Whitbread announces £500m share buyback programme

Whitbread investors are to share in the Coca-Cola deal with a £500 million share buyback programme after the sale of Costa for £3.9 billion was completed on 3 January, ahead of schedule....

Quiet Man Taverns appoint first executive head chef

An Edinburgh-based pub group has appointed the award-winning William Thomson as its first group executive head chef....

Edinburgh Whisky Academy launches Introduction to Whisky Certificate

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy, which is fully accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), has launched their first tier of education. The Academy was...

Belhaven owner Greene King has appointed Nick Mackenzie as its new chief executive. Mackenzie will join the company on 1 May, succeeding Rooney Anand, who announced ...

Oli Norman buys Stephen White out

Oli Norman has taken full control of the seven-strong pub business that he and Stephen White built. ...

Oran Mor unveils Tam O’Shanter paintings

Glasgow’s Oran Mor has unveiled 10 new paintings by Scottish artist Nichol Wheatley depicting the most memorable scenes from Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns. The works will be permanently displayed in Oran Mor’s Victorian and whisky bars, migrating to the Auditorium to be exhibited at select Burns’ events. ...

Bridge of Don bar’s customers raise £650 for local neighbourhood park

Customers at The Brig Inn on Aberdeen’s Balgownie Road have raised £650 for their local neighbourhood park (Friends of Seaton Park). The Scottish-themed eve...

Makeover for Edinburgh’s Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

Edinburgh’s Scottish Cafe & Restaurant has closed for a major redevelopment, as part of the £22m National Galleries of Scotland Collection Project works....

Highland Pubs buck UK-wide closure trend

Here's a reason for licensees to be cheerful in what might be an otherwise challenging month, well those in the far north of Scotland at any rate, because pubs in th...

Two hospitality-related MBEs for Scots in 2019 New Year Honours

More than 100 Scots have been included on the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2019, including two MBEs for hospitality-related services. Judith Irene Fish, the o...

Highland family go from field to fork

The Coach House Bar and Restaurant in Dornoch has been acquired by husband and wife team Tommy and Audrey Mackay in a reported six-figure deal, in partnership with their son Kenny, a chef. ...

HATS OFF TO HI-HAT TRIO

Business partners Les Ross, Lewis Boddy and Mark Klose have opened a new late-night venue in Dumfries called The Hi-Hat, in the upper floor of the Queen of the South...

Fife Arms Hotel gets it down to a fine art

The 46-bedroom Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar is now officially open, and leading the team is General Manager, Federica Bertolini, who joined from the Hotel Tresanton in...

Design focus: Jax Bar-Eatery

The 80s revival shows no signs of hanging up its legwarmers if the design of Jax Bar-Eatery in Glasgow’s Princes Square is any gauge. Think Tom Cruise in the film ...

Design focus: Bertie’s

A neon sign displaying the legend ‘Fry Me to the Moon’ is one of many wonderfully quirky touches in Bertie’s – the Vittoria Group’s new £3m Edinburgh oper...

Licensee interview: Marco Arcari and Mario Arcari

Even sitting down for a coffee with father and son team Marco Arcari, 51, and Mario Arcari, 28, screams quality. It’s beautifully presented on a silver platter, complete with a nifty little side of sparkling water, in the plush setting of La Vita Spuntini Gordon Street in Glasgow, which opened last November. ...

Greene King reports like-for-likes up 10.9% over Christmas fortnight

Belhaven owner Greene King has reported like-for-like sales over the two weeks to Christmas were up 10.9%. After 36 weeks of its financial year, Pub Company like-for...

Sales of Buckfast hit record high

Sales of Buckfast have hit a record high with further growth expected this year following the introduction of minimum pricing in Scotland....

AB InBev makes changes to UK and Ireland senior management team

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has reshuffled its UK and Ireland senior management team as part of organisational changes designed to capture future growth for the ...

TURNBERRY CHEF SCOOPS SILVER GONG AT CULINARY WORLD CUP

A team of top Scottish chefs including Trump Turnberry’s pastry chef, Andrew MacKay (pictured), has served up a winning menu at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary Wo...