Rob Willock is group editor of M&C Report and The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, the pub trade’s weekly newspaper. Rob has 18 years’ experience in business journalism, and has edited magazines and websites covering transport, construction, grocery retail and human resources. And now – much more interestingly – pubs and restaurants! Rob recently completed a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA).
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And so it came down to just eight MPs. Decades of political wrangling about the legality and fairness of the beer tie ended with a slim Parliamentary majority of 15 voting to give pub tenants of the largest pubcos a ‘market rent only’ (MRO) option – thus freeing them from this historic and oft-abused mechanism.
It’s a little early to assess the full implications of Enterprise Inns’ move into managed pubs. But we already know enough from its first directly-run outlet, St James’ of Bermondsey, south-east London to suggest the company is serious about developing an estate of well-invested and properly promoted managed pubs in the capital and beyond
A three course meal at a pub now costs – on average – just £1.99 less than a three course meal at a restaurant (£18.67 vs £20.66), according to Horizons’ latest Menurama survey. Rob Willock explores the dynamic of price points in pubs versus restaurants, particularly as the lines between the two continue to blur with the rise of hybrid concepts