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Punch deal to complete this month

18 Aug 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted the latest undertakings from Heineken, paving the way clear for its acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs.

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Brakspear grows FY turnover 14%

18 Aug 2017

Brakspear saw turnover grow 14% in 2016, to £25.5m, with growth once again boosted by its managed division.

Oakman gets Royal recognition for training excellence

18 Aug 2017

Oakman Inns has been named as a recipient of the Princess Royal’s Training Award, organised by the City & Guilds Group.

Holborn Leisure takes on Kensington Park Hotel

18 Aug 2017

Holborn Leisure Group, the Ducalian Capital-backed pub vehicle, has taken on the Kensington Park Hotel in Ladbroke Grove, MCA understands.

Chestnut Group acquires sixth site

18 Aug 2017

The Chestnut Group, the East Anglian-based pub group, has acquired the Black Lion in Long Melford, on the Suffolk/Essex border, for an undisclosed sum.

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St Austell Brewery reveals new look

18 Aug 2017 | By James Beeson

Cornish brewery St Austell has unveiled revamped designs for its bottled beer range.

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Aprirose secured £22m facility for M&B deal

18 Aug 2017

Aprirose, the real estate investment company, secured a £22m facility from Metro Bank to facilitate its acquisition of 73 Mitchells & Butlers pubs last month.

Former Supperclub head chef to open pub

18 Aug 2017

Former Supperclub head chef, Dom Robinson, is to open a gastropub in the Berkshire hamlet of Bangor, near Newbury, in October.

Peter Borg-Neal, chief executive of Oakman Inns, Publican Awards 2015 winner, talks about the group's award-winning neighbourhood bar & restaurant format the Beech House

Oakman secures 20th site

17 Aug 2017

Oakman Inns has secured its 20th site with the acquisition of the Anchor in Hullbridge, Essex.

Harper swaps McManus for Epic Pubs

17 Aug 2017

Ed Harper has left his role as operations manager at McManus Pub Company to join Unique Hospitality, MCA understands.


Brewhouse and Kitchen

Brew ideas on an old theme

18 Aug 2017

After falling out of fashion for more than 20 years, the brewpub is back with a vengeance, and Brewhouse & Kitchen has been at the forefront of its revival. James Wallin meets co-founder Simon Bunn to discuss its evolution

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Inside Track: Admiral intentions

13 Jul 2017

Do the bids for Admiral Taverns show that after years in the shadows of managed pubs and casual dining, that tenanted pubs are now back at the centre of M&A activity? MCA deputy editor James Wallin looks at why the segment is so attractive for investors at the moment, what a bid for Admiral could mean for the wider sector and who could be next.

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Pub brands ring changes on regional menu pricing

10 Apr 2017

MCA’s Menu Tracker has given Steve Gotham the opportunity to look at the latest menu releases by top leading pub chains Hungry Horse and JD Wetherspoon

David McDowall, managing director of BrewDog Bars, Publican Awards 2015 winner, discusses the next stage of the fast-growing brand's development

BrewDog: From young pup to big beast

03 Apr 2017

Known for its unorthodox approach to fundraising and marketing in its early days, 10 years down the line craft beer brewer BrewDog has matured into a successful international company. But, that doesn’t mean the firm has become more conformist, as ‘navigator’ David McDowall explains to Mel Flaherty

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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…




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