Let the games begin
I’ve always said that if our readers are able to pick up any issue of Pub & Bar and read about just one new idea, approach, strategy, whatever – something you can take away and implement within your business – then that’s happy days for us. We aim to please.
Of course, some months are easier than others to stimulate through presenting alternative operations or revealing market trends and statistics. Take last year for example – telling you that a boiling hot summer gorgeously coupled with an encouraging World Cup will bring in extra trade hardly makes us pub press team of the year.
This month, however, I was fortunate enough to pick the brains of an operator who I believe is genuinely doing something different in the industry. Fran Kitching is co-founder of the London-based arcade bar brand Four Quarters, which offers pub goers and game fanatics a haven of retro arcade machines and consoles alongside a considered choice of food and drink, and an event roster that delivers the brilliantly bonkers through devilish detail. I’ve known the brand for a number of years as a consumer, but after chatting with Kitching at the Peckham venue, I now feel like I truly understand the USP Four Quarters has within the on-trade. Find out for yourself by turning to page 20
After that, we’ve got a pretty eclectic issue in store for you. Our new features writer Gemma Bradish has been busy chatting to operators and suppliers about the latest considerations around food and drink pairing (page 24
); deputy editor Charlotte Mellor is gearing up for summer by analysing this year’s flavoured cider market (page 36
); and I’ve been fortunate enough to dine at the Fordwich Arms in Kent, the noisy neighbour of everyone’s favourite Michelin-starred pub, The Sportsman in Seasalter (page 34
). Enjoy the issue.
Tristan O’Hana - Editor