Upham Brewery

Upham raises further £2.6m; buys two pubs

27 Aug 2014

Hampshire-based Upham Pub Company has continued its expansion and fundraising drive, raising a further £2.6m and buying two pubs, M&C Report has learnt

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Ex-Gaucho MD secures first M site

27 Aug 2014

Martin Williams has secured the first site for his new restaurant and bar venture M in the heart of the City of London

Spirit premium site

Jack: Momentum strong at Spirit

27 Aug 2014

A leading analyst said he expects tougher LFL comps (Q4: 4.1% / Q1-3: 0.7%) for Spirit Pub Company, which should reduce LFL sales to c.2% in Q4

Hix to launch staff training academy

27 Aug 2014

High-profile chef Mark Hix is to train the next generation of chefs and restaurant staff with the opening of his own academy in Weymouth, Dorse

Sports Bar and Grill

Evans converts West End site to Sports Bar & Grill

27 Aug 2014

David Evans has confirmed he will convert his Shaftesbury Belle Steakhouse & Grill in London’s West End to his core Sports Bar & Grill brand

​Koh Thai Tapas expands smaller concept

27 Aug 2014

Koh Thai Tapas, the Thai restaurant operator, has secured a second site for its smaller footprint Koh Noi concept and revealed that it’s in negotiation on “seven or eight” outlets for the format

Chilango

Chilango raises more than £2m

27 Aug 2014

Chilango, the Mexican restaurant group, has generated more than double its original £1m fundraising target

Tim Hortons overseas opportunities 'immense'

27 Aug 2014

The opportunities for launching Tim Hortons in established Burger King markets including the UK are “immense” following the merger of the two companies, Burger King chief executive Daniel Schwartz has said

Experienced operators launch Holme Valley Inns

27 Aug 2014

A pair of experienced operators have launched a new umbrella vehicle for their growing estate of pubs in Yorkshire

Good Food Guide lists pubs for first time

27 Aug 2014 | By James Wallin

The guide put the Freemasons in Wiswell, Lancashire, run by Steven Smith, at the top of the list. L’Enclume in Cumbria is named as the top restaurant

Inside Track

Wildwood

​Pragmatic approach set to pay off

26 Aug 2014 | By Mark Wingett

The flexibility of operators to adapt their brands and offers is being tested like never before as consumers stretch their day part needs and continue to shun the traditional weekend marke

Yates Brighton

​Brand watch: Yates

22 Aug 2014

M&C Report talks to Stonegate chief executive Toby Smith about the launch of the new generation Yates format, and the thinking behind the new design, drink and food offers, and introducing a breakfast offer

David Bruce

The original punk brewer

22 Aug 2014 | By John Harrington

From founding Firkin pubs to selling Capital Pub Company for £93m and helping Americans fall in love with craft beer, David Bruce has been there and done it. But with several exciting new ventures bubbling away, Bruce’s enthusiasm is as strong as ever – while the craft revival has given him a spring in his step

The restaurant fashion victims

22 Aug 2014

A trip down nostalgia lane beckons for Stephen Evans, development director at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, who looks at the restaurants he visited as a child, remembers how much of a treat they were, and questions why they have been usurped by new national brands

Simon Kossoff - Undercover Boss

My experience as undercover boss

21 Aug 2014

Carluccio’s chief executive Simon Kossoff talks about his experience on last night’s Channel 4 programme Undercover Boss

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