Industry news round-up: August 14, 2014

Lola Lo, Manchester

Our regular round-up of industry news, for August 11 to 14, 2014

New site for tiki concept in Sheffield
Bar operator Eclectic is continuing roll-out of its Polynesian tiki bar concept Lola Lo with a new site planned for Sheffield. It has announced that it has signed a 20-year lease on an undisclosed site in West Street, set over two levels with ground floor and first floor totalling 6,500 square feet and an outside area. The company intends to develop the unit before the end of its financial year in June 2015, bringing its overall portfolio of bars and clubs to 23, including 11 as Lola Lo.
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Yorkshire brewer wins champion beer
Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been named Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival in London. After over a year of local tasting panels and regional heats, the West Yorkshire-brewed real ale was judged the supreme champion ahead of other finalists across seven beer categories. Silver went to Oakham Citra, while Bronze went to Salopian, Darwin’s Origin.
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Bomwore releases second devilish batch
The second batch of Bowmore’s Devil’s Casks series has been released, promising to reveal a “devilish dark side” from being matured in first-fill sherry casks. Due to the ageing process, the whisky has acquired notes of dried fruits and treacle toffee on the nose and flavours of chocolate and dark fruit on the palate. Its release today follows the success of the first batch of Devil’s Casks in 2013. Morrison Bowmore Distillers has confirmed that it is planning to release more batches in the future.
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New app promotes best bars for beers
A free app has been launched today in the UK that helps people find their favourite beers and discover new ones at bars and pubs and share their recommendations. Pint Please allows users to search for the nearest place selling a specific brand and, once tasted, give it a rating. Licensees and operators can join Pint Please for free, adding the location, image, description and their beer list for their outlet for no charge.
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Luminar teams up with Street Pastors
Nightclub operator The Luminar Group has linked up with Street Pastors around the country to hand out promotional flip flops. Throughout August, staff will provide the flip flops to customers as they are leaving Luminar’s 53 clubs, throwing a spotlight on the invaluable work of the Street Pastors. The initiative has more than 13,000 trained volunteers and 250 teams across the UK helping young people out in town and city centres at night.
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Operators report another month of sales growth
Like-for-like sales across top operators in the UK’s pub, restaurant and bar sector rose by 2.2% in July – the 16th month in a row of positive growth, according to the latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Total sales in July, which include the impact of new openings, were up 4.3% on the same month last year. Looking at the long-term trend, year-on-year like-for-like sales were 3% ahead for the 12 months up to the end of July, with total sales running 5.4% up. Businesses outside of London did better in July than those inside the M25, up 2.6% and 1.1% respectively against the same time last year. The tracker is based on data from 28 leading operators.

Rebranding for popular JW Lees beer
Independent Manchester brewery, JW Lees, has rebranded one of its most popular beers, Golden Original, to have greater appeal to its customers. The new branding will be introduced into JW Lees managed houses August 15 before being rolled out across the on-trade later in the month. It will now be known as Original Lager, with a distinct new logo and fresh branding, supported by significant marketing investment to further raise awareness of the brand.

Tom Conran adds bar and bistro at pop-up
Restaurateur Tom Conran’s pop-up New Tom’s in Notting Hill, west London, is to launch an evening Bar & Bistro. The warm and stylish new dining area will offer innovative dishes in an intimate setting, which includes a “secret” garden. Alongside a full bar menu, guests can enjoy “cutting-edge” cocktails such as a Gojipolitan, made with goji berry-infused vodka, cranberry juice and triple sec, and the Kensington Park Swizzle, a mix of rum, Angostura Bitters, fresh mint and lime juice.

Cocktail bar joins National Rum Day celebration
Cocktail bar 5cc at the Well & Bucket in Shoreditch, London, is to offer a special menu of rum cocktails to celebrate National Rum Day on Saturday (August 16), all priced at £7.50. Cocktails will include drinks with names such as Arcane Gris Gris, Smogcutter and Between The Canes, offering people a chance to trace the traditions and history behind each rum. The promotion will run from 6pm until midnight or until stock lasts.

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