Star takes wine support to a new level

Star Pubs & Bars has appointed a dedicated wine category buyer. A former wine buyer at Tesco, Roberta Neave’s remit is to increase the company’s category support to licensees and to broaden and upgrade its wine range to make it competitive with that of wholesalers and wine merchants. To kick off the new wine programme, [...

STUDENT DEAL FOR MOLSON COORS

Brewer Molson Coors has won a new four year solus beer and cider supply deal with the student union purchasing consortium, Northern Services. In an unprecedented dec...

Design Focus: Nauticus, Edinburgh

NAUTICUS 142 Duke Street, Edinburgh EH6 8HR Once upon a time there were three guys with one big dream: to open a bar in Leith that captured the heart of what was goi...

Dip your toe into The Wine Spa

The Wine Spa on Broughty Ferry’s Fort Street is the town’s smallest bar, according to licensee John Black. But, according to John, who also owns the nearby Fort ...

A Space Apart: Interview with SWG3’s Andrew Fleming-Brown and Meryl Gilbert

ANDREW FLEMING-BROWN (AKA MUTLEY), 40, IS DIRECTOR OF GLASGOW’S SWG3. MERYL GILBERT, 32, IS PART OF THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM. JASON CADDY CAUGHT UP WITH THE TWO ...

Sturgeon outlines plans to reform Scottish business rates system

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has just launched her Programme for Government 2018-19, underlining the Scottish Government’s ambition for the economy, including a proposed non-domestic rates bill. Says the report, “We will also continue to drive forward work that will make Scotland the most competitive place to invest ...

JOIN THE EVOLUTION REVOLUTION

Seventy-three years may seem like a lifetime…is a life time – our lifetime. Founded the year WWII ended, we have existed through some of the most significant pol...

INTRODUCING THE MACALLAN MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

The Macallan has unveiled its next Masters of Photography edition in collaboration with Magnum Photos. Marking the seventh limited edition release, The Macallan Mast...

Coca Cola buy Costa to adapt to changing tastes as sugary drinks sales slump

Coca-Cola is to buy the Costa coffee chain from owner Whitbread in a deal worth £3.9bn. Whitbread bought Costa,  the UK’s biggest coffee chain, for £19m in...

The Spiritualist brings new vibes to Aberdeen

Signature Pubs, the group behind Copper Blossom in Edinburgh and Church on the Hill in Glasgow, has opened The Spiritualist at 67 Langstane Place in Aberdeen. Area M...

New Scotts Restaurant Takes Shape

Buzzworks’ Scotts bar and restaurant at Port Edgar Marina in South Queensferry is near to completion. The venue is Buzzworks Holdings’ eleventh addition to its growing portfolio and first on Scotland’s East Coast. Situated against the stunning backdrop of the Three Bridges and Firth of Forth, Scotts is expected to ope...

DOUGLAS LAING ANNOUNCE NAME OF NEW GLASGOW DISTILLERY AND WHISKY

Douglas Laing & Co’s new Distillery in Glasgow is to be named the ‘Clutha Distillery’. ‘Clutha’, meaning Clyde in Gaelic, reflects both the company...

New Gin School launches

Isle of Skye Distillers has announced the launch of its brand-new gin school The Portree-based distillery, producers of Misty Isle Gin and Tommy’s Gin, opens its d...

A-List turn out for ‘Strictly Fabulous’ Scottish Bar & Pub Awards

While the world’s busy googling the line-up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, dubbed the Z-list year for celebrities, the A-list of the Scottish lic...

Design Focus: Hawksmoor, Edinburgh

I thought Hawksmoor sounded like the name of a mythical bird of prey until I Googled it and discovered that it’s actually the surname of acclaimed English Arch...

Star Pubs & Bars to invest over half a million on Scottish Pub exteriors

Twenty Scottish Pubs in the Star Pubs & Bars are set to get revamped exteriors as part of a £550,000 investment in the estate this year. Nearly two thirds of the funds have been earmarked for redecoration, new lighting, signage, and cladding, plus other finishes for less attractive buildings, says the company. The improvem...

Restaurant boss forced to defend hygiene standards

Sukdev ‘Cook’ Gill, co-owner of Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Motherwell, was forced to defend the restaurant’s hygiene standards after ...

BELHAVEN BREWERY SCOOPS FOUR AWARDS

Belhaven Brewery has won four awards at the 2018 World Beer Awards. Scotland’s oldest brewery which is set to mark its 300th birthday in 2019 has won gold for Belh...

Happy 50th Anniversary Connoisseurs Choice

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ range, family-owned whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has enhanced the range with a series of s...

REDCASTLE SPIRITS BRING RUM BACK TO ANGUS

Redcastle Spirits has announced the pending launch of a Spiced Rum. The Angus-based firm has just created its Scottish & Caribbean Spiced Rum Fusion, and they be...

Sue Says

Straight talking from our publisher…   It’s certainly been a full on four weeks – but you know me, I love being busy. It was great to catch up with so many people at the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards and the feedback has been absolutely brilliant. So well done to all the finalists, and […]...