Belhaven to invest in future of tenanted pubs in Scotland

Tue 4th October 2016

Belhaven Pub Partners has announced a £2.5 million investment in its tenanted pubs across Scotland. The pub operator, owned by Greene King, revealed that 30 Belhaven sites will undergo major improvements in the coming months, with additional financial input from licensees. The future investments include a refurbishment of a pub close to Belhaven’s brewery in […]

Belhaven named official beer of New York Tartan week

Fri 19th February 2016

FOR the second year running, Belhaven has been named as the ‘official beer’ of the New York Tartan Day parade, and it’s related events from the 2nd to the 10th of April. In its 18th year, the NYC Tartan week will once again be celebrating Scottish heritage and pride; with the annual ‘Tartan Day’ parade […]

Sales up for Greene King and a record Christmas Day

Thu 11th February 2016

Belhaven owners, Greene King, have seen like-for-like sales grow 2.2% in its retail division over the last 40 weeks, and in the two Christmas weeks, it revealed like-for-like sales increased 5%. Rooney Anand, chief executive officer, said, “This was another strong performance, with all divisions trading well during the important festive period, and record trading […]

Edinburgh’s Carters Tap becomes first Greene King ‘Local Hero’ pub in Scotland

Tue 12th January 2016

The Carters Tap on Morrison Street in Edinburgh (formerly Carters) has become the first pub in Scotland to open under Greene King’s innovative Local Hero agreement. Run by multiple operator, Niall Middleton, The Carters Tap has become the first Belhaven leased pub north of the border to be adopted into the scheme, which champions local food […]


Thu 2nd July 2015

Greene King has reported record revenue and strong returns in its preliminary results for the 52 weeks to 3rd May. The figures revealed that, for the first time, Greene King pub revenues (which includes cash generated by Belhaven Pubs) has reached £1bn. Total revenue for the pub and brewing group increased to £1,315.3m (+3% on a […]

Greene King sales figures dip due to Scottish drink drive legislation

Wed 6th May 2015

Brewer and pub owner Greene King, in a trading update published on 5 May, revealed that the Scottish drink driving legislation has had an adverse affect on sales. Instead of seeing a retail-like-for-like (LFL) sales up 0.8% the figure was impacted negatively by its Scottish sales and was in fact reduced to an uplift of 0.4%. This was […]


Wed 15th April 2015

Craft is the word of the moment – whether you are talking about craft beer or spirits, but let’s not forget the impact of mainstream brands which are the mainstay of Scotland’s pub trade. Susan Young takes a look at what’s happening in the beer category. Beer sales are finally increasing. After nearly a decade […]

Butterfly & Pig Expands

Fri 6th February 2015

Michele Pagliocca will celebrate the 10th birthday of his Butterfly & Pig brand by opening in the former Corona bar on Glasgow’s Southside. The move comes after Belhaven sold the Butterfly & Pig’s west end site to Colin Beattie. Michele told DRAM, “We’ve been trying for a while to secure the Corona, but we only […]

Drink-drive Limit Affects December Figures

Fri 30th January 2015

Belhaven owner Greene King has revealed that sale volumes have been impacted by the introduction of Scotland’s new drink-drive limit. Greene King said that they lost about half a percentage point of same-floorspace sales at its main managed pubs business in the six weeks to 11 January. Greene King boss Rooney Anand, said, “Sales were […]

Creative Finance

Wed 25th June 2014

Following a long period of recession the good news is that the economy is beginning to recover. But is that going to help licensees raise capital for their businesses? Jamie Allan reports. One of the biggest bug bears for the licensed trade, and indeed many businesses, over the last few years has been the difficulty […]


Thu 29th May 2014

Whether you’re an avid fan of football or simply can’t stand the sight of it, there will be no getting away from the beautiful game come June 12th, when the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil. Jamie Allan reports. Licensees can expect to see a spike in beer sales during June and July, as […]

Glass amnesty for pub glass collectors

Tue 1st April 2014

Belhaven has today announced a glass amnesty and is calling for the return of any drinking glasses which may have been inadvertently taken from its pubs. The ‘no questions asked’ move comes as the industry is said to be on the brink of a global glass shortage, with stocks forecast to run out long before […]


Mon 31st March 2014

BELHAVEN lessees and managers are set to benefit from a new training courses launched by the firm. The course aims to help licensees in its tenanted and leased estate develop a stronger social media presence for their pubs. The ‘Marketing Through Social Media’ workshop will explore recent developments in social media, as well as offering […]

Bowled Over

Thu 6th March 2014

Beer and Skittles has become the latest incarnation of 14 Picardy Place in Edinburgh. The basement bar, which was most recently Pepper, is owned by the Edinburgh New Town Company who also own Steak restaurant and the boutique hotel Twelve Picardy Place. Manager Chris Caira says the clue to the focal point of Beer and […]

Two in a Row for Tennent’s – Supplier’s Survey

Tue 4th March 2014

THIS YEAR’S SUPPLIER’S SURVEY SEES LITTLE CHANGE AT THE TOP, BUT THERE ARE A FEW ISSUES THAT OBVIOUSLY NEED IRONED OUT. SUSAN YOUNG REPORTS. Licensees are, in the main, very content with their ontrade suppliers. Satisfaction ratings in this year’s survey either remained the same, rose slightly or dipped marginally. But certainly when it comes […]