Craft Gin Club doubles subscribers in 18 months

Subscription service the Craft Gin Club reached the milestone of 100,000 members this month, boosted by the move to at-home drinking. Launched in 2015 by Jon Hulme and John Burke, the Craft Gin Club is the UK’s largest gin subscription service. In 2016, the founders secured an investment of £75,000 (US$98,500) on BBC television series Dragons’ Den. The UK-based club’s membership grew 66% in the last year to more than 100,000 gin drinkers. Hulme, co-founder and managing…

Continue Reading →

Welsh bars reopen after ‘firebreak’ lockdown

Bars and pubs in Wales can reopen today following a two-week lockdown but must stop serving alcohol at 10pm under new coronavirus measures. From today (9 November), hospitality businesses in Wales that were ordered to close under the two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown on 23 October will be able to reopen. Businesses reopening in Wales must ensure two-metre physical distancing is observed, restrict visitor numbers and implement a one-way system where possible. Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford…

Continue Reading →

Lockdown causes £11.1bn drinks sales loss in on-trade

The first UK lockdown led to a loss of £11.1 billion (US$14.5bn) in on-trade drinks sales, according to a new report from mixer producer Fentimans. The Fentimans Market Report 2020, which uses data from CGA, noted the impact of the first coronavirus lockdown on drinks sales in the UK’s on-trade. From 22 March to 8 August 2020, drinks sales in pubs, bars and restaurants dropped by £11.1bn, compared to the same period in 2019. During…

Continue Reading →

UK government updates rules to allow takeaway alcohol

The UK government has reversed its decision to prohibit on-trade venues across England from offering takeaway alcohol under new lockdown rules. On 31 October, prime minister Boris Johnson announced a second lockdown to mitigate the increase in coronavirus cases across England. MPs are due to vote on the lockdown measures today (4 November), and if approved, the restrictions will come into effect at midnight. The lockdown is due to end on 2 December. As with…

Continue Reading →

England to close bars in second lockdown

Bars, pubs and restaurants in England will be forced to shut on Thursday (5 November) as the country enters a second national lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19. During a news conference on Saturday (31 October), prime minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to mitigate the increase in coronavirus cases across England. On 30 October there were 12,317 new cases of Covid-19 across England. The lockdown is due to end on…

Continue Reading →