Category: The Publican

The Smoking Ban, 5 years on, should it be relaxed?

The smoking ban 5 years onOn 1st July 2007, a new British law came into effect that threatened to split a nation, The Smoking Ban. For non-smokers it was an opportunity to rediscover British Pubs, albeit, pubs still soaked in bleach and Febreze masking the smell of passive smoke, the non-smoker journeyed back into establishments previously deemed unfit for health in search of the British culture that they were so denied.  For smokers it was time to relinquish the British Pub and take their business elsewhere, although there was essentially nowhere to go, so they tended to stay at home or congregate outside pub doorways herded into makeshift cages, roped off areas and 3-walled constructions.

The smoking ban is an enormous topic, with many opinions and statistics, on-board an overtaxed industry riding a sea of economic down-turn. To condense the whole subject of the smoking ban 5 years on and the damage it may have caused the industry into just one blog post is not something that can be done easily, nor a task to be taken lightly.  The resounding conclusion seems that there is almost no-demand for the return of smoking in pubs, breathe a sigh of fresh, clean aired, relief there non-smokers. The decision has come from both groups, smokers and non-smokers. Yet still, some talk and petition has been brought about to relax the ban.  The social outcasting of ‘the smoker’ has seen small groups, committees and bands of men join together to try to re-evaluate the 2007 law and relax its position upon pub-goers.

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Pubs go 3D TV!

Pubs embrace 3D TVLast year in 2010 The Publicans Morning Advertiser reported how 20 pubs under ownership of the Town and City Pub Company (owners of Yates, Slug and Lettuce and Hogshead)  were to receive Sky 3D TV packages so that pub patrons could enjoy ‘the beautiful game’ with an extra third dimension. Initial reactions were promising, punters noting how close-up shots proved how good the depth of field is with the new technology.  The only grievances from pub goers seemed to be that pubs need bigger screens to take full control of the medium, and that after 90 minutes of 3D TV your eyes could be a little sore.

3D throughout 2011 has truly begun to invade cinematography, computer-gaming and is now even affordable and available for homes, it seems to be less and less of a gimmick and possibly the new format for visual entertainment moving forward through this decade.  Earlier this year (June 2011) The Publicans Morning Advertiser  also reported an increase to some 2000 pubs offering the 3d experience.  Punch Taverns managed brands ‘Original Pub Company’ and ‘John Barras’ are among the first to embrace the new way of watching TV by installing the Cinema 3D Pub Pack from LG Electronics, reporting rises in sales during sports matches shown in 3D.

With the Barclays Premiereship 2011 season officially starting on Saturday 13th August, the iron is hot for pubs to embrace this new unparalleled technology.   Have any BITE users watched 3D TV in the local pubs? What are your thoughts on the new way of watching TV, does the third dimension add that extra spark? Or does it make it easy to spill your pint?  If you’ve any comments feel free to leave them in our comments section bel0w, or join in the conversation on our Facebook page.

In a conflict of interests though it is quite important to mention that last year in 2010 Samsung the electronics giant  released a press statement warning against the dangers of watching 3D TV whilst under the influence of alcohol, you can read the full story here on CBS News website.

You can use the Sky website to search for pubs that have Sky 3D TV. Cheers!

The Publican 2011 Awards

On Wednesday 6th April The Publican Awards for 2011 were announced. Each year (although, maybe not from next year as The Publican and the Morning Advertiser have both just merged) licensees, staff and anyone connected to the pub industry vote for who they think should win an award. There are 17 categories and we have posted the winners below.

  1. Publican of the Year – Michael Ibbotson of The Durham Ox, North Yorkshire
  2. Barperson of the Year – Rebecca Jones of Terra Nova, South Wales
  3. Family Pub of the Year – Swiss Cottage, West Sussex
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility 2011 Award – Adnams, Suffolk
  5. Multiple Operator of the Year (2-19 Outlets) – Renaissance Pubs, London
  6. Regional Brewer of the Year – Fuller’s, London
  7. Freehouse of the Year – The Driftwood Spars, Cornwall
  8. Tenanted and Leased Pub of the Year – Cask Pub & Kitchen, London
  9. Tenanted and Leased Pub Company of the Year – Marston’s
  10. Music Pub of the Year – Golden Fleece, Essex
  11. Community Pub of the Year – The Grays Inn, Aberdeen
  12. Pub Design of the Year – Horatio Todd’s, Northern Ireland
  13. Customer Service Pub of the Year – The Station Hotel, Manchester
  14. Food Pub of the Year – Shibden Mill Inn, West Yorkshire
  15. Accommodation Pub of the Year – The Wiremill, Surrey
  16. Managed Pub Company of the Year – Fuller, Smith and Turner
  17. Newcomer of the Year – Steve Smith of the Freemasons, Lancashire

Congratulations to them all! Check out the above pubs and see if you agree with the awards. It appears it’s 50/50 with our reviewers..

Have a good weekend – hopefully the sun will be out all weekend and your local might even have a BBQ on if you are lucky!