Raising a glass to the landlord

More than 200 exhibitors and 4,555 guests attended the dedicated pub sector show Pub19 held this week at London’s Olympia.

A series of specialist industry panels were staged in the exhibition hall theatre including on the second day a Publican Panel: Raise a Glass to the Landlord. Innkeeper editor Bill Lumley moderated an award-winning panel of leading landlords comprising youngest UK landlady Emma ‘Sip’ Gallagher, landlord of the oldest pub in Britain Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans Christo Tofalli, Belgravia’s Star Tavern manager Ollie Rogers and landlord of The Alexandra in Wimbledon Mick Dore.

Issues raised included the reasons behind the high rate of UK pub closures, which the panel put attributed in part to poor management as well as declining numbers of people drinking in pubs, the role of the pub as a core part of the community and the argument that this is the age of the pub.

Christo Tofalli of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks concluded the session by appealing to pub owners and managers to help with the campaign he is helping to run with A St Albans Pubs campaign group. For story read here.