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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

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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

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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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


Dabbous site revamped to host French-inspired restaurant

The former manager and co-owner of Michelin-starred Charlotte Street’s Pied á Terre has acquired a London property to launch his flagship solo restaurant. Mathieu Germond, who was at the French restaurant Pied á Terre for 14 years, will transform the Whitfield Street property into Noizé The restaurant decor and menu will take influence from France’s Loire Valley,

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Award-winning restaurant group secures fourth venue

Award-winning pub concept based around artisan pizzas, warm terracotta pots and local beer Pizza, Pots & Pints is set to open its fourth site in just over two years of business. The Radcliffe Arms in Hitchin will receive a six-figure investment as it’s converted into the fourth venue in the collection, signalling the commitment by

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Marston Group secures slim growth in midst of expansion scheme

Pub operator and brewer Marston’s has recorded a sales increase for its last quarter while the company looks to open the doors of “at least” 20 new venues. In the most recent 12 weeks of the period, like-for-like sales were up 0.6% which continues to be ahead of the market while Destination and Premium sales