Phil Mellows

  • Mike Tye
    Analysis & Insight

    Spirit in the Tye


    As Mike Tye nears the end of his time at Spirit Pub Company, Phil Mellows finds out about what he’s achieved, his hopes for the merger with Greene King and his chances of playing more golf

  • Mike Tye

    Tye reflects on implications of GK/Spirit deal


    Spirit Pub Company chief executive Mike Tye has said he expects to see consolidation of brands when Greene King completes its takeover.

  • Opinion

    Shifting Sands


    John Sands’ retirement is not going well. Eleven years after leaving the industry, his love of pubs has drawn him back into a leading role. Phil Mellows meets the new chairman of Admiral Taverns

  • Opinion

    Learning from a dry society


    Sipping tentatively at a freshly-squeezed organic beetroot juice, Phil Mellows meets dry bar entrepreneur Catherine Salway of Redemption Bar and finds out what the licensed trade could possibly learn from a pub with no beer

  • Charles Wells

    Charles Wells' managed move 'will help tenants'


    Charles Wells’ return to managed houses will provide an important resource for the Bedford-based brewer’s 200 tenants, managing director Peter Wells has told M&C Report

  • News

    Happy hour 'still important'


    Happy hours continue to play an important role in driving trade in pubs and restaurants on weekdays, new research has suggested, with customers looking for deals on food and soft drinks as well as alcohol

  • Allegra graph on pubs' share of eating out
    Analysis & Insight

    Pubs grow share of eating-out market


    Pubs are increasing their share of the UK eating-out market at the expense of restaurants, new research for M&C Report by Allegra Foodservice has found

  • News

    ​Oaka Group targets second London site


    Oaka Group, the sister company to the Peterborough-based Oakham Ales, is still actively seeking a second site in the capital, director Paul Hook has told M&C Report

  • News

    Chameleon eyes investments over acquisitions


    Chameleon Bar & Dining, the food-led pub group run by former Punch operations director Phil Strong, is expanding through investing in its six existing sites after struggling to find suitable new premises, M&C Report has learnt

  • News

    Elgood's targets bespoke support for pubs


    Elgood’s, the Cambridgeshire brewer and pub operator, is to undergo a period of more focused support to build business across its tenanted estate, M&C Report has learnt

  • Thwaites

    Thwaites opens third pub under microbrewer free-of-tie deal


    Thwaites, the Lancashire brewer and pub operator, has opened its third partnership pub with a microbrewer, M&C Report has learnt

  • Tom Davies, Brakspear

    Brakspear to open Mexican restaurant


    Brakspear, the Oxfordshire-based pub operator, has leased a pub in its home town of Henley to be operated as a Mexican restaurant

  • News

    Moorhouse's puts two on market; eyes micropubs


    Moorhouse’s, the Lancashire brewer and pub operator, is to sell two more of its pubs and is considering a move into ‘micropubs’, M&C Report has learnt

  • News

    Downing eyes £100m fundraising


    Downing LLP is aiming to raise another £100m this year to add to its existing £430m pub industry fund, M&C Report has learnt

  • News

    ​Pure Craft Bars targets growth


    Pure Craft Bars, a collaboration between Paul Halsey’s Purity Brewing in Warwickshire and former Michelin-star chef Andreas Antona, is on course to open a bar a year over the next five years after opening its first site

  • Nandos restaurant
    Analysis & Insight

    Restaurants have 16 minutes to serve customers


    Restaurants have just 16 minutes to serve an average customer before they walk out, new research has shown, while casual dining pubs such as JD Wetherspoon and Harvester have to be even quicker, with 13 minutes before someone will go elsewhere

  • News

    Hardknott Brewery eyes rail pub chain


    Cumbria-based Hardknott Brewery’s new bar could be the first in a chain of rail trail pubs targeting craft beer drinkers, co-founder Dave Bailey has told M&C Report

  • News

    RB & AH becomes Pearmain Pubs


    RB & AH, the six-strong food-led Surrey pub group run by former Blubecker’s chief Richard Brown, has changed its name to Pearmain Pubs

  • Heston Blumenthal

    London named world's best city for eating-out


    London has been named the world’s best destination for eating-out in a poll conducted by lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler

  • News

    Growler Brewery in administration


    Growler Brewery, the Essex brewer chaired by former Molson Coors managing director John Holberry, has been placed in administration, M&C Report has learnt

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