Punch is reviewing its Falcon Retail Programme

Heineken reveals plans for Punch pubs

14 Feb 2017

Heineken is to review “a number” of initiatives operating across the Punch estate – including its Falcon retail contract programme – as it seeks to “keep the best of both worlds in the newly expanded estate”, MCA has learnt.

Newby hopes for ‘cultural change’ in tenanted sector

24 Feb 2017

Pubs Code Adjudicator Paul Newby has said he hopes to “achieve cultural change” where needed with the tenanted pub sector.

Hippo Inns developing app to recognise customer preferences

24 Feb 2017

Hippo Inns is developing an app which will be able to recognise customers when they walk in and establish their food and drink preference.

Laine to offer ‘repair café’ at new pub

24 Feb 2017

Laine Pub Company has incorporated a ‘repair café’ concept into its latest opening.

Islington Townhouse to host Food Assembly

23 Feb 2017

Islington Townhouse, the Hippo Inn bar and restaurant near Chapel Market, is allowing direct exchange between local producers and the community by hosting a Food Assembly every Tuesday evening from the 7 March.

Wadworth gives away c5,000 pints for RAOK week

23 Feb 2017

Wadworth has given away 5,000 pints as part of Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Pub brands struggling to stand out in crowded market

23 Feb 2017

Pubs are finding it tougher than ever to stand out in a crowded eating out market, the latest MCA Pub Brand Monitor data shows.

Barrel & Stone eyes rollout to 400 pubs

22 Feb 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Barrel & Stone, the pub pizza format, plans to grow its portfolio of partners within the pub trade to 400 in the next three years.

Laine lfls up 10% for H1

22 Feb 2017

Laine Pub Company has reported like-for-like sales in the first half of its current financial year up almost 10%.

NWTC closes Glasgow site

21 Feb 2017

New World Trading Company, the Graphite-backed national operator, has closed its Glasgow Trading House site, MCA understands.


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Will 2017 be the year of the deal?

09 Jan 2017

Leading analyst Simon French, of Cenkos, gives his view on what the next 12 months is likely to hold for the pub industry.

Brasserie Bar Co (Raymond Blanc and Mark Derry)

It’s all white now

05 Jan 2017 | By Stefan Chomka

Five years ago, French chain Brasserie Blanc was a brand in stasis. But a revamp of the entire estate and a move into the pub sector means it has rediscovered its je ne sais quoi. Stefan Chomka reports

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Camerons eyes brew legacy

22 Dec 2016

The north-east brewer and pub operator Camerons may not be the most celebrated of the family brewer/pub operators but with a fledgling national pub brand, a thriving brewery and the firepower to grow, Lion Brewery is ready to roar. James Wallin meets managing director Chris Soley to talk about the big plans brewing in Hartlepool

Punch Falcon pub The Constitution, Pimlico

Heineken hopes to be first to the Punch

14 Dec 2016

Heineken’s bid for Punch would see the Dutch brewer and pub operator take on 1,900 pubs – with Patron Capital retaining the remaining 1,300 in the estate, MCA understands.

Tim Martin at the Pub Conference

Tim Martin on VAT and tax equality

22 Nov 2016

JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin continues his argument for tax equality and argues that industry campaigns that prioritise excise duty help supermarkets as well as pubs




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