Full Speed Ahead for U.K. Full-Service Restaurants

Earlier this month, we looked at some of the U.K.’s fastest-growing limited-service restaurant segments, based on data from Technomic’s new Top 100 U.K. Chain Restaurant Report. Now, we turn our attention to those full-service chains that recorded the strongest sales growth in 2013. In contrast to the tepid 2.4% sales growth seen among leading U.S. […]

U.K. Operators Bet on the Bar to Grow Sales

The first four months of 2014 have seen a host of U.K. restaurant and pub operators announcing plans to revamp or refresh their bars, if not launch entirely new bar concepts. The move to adapt to consumers’ evolving adult-beverage tastes, including their heightened interest in craft beer and cocktail programmes, tracks with two trends Technomic […]

Putting the Customer First at the Pub

For most pub operators across Britain, nostalgia is nice, but it won’t keep the doors open. According to a recent poll from the industry group Campaign for Real Ale, although half of Britons have attended a wedding reception at a pub—and nearly the same share, 48%, have attended a wake at one—nearly two in five […]

A Call to Rally ‘Round the Pub

A new national consumer campaign being led by six pub groups asks U.K. consumers to share their take—via stories, photos and videos—on why life is better at their local pubs. The “It’s Better Down the Pub” campaign is meant to generate goodwill toward the pub industry, whose members consider themselves under attack variously by retailers […]

Traditional Pubs Attract New Fans in Canada

Technomic has been watching an interesting trend emerge out of the Canadian casual-dining segment—the proliferation of English-style pubs in big-city markets. Particularly popular with Millennials, pubs are popping up as laid-back gathering places with varied menus. And while a classic look and feel is central to how some operators are developing new pubs, others are […]

U.K. Pubs Can Cater to Families

Call me sentimental, but the holidays have me focused on family. They also have me concerned about hosting, satisfying and otherwise staying relaxed amongst them. A popular choice is to meet at a pub, where the adults can enjoy an adult beverage. Fortunately, more and more pubs are family friendly, so the children are satisfied […]

Smart U.K. Pub Operators Invest in What They Have

It’s a challenging time to be a pub operator in the U.K. According to the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), the number of pub closures is up 50%. Camra data shows that 18 pubs now close every week across the country, up from 12 a week last year. Most of these closures are independent pubs, […]

Pubs Are a Bright Spot in U.K. Foodservice

Few things are more quintessentially British than pubs. Pubs continue to increase sales and boost their category. In 2011, pub chains led in sales share, representing 57.8 percent of full-service sales. Further, the Traditional menu category, which includes all pubs, increased sales 8.7 percent from 2010 to 2011, as Technomic’s 2012 Leading 100 U.K. Chain […]

Promotions of Olympic Proportions

The international spotlight continues to shine on London this summer, as the city, indeed all of England, welcomes the world to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Despite the headaches of traffic, off-hours deliveries, keeping young workers engaged and continuing to please current guests, there are opportunities to use the Games to promote restaurants. And national […]