Ways pubs, restaurants and bars are evolving with trends

More and more people are opting to stay in rather than go out on a night. The effects have been particularly notable for pubs — in the year 2000 there were 60,800 pubs in the UK, but by 2017, there were only 48,350. It’s tough to compete with supermarket priced alcohol and the ease of staying in with Netflix! But the food and drink sector certainly isn’t going anywhere. Instead, it’s adapting and evolving in exciting new ways.

Brighton: the top spot for your staycation

The popularity of the staycation has sky-rocketed in recent years, with many holidaymakers opting for the green grass of Britain as opposed to the Spanish sun that has proved popular for so many years now. The average Brit in 2017 took 3.8 holidays in the space of the year, with 72% taking a holiday within the borders of the UK. So, if you’re staying at home this year and stuck for somewhere to spend your time, look no further than Brighton. ‘London at sea’ has been a popular tourist destination for a long time now, but what makes it the hub that it has become in recent years?

Radisson Hotel Group and PPHE Hotel Group Unveil New Park Plaza Brand Identity following significant portfolio investments

Radisson Hotel Group (‘RHG) and PPHE Hotel Group (‘PPHE’), which is RHG’s exclusive partner for its wholly owned Park Plaza brand in Europe, Middle East & Africa,  today unveil the first phase of the rollout of a new Park Plaza brand identity.

Following a significant investment programme that has seen the Park Plaza portfolio bolstered by four new openings since 2015[1], the extensive repositioning of two hotels in 2018[2] and several additional repositioning programmes at final stages[3], PPHE has truly elevated the Park Plaza portfolio to be a stylish hospitality product, with reimagined spaces and critically acclaimed destination restaurants and bars. Now firmly positioned as an upper upscale international brand, the new brand identity is fully aligned with the contemporary and high-quality product.

London Wine Fair reports record number of session spots for 2019

Organisers of the London Wine Fair have reported a record number of session places for 2019.  It is estimated there will be more than 4,000 spaces across some 80 individual sessions, an increase of 12% on 2018.  Demand for places at bookable sessions outstripped supply last year, leading to the introduction of a new Masterclass Theatre and increased capacity in the Education Zone Theatre.  To date, the session attracting the most bookings is “Greek wines: indigenous varieties & fascinating terroirs”, which will be presented by wine writer and consultant, Yiannis Karakasis MW & Head Sommelier at 67 Pall Mall, Terry Kandylis (Tuesday).

The trendy new look for tea

One of the many fundamentally British activities that has stood the test of time is the art of tea-drinking. So it comes as something of a terror in the heart that British people are drinking less tea in recent years. More accurately, Brits are drinking less traditional tea. But the market still seems to be going strong, with the value of tea going up 0.6%.

Our drinking habits and fancies when it comes to a good brew are changing. Let’s see what is brewing in this teapot…


Distillery celebrates most successful year to date at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirit Competition

Tomatin has swept the board at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, with seven Double Gold wins and four Gold awards. The latest victories cement a decade of success, with nearly 60 prestigious accolades across the board for the globally recognised whisky brand.

Hotel Guests Call Out Game of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister as Favourite Dining Companion

Last night, the much-anticipated eighth and final series of Game of Thrones unfolded on Sky Atlantic. Research conducted by YouGov has named Tyrion Lannister[1] the character that hotel guests would most like to dine with, closely followed by Daenerys Targaryn. Coming in last, which will be no surprise to any Game of Thrones fan, is Cersei Lannister.

The show was also named as the drama that most hotel guests would like to watch, closely followed by Line of Duty and Killing Eve.  George R.R Martin’s spellbinding series will conclude in the early hours of Monday 20th May.

The best cars for dogs

When we are buying a new car, there are many aspects which we look at; fuel consumption and engine size to name but two. However, do you ever consider how they can transport your animals? After all, while the stereotypical average family has 2.4 children, almost half of UK households also include a pet. And yes, you’ve guessed it, the most popular animal in our home is a dog. Twenty-six per cent of us have a canine companion, meaning that we must pick our cars wisely, taking our furry friends into consideration.

So, what are the best cars on the market if you have a dog? Here, alongside Cliverton, who are expert providers of insurance for dog walkers, we run through some of the top models available.


62% of restaurants, bars and clubs prioritise funding for growth

63% want access to cash more quickly

Small retailers, and especially owners of restaurants, bars and clubs, are actively looking for cash to expand, and they want it fast. And the High Street Banks and ‘traditional’ finance providers will need to be more fleet of foot in the coming years if they are to avoid a slide in popularity, most likely at the expense of crowd funders and P2P platforms.

Royal Lancaster London Awarded Global Secure Accreditation

Royal Lancaster London is the first hotel in London to receive the Global Secure Accreditation (GSA). Established by international experts, this independent accreditation is awarded to hotels able to deliver consistent and effective high levels of security.