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BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27:  In this photo illustration pound coins are stacked in front of a twenty pound note on November 27 2008 in Bristol, England. Many UK consumers are feeling the pinch as the financial crisis and economic downturn makes borrowing harder and more expensive and the recession starts to bite.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Restaurants trump pubs in modest July performance

Restaurants trump pubs in modest July performance

Pub and restaurant groups have managed to secure a marginal growth in July amidst fears regarding consumer confidence levels. Restaurants slightly outperformed pub chains showing 0.9% like-for-like growth rate against 0.4% for pub and bar operators according to CGA Peach. The latest figures reveal collective like-for-like sales were up by 0.6% across the sector in

Victory, Mersea, TLC Inns

TLC to expand kitchens as it looks to ramp up estate to 20 venues in three years

Pub and restaurant operator TLC Inns has taken on the lease of a pub in Essex in partnership with Star Pubs & Bars as part of its 20-strong development scheme, which includes increasing the size of its kitchens to accommodate larger menus. The Victory is the company’s first addition to its Essex and East Anglia estate

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Contract caterer launches first retail site for in-house cafe brand

Eurest, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has launched the first public-facing site of its Caffé Dallucci brand at Solent Business Park in Fareham. Focussing on providing fresh food, great coffee and good company, the brand will now provide its premium food and beverage offer to a public audience, having launched a series of other

Phil Buckley outside the Wheatsheaf on Yarm Road in Darlington.
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D&G pub group plans upgrade of whole estate with kitchens at heart of strategy

Darlington-based pub operator, D&G Pub Company is investing more than £300,000 refurbishing two Darlington pubs, including a reformat of their kitchens, in conjunction with Star Pubs & Bars. The Wheatsheaf in Yarm Road and The George in Bondgate are both undergoing makeovers as part of a modernisation programme aimed at driving up food sales and

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 28:  A sign hangs outside of a Shake Shack restaurant on January 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The burger chain, with currently has 63 locations, is expected to go public this week with an IPO priced between $17 to $19 a share. The company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SHAK. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Shake Shack boosts UK presence by moving into London’s West End

Shake Shack, the fast casual restaurant chain from New York, is expanding its operations with the launch of a venue in London’s West End.  The chain has taken a prime 4,500 sq ft site at Cambridge Circus, on the junction of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road in the heart of London’s West End. Julia Wilkinson,

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Friska unveils plans for location expansion project

The co-founder of Bristol-based fresh fast-food restaurant chain Friska has revealed his plans for targeting new sites after securing funds. Friska co-founder Griff Holland is hoping to launch venues in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Reading and Cardiff after securing £3m in private equity funding, Friska told Insider. Last week it was revealed that YFM Equity Partners had invested £3m


Easycoffee opens new flagship store in Edinburgh

Budget coffee chain easyCoffee, part of easyGroup continues UK expansion project with its first outlet in Edinburgh set to open. The chain, which offers £1 coffee, is backed by easyJet founder and tycoon Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who launched easyCoffee last year. The chain already has £1 coffee shops in cities across England, with the Capital

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Mitchells & Butlers sees Q3 sales spike after £90m investment

Despite bar and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers’ nationwide expansion project the company managed to hike its sales figures in the last ten weeks. The group, which manages All Bar One, recorded like-for-like sales growth of 2.6% over the 10 week period continuing both the momentum reported at the half year and out-performance to the

The Weld Blundell and the new licensee Mike Reeve (5)

Star Pubs £4.6m North West investment project gets underway

Work is set to begin on Weld Blundell pub this week as part of Star Pubs & Bars North West development scheme. The £490,000 refurbishment of The Weld Blundell pub in Lydiate follows a 15-month closure. Work is expected to take two months with the pub scheduled to open in late October creating fifteen new