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Venue Insight May Issue - OUT NOW

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Well, not quite in hospitality, but now that we look set for a prolonged period of good weather, and with the jubilee celebrations around the corner, the industry has got much to look forward to. Let’s hope that this summer we can truly put the last couple of years behind us and really start to make huge strides forward by recouping some of the crippling loses suffered at the hands of the covid pandemic.

Returning to the NEC, Birmingham in July is the fantastic Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition (SOLEX). This unique and focussed event, organised by the industry for the industry, brings together all the leading manufacturers of garden products – furniture and accessories, barbecues, fire pits, leisure products, gifts, outdoor buildings, storage, lighting, spas, pergolas, hot tubs, parasols, and soft furnishings. It’s an absolute must visit for venues boasting outdoor space.

The late, great Anthony Bourdain once said: “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” Anyone who knows their barbies knows Cinders, who have been manufacturing gas barbecues for over thirty years. A Cinders barbeque is perfect for special events in pubs and bars, whether the menu is based around traditional barbecue fayre, or something more exotic, such as piri-piri halloumi skewers, goat burgers, or Vietnamese Bun cha. To capitalise on the growing vegan market, you can also add an optional griddle.

A brand-new research study has found that pub customer confidence is firmly back at pre-pandemic levels and that pubs are now more important than ever to Brits with 56% of pub-goers saying they will visit the pub at least once a week over the next 12 months. The new ‘Return of the Pub’ report from KAM, in partnership with the BII, is designed to understand the evolving behaviours and attitudes of pub customers following two years of global pandemic, in a bid to define the ‘new normal’ for pub experiences in the UK.

Good luck for the start of the summer season!



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