Alistair Darby

M&B lfls up 4.8% over Christmas

29 Jan 2015

Managed pub operator Mitchells & Butlers have reported like-for-like sales up 4.8% for the festive fortnight and 7.1% on Christmas Day, when more than 200,000 meals were sold.

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Deliveroo raises $25m to “aggressively” roll-out service

29 Jan 2015

Deliveroo, the online food delivery platform, is raising $25m (£16.5m), in Series B funding to expand its UK and international platforms

Ruth & Robinson sets out expansion plans

29 Jan 2015

Ruth & Robinson, the Imbiba Partnership-backed Brooklyn bar concept is planning its second venue in east London to open before the end of the year while preparing to open its first site in Clerkenwell, M&C Report has learnt

K10 hosts Beer & Buns pop-up

29 Jan 2015

K10, the Japanese restaurant concept, is to launch a pop-up from Beer & Buns at its site in Appold Street

Dean's Diner

Richoux grows Dean’s Diner pipeline

29 Jan 2015

Richoux has bolstered its openings pipeline for Dean’s Diner, the group’s 1950’s-inspired American diner format, by securing a further three sites

Richoux set for “aggressive” expansion

29 Jan 2015

Richoux is eyeing “aggressive expansion” for its eponymous café brasserie brand after securing a new site in London’s South Kensington


Wahaca secures further D/F Mexico site

29 Jan 2015

Wahaca is to begin the expansion of its fledgling D/F Mexico format, after securing a site in London’s Tottenham Court Road

Jack: Expect positive lfls from ETI

29 Jan 2015

Leading analysts Douglas Jack, of Numis, has said he expects Enterprise Inns to report positive like-for-like income when its releases its AGM statement on 5 February.

Carlsberg extends Tapster's range

29 Jan 2015

Carlsberg is partnering with an additional eight breweries to extend its beer portfolio across its 2015 Tapster’s Cask Ale range that will be available for on-trade customer orders this month


Abokado achieves sales record

29 Jan 2015

Abokado saw like-for-like sales running in the mid-teens in both December and January across its 23-strong estate,

Inside Track

Perpetuating proper cider

29 Jan 2015

Thatchers has been producing cider since the early 1900s and the family-run business, now in its fourth generation, is still doing well. Mike Berry finds out more about the man at the helm.

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Winners and losers of M&C20 in 2014

26 Jan 2015

Analyst Will Brumby, of Langton Capital, looks back over the past year of the M&C20 index and highlights Domino’s and Patisserie Valerie among the big winners and Punch and Enterprise among the losers

Ralph Findlay

Backing the great British pub

23 Jan 2015

Ralph Findlay talks about the most powerful brand in the sector – the British pub – and why high-volume business models mean there’s always a place for innovation

TGI Friday's

Feeding a casual-dining demand

21 Jan 2015

A year of rapid change in the casual-dining sector in 2014 is likely to be followed by even more activity in the year ahead, as group transactions continue unabated and consolidations fuel a pent-up demand. Cenkos Securities’ Simon French reports

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Caught in the maul

19 Jan 2015

It is not a technical term, but the word that many operators have used to some up their thoughts on the next 12 months is mental. Competition will continue to be fierce with all the on-going challenges that brings with it

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