Not Just Eating to Help Out?

New data suggests Eat Out to Help Out has resulted in staff receiving higher tips.   TiPJAR, a QR-coded tipping platform that enables the digital payment of tips directly to staff members, has experienced an increase in both tip transactions and their average value, the Morning Advertiser has reported.   Over three days of the…

Pubs Leading the Reopening of the Hospitality Sector

Pubs swifter than restaurants to reopen following the lifting of lockdown restrictions with two-thirds of licensed premises back trading by the end of July.     Around 62% of Britain’s licensed premises are now back to business having reopened by the end of July after months of closure. Following the lifting of lockdown restrictions, almost…

The Top Ten: National Chef of the Year 2021 Finalists Announced

The top ten finalists have been revealed for the National Chef of the Year 2021 competition with the talented chefs battling it out next month to be the overall winner.   Despite the early stages of the competition being affected by COVID-19 with the semi-final unable to take place, it has not stopped The Craft…

Furloughed Pub Chef cooking meals for the vulnerable

Pub Chef, Jamie Stone, from Cotswolds Inns and Hotels (recently acquired by Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC) is raising funds for ingredients and delivery of meals for vulnerable, NHS & care homes.   He has cooked 250 meals last week but he is keen to try and reach a couple of thousand meals.   Jamie…

VE Day pub opening hours extension confirmed

To mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, the Government have announced that pubs in England and Wales licensed to trade until 11pm, will be able to extend their serving times by an extra two hours. This will take place across Friday 8 May with pubs who have a curfew of 11pm,…

Should pubs be used as polling stations?

The Beer O’clock Show took to Twitter this week to find out the final #hopinion of whether pubs should be used as polling stations. With the General Election happening today, the question comes at a pivotal time to highlight the general consensus on the use of pubs as polling stations. The Twitter poll concluded that…

Mitchells and Butlers’ kitchen training programme receives royal recognition

Mitchells and Butlers, the 1,700 strong pub and restaurant chain has been awarded a royal accolade for its ‘Chefs Academy’. An insightful response to the chef shortage caused by Brexit, ‘Chefs Academy’ was set up to recruit and develop chefs by offering Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships. The apprenticeships allow candidates to get a…