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Stuart's December Message

Christmas and the New Year are now on the horizon and there are many positives for us to look forward to.

We can all once again enjoy the season’s festivities in the pub and despite some pubs around the country sadly not having made it through 2021, nearly every brewery, big and small, has survived.

I fear that some of those pubs may not have made it through 2021 anyway, pandemic or no pandemic. There are many great pub success stories though and customers continue to enjoy the relief, fun, welcome and warmth they can offer, during these uncertain times.

But just like most businesses, and indeed the pandemic itself, the recovery is still fragile.

Stock shortages continue and there is certainly a shortage of staff for hospitality. Many venues, particularly large ones, are struggling to provide their full offer due to the need for more staff, and are having to restrict their opening hours therefore.

Costs are starting to ratchet up also; raw materials, utilities, fuel and food.

Our own pubs, many of which are run by teams of husbands, wives and families, are fairing well, partly due to them being small community pubs, and the feedback from them is that they are all looking forward to welcoming customers through their doors and providing some well deserved Christmas cheer.

Have a good one.

All the best,





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