Seminar: The Resurgence in the Wet-led Sector – Urban Bar Innovation & Craft Beer Evolution – 27 Sept 2018

27 Sep 2018
18:30 - 21:00 Address: Hammerson PLC, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9GE Sponsored by :

The resurgence in the wet-led sector: urban bar innovation and craft beer evolution –

Whose Round is It Next?

In contrast to the well documented travails of the casual dining sector, wet-led operations have fuelled something of a resurgence in the British Pub, helping to halt the hitherto decline in site numbers.

Our keynote speaker, Simon Stenning from MCA Insight, outlined and explained the key trends in the pub sector, focusing on urban bars and delving into the world of the micro-brewery.

Our panel included a variety of influential panelists from the urban bar scene – Mel Marriott, Founder of Darwin & Wallace and Tom Kidd, Founder and Managing Director of The Adventure Bar Group.

We also heard from Paul Mitchell, Head of Property for The Alchemist Bars & Restaurants, who moved into the leisure industry in 2007 as a Project Manager for TRG on leisure & concessions new sites. He headed up the new build and refurbishment roll out programme at its height, when TRG were rolling out 30-40 sites a year and undertaking 80-100 refurbs a year. He moved to Living Ventures as their Head of Property in January 2017, before making the jump to The Alchemist officially in June of this year. He oversees the acquisition process as well as the design and build programme.

Registration from 6pm

Speaker presentation from 6.35pm

Q&A with our panel from 7.05pm

Networking and refreshments from 8pm

Hammerson PLC – our hosts for this event – 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9GE


You can access MCA reports in full on their website –

Simon Stenning - Urban Bars & Craft Beer

Name: Sarah Fox - Host
Title: Head of Restaurants & Leisure
Company: Hammerson PLC
Name: Simon Stenning - Chair
Title: Strategic Advisor - Eating & Drinking Out Market Insight
Company: MCA Insight
Name: Mel Marriott
Title: Founder
Company: Darwin & Wallace
Name: Tom Kidd
Title: Director
Company: Adventure Bar
Name: Paul Mitchell
Title: Head of Property
Company: The Alchemist Bars & Restaurants