· Proportion of office Christmas parties hosted in pubs, bars and restaurants has collapsed by 73% compared to 2019 · The Drinks Trust and Campari UK call on companies that can afford it to donate to Shaken Not Broken hospitality worker relief fund · TV Dragon Sarah Willingham has already pledged support to the campaign …

UKHospitality has warned that the new government measures, which will see businesses in tier three permitted to provide takeaway only and those in tier two restricted to substantial meals, will lead to permanent closures and job losses. UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The government is making a point of saying that these measures are …

Fix8 canned kombucha

Kombucha brand Fix8 is releasing its three flagship flavours – Triple Ginger, Strawberry Tulsi and Citrus Saffron – in new fully recyclable 330ml aluminium cans. Joining Fix8’s glass bottle range, the new format has been introduced with the aim to “tackle the barrier of consumption occasion and functionality”. Brewed in small batches at the Fix8 …

Healthy Hospo wellness app

Not-for-profit company Healthy Hospo has turned its platform into a digital web app, available 24/7, to give hospitality professionals the support they deserve and the resources they need for a happier, healthier life. Times are tough for the hospitality industry. Long shifts, short breaks, late nights, poor nutrition, stressful environments, and the newly added Covid-19 …

Trading restrictions led almost a third of Britain’s licensed premises to shut their doors last month, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners indicates—a sign that the sector may be substantially reduced after the end of England’s four-week lockdown. The report indicates that 69.9% of Britain’s total licensed premises were trading at the …

The Connaught Bar team

The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, sponsored by Perrier, was revealed last night (5 November) via an online awards ceremony, which saw London’s Connaught Bar claim the coveted title. Adapting to a new virtual event, 2020’s ceremony aimed to bring the global hospitality community even closer together and provide positive news for …

Trade bodies representing the UK’s hospitality, pubs and their supply chain businesses have called on the government to provide a six-month investment plan to secure the future of the sectors. In a letter to the Chancellor, UKHospitality, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Society …

Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals at London Cocktail Week 2020

London Cocktail Week 2020 has been deemed a huge success in helping to support the hospitality industry this October, welcoming just under 10,000 wristband wearers and driving much-needed footfall into 250 of London’s best cocktail bars. Anecdotal feedback from the capital’s leading bar owners has confirmed that the festival has had a positive impact in …

Crossroads

Crossroads, a new cocktail bar with a sustainable ethos and community feel, has opened in Camden, London. Zoe Fryday reports Aiming to breathe new life into Camden’s drinking scene, the opening of Crossroads is music to one’s ears – a bit of positivity that’s much-needed in 2020. Run by Bart Miedekza and his wife Monika, …

The UK’s hospitality sector saw sales plummet by 48% in the third quarter of 2020, the latest Quarterly Tracker from UKHospitality and CGA reveals. It equates to a shortfall of £17bn on the same quarter in 2019. Hospitality’s sales for the 12 months to the end of September totalled £80.3bn, the Tracker shows—£53.2bn less than …