Bronya Smolen


Bronya Smolen is Inapub's food writer and multimedia journalist. Follow her on Twitter @BronyaWrites


When a scathing TripAdvisor review turns into flourishing sales

One pub posted its reply to a scornful TripAdvisor on Facebook – and the response was wonderful.

Beer and food matching needs more kudos
My grandma says beer tastes like “soapy water”.
Can you guess what the most popular pizza topping is?

In a survey of nearly 4,000 adults, an unlikely contender has been named the UK’s most popular pizza topping.

A whistle-stop guide to making customers wait and why it's ok

The moral of this story is that it's not all about the fast lane, especially on a rainy Sunday afternoon...

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Robyn Black

Robyn Black is Inapub's drinks expert and deputy editor. Follow her on Twitter @MrsRobynBlack

Why alcohol is an integral part of civilisation

From wild potato chichi (a South American beer) in 13,000 BC to pepper berry wine in 600 AD to alcopops in the 1990s, alcohol in one form or another has permeated human life through the ages.

Alcohol Research UK funds study into stating the bleeding obvious

Straight from the school of stating the bleeding obvious, psychologists at London South Bank University have revealed that drinkers are, "much less likely to notice responsible drinking messages on posters displayed in a busy pub environment than in a plain and simple room."

Pubs need to up their drinks game (again).

There's no doubt things have improved when it comes to cocktails and mixed drinks in pubs.

Harness the power of hygge

I hate to come across as a smug know it all (despite having an unfortunate tendency to do so) but when I said the good old British pub was the original place of hygge I wasn't far wrong.

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Beth Hooper

Beth Hooper is the nutrition manager at Nestlé Professional

It’s time to dispel the myths about healthy food in pubs

Beth Hooper, nutrition manager at Nestlé Professional, explains why for pubs, better menus can mean better business. 

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Barstool Expert

The Inapub Barstool Expert is always ready with an informed opinion on any subject.

All you need to know about St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day is almost upon us (March 17) but what do you really know about the world's most widely celebrated Saint's day?

Inapub's resident Barstool Expert is ready to tell everything he knows...

Everything you ever needed to know about the Queen's 90th birthday

Ever wondered why the Queen gets two birthdays or what the heck this year's Patron's Lunch is all about? By Royal Decree* our Barstool Expert is here to explain all...

*Not really

Everything you need to know about Dry January

Is #DryJanuary a disaster for the pub trade?

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Jill Whittaker

Jill Whittaker is the managing director at HIT Training

How to: implement an apprenticeship programme

As part of the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week (March 6-10). Jill Whittaker looks at what pubs should consider when setting up a scheme.

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Matthew Eley

Matt Eley is the Inapub editor. Follow him on Twitter @mattheweley

Are you anything like Orwell's Moon Under Water?

The story about leading Vote Leave figures meeting for an important Brexit strategy session at a south London Wetherspoon's would have brought a wry smile to the faces of many in the trade.

The greats are always looking for the next winner

I found myself alone in a room on Sunday giving a standing ovation to a multi-millionaire playing sport on the other side of the world.

So, what exactly is a pub anyway?

What is a pub? It sounds like a daft question bearing in mind that you most likely work in the sector, and we write about them all of the time.

How to ruin a great recovery

They say first impressions count, and they do, but so do final ones.

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Dave Manson

Dave Manson is the licensee at live music and sports pub The Frankland Arms in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Read more of his blogs here.

Don't let the music die

Live music is an integral part of pub life. Whether it be a group sat in the corner playing folk music, karaoke nights, acoustic open mic or busker style nights, vinyl and retro nights or fully plugged in live bands, every pub circuit should include at least one live music venue.

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Camille Allcroft

Camille Allcroft is a freelance food and drink writer. Read more of her work at

What happened to service with a smile?

As a food and drink writer I visit plenty of bars, but I am just as happy in a cosy pub because to me the pleasure of food and drink is all about variety.

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Jonny Garrett


Jonny Garrett is an award-winning beer writer and founder of the Craft Beer Channel. Find more of his work at The Craft Beer Channel


All beer deserves to be treated with respect

Last week I had pretty much the worst beer I've ever drunk.

Craft to come of age in hazy days of 2017

I think we can all agree that 2016 was a terrible year. But the fates have been kinder than we might think – along with the losses we were given some of the best British beers ever made to solemnly toast with.

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Lucy Pedrick

Lucy Pedrick is Bidvest Foodservice's business and consumer insights manager

Myth busting: food trends and what should you bother with?
With constant claims of “the next big thing”, which food trends should you actually take note of? Don't worry, it’s not all about avocado on toast.
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Chris Jay


Chris Jay is the executive chairman of disability awareness charity Enable Me, which offers guidance on improving disability awareness and inclusivity in pubs.


Closing pubs is not the answer to improved access for all

Last year, a report from the House of Lords argued that the pubs which are failing to provide access for disabled people should not be granted licenses.

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Anna Tolley

Anna Tolley is legal and corporate affairs director at AB InBev North Europe.

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Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis works for online hospitality booking system Welcome Anywhere 

Six tips for choosing the perfect pub EPOS system

Choosing an electronic point of sale (EPOS) system for a pub isn't always easy. There are now a huge number of vendors to choose from, all of whom claim to be the best. So, if you're opening a new pub, or need to replace an ageing till system, where do you start?

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Jack Carroll

Jack Carroll is the owner of artisan Suffolk brewery HellHound. Follow him on Twitter @HellHoundBeer
The latest challenge facing pubs: Pokémon Go!

Funny old year, 2016, isn't it?

So your favourite craft brewery has been sold? Don't cry into your pint, find another...

The sale of Camden Town Brewery to the world's biggest drinks company, AB InBev, raised more than a few eyebrows in the beer world.

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George Vezza

George Vezza is the managing director at Nestlé Professional.

Young talent can solve the chef shortage crisis

There has been a huge buzz around the talent shortage recently, and there's no denying that it poses a threat to the future of the pub industry.

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Ed Davies

Former licensee, Ed is the Digital Services Manager at Inapub. Follow him on Twitter @edavieswork

We need to let bad operators go to the wall

Not the most inspiring title I grant you, but if the industry is going to adapt and survive, it needs to happen.

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Mark J Daniels

Follow Mark on Twitter @markinapub

Use Twitter Polls To Increase Engagement

Are you using Twitter Polls to increase your reach and engagement?

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