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South Western train strike adds to London hospitality woes

Published:  12 December, 2019

Nik Darlington from importer Graft, which specialises in supplying the London on-trade, says the South Western Railway strike alongside steep business rates and overbearing rents with could tip some hospitality businesses over the edge this Christmas…

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Ask A Somm: Maxim Kassir, 108 Brasserie, Marylebone

Published:  12 December, 2019

As well as working as a sommelier at the 108 Brasserie in The Marylebone Hotel, London, Maxim Kassir also oversees wine innovation for the site and its parent group The Doyle Collection. Here he shares his thoughts on low and no alcohol wine and how the on-trade can be more sustainable.

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UK pub numbers on the rise again

Published:  11 December, 2019

The number of British pubs has increased for the first time in a decade, analysis from hospitality sector software start-up Stampede has revealed.

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Wetherspoon to invest more than £200m across its estate

Published:  10 December, 2019

Wetherspoon has announced it is to invest more than £200 million on its pub estate over the next four years.

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Avoiding the low/no Frankenwine monster

Published:  09 December, 2019

In the battle for low/no customers, Frankenstein wine may not be the answer, writes Chris Losh

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Drinks sales rescue on-trade from weak November

Published:  09 December, 2019

Drinks sales in Britain’s pubs helped the on-trade stay in growth in November, latest monthly food-and-drink data from the Coffer Peach Tracker has shown.

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New interactive 'Instagram-able' bar ordering app launches

Published:  04 December, 2019

A new 'Instagram-able' interactive bar ordering app bridging the digital and physical worlds has been unveiled by Cambridge Consultants.

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Diageo buys Tipplesworth to drive cocktails ‘on tap’ growth

Published:  03 December, 2019

Diageo has acquired pre-mix cocktail specialist Tipplesworth for an undisclosed sum.

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Low and no on-trade sales soar by nearly 50%

Published:  02 December, 2019

Sales of no- and low-alcohol drinks in the on-trade have risen nearly 50% in the last year, according to a new report from food-and-drink sector analysts CGA.

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Joe Fattorini: Self-sabotage to push trading up

Published:  26 November, 2019

JOE FATTORINI

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Lidl claims ‘value for money’ supermarket gong

Published:  21 November, 2019

Lidl has been awarded the Wotwine supermarket wine retailer gong based on delivering best value for money for consumers, making it the fourth year in a row for the discounter to claim the title.

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The Balvenie launches digital campaign with London pop-up

Published:  18 November, 2019

The Balvenie premium whisky brand has launched its ‘Digital Drams’ online campaign at a new pop-up bar inside London’s King’s Cross station.

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D&D London to launch ‘wine insights’ initiative

Published:  15 November, 2019

D&D London is poised to launch an initiative offering guests insights into wine and winemakers, and the chance to try “the finest wine at truly accessible prices”.

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The Alchemist gears up to open London flagship site

Published:  15 November, 2019

Cocktail bar and restaurant The Alchemist is gearing up to launch its biggest venue yet in London. 

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WSTA and UKHospitality welcome Tory pub support but say it ‘needs to go further’

Published:  15 November, 2019

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and UKHospitality have welcomed the pledge announced today by the Conservative Party to support the UK’s pubs.

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Ask a Somm: Where to find value on a wine list?

Published:  13 November, 2019

Italian born Federico Moccia knows a thing or two about the world’s most exclusive wine regions, but the assistant head sommelier from London’s 67 Pall Mall knows where there’s value to be found too.

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How to become a somm: Inside tips from the trade’s best

Published:  13 November, 2019

Forget Game of Thrones read Jancis instead… Put your social life on hold… Every day is a school day… Have an exit strategy… these are just some of the bits of advice offered from the UK’s top sommeliers when quizzed about how to get ahead in the trade.

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Jascots strengthens team with former Sommelier of the Year

Published:  11 November, 2019

On-trade distributor Jascots Wine Merchants has appointed former Galvin’s head sommelier and wine buyer Andrea Briccarello to its new business team.

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Joe Fattorini: Selling scarcity tactics

Published:  31 October, 2019

Head of London sales at Fields, Morris & Verdin

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Q&A: Christine Parkinson, buyer, sommelier & consultant

Published:  29 October, 2019

Parting company with Hakkasan after 18 years, one of the stars of the trade tells Andrew Catchpole what she’s learnt along the way

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