Kevin Georgel

Heineken sells 111 pubs to Admiral Taverns

16 Sep 2014

Heineken UK, owner of the leased pub operator Star Pubs & Bars, has agreed to sell 111 pubs to Admiral Taverns for an undisclosed sum

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William Robinson of Robinsons Brewery

Robinsons unveils tenancy innovations

16 Sep 2014

Robinsons, the Cheshire brewer and pub operator, is to offer drinks discounts at selected pubs based on competition in the local market and what consumers are prepared to pay, M&C Report has learnt

Tim Dewey of Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor names new CEO

16 Sep 2014

Timothy Taylor, the Yorkshire-based brewer and pub operator, has announced the appointment of Tim Dewey, current global marketing director and UK commercial director for Drambuie Liqueur Company, as its new chief executive

Pub sector joins call for business rates overhaul

16 Sep 2014 | By Ellie Bothwell

More than 100 companies and trade bodies, including leading firms in the pub trade, have signed an open letter calling for an overhaul of the business rates system.

Wagamama restaurant

Wagamama 'eyes 50 sites per year'

16 Sep 2014

Wagamama, the Duke Street Capital-backed chain, plans accelerate its rollout by opening 50 restaurants this year, according to the Express

Deloitte names closed Rileys sites

16 Sep 2014

The administrator of snooker bar chain Rileys has confirmed to M&C Report the location of the 15 sites that closed following the operator’s collapse

Friends-themed Central Perk eyes 300 UK sites

16 Sep 2014 | By Lauren Houghton

The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends, has just opened its third site in the UK in Liverpool and has ambitious expansion plans, aiming to have 300 UK franchises in the next decade

roger whiteside

Greggs launching hot dogs and soup

16 Sep 2014

Greggs, the high-street bakery chain, is adding hot dogs and soups to its hot food range this week as part of its evolving food offer that includes improving the flavours and fillings of its existing products

Ping Pong new design

Ping Pong lfl growth accelerates

16 Sep 2014

Ping Pong, the London-based dim sum chain, has seen like-for-like sales growth of 7.2% for the year to date following widening losses for the year ending 30 March 2014

Giraffe makes latest Burgers & Cocktails conversion

16 Sep 2014

Giraffe, the Tesco-owned restaurant concept, has converted a third site to its Burger & Cocktails format in Brighton and would consider further conversions, M&C Report has learnt

Inside Track


​​Risking it regionally

15 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

The race for operators to spread out of London and the south-east is well and truly on. Does that run the risk of regional property bubbles being formed during the next 12 to 18 months?


Proper food that’s going places

12 Sep 2014

Chop’d was founded in 2004 on the principles of offering busy people the choice of healthy food on the go. Ten years and nine stores later, Ruth Williams finds co-founder and chief executive Eddie Holmes is preparing to roll-out three formats of the store that embody those principles

Simon Mullins of Salt Yard

The enlightened restaurateur

12 Sep 2014 | By Mel Flaherty

Simon Mullins is not only passionate about food and drink, he also has a passion for the people who work for him. The Salt Yard Group boss opens up to Mel Flaherty

Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon

Martin hits out at corporate governance

12 Sep 2014

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has criticised bad paractice in corporate governance in an article alongside the company’s full-year results announcement

McDonalds restaurant

Tipping point on pay

08 Sep 2014 | By Dominic Rushe

When New York’s restaurant staff took to the streets two years ago they were voiceless workers hoping to get heard. Now they have grown into a movement at a tipping point that will have a profound impact on the hospitality industry and its workers

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