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Pub, Food and Drink News in Nottinghamshire and UK


New Wetherspoon Pub in Mansfield – October 2001
Pub chain J D Wetherspoon have converted the former Mason’s Arms to the Widow Frost at a cost of £950,000. This is their second pub in Mansfield

Gooseberry Bush Pub, Nottingham – September 2001
The Gooseberry Bush puib in Nottingham has been transformed into a new student bar called the Varsity. The £300,000 revamp has created 20 new jobs.

Scottish & Newcastle Nottingham Pub Sale – June 2001
Scottish & Newcastle are selling 28 pubs in Greater Nottingham to Enterprise Inns. In total nationwide 400 pubs are being sold with 63 in the East Midlands.

New Watherspoon Pub in Mansfield – June 2001
The pub chain Wetherspoon has opend The Court house in Market Place Mansfield after a £900,000 renovation project.

Fire at the French Horn at Upton – 2nd June 2001
It is believed that an electrical fault caused the fire in the first floor flat’s kitchen area last sunday lunchtime while about 60 diners were eating. Luckily, everyone was safely evacuated and no-one was hurt. The pub is expected to return back to normal within a few days as neither the restaurant or bar areas were affected.

Castle Rock Brewery Sold to Tynemill – April 2001
The acclaimed Castle Rock Brewery hasd been sold to Tynemill, which owns more than a dozen real ale pubs in the Eastmidlands. Tynemill already owned 50% of the business. The company plans to increase production from 1500 to 5000 barrels a year.

JD Wethespoon to expand in Nottinghamshire – March 2001
The fast growing Wetherspoon pub groups hopes to increase its outlets in Nottinghamshire to 30 within 8 years.

Whitbread Sells its Notts Pubs – March 2001
The Leisure group Whitbread has sold its 43 pubs in Nottinghamshire as part of a £1.63bn deal with a finance house in order to focus on its core hotel, food and leisure divisions.
J D Wetherspoon Pub plans second Mansfield Pub- November 2000
The National pub chain, J D Wetherspoon is planning to open its second pub in Mansfield. Work is expected to start June 2001 and opening October.

Millers – Ruddington – November 2000
A new bar and restaurant has been completed in Ruddington on the site of the former Nottingham Knightat a cost of £500,000.

J D Wetherspoon Pub planned for Mansfield – June 2000
The National pub chain, J D Wetherspoon is planning to open its first pub in Mansfield at a cost of more than £1m. It plans to convert the former County Court building in the Market Place.

The Goose on the Square, Nottingham – June 2000
This new pub, flagship for Goose Pubs (Bass Group) has now opened at a cost of £2.4m. Email us to let us know if this should be included in our guide click here

The Crown, Rolleston – May 2000
This fine, traditional country pub once under threat of closure is presently being extended. With a reputation for good food and real ales this could well be worth a visit this summer.

The Reindeer Inn- Hoveringham – April 2000
Sadly the Pub is now closed. (re-opened 2001 see entry)
The Marquis of Granby is now the only inn remaining in the village.

Three New Pubs in Nottingham City Centre – April 2000
J D Wetherspoon is on schedule to develop three new pubs in Nottingham City centre this year at a cost of over £4m. The chain already owns pubs in Newark, Worksop, Hucknall and Arnold.

The Famous Old Post Office in Newark – April 2000
Newark’s former main post office is being transformed into a bar and restaurant at a cost of £75,000.

Mansfield Brewery – April 2000
Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries who have taken over Mansfield Brewery have confirmed the loss of 200 jobs over the next few months. They have also axed Mansfield’s Old Baily brand as they claim poor sales could not guarantee quality.

40 Notts Pubs sold – March 2000
Scotish & Newcastle, Britain’s biggest brewer is to sell 40 Notts Pubs to the Pub Estate Company as part of a Nationwide deal worth £100m.


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Bass Completes £2.3bn sale – 22nd August
Bass, today ended its 223-year involvement in brewing by completing the sale of its beer business to Interbrew, the privately owned Belgian group fro £2.3m.

The Great British Beer Festival
Every year, CAMRA organises the biggest beer festival in the UK. The festival held London’s Olympia, runs from 5pm on Tuesday 1st August to Saturday 5th Aiugust at 7pm.
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Box Office (non-CAMRA members) 0870 904 0300

Free Beer – 1st July 2000
Beer drinkers are to be guaranteed full pints in a government crackdown on short measures. The new law will lead to prosecution for landlords who serve up less than 95% beer in a pint. Publicans who ignore the regulations will face big fines with persistant offenders losing their drink retailers’ licence. The government plans will be incorporated into a consumer bill expected to be revealed in this Autumn’s Queen’s speech. The new law will mean that he average drinker may get the equivalent of 10 more pints a year without paying an extra penny!!!

Interbrew buys Bass for £2.3bn – 15th June 2000
Interbrew, the Belgian Brewing giant has agreed to buy Bass’s brewing operations for £2.3bn. Interbrew bought Whitbread’s brewing assets last month. The Belgian company will own the following new brands:- Carling, Bass, Grolsch, Worthington, Caffrey’s, Tennent’s, Staropramen, Stella Artois, Heineken, Boddington’s, Murphy’s, Hoegaarden, Labatt and Waddworth 6X. The only leading UK owned brewer left is Scottish and Newcastle. The deal is likely to bring further job losses to the UK brewing industry..

Whitbread and Bass to end Brewing Tradition – 26th May 2000
Two of the UK’s largest brewers which account for some 40% of brewing in the UK are to end more than 250 years of tradition. Whitbread has announced the sale of its beer arm and is Bass admitting that disposing of brewingf was its favorite option. Both want to concentrate on there lesure businesses.

Bass Completes £600m sale – 14th February 2001
Bass, today completed a £600m sale to Nomura International, the Japanese investment bank who will become the Uk’s biggest pub landlord. Nomura will now own 6000 pubs with its closet rivel Punch Taverns owning 5000. Nomura are likely to convert the estate from managed pubs to tenanted.

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