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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

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


Heineken offers to sell problem pubs to get Punch deal over the line

Heineken has offered to sell pubs in 33 local areas to address competition concerns holding up its takeover of Punch Taverns. Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that Heineken’s proposed purchase of part of the Punch Taverns estate could reduce competition in 33 local areas across Great Britain. Before the merger was referred

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Young’s Pubs names Adande refrigeration as ‘most innovative kitchen product’

Adande refrigeration drawers have been the most innovative and useful product for Young’s pub sites. That’s according to Young’s’ group executive chef, Chris Knights, who has said in terms of the impact and the change the refrigeration units have had in the firm’s kitchens , Adande has helped Young’s to deliver growth. Speaking at Commercial

Stars Pubs & Bars chef

BREAKING NEWS: Heineken pumps another £20m into upgrading pub kitchens

Heineken confirmed today that it will plough a further £20m into upgrading its Star Pubs & Bars estate across the UK in 2017, taking its total expenditure on pubs to around £100m over the last five years.  The biggest winners will be rural and suburban pubs with around £10m earmarked to transform them into great

Tim Martin, founder and chairman

“It’s very difficult to compete with a nutter with a passion”

Tim Martin was a vociferous campaigner for Brexit last year. In the weeks leading up to the EU referendum he travelled the length and breadth of the country, absorbing what his staff and customers had to say, meeting with local newspapers from Aberdeen to Swansea, and generally sharing his contempt for the economists, politicians and

Brewhouse & Kitchen Bournemouth

Pub group looking to brew new custom in menu overhaul

Nationwide brewpub group Brewhouse & Kitchen has launched its first major menu overhaul to date, showcasing a range of new beer-based cookery. Designed by executive chef, Tom Bew, the new food offering includes a selection of dishes created using different variations of beer as a key ingredient, a range of ‘B&K favourites’ and sharing plates,

Marston's pubs

Marston’s cements expansion plans with £360m bank facility

Pub operator and brewer Marston’s PLC has agreed a new bank facility to replace the £257.5m existing facility which was due to expire in November 2018.  The new facility extends to March 2022 and comprises a £320m loan commitment, with an incremental £40m accordion facility providing additional flexibility, at improved terms.   The new facility will

Enterprise Inns

Enterprise Inns reveals new name to reflect changing pub portfolio

Enterprise Inns revealed this morning that it will change its name to Ei Group plc with immediate effect. The pub group said the move “reflects the transformation of its business” following its growth in the market. It originally began as a single, predominantly leased and tenanted operation but has developed into a portfolio of businesses