Simon Townsend

EiG: Craft Union rollout; REIT status and Managed Expert slowdown

21 Nov 2017

Ei Group (EiG) chief executive Simon Townsend talks to MCA following this morning’s full-year results announcement.

Clive Watson

City Pub Group raises expectations for float

20 Nov 2017

City Pub Group has raised expectations of how much its expects to raise through this week’s float on AIM.

Brewhouse and Kitchen

B&K raises £7m for further growth

17 Nov 2017

Brewhouse & Kitchen has begun another round of fundraising, with £7m committed so far, MCA understands.

Patrick Dardis

Young’s ‘could spend £100m on group deal’

17 Nov 2017

Young’s chief executive Patrick Dardis has told MCA it’s “probably about time” the company made a group acquisition and said it has the firepower to spend £100m plus on a deal.

SA Brain announces new brewery location

22 Nov 2017

SA Brain has confirmed its new brewery and support centre will be housed in the Pacific Business Park, Cardiff.

NewRiver to complete transfer of Marston’s portfolio

22 Nov 2017

NewRiver, the UK REIT and pub operator, is to complete the transfer of the final pubs acquired from Marston’s to its own management.

Castle Rock to open first micropub

21 Nov 2017

Castle Rock, the Nottingham-based brewer is to open its first micropub and wine cellar – its 25th site in total.

Growth in family pub visits

21 Nov 2017

Adult visits to the pub declined slightly over the last year while family visits were on the rise – reversing the recent trend.

Butcombe acquires Cheddar pub

21 Nov 2017

Butcombe Brewery has expanded its estate to 44 pubs after taking on the Rodney Stoke just outside Cheddar in Somerset, MCA understands.

Hippo Inns secures 11th pub

21 Nov 2017

Hippo Inns has secured its 11th site – the Blue Anchor in Hammersmith, MCA understands.


Miller & Carter exterior

Get Carter

02 Oct 2017 | By Mark Wingett

There was an oversight at MCA’s annual Restaurant Conference, which took place last month. It was an oversight that some of the leading operators quietly pointed out to me; we had forgotten to mention a growing brand that was having an impact on the performance of parts of their estates – Mitchells & Butlers’ (M&B) premium steakhouse concept, Miller & Carter

Tim Martin at the Pub Conference

Tim Martin on Boris Johnson

29 Sep 2017

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin writes in defence of Boris Johnson and says those attacking him for perceived falsehoods in his campaign to quit the EU have often been guilty of peddling fake news themselves.

Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference

Why tenanted pubs are back in fashion

11 Sep 2017

The past few weeks have seen two huge deals in the tenanted and leased pub sector – with Punch and Admiral Taverns both getting new owners. In a period of great uncertainty, why do investors feel certain of success in a segment whose death has often been exaggerated. Peter Hansen, founder of Sapient Corporate Finance.

Drinking pints

Pubs – what are they good for?

07 Sep 2017

Fiona Stapley, editor of the Good Pub Guide, examines how the blurring of lines between pubs, restaurants and cafes has affected the public’s affection for this great British institution.

Kevin Georgel

Admiral to set sail with new investors

04 Sep 2017

MCA speaks to Admiral Taverns chief executive Kevin Georgel about the future of the pub company under new owners C&C Group and Proprium Capital Partners.


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