For a’ that: Are you prepared for Burns Night?
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Dave Hunter
1w ago
WITH Burns Night just around the corner (25th January), bars and pubs the length and breadth of Scotland will be gearing up to celebrate the life of our much-loved poet. From time-tested Burns Suppers to modern takes on the tradition, there are plenty ways for venues to mark the occasion and encourage customers through the door. Kirsten Blackburn, marketing manager at The Borders Distillery, described Burns Night as ‘a celebration of Scottish heritage, of culture and companionship’. And whisky, of course, is very much of the Burns tradition. “Thankfully, the category is more accessible than e ..read more
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Spiralling costs are driving a wave of hospitality closures
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
  Unprecedented inflation in energy bills and other costs is taking a heavy toll on the UK hospitality industry, which is now suffering more business closures than it did at the height of Covid restrictions. In the fourth quarter of 2022, there was a 1,611 net decline in the number of licensed premises operating in the UK, which represents a 1.6% contraction of the total market in just three months – equivalent to nearly 18 net closures every day. According to the new Hospitality Market Monitor from AlixPartners and CGA by Nielsen IQ, in ..read more
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National Whisky Festival returns to Glasgow this weekend
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
LITERALLY HUNDREDS of whiskies will be lined up for sampling in Glasgow’s SWG3 venue this Saturday, January 21st, as the National Whisky Festival of Scotland stages its 2023 hometown event. Running as part of Celtic Connections’ 30th Anniversary, this year’s edition of the festival brings together another exceptional line up of exhibitors from across the industry spectrum. From delicate and approachable drams to peat-powered favourites; well-known core releases to brand new and hard-to-find editions, festival exhibitors will be on hand to inform, impress and guide beginners ..read more
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Beer beside the seaside in Ayr’s Bridges Bar
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
BRIDGES BAR in Ayr is on sale as a going concern, with offers over £235,000 invited. Situated on Sandgate, in a prominent location near to Ayr Town Hall and part of an established town centre licensed trade circuit, Bridges occupies the ground floor of a two and three storey traditional end terraced tenement. The 1166 square foot premises has a bar area formed over a split level, decorated along traditional lines with banquette seating and a range of interesting memorabilia adorning the walls, alongside modern ladies and gents’ toilets, a small storeroom and basement cellarage. Shepherd Chart ..read more
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Famed Edinburgh steakhouse McKirdy’s is up for sale
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
Edinburgh city centre steakhouse McKirdy’s has been put on the market for offers over £450,000. As selling agents DM Hall put it, the Morrison Street restaurant’s ‘success is reflected in its profitability’. The business has a longstanding reputation for high quality meat, built upon its supply relationship with McKirdy Butchers, a local firm established in 1895. The Steakhouse itself has traded for 24 years, situated close to Haymarket, on a busy one-way thoroughfare which carries a substantial volume of traffic, with the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and various hotels located on ..read more
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Greene King invests in cask beer with launch of 4.5 gallon pins
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
Pub company and brewer, Greene King, is launching 4.5-gallon cask pins to help licensees deliver a range of cask-fresh beers, whilst minimising wastage. With the lingering effects of the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis leading consumers to drink out less frequently, Greene King believes that the introduction of pins containing 36 pints per unit – half the size of the industry standard 9 gallon container – will help reinvigorate trade. Following a seven-figure investment, the brewer will be rolling out the cask pins to all managed, lease and tenanted, and free trade customers this summer ..read more
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Bacardi announces £15m expansion plan for Aultmore Distillery
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
MORAY’S AULTMORE Distillery is to benefit from a £15million expansion which will see its production capacity doubled by spring 2024. Aultmore is currently celebrating the 125th anniversary of going into production back in 1897, when it was founded by Morayshire businessman and philanthropist, Alexander Edward. For the last 25 years or so, Aultmore has been part of Bacardi’s Scotch stable, alongside Aberfeldy, Royal Brackla, Craigellachie, and Macduff, which also contribute to the Dewar’s and William Lawson’s blends. Bacardi’s Niall Mitchell commented: “We have an incredibly skilled and in ..read more
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Duck & Waffle lands in Edinburgh on February 1st
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
IN ITS first UK venture outside of London, the Duck & Waffle restaurant brand is to officially open a new branch in Edinburgh at the start of February. Located within the St James Quarter, the restaurant promises to merge ‘dynamic interiors, unrivalled hospitality, a buzzy atmosphere, and mouth-watering signature fare’ to create an unforgettable ‘gastro diner’ experience, welcoming guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Brand founder Shimon Bokovza said: “From the stunning interior design to the creative dishes on our menu, it’s an experience that promises elemen ..read more
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New general manager for Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa Crerar Hotels has appointed experienced hotelier Niall O’Shaughnessy as the new general manager of the recently refurbished Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa. Niall, originally from Ireland, comes with over a decade of UK-wide hotel management experience under his belt. Prior to joining Crerar Hotels, he was Cluster General Manager for the Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels Group in Scotland. With a background in HR Management and Hotel Management, Niall has worked with many of Scotland’s top hoteliers. Since Niall’s arrival at Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa, he has been spending time ..read more
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Mexico comes to Glasgow for first ever tequila festival
Scottish Licensed Trade News
by Gordon Davidson
1w ago
  FANS of quality spirits can leave their salt and lime at home when Glasgow hosts the city’s first tequila and mezcal festival. The inaugural Copita Mezcal and Tequila Festival takes place at The Briggait on 29th April, with organisers pledging the event will be ‘a far cry from tequila slammers in a dive bar of a Friday evening’. “Copita is here to celebrate the craft of these important artisanal drinks,” said festival co-founder Colin Campbell. “Agave spirits are to Mexico what whisky is to Scotland – not just a national drink, but a collection of wildly different spirits produced by tr ..read more
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