C&C Group and Greene King compete for Spirit

C&C Group and Greene King are vying to buy the Spirit Pub Company. C&C’s rival approach came only three days after Spirit had agreed in principle to a £723m takeover by  Greene King and said that it would recommend a proposed 109.5p offer from the Loch Fyne and Hungry Horse chain owner who also own […]


New Absolut Warhol edition

This month (October) Absolut are introducing a new limited Andy Warhol edition bottle celebrating creativity, pop art and the brand’s iconic collaboration with Andy Warhol. It is transforming the original painting onto the bottle shape. “The original Absolut Warhol painting hangs firmly in a museum but this initiative brings Andy Warhol’s artwork to the world,” […]

10 Dollar Shake opens Rye & Soda

Rye and Soda, the latest venture from 10 Dollar Shake in Aberdeen, has opened in the city’s Academy building on Belmont Street. The venue is a tapas bar and restaurant that also specialises in cocktails, gin and homemade sodas. 10 Dollar Shake founder Adrian Gomes (above) told DRAM, “We were looking for something which differentiated […]

Limited edition from Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace has launched a limited edition collection of bourbon and rye whiskies. The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2014 is a five-strong range, and comes at a time when on-trade sales of American whiskey are on the rise; CGA Peach data shows sale up by 4.2% in the year to 19 April 2014. The five […]

The Overlee – open for business

The Overlee (formerly Clark & Son) on Clarkston Road on Glasgow’s south side has just re-opened after undergoing a massive redevelopment. Belhaven Pubs, part of the Greene King group, who bought the pub after former owner Ryan Barrie’s company Bathsheba Clark and Sons Ltd went into administration, have invested heavily in the newly refurbished venue […]

Busy year for Wm Grant & Sons

Wm Grant & Sons has revealed it had increased its turnover to £1.12bn and delivered a Group Operating Profit of £138m for 2013, up 10.6% from £124.8m in 2012. Then it revealed it had bought Drambuie. The whisky liqueur was put up for sale earlier this year with a £100m price tag. William Grant & […]

Wetherspoon’s to open a Waverley Bridge outlet?

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon could open an outlet on Waverley Bridge. The news emerged as the company published plans to replace the Jimmy Chung’s buffet. The plan shows a 13-metre long bar capable of serving 200 drinkers, with two beer garden areas earmarked for either side of the building. The other pub that JDW are […]

Gordon & MacPhail profits rise by 24%

Gordon & MacPhail, the Scotch whisky distiller and distributor, has reported a 24% increase in annual pre-tax profits lifting its annual turnover to £24.7m. Export sales rose 20 % to £6.7m in the 2014 year to February 28. UK sales rose 12.8% to £18.05m. The company, which trades as Speyside Whisky Distributors, acquired the Benromach […]

Third opening for Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas is set to spice up the Edinburgh restaurant scene with the launch of its newest restaurant and bar at the end of September. Located on the corner of George Street and Charlotte Square, Las Iguanas will offer an authentic South American dining experience, providing seating for 240 people and two cocktail bars serving […]

Black Rabbit turns into BRGR

The bar formerly known as Black Rabbit has been converted into a gourmet burger joint by owner Chris Lessani. The new refreshed outlet, now called BRGR, aims to “bring the ultimate burger experience to Glasgow” and its point of difference… Scotland’s first burger holder, the aptly named ‘hawder’ – because it ‘hawds’ your burger. The […]

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