Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd


As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

News

Scottish operators urged not to miss rates deadline

Bar and restaurant owners in Scotland have until 30 September to appeal their new rateable values, or face having to wait another five years for new r

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Britain has lost 28,000 pubs since the 1970s

Around 28,000 pubs across the UK have closed since the 1970s, according to figures released to mark the launch of the Good Beer Guide 2018.The Guide r

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Fears autumn Budget could reverse beer duty reprieve

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has issued a warning that today's rising inflation rate should not be used to 'ratchet up' beer taxes in th

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Wetherspoons to cut food VAT for Tax Equality Day

Wetherspoons is to cut the price of all food and drink at its 900 pubs by 7.5% on Wednesday 20 September to highlight claims that VAT reduction would

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Brexit: Immigration row rumbles as trade reacts to new proposals

Leaked government plans to curb the number of unskilled EU migrants coming to the UK after Brexit have been met with concern by the hospitality trade,

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Training boosts premium spirits sales by 17%

Staff that undergo spirits training can help boost premium sales by as much as 16.9%, according to a study by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

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Punch Taverns CEO Duncan Garrood steps down

Punch Taverns CEO Duncan Garrood has stepped down from the role following the completion of Patron Capital’s £1.8 billion acquisition of the company.[

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The Cinnamon Club to open two new venues

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Podcasts

SipAdvisor: Listen to our first Imbibe podcast

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our new monthly podcast and our first episode features all-star line-up: the Artesian’s Anna Sebastian; sommelier Jan Konetzki; beer writer Pete Brown; Club Soda’s Laura Willoughby, and ciderologist Gabe Cook.

SipAdvisor special: Natural wine podcast

Following the announcement earlier this year that ‘natural wine’ has been legally recognised in France as Vin méthode nature, our first  podcast special edition is entirely dedicated to the subject.

SipAdvisor: Episode 2

In the second episode of our podcast, we look at what re-opening might look like for the UK’s pubs bars and restaurants – including an interview with on-trade marketing legend Mark McCullough about the 100 Day Playbook, a muse on PPE for hospitality staff, all accompanied by a glass of English fizz for English Wine Week.

SipAdvisor: How to tackle no shows

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our monthly podcast. In this third episode, we remember some of the venues that have had to close during the Covid-19 crisis before taking a closer look at the problem of no shows

News

Brexit: Immigration row rumbles as trade reacts to new proposals

Leaked government plans to curb the number of unskilled EU migrants coming to the UK after Brexit have been met with concern by the hospitality trade,

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Training boosts premium spirits sales by 17%

Staff that undergo spirits training can help boost premium sales by as much as 16.9%, according to a study by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

News

Punch Taverns CEO Duncan Garrood steps down

Punch Taverns CEO Duncan Garrood has stepped down from the role following the completion of Patron Capital’s £1.8 billion acquisition of the company.[

News

The Cinnamon Club to open two new venues

Restaurant group The Cinnamon Collection is to add two new sites by the end of 2017, including its first opening outside of London.[caption id="attach

News |  Beer & Cider

Private equity firm L Catterton to invest in Innis & Gunn

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has made a recommendation to its shareholders to consent to an investment offer from private equity firm L Catterton.The

News |  Beer & Cider

Admiral Taverns acquired by C&C Group, Proprium and Admiral management partnership

Admiral Taverns management has confirmed it has formed a partnership with Proprium Capital Partners and C&C Group to acquire the company, which has an

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Admiral lines up £220m sale

Admiral Taverns is gearing up looks set to be sold to a US investment fund for £220m, according to a report in The Times.The company which has more th

News |  Beer & Cider

BrewDog pledges to permanently donate 20% of profits

Independent Scottish brewer BrewDog has committed to giving away 20% of its profits, forever, in a move it estimates will total £45m over the next fiv

News |  Beer & Cider

Private equity firm L Catterton to invest in Innis & Gunn

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has made a recommendation to its shareholders to consent to an investment offer from private equity firm L Catterton.The

News |  Beer & Cider

Admiral Taverns acquired by C&C Group, Proprium and Admiral management partnership

Admiral Taverns management has confirmed it has formed a partnership with Proprium Capital Partners and C&C Group to acquire the company, which has an

News

Admiral lines up £220m sale

Admiral Taverns is gearing up looks set to be sold to a US investment fund for £220m, according to a report in The Times.The company which has more th

News |  Beer & Cider

BrewDog pledges to permanently donate 20% of profits

Independent Scottish brewer BrewDog has committed to giving away 20% of its profits, forever, in a move it estimates will total £45m over the next fiv