Author Archives: Robert MacRae

Licence to spill

We spoke today to the licencing team at our local council who confirmed that no objections had been made during the consultation period and that our premises licence has been granted. That leaves building regulations approval and planning permission to sort which … Continue reading

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We have the keys

 …and the wheels are in motion!Since leaving work a year ago I have been working on plans to open a pub that sells only beer from micro-breweries (a micro-pub). No global brands, no hot food, no loud music, no sports … Continue reading

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Big news on the way!

After a year of planning and property searches, we may finally have found our premises. You may have noticed that we’ve gone quiet on the blogging front of late. This is because we have been spending all of our spare time visiting locales … Continue reading

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Beer’s the thing

One of the first questions a business adviser wants answering is why? Hundreds of pubs are closing every year, so why do we want to open a micropub? Our response is that the micropub business model seems to be the best way … Continue reading

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The smoking ban

The number of pubs in Britain has been declining consistently since 1980, when there were 69,000 pubs in the country; thirty years later and the number of pubs stood at 52,000. Of all the threats to pubs, one of the … Continue reading

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A race to the bottom: thoughts on pricing

There are dozens of websites, Facebook pages and publications which we follow in order to stay on top of trends in the pub trade. Recently we joined an online licensees support group, the members of which have been invited by … Continue reading

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On-the-job training

For all the beer we’ve drank, until fairly recently we had never worked behind a bar or pulled any pints. Our lack of cellar experience is the number one gap in our business plan and something we’ve started to address through … Continue reading

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