescale for a potential IPO and has been in discussion with investors about selling almost a third of the company.

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Star managed pub The Eagles Corner

We’ve had our fill Phil

21 Mar 2017

Celebrating the Great British pub, via its evolution, generational shifts, The Publican Awards, the possibility of a food-led tipping point, on-going legislation, some pubs located in Surrey, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, and the cost of a new car park…

The price is right. Or is it?

20 Mar 2017

During MCA’s Food to Go conference last month there was a lot of talk about London and ‘the regions’. This is how we have been conditioned to think about the UK and in many ways it limits us


The form horse

17 Mar 2017

Seven years on from its creation, Stonegate Pub Company continues to disprove the notion that you cannot thrive as a wet-led, late-night bar operator. The TDR Capital-backed group is now garnering deserved sector-wide recognition for its approach to developing complementary town and city-centre concepts and engaged teams

Vivek Singh

Spicing up the Indian restaurant scene

03 Mar 2017

After showing Londoners the luxurious side of Indian cuisine, The Cinnamon Group’s Vivek Singh has set his sites in premium casual dining with Cinnamon Bazaar.

Karen Jones

Food & Fuel for thought

03 Mar 2017

Karen Jones, the Café Rouge founder, ex Spirit Pub Company founder and current chair of Food & Fuel, spoke to the Imbiba Conference this week on the subject of the future of the UK leisure market. She talked about how hospitality is catering to the millennial market, her top tips for fledgling operators and issued a plea to private equity backers of entrepreneurial businesses.

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Upcoming events

Supply and innovation summit 2017

Supply & Innovation Summit

9th  – 10th May 2017: The Supply and Innovation Summit is the leading event for the restaurant, pub, bar, hotel group and contract catering sectors.

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