A survey conducted at the recent Westonbirt House Wedding Show by Natalie Skinner, the owner of the beautifully converted and unique mobile teardrop caravan bar, Elsie Road, revealed that despite the nation appearing to have gone wild for new mixes, over half of those surveyed preferred a traditional cocktail mix.

The results of the survey were surprising. They show that when it comes to cocktails, most guests are ignoring the craze for new flavours by sticking to the traditional cocktails we all know and love.


THE CREATIVE team behind two of Nottingham’s favourite bars, The Hockley Arts Club and Das Kino, has revealed the name for its newest stylish bar, kitchen and arcade – due to open its doors in the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market this Spring.

Located at 9 Fletcher Gate, the new flagship venue will be named Penny Lane after taking inspiration from seaside family holidays, summer trips to Matlock Bath and Blackpool and Brighton’s iconic pier.

New £200k gym is really working out for Matfen Hall Hotel

Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa has invested £200,000 in an extensive refurbishment of its gym facilities.

Part of the Aqua Vitae health club at the award-winning Northumberland hotel, the gym has undergone a complete refit and now boasts a truly state-of-the-art space fit for the 21st century.

The new look gym features a larger free weights and training area as well as distinctive and inspiring new decor and lighting design.

Finalists Announced at NRB19 Cocktail Competition with Ms Better’s Bitters

Finalists announced for Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019’s national cocktail competition, sponsored by Ms Better’s Bitters, with the chance to win a VIP visit to Canada with guest shifts in Vancouver and Montreal.

Following a series of regional heats, the finalists have been announced for Northern Restaurant & Bar’s annual cocktail competition, sponsored in 2019 by Ms Better’s Bitters.

The winner will join Ms Better’s Bitters on a scenic trans-Canada trip with guest shifts in Vancouver and Montreal! Second place is a majestic treat filled day with Ms Better’s Bitters strolling along the River Thames, with third place being a trip to a London city farm followed by dinner and drinks with Ms Better’s Bitters.

More than 450 people took part in Passion4Hospitality on Monday 11 March, making it the largest ever edition of the Institute of Hospitality’s annual free student and industry networking event.

The ninth edition of the event included a careers fair, conference, student debating competition and the HOTS Hotel Simulation Business Game competition in which teams compete by managing a virtual hotel.

A prestigious array of high-quality employers took stands within the careers fair. All of the companies were actively recruiting, providing hundreds of students with a wealth of contacts and information.

The Jurys Inn stand was manned by graduate managers Georgiana Risco and Michelle Chirwa-Goacher, who had both attended last year’s event as students.

Changes to UK tipping laws and what they mean for the hospitality industry

Tipping in the UK has always been seen as a reward for good service but in the US tipping is a serious business. In the UK staff are given a minimum wage which is why a tip is seen as a reward rather than a given.

But with rent costs what they are, minimum wage often just covers the roof over our heads. For food and other necessities, these employees are relying more and more on their tips, echoing the situation of many US waiting staff.

Northern restaurant and bar boom continues whilst London feels the heat.

A survey of opening and closures rate in The Core Cities Group, plus London and Edinburgh, has shown that the food and drink scene in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds city centres has increased by an average of over 19%, whilst London recorded barely a third of that growth. In addition, London’s rate of restaurant and bar closures over the last year, at 14%, is the second highest in the entire study.

 Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019, the North’s hospitality trade exhibition, has been studying data from CGA, the industry-leading food and drink analytics company, and found that over the last five years the major Northern cities, centred around the M62 motorway, are continuing to outpace London, Edinburgh and their fellow Core Cities when it comes to the expansion of their food and drink scenes.

What are the most famous fictional streets in the UK?

As consumers of media, we often immerse ourselves into the fictional world of our favourite characters, often thinking about what life would be like to be part of their universe. Whether this is associated with soap operas or cinematic masterpieces, we’ve become extremely familiar with the streets many of these people grew up on — but what are some of the most known?


The International Brewing and Cider Awards today announce the medal winners for 2019; certifying 133 beers and ciders as among the best in the world.

The beer medal winners ranged from small craft breweries from all corners of the globe to well-known brands such as Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams, Camden Town, Deschutes, Fullers and Big Drop.

Meanwhile, successful cider winners included Sheppy’s. Aspall’s, Angry Orchards and Strongbow amongst many smaller craft brands from Somerset, England to Camino, Calfornia.

How much do we spend on takeaways?

Britain is known for its famous dishes, whether this is bangers and mash or a beautiful Sunday roast. But with eating habits changing, has it become easier for Brits to order-in rather than go through the lengthy process of preparing and then cooking a meal?

We’ve teamed up with DLM Distributions, which helps takeaways get the most out of their direct letterbox marketing strategies and offers a leaflet distribution service, to find out just how popular takeaways are.