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Hole in one, two, three…

Published:  27 September, 2019

Puttshack, the crazy golf/bar/restaurant outfit, has announced ambitious growth plans that should see it expand nationwide and internationally, with dozens of venues opening up over the next three years.

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Harvest Festival with a difference at Vagabond

Published:  26 September, 2019

London’s Vagabond Wines is offering wine drinkers a twist on the school autumn-term staple, the Harvest Festival.

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Q&A: Nick Bethell, Snobby's

Published:  24 September, 2019

Andrew Catchpole noses around Snobby’s, Bristol’s new gastronomic oasis offering a distinctly unsnobbish mix of great wine and cracking pizza

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Upping your festive game

Published:  23 September, 2019

Spirits and wine are set to receive a healthy dose of Christmas cheer this festive season – if operators can capitalise on premium trends.

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On-trade sector confidence dips to two-year low

Published:  23 September, 2019

Business confidence among the leaders of Britain’s pub and restaurant groups has taken a hit amid fears about the long-term impact of Brexit, pushing market optimism to its lowest ebb for two years, according to the latest quarterly Business Confidence Survey from CGA.

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Mark Jarvis opens at Trade members club

Published:  19 September, 2019

Mark Jarvis of Holborn’s Anglo restaurant is to start a residency at Trade, the Soho-based members’ club for the hospitality industry.

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Ask a somm: Christopher Lecoufle, GM & head sommelier, Les 110 de Taillevent

Published:  17 September, 2019

Its sister restaurant in Paris has two Michelin stars and London’s Les 110 de Taillevent aspires to similar heights with its modern French food and impressive wine list.

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Gastro pubs: The challenges and joys of getting a pub wine list right

Published:  17 September, 2019

With the vast majority of pubs in the UK part of a chain where buying decisions on everything from beer and wine to crisps and peanuts are sanctioned by the chain’s owners, it can be very hard for wine merchants and importers to get an in, especially on the ground rather than in a boardroom setting.

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More segmentation around Christmas needed as trading up accelerates

Published:  27 August, 2019

Pernod Ricard is encouraging retailers and on-trade operators to think about Christmas in a series of moments and occasions that run throughout October, November and December, with different opportunities at different points through the three-month period.

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From L’Hotel to L’Atelier

Published:  27 August, 2019

Having cut their teeth at Hotel du Vin under the late, great Gerard Basset, Steve Pineau and Dimitri Mesnard have a slick operation in Brighton offering wine and Prohibition era-cocktails. Jo Gilbert caught up with the dynamic duo

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Two to three big Christmases left for gin amid premium spirits boom

Published:  23 August, 2019

Pernod Ricard is banking on another big hurrah for gin growth this festive season, with its on-going popularity and major presence in the UK’s cocktail culture helping to boost growth of premium spirits.

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Hong Kong investor buys Greene King

Published:  20 August, 2019

Suffolk-based brewery group Greene King has been sold to a Hong Kong conglomerate in a deal worth £4.6bn.

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The return of the wets

Published:  19 August, 2019

Investor interest is returning to the high street, particularly when it comes to wet-led venues, where optimism is on the rise.

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Modest growth for on-trade in July

Published:  12 August, 2019

Like-for-like sales for pubs and restaurants were up 1.2% year on year in July, according the the latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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The Alchemist reports double-digit turnover growth

Published:  09 August, 2019

The Alchemist has reported a 17.3% leap in turnover to £41m in the year to 31 March 2019, up from £34.5m in 2018.

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Wet-led businesses helping high street to recover from “poisonous cocktail” of regulatory costs

Published:  19 July, 2019

Renewed investor interest is improving the health of a malnourished high street – driven mostly by wet-led venues, a group of suppliers and industry leaders were told this morning.

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Q&A: Jan Konetzki, director of wine, Ten Trinity Square

Published:  18 July, 2019

Lisa Riley meets the sommelier who has been Chatéau Latour and Artemis Domaines’ ambassador since 2016

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Pubs and bars signal optimism as restaurant sector continues to suffer

Published:  15 July, 2019

The latest CGA Fourth Business Confidence Survey, canvassing opinion from hospitality industry leaders, has revealed concern over the frequency of consumer visits to pubs, bars and restaurants during the second half of 2019.

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Guy Woodward: Accentuate the positive

Published:  11 July, 2019

GUY WOODWARD

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Bibendum launches ‘industry first’ training course

Published:  26 June, 2019

Bibendum has launched what it claims to be an 'industry first' training course - ‘Getting to grips with German Wine’.

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