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Marston’s premium arm cranks up project pipeline for 2018

Marston’s premium arm cranks up project pipeline for 2018

Revere, the premium arm of Marston’s, has confirmed that it will launch two new The Lost & Found sites and refurbish its original Birmingham site this year. The group plans to open its second Leeds site in February, re-open Birmingham in March, and launch a brand-new site in Bristol in April. Following the success of

Fuller’s overcomes ‘unprecedented influences’ as sales skip by 6%

Fuller’s has battled through what it said were ‘strong headwinds’ in the first half of its financial year, turning over £209m in the 26 weeks ended 30 September 2017, up from £198m in the previous period. The group’s chief executive, Simon Emeny, noted a tough period of trading and “unprecedented influences” on the business, especially

Pub chain Marston’s drives down utility costs by securing self-supply water licence

Pub chain Marston’s, which operates more than 1,600 sites across the UK, has been granted a self-supply licence to supply its own water and wastewater services. It is the third company in England to be granted a self-supply licence by regulator Ofwat. Whitbread and Greene King are the other two companies with the same privilege.

Young’s becomes a conveyor belt for budding chefs after securing coveted training provider status

Young’s has been awarded ‘employer provider status’, allowing the premium pub group to be an official ‘training provider’ for apprentices. The move will allow Young’s to deliver all its training in-house, opening the doors of its Chef Academies to over 75 apprentices this year. The status means Young’s can also leverage funds paid to the

Pub giant drops menu prices 7.5% in protest over VAT disparity

JD Wetherspoon is slashing prices of food and drink by 7.5% in all 900 of its pubs for today only in protest over what it calls VAT “disparity” in the UK. The chain is urging legislators to change regulations that it believes give pubs a significant tax disadvantage against supermarkets. In its latest financial report,

Stonegate takes first steps into transport hub foodservice market

Stonegate Pub Company has completed a transaction to acquire Bar Holdings, which operates five bars trading under the Sports Bar & Grill brand. The bars being acquired are located in prime London locations in Waterloo, Marylebone, Victoria, Farringdon and Canary Wharf. Sports Bar & Grill focuses on a sports-oriented, drink-led offering, which Stonegate insists is

Audit reveals Star’s spend on kitchen equipment and training has got results

A multimillion pound investment in new pub kitchens and chef skills appears to be paying dividends for Star Pubs & Bars following a significant improvement in customer satisfaction ratings for its food.  An independent retail audit, carried out on behalf of the pub group, found that the overall score for properties in the Star portfolio have

BREAKING NEWS: Stonegate shakes hands on £101m takeover of Revolution bar chain

The board of bar group Revolution said this morning that it has reached an agreement that will see it taken over by Stonegate in a deal worth £101.5m. Stonegate is the fourth largest managed pub company in the UK in terms of number of operating sites, trading from 689 premises. It began trading in November

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