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

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

JD Wetherspoon pub

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,

Sports Bar & Grill

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

Star Pubs & Bars

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

Maclay Inns

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

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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

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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

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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

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