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The City Pub Group lays out plans for 70 sites within three years

The City Pub Group lays out plans for 70 sites within three years

The City Pub Group has revealed it is ahead of its initial plans to double the number of pubs it operates by 2021. The publicly-listed outfit expects to have 50 sites in place by mid-2019, which puts it in a strong position to achieve the 65-70 sites it is targeting within the next three years.

Pub catering already “challenging enough” without calorie menu burden

The British Institute of Innkeeping, which represents some 9,000 pubs across the UK, insists that offering food in pubs is already “challenging enough” without the prospect of mandatory calorie labelling. The government this week launched a public consultation on calorie labelling in a move that the BII thinks could bring more pain for pubs that

S.A. Brain & Co joins forces with fellow operators to create a louder industry voice

Hospitality company S.A. Brain & Co has joined Wales’ largest hospitality body. Hospitality Cymru, part of UKHospitality, was forged earlier this year from a merger between hotels and restaurant representatives, British Hospitality Association and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers. The merger combined its thousands of high profile food and beverage brand outlets in a

Wright & Bell expands portfolio with purchase of Kingly Court restaurant

Wright & Bell has added Whyte & Brown to its hospitality portfolio after the purchase of the restaurant in London’s Kingly Court this month. The group already operates the Kitty Hawk and The Backroom Bar at South Place, Moorgate, with this move strengthening Wright & Bell’s presence across the London market. The Whyte & Brown

Darwin & Wallace continues expansion with acquisition of seventh location

Darwin & Wallace, the independent neighbourhood bar group, has acquired its seventh location, due to open this winter in Ealing, West London. The new location will be situated in Dickens Yard and will join a list of village pubs already in the group’s portfolio in Chelsea, Clapham, Richmond, Chiswick, Battersea and Wimbledon. The new site

Harbour & Jones co-founder purchases Lowestoft hotel armed with new restaurant concept plans

Nathan Jones, co-founder of Harbour & Jones Ltd, has bought Fishers Hotel in Pakefield for an undisclosed fee. Jones, who co-founded the London-based foodservice operator in 2007 with Patrick Harbour, is now a director at the firm following a merger with CH&Co last year. He has taken over the 16-bedroom hotel in Suffolk to operate

Fulham Shore ready to capitalise on restaurant vacancies as it negotiates new locations

Fulham Shore – owner of the Franco Manca and The Real Greek restaurant chains – yesterday gave a bullish forward outlook to investors, insisting it was well-placed to take advantage of the amount of empty restaurant premises coming to market. Chairman David Page has previously reported that rental conditions have become more favourable due to

Caffe Concerto continues to build scale in London as latest location pitches it alongside luxury names

Caffe Concerto is bidding to blaze a trail through London’s dining scene by opening a new branch in Westfield White City. ‘The Grand by Concerto’ will take its place alongside luxury brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, offering welcome refreshment to busy shoppers in Caffe Concerto’s inimitable style. The chain now