For Joe Allen, the iconic Covent Garden restaurant that was a pioneer of the much-copied American-style diner format, the boom in the non-formal sector means it has definitely seen competition increase over the past few years.
Joycelyn Neave, the founder of the Seafood Pub Company – and nominee for the Pub & Bar Award at The Cateys 2016 – operates eight Lancashire venues, with two more in the pipeline. She talks to John Porter about how she recruits her army of ‘Seafood Soldiers’.
It’s the most important meal for pubs, and a breakfast trade can also give a pub’s profits a healthy boost.
Far from being upstarts parking their tanks on the lawn of casual dining, managed pub operators have been a driver of the sector since its earliest days.