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Southern Drinks Day

April 2022

Teams from our more southerly pubs met at the Small Beer Company in Bermondsey to discover new drinks from all sorts of different potential suppliers. Our wonderful Beth organised the day which is a highlight in our calendar and happens a few times a year. She made a little film to show a flavour of proceedings...

Our Manager’s brought along members of the team to help choose new products that they thought their customers would enjoy in the season ahead. We look forward to seeing what’s new on the bars over the coming weeks.

Northern Drinks Day

April 2022

Teams from our more northerly pubs met at the Little Fox on the Wirral this week to see, hear and taste drinks from 31 different invited suppliers. A mixture of ‘no & low’, spirits, beers and ciders all perfect for the Spring / Summer season.

As Brunning and Price is a ‘family’ or a ‘collection’ of likeminded pubs, rather than a brand, it’s up to the individual teams to decide what they would like to offer their customers, after all they know them far better than we do. So, we invite along the best and let our teams loose to chat and try out what’s new and special in order to figure out what this seasons line up should be for them. It’s a great, social day for everyone involved and hopefully at the end of it loads of ideas and new products make their way back to the pubs to our customers.

A similar day in the south will follow shortly – we like to keep them separate so we can keep the suppliers as local as possible (and of course two days trying out new drinks is always better than one!)

Sipsmith Tour

March 2022

Thanks so much to Sipsmith for hosting a group of our fun (/ gin) loving Assistant and Deputy Managers on a tour and tasting session yesterday in the beautiful Chiswick distillery.

They clearly had a great time and are buzzing to get back to their pubs with newfound knowledge and ideas to enhance their gin ranges.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour

March 2022

Steve Butt’s managers met at the beautiful Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstock in the deepest reaches of Hampshire last week.

After a catch up with the team and a great tasting session with Celtic Marches, they had a full tour around the distillery followed by a couple of cheeky (and obviously educational) cocktails!

Thank you so much to Bombay Sapphire for hosting such a great day for our team.

WSET Course

February 2022

For the last 5 weeks Crew members from around the country have been meeting once a week under the guidance of ‘Wine Guru’ Kevin and some of our fabulous wine and spirit suppliers to work through their WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 2 course. Today they will sit what Kev calls a ‘testy thing’ and we are more than sure that they will all come out with flying colours …and a certificate …and a wealth of knowledge to help our customers make the perfect drink choice.

Good Luck team!

The ‘Quest for the next best thing!’

January 2022

Some of our ‘Northern’ Managers got together and had a session on winter warmers and spring spritz’s from no other than Rockstar spirits’ Thom Hurst (Dragon’s Den winner) last week. They then headed off and tried some tank beer from Estrella that had been kindly flown over freshly brewed from Barcelona less than 24 hours beforehand...

It’s a tough life continuously searching for the next exciting drink to blow our customers’ socks off, but safe to say they gave everything on offer a thorough test!

Which way is your January going to go?

January 2022

There are two schools of thought where drinking in January is concerned. There are the ‘Dry January’ supporters, in need perhaps of a bit of respite after overindulging in December and then there are the ‘Ginuary’ supporters who intend to just plough on!

Whichever camp you sit in, we have plenty of variety in all of our pubs to offer you something new and different to combat the January blues.

‘Southern’ Drinks Development Day

November 2021

...And now the turn of our team in the ‘south’. Another fantastic Drinks Development Day, thanks so much to all the fabulous suppliers, brewers and distillers who came along to show us their products. And well done team for ‘another tough day at the office’ trying them all!

Drinks Development Day

November 2021

A much-loved day in the Brunning and Price calendar today - Drink Development Day (for the northern pubs this week, the southern pubs are warming up for theirs next week).

A day when our teams can meet with different suppliers, brewers and distillers to see what’s exciting and new on offer and consider what their customers might like them to add to their bars.

It’s sometimes a blurry line between work and play!


October 2021

If you’d like to take part in Stoptober this year, but don’t want to miss out on any fun, we have you covered!

Happy International Beer Day!

August 2021

International Beer Day is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California by Jesse Avshalomov. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 80 countries and 6 continents. Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes:

  • To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
  • To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
  • To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.

So, whichever beer you choose to mark the day with, we hope you enjoy.

All hail the Ale! Cheers to the beer!

London Area gathering

July 2021

It’s so nice to actually get together again for Area Catch ups rather than just seeing each other on screens.

Ian’s London patch celebrated by holding their meeting at Liberty Wines where they enjoyed a tasting before heading into Brixton to ‘Lost’ where Duppy Share Rum shared their latest rum punches with them. (When the line between work and fun blurs!)

Cider Tasting from the comfort of our own home / office

July 2021

Just your average Tuesday afternoon in a ‘Pandemic World’ – Covid will not stand in the way of a good Cider Tasting!

Sal’s Deputy Managers and Managers enjoyed tasting the range of Ciders on offer from the Award-Winning Herefordshire Craft Cider makers, Celtic Marches. They very kindly sent everyone a box to chill ready for our Zoom tasting session and told us all about how their Vegan and Gluten Free (and sometimes almost alcohol free) range was made. Lots of lovely options for the team to choose from.

Otterbeck Distillery visit

June 2021

The Bull at Broughton’s team took a trip to Otterbeck Distillery to learn more about what actually goes into making gin so delicious. They look like they now know!

We are looking forward to them introducing a few new tipples to us.

Wine Tasting 2021

March 2021

We may have to do things a little differently this year, but we are never one to miss a wine tasting! So, to ready the pubs for their reopening we decided to hold a ‘virtual wine tasting’ – wine, tasting notes, an online expert on hand, all in the comfort of your own home – turned out rather well.

(Another occasion where the line between work and play became slightly blurred!)

Annual Wine Tasting

March 2020

One of our favourite days in the B&P calendar - Annual Wine Tasting Day! Each year we gather up all of our Managers, Deputies and budding ‘wine students’ fill a room with 135 up and coming varieties of wine and let them loose!

After much glass swirling, sipping and revisiting of their favourites the pub teams start to pull together ideas for their 2020 wine lists and specials (and they look like they had a lovely time doing it too!).

Tough day at the office!

Managers Visit to Nyetimber Estate

September 2019

Tamsyn and her patch of Managers had a lovely, if rainy, visit to the Nyetimber Estate in the beautiful South Downs. Nyetimber make award winning English fizz which they happily sampled after a rainy tour of the vineyard in their matching green Hunters!

South African Wine Masterclass

July 2019

We were delighted to have Sue Masters from Distell with us to present a South Africa Masterclass to some budding sommeliers from around the B&P family. They were a wonderful group of enthusiastic students and so it was really enjoyable to share the joys of the grape with them all!

Camden Town Brewery visit

May 2019

A huge thank you to Camden Town Brewery (the home of ‘Hells’) for hosting a group of our managers on a visit and tasting session – obviously incredibly educational (and thirst quenching).

Annual Cider Tasting

March 2019

It's another date that we all look forward to in the B&P calendar – the annual cider tasting. This year, Prae Wood Arms, St Albans, stepped in to host the proceedings; 65 Ciders, 10 suppliers and a whole host of B&P-ers eager to taste everything on offer in order to choose the best to take back to their pubs. Another tricky day at the office!

Annual Wine Tasting 2019

February 2019

It's a day that we all countdown to on the B&P calendar, crossing off days as we go through a VERY long January until it's here – The Annual Wine Tasting. We fill a room full of what's hip, happening, emerging and classic in the wine category (this year 122 specimens, including some non-alcoholic wines for the first time) and then invite everyone along to taste them all. Managers bring their Deputies and Assistants and together they create their own wine menus and wine specials for the coming year.

They go through the arduous task of sampling over 100 wines, poor things, just to bring you the very best – we are indebted to their dedication!

WSET Training

November 2018

This years Level 2 and Level 3 WSET wine and spirits courses are now in full swing.

Here are our Level 2 candidates enjoying a tasting session from the back of a tractor at the Mill House - wine ever not!

Wine Scholarship Winners

October 2018

Our brilliant Wine Scholarship Winners enjoyed a blissful treat of a day visiting Waddesdon Manor for a tour and tasting followed by dinner at Le Manoir. An absolutely sublime day!

Congratulations to all who earned their place.

The creation of Brunning and Price Traditional

September 2018

For many years now all our pubs have served an ale, arduously developed many moons ago with Pheonix Brewery, up in Manchester, called 'Brunning and Price Original'.

It's a great ale and one we're still incredibly proud of; however, the size and scale of our pubs has grown significantly since its first inception and the logistics of supplying Brunning and Price Original in the South has proved tricky in recent years, often leaving us with short supply or an inconsistent beer.

So, this led us to believe we needed another string to our bow; a new beer that would not only appeal to our southern audience, but also give us the logistical support and assurances to deliver to the ever-growing Southern family.

Off we went down to Cornwall to visit the award-winning St Austell Brewery - it was a marriage made in heaven and Brunning and Price Traditional is our proud offspring of it!

Adnams Brewery Visit

June 2018

Tamsyn's area visited the Adnams brewery in Southwold with Stuart and Lee their local Adnams Reps.

They stayed in their newly refurbished and very swanky Swan Hotel and held their GM meeting there, then were then taken around the brewery, treated to some beer tasting, which was received gratefully as you can imagine on such a hot day.

In the evening they were hosted for dinner at The Harbour Inn and went through some of their spirits and perfect serves. Fun day had by all and very kind of Adnams to educate us in their ways!

The Falcon's First Prosecco Festival

June 2018

The Falcon's customers love a good festival and are very partial to a glass or two of fizz. So Peter and the team decided to throw them an evening to explore all things Prosecco.

Three marquees, a beautiful view, a fantastic band and a lot of face glitter later and they had themselves a wonderful Summers night to remember...(and if they don't, we have this lovely video to fill in the gaps!)

Annual Wine Tasting

March 2018

Each year we hold a day for our managers and their teams, packed full of wine suggestions. This year we had 105 wines on offer for our teams to taste (what a truly terrible job!)

The idea is that the teams go away with loads of ideas of great wines to add to their lists over the coming months.

It’s always a great day for everyone to get together and mingle, as well as the most fun way of choosing a wine list that we can think of!

WSET Level 2 training

March 2018

The latest round of our Wine, Spirit and Education Trust training started this week. This time the candidates are training for their Level 2 certificate.

We kick started the proceedings with a little 'Al Fresco tasting session', luckily all the wines we tasted needed to be served chilled!

Assistant Manager, Cellar Management Training Day

November 2017

A huge thank you to Fullers for hosting a group our Assistant Managers who spent the day learning about all things 'Cellar Management'.

A really educational and fun day was had by all, as you can see from the smiles from Libby from the White Hart Chipstead and Jess from Fox Revived - another of those occasions where the line between work and play is blurred!

Camden Beer School

November 2017

JAR, James and some of the Northern managers took a trip south to the Camden Beer School for a talk on the history of beer this month.

The Beer School were wonderful hosts, included a trip around the brewery in Kentish town and an inevitable tasting session.

The Armoury, Gin Festival

October 2017

Nothing warms up an Autumn night more than a glass or two of gin to warm your cockles. The Armoury closed the road and created a beautiful waterside gin festival, no need to tell you any more, just watch this to spirit you away...

Grosvenor Arms. Beer, Gin and Fizz Festival

July 2017

The Grosvenor Arms hosted its first Beer festival with Justin at the helm this month. They joined forces with the rest of the village of Aldford to create a real féte atmosphere complete with beer tent, live music, face painting and village tug of war competition (this time around, the rope was not stretched across from one side of the river to the other, for reasons obvious in this decade - the 90's really were different times).

An Educational Day...

July 2017

...for Ian's patch who this week did the double and went to visit 'Half Hitch Gin Distillery' in Camden, where they enjoyed creating and bottling their own gin, before moving onto the Matthew Clark boutique beer show in the sunshine of Hyde Park, where they sampled their way through some delicious drinks that no doubt will be coming to a pub near you soon.

WSET Last Day

June 2017

It was the last day of training for our current class undergoing the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, Level 2, certificate this week.

They met at the Pant-yr-Ochain Wrexham to enjoy a leisurely lunch together ahead of their test, sampling and learning all about Chablis La Motte and Rare Vineyards Marsanne Viognier to steady any nerves.

Such an enthusiastic and bright group of people, we have no doubts they will all have done very well.

Craft Beer Rising

March 2017

After a London based area meeting, Ian's patch headed to Craft Bear Rising at the Old Truman brewery. It's now officially the biggest craft beer festival in the UK and was very impressive - well over 150 brewers in one place with music, food and a wide variety of beards and tattoos!

As you would expect there was a lot of keg beers on show (the trend has been heading this way for some years now) but still absolutely loads of excellent cask ales to get excited about. Highlights included a wonderful Saison from brew by numbers and some cracking stuff from the Bedlam Brewery stand.

CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival in August is the next big beer event in the calendar. It takes some beating as it's great place to sample every beer under the sun - but Craft Beer Rising offered something different and gave us all a great chance to speak to the people who actually make the beer, build up loads of useful contacts and get a feel for where the wonderful world of beer is heading in 2017.

Annual Wine Tasting

February 2017

What better way to celebrate the first day out of 'Dry January' than with the annual wine tasting?

We brought together a selection of 115 wines (and 1 beer that was so good we had to squeeze it in somewhere) and invited all of managers, deputy managers and any budding wine connoisseur crew members to come along to taste. We try to present wines that reflect current palates and so this year included many organic and biometric varieties all with great background stories as well as great flavours.

After hours of sipping and note taking, we feel sure that they all left the building (in a zag zag fashion) with ideas to pepper their wine lists over the coming year.

We love a good garden party

August 2016

When the sun is shining, there is no better way to celebrate the summer than a bit of a garden party, complete with beer tent, ciders and Pimms. Through the course of the Summer, some of our Brunning and Price pubs link up with local residents to bring their gardens alive with such occasions, and we think this little video from Little Manor gives you a flavour of what we feel the summer is all about.

Wine Scholarship Trip to Bordeaux 2016

June 2016

Each year, Kevin our 'Wine Guru' runs a wine course for any budding 'Jilly Goolden's. At the end of the course there is a little test to make sure that everyone has been learning as well as 'quaffing' and the 5 winners get a very special treat. This year's Wine Scholarship winners; Becky Simmons Assistant Manager - The Red Fox, Chris Allardes, Deputy Manager - The Sparrowhawk, Ben Walton, Manager - The Mill House, James Murdoch, Deputy Manager -The Hare, Chloe Lawless - Old Hall, were whisked off on a 3 day tasting trip to Bordeaux at the beginning on June along with Mary, Kevin and Tom who felt they needed to accompany them for 'safety reasons'.

They managed to visit places that until now Kevin has only been able to look at pressed against locked gates; Vineyards, wineries, tastings, restaurants ...it really was a grueling trip, tough but somebody had to do it, but it was thoroughly deserved by all 5 winners.

Southern Cider Tasting

May 2016

As the sun is beginning to shine we thought it best to make sure that we had the very best in the world of Cider on hand to offer throughout these barmy hours / days / weeks even. So Ally from the Black Jug and Ben from the Mill House organised for a whole array of Southern Cider makers to showcase their wares to the team in a big 'Cider -Off' down at the Mill House.

A selection of around 25 different hand pull ciders and around 25 different bottled ciders were assembled, with a couple of cider makers on hand to talk about their products. We are still unsure if this was work or pleasure, but a good afternoon was had by all and everyone left a little bit wiser on the subject with a few new favorites to add to our bars.

B&P Annual Wine Tasting

March 2016

Each year our managers and their esteemed nominated tasters get together in order to painstakingly taste, sniff and 'quaff' a myriad of wines in the quest to create the perfect wine list. What makes this special is that what is deemed to be perfect for one pub, may not be quite right for another. So instead of being prescriptive, we all taste over 100 wines in order to select the chosen few that will make it onto their own spring season wine list.

The firm favourites will of course remain, but the list is changed regularly in order to introduce some different flavours that suit the changing seasons and to ensure we always keep things interesting and, occasionally, surprising.

This year's brief; 'the inexpensive Chilean Merlot challenge', 'what could knock Prosecco off its podium?', 'the best dry Rose to sip in the summer' and possibly the most interesting of categories was 'the wildcard - open your mind stunners'.

...it's a tough day at work!

Sipsmith Distillery Tasting

November 2015

A fantastic tour of Sipsmiths Distillery was had by our managers in the South East. Stunning gin and fabulous hosts, we are delighted to see them featured on our back bars and will be visiting again as soon as possible.

B&P wine trip June 2015

June 2015

As a reward for scoring the highest points in the Wine and Spirits Trust exam, Aimee Lewis (Assistant Manager at the Architect) and Griff Bracey (Assistant Manager at the Mute Swan) were very generously sponsored by wine supplier Boutinot on a wine trip to the Rhone Valley.

They visited the vineyards and tasted the wines of Domaine Boutinot, in Cairanne; Chante Cigale in Chateau Neuf du Pape; and Chateau L'Ermitage near Nimes, ably accompanied by our trainer Suzy Turner, Graham Price, and wine guru Kevin Sambrook. Everyone said it was an amazing trip and it was a massive learning curve...

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