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 …

Amaretto Adriatico liqueurs

Italy’s Amaretto Adriatico liqueurs are coming to the UK exclusively through drinks distribution agency Sip and Savour. The brand seeks to disrupt the premium drinks market with two varieties of amaretto – Amaretto Adriatico Bianco and Adriatico Amaretto Roasted. Made by hand in small batches in Puglia, Italy using organic almonds, the two liquids are …

Smokehead Rum Rebel

Ian Macleod Distillers’ Islay single malt whisky brand Smokehead is launching its new Rum Rebel expression, finished in Caribbean rum casks, for International Rum Day on August 16. Bottled at 46% ABV, the “rich, smoky and salty” whisky has been finished in spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks. As a toast to International Rum Day, the …

Cub

Cub, the Hoxton venue from Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan) and Doug McMaster, will not reopen its doors following the coronavirus pandemic. Launched in September 2017 on the site of Ryan’s first bar White Lyan, the award-winning restaurant was innovative in its approach to blurring the boundaries between food and drink, providing guests with a …

Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which gives consumers a discount of up to 50% when eating or drinking soft drinks at UK hospitality venues, comes into effect today (Monday 3 August). The scheme will be valid on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, throughout the month of August, in an attempt to boost the struggling …

Zoe Fryday speaks to bar teams about their reopening experiences, as well as their hopes and plans moving forward July saw the vast share of UK hospitality venues reopen after months of national lockdown. With strict social distancing regulations still in place, bar teams have had to make some big changes and get creative, ready …

The UK’s hospitality sector saw sales plummet 87% in the second quarter of 2020 – the equivalent to nearly £30bn in lost revenue, the latest UKHospitality Tracker, compiled by CGA, reveals. The collapse in sales followed the widespread lockdown of hospitality venues from mid-March. As a result, sales from April and June totalled just £4.6bn, …

Guest insights platform Yumpingo has partnered with UKHospitality and CGA to launch ‘We hear you’, a new campaign to help the hospitality sector boost customer confidence and drive footfall. The service, which is free for operators to sign up to, allows the real-time monitoring of customer sentiment via several methods, including QR codes, integration with …