Oakman FY lfls up 6.8%

24 May 2018

Oakman Inns has reported like-for-like sales up 6.8% in the year to 1 April.

Frankie and Bennys

TRG lfls down 4.3% in year-to-date

23 May 2018

The Restaurant Group (TRG) has reported like-for-like sales for the 20 weeks to 20 May down 4.3%, with total sales falling 3.1%.


Shaftesbury estate ‘unaffected’ by external pressures

22 May 2018

West End landlord Shaftesbury has reported “healthy trading “ across its estate, with the West End “largely unaffected” by the challenges facing the rest of the sector.

Joule's Brewery

Joule’s reshuffles board after year of consolidation

17 May 2018

Joule’s – the brewer and operator of 41 pubs - has restructured its senior team as it refocuses on brewing for its own estate adding two pubs a year.

Ralph Findlay

Marston’s “will continue to land bank sites”

17 May 2018

Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has told MCA the group will continue to land bank sites despite revising down its growth targets for next year.

Simon Townsend

EiG: Managed Expert exits; REIT status and regional growth

16 May 2018

Following Ei Group’s H1 trading update, MCA spoke to chief executive Simon Townsend.  He discussed what the group’s revised growth prospects mean for the long-term goal of converting to a REIT. He also spoke about the where growth would come from in the managed estate, timetabling eventual exits from the Managed Investment partnerships and the first new site for its joint venture with PubLove. On the tenanted and leased estate, he said that while the Midlands and the north ...

Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Holdings H1 revenue up 9.1%

15 May 2018

Patisserie Holdings saw revenue grow 9.1% to £60.5m in the six months to 31 March

Ei Group

EiG “maintaining growth momentum” in H1

15 May 2018

Ei Group has reported like-for-like net income up 0.6% across its leased and tenanted estate for the six months to 31 March.

Tim Martin at the Pub Conference

“Jury still out” on JDW pizza offer

10 May 2018

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has said the “jury is still out” on the group’s trial of a pizza offer, admitting he has his doubts as to whether it will be profitable.

Greggs exterior

Market conditions impact Greggs

09 May 2018

Greggs has this morning reported a 1.3% increase in like-for-like sales across its company-managed shop estate


Young’s: From dray horses to digital revolutionaries

26 May 2017

Young’s chief executive Patrick Dardis talks to MCA about regional expansion; plans to ramp up investment; it’s digital ambitions and the trends the group is seeing in its customer base.

Steve Holmes, CEO Azzurri Group

Azzurri hails transformational year

30 Nov 2015

The Azzurri Group, operator of ASK, Zizzi and Coco di Mama, has hailed 2015 as a transformational 12 months for the group, after reporting a 16.5% increase in EBITDA to £31.8m for the year to 28 June


Q2 trading update

15 Jul 2014

M&C Report talks to pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the second quarter of 2014, with reflections on the first six months of the calendar year. The consensus is that the strong first quarter had broadly continued in Q2, aided to some extent by the weather and sporting fixtures, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead


Q1 trading overview

14 Apr 2014

M&C Report talks to major pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the first quarter of 2014. The consensus is that Q1 was as good as or better than expected, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead

Tim Bacon

Venturing forward

19 Jan 2014 | By Mark Wingett

If I had to put forward one man who could dominate the UK’s eating and drinking-out scene over the coming 12 months, I would be hard pressed to look past Tim Bacon, the chief executive of Living Ventures