The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the prime minister’s announcement on the changes to social gathering rules that will affect hospitality venues. In his speech on 9 September, PM Boris Johnson confirmed that the maximum number of people who can gather together will reduce from thirty to six, although this will …

Mermaid Salt Vodka

The Isle of Wight Distillery has refreshed the image of Mermaid Salt Vodka to coincide with its UK launch. The grain-based spirit is being made available nationally for the first time, following the relaunch of Mermaid Gin and the introduction of its pink expression. The vodka is now packaged in a white version of the …

Wi-Fi solutions provider Wireless Social has released the latest data from its footfall tracker, indicating a significant uplift in footfall across UK towns and cities over the August bank holiday. During the bank holiday, people flocked to cafes, pubs and restaurants to make the most of the conclusion of the Eat Out to Help Out …

Powers Gold Label Distiller’s Cut

Pernod Ricard UK is set to reintroduce Powers Irish Whiskey’s celebrated Gold Label expression to the UK, featuring a new brand identity and higher ABV of 43.2%. First established in 1791 in Dublin’s famed John’s Lane Distillery, Powers is now made at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork. Not only has every drop of the …

Arc Inspirations Eat Out to Help Out

Premium bar operator Arc Inspirations is extending the Eat Out to Help Out initiative across its estate throughout September, following its “resounding success” over the past few weeks. Launching on 1 September, the offer will be available on Monday and Tuesday in all its bars and gives customers a flat rate of 50% discount on …

Night-time industry

A consortium of leading night-time operators, including the Night Time Industries Association, is calling on the government to save the UK’s late night sector from collapse. The late night sector, which comprises nightclubs, late night bars, music venues and events spaces, has been “largely forgotten” by the UK government since venues were forced to close …

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the government to repeat its Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which is set to end after August, to further support the hospitality industry. The benefit of the scheme to the recovery of the sector has been immeasurable in terms of securing jobs and building …

Pernod Ricard on-trade Christmas support

Pernod Ricard UK is helping the on-trade get the fundamentals right this Christmas, announcing a host of support including virtual masterclasses and in-bar solutions. This festive season, social distancing and health and safety restrictions look set to continue. The drinks giant recognises that, despite an expected decline in footfall versus last year’s festive season, there is …

Vestal flavoured vodkas

Halewood-owned vodka brand Vestal has launched its first two flavoured expressions – Black Cherry and Raspberry & Blackcurrant. All Vestal vodkas start life in the harvesting of young potatoes grown in the soil of Kaszebe in northern Poland – an area famed for its rich, mineral-laden land. Distilled in small batches, the resultant spirit is …

Eat Out to Help Out

Food sales in Britain’s managed pubs and group restaurants have risen by a third week on week since the launch of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, according to research by leading data consultancy CGA. The data, from CGA’s Volume Pool of 7,000 managed outlets, reveals that on the first day of the …