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How To Run A Pub - Outdoor Dining

Outside Dining In Pubs

If you are fortunate enough to have an outside area and you are offering food you have the opportunity to increase footfall for many months of the year, but only if you get the basics right. I think you'll find most pub customers can't resist eating and drinking outside if ...

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Food & Beer Signposting

In your continued effort to increase trade at your pub you’ll need to market your food and drink offering to prospective customers. Understanding how customers think and behave when making their choices of which pubs to eat and drink in is an essential part of any marketing plan or when ...

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The Immigration Act 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016 meaning it is now law.  The measures contained in the Act will be implemented in the coming months. The Act is intended to ‘strengthen the immigration system and make it harder than ever for people who have no right ...

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Lost Property Policy

One of the banes of running a pub is the propensity for customers to leave behind their property. This simple policy will help you manage the expectations of customers, on those occasions, when they inadvertently leave their valuables in your pub. Trust me, it will save you a lot of grief ...

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How To Run A Pub

How To Plan A Pub Kitchen

This guest article considers all the vital elements you need to get right when designing an efficient and safe commercial kitchen. If your pub is in a position to expand its services to include food, you’re in a very fortunate position. Serving food in pubs is a great way to increase ...

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A Beginner's Guide To Cocktails

Cocktails & Pitchers For Sharing

“Martini, shaken not stirred” – James Bond, Goldfinger, 1964 Cocktails are a great way for your customers enjoying their favourite spirits and liquors and a great way for you to increase sales. CGA strategy, the drinks industry market researchers, reckon that 1 in 5 venues offer some form of cocktail and ...

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Noise Pollution & Complaints

“Every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies” – Jane Austen It is impossible to run any business without generating some noise, the music and chatter of a busy pub can be a bone of contention with your neighbours, even though we all live our lives with noise constantly ...

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Beer Garden Furniture

Any outdoor space you have available at your pub has become a year round asset to your business. So making this space as comfortable and welcoming to your customers is as important as that of any indoor space. 5 London Beer Gardens To Inspire You 5 Case Studies -How To Improve Trade ...

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Creating a Pub Food Menu

If you want to sell food at your pub creating a food menu is one of your chef’s or your most important jobs. Your food menu is usually the main means of selling food to your customers and it is the document that directs and controls the operation of your ...

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Business Rates

Business rates are a charge on the use and occupation of commercial premises and are applied according to a consistent statutory definition (rateable value) throughout the UK. All assessments are due to be reviewed in April 2017 and this will inevitably produce some changes in liability above and beyond the ...

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So you want to run your own pub or micropub? Then read on…

With the benefit of Publican Sam’s 35+ years of hands-on experience in running pubs in the UK, the site helps with ideas & information to guide you through the minefield of good pub management and with over 400 pages of specialist information How To Run A Pub is the essential and definitive online guide to running a pub. (The easiest and quickest way to find what you want is to use the site search engine on the left.)

The site will help you with your bar, kitchen, finances, pub insurance, pub rents, rules and regulations, staffbuilding, pub websites, WiFi and much, much more… with practical advice, how-to guides and top tips. Plus, hopefully, enough “pub ideas” to help you make a success of your business. Every effort has been made to check information and provide you with an objective view of running a successful pub, whilst also sharing top tips from his own experience and those of other successful licensees Publican Sam knows and trusts.

“I will continually monitor issues, trends and developments within our vibrant industry and offer up advice where appropriate. Your comments and views on the advice expressed, and even your own “pub ideas”, will be greatly appreciated not only by me (you never know everything) but by others using this site send me a message.”


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