All Draft House articles

  • Department of Coffee

    The rise and fall of Coffeesmiths Collective


    One of the more intriguing growth stories of the past ten years, Coffeesmiths Collective is the latest business to begin insolvency proceedings, as parts of the business enter liquidation.

  • Charlie McVeigh

    Charlie McVeigh: ‘The cure is becoming worse than the disease’


    Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh has called on the hospitality industry to help the country turn a page and combat public FOGO – the fear of going out. McVeigh, who is chairman and an investor in The Breakfast Club and Butchies Fried Chicken, told MCA it was time to ...

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    Smith and Radix resign from Coffeesmiths


    Coffeesmiths Collective CEO Toby Smith and CFO Bharti Radix have resigned, MCA understands. According to Companies House, both have stepped down as directors from Coffeesmiths Colective Ltd, and all affiliated companies, including Department of Coffee, Filmore Union, Small Batch Coffee and Baker and Spice. Smith, the ...

  • Charlie McVeigh

    Breakfast Club appoints McVeigh, lfls up 4.3%


    The Breakfast Club has appointed Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh as chairman, his first official role since selling the pub chain to Brewdog.

  • Cleveland Arms

    Market Taverns acquires The Cleveland Arms


    London pub operator Market Taverns has acquired The Cleveland Arms in Paddington for its sixth site.

  • pub beer
    Analysis & Insight

    BrewDog lures young back to the pub


    The number of young people choosing to visit the pub has increased in the year ending April 2019, bucking the historical trend, according to NPD Group’s latest Pub Tracker data.

  • BrewDog Tower Hill

    BrewDog rolls out hotdesking initiative


    BrewDog has started the rollout its hot-desking concept, DeskDog, with 26 UK sites and three international ones now offering the initiative.

  • Bharti Radix

    Coffeesmiths appoints Radix, buys Timberyard


    Bharti Radix has joined Department of Coffee parent company Coffeesmiths Collective as group finance director, as the group acquires a further brand, working café concept Timberyard, MCA has learnt.

  • BrewDog
    Analysis & Insight

    Why BrewDog is really cultured


    MCA contributing editor Peter Martin looks at the remarkable rise of Scottish brewer and pub operator BrewDog from a disruptor to a global beer titan now valuing itself at £1.8bn.

  • BrewDog

    Paddington Draft House converts to BrewDog


    BrewDog has converted the Paddington Draft House pub to its core model.

  • News

    McVeigh: Don’t write off Luke Johnson


    Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh has given a spirited defence of his former investor, Luke Johnson, and insisted he should not be written off despite the damage the Patisserie Holdings saga has done to his reputation.

  • News

    Tager steps down from Brighton Pier Group


    Joe Tager, Luke Johnson’s long-term partner at Risk Capital, has left his role as a non-executive director at Brighton Pier Group to take on a new full-time position at Lloyds Development Capital.

  • BrewDog

    BrewDog finally secures Dalston site


    BrewDog has secured a long sought after venue in Dalston, after taking on the former home of the ‘Birthdays’ bar and club venue.

  • Bharti Radix

    Radix joins Petersham Nurseries


    Bharti Radix, formerly of Draft House and Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, has joined Petersham Nurseries as finance director, MCA understands.

  • BrewDog

    BrewDog bars lfs up 4.1% in 2018


    BrewDog saw like-for-like sales (lfls) in its UK bars estate grow by 4.1% in 2018.

  • Wagamama
    Analysis & Insight

    That was the year that was in M&A


    This year has been far from the barren 12 months many predicted for sector M&A activity. Strong businesses with good management teams have continued to generate significant interest, especially in the drinks-led sector. AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith reflects on the major deals and themes that emerged.

  • BrewDog

    BrewDog-bound Lockwood optimistic for UK on-trade


    Mitchells & Butlers’ beer and cider procurement manager Ben Lockwood is about to step into a new role as international marketing director for BrewDog. He spoke to Nicholas Robinson of MCA’s sister title, the Morning Advertiser about his thoughts on the trade and the beer scene

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    BrewDog to reopen Grand Union site under Draft House concept


    BrewDog is to reopen the Grand Union site at 55 Charterhouse Street under The Draft House format.

  • Jamie Oliver

    Jamie Oliver Group strengthens senior team


    Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has announced a series of senior appointments.

  • News

    Peachment joins Market Taverns as COO


    Richard Peachment, former operations director at Draft House, has joined the London-based pub group, Market Taverns, as its new chief operating officer.