Pub operators gear up for Casual Dining 2016

Many of the UK’s biggest pub and bar groups, including Whitbread, Mitchells & Butlers, Marston's, Enterprise Inns, Punch Taverns, Greene King, and JD Wetherspoon, have confirmed their attendance at Casual Dining 2016. 

The multi-award winning trade event for the UK’s casual dining sector returns to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, in three weeks’ time on 24-25 February. 

Reflecting the show’s broad appeal, representatives from Beds & Bars, British Country Inns, Charles Wells, Cirrus Inns, Daniel Thwaites, Dorbiere Pub Company, Eclectic Bar Group, Epic Pub Company, ETM Group, Fuller Smith & Turner, Hall & Woodhouse, Lifeboat Pub Co., Market Town Taverns, MLC Pubs, Oakman Inns, Peach Pubs, Revolution Bars Group, S A Brain & Co, Snug Bars, Star Pubs & Bars, Stonegate Pub Co, The Bath Pub Company, The Deltic Group, Young & Co.'s Brewery, and hundreds of independents from across the UK, have also pre-registered.

Firmly established as an essential visit for casual dining operators (including pubs, bars and restaurants) looking to keep up with the latest food and drink innovations, developments, and trends, Casual Dining was named a “must attend event” by Paul Pavli, operations director, Punch Taverns. 

“I was very impressed by Casual Dining. There was a well-focused line up of exhibitors and really interesting and relevant presentations,” says Peter Borg-Neal, chief executive of Oakman Inns & Restaurants.

David George, head of food development at Greene King, agrees, calling it “a clear winner from my perspective, in terms of focus, attention to detail, accessibility and organisation.”

“Casual Dining is a welcome change to the trade show calendar.  With the diversity of stands I’d definitely recommend that all pub operators visit this year,” concludes Anthony Pender, chairman of The British Institute of Innkeeping and MD of Yummy Pub Co.

Free Casual Dining Keynote Theatre

Seminar highlights include:

  • Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the ALMR: Murder on the high street
  • Paul Pavli, operations director at Punch Taverns: Concept and brand development – delivering and execution in a tenanted pub estate
  • Mark McQuater, chief executive of Revolution Bars Group: Adapting, changing and growing
  • The Training in Pubs Panel (chaired by Anthony Pender, chairman of The BII and MD of Yummy Pub Co, and featuring James Nye, MD of Anglian Country Inns, and Joycelyn Neve, MD of The Seafood Pub Company)
  • David McDowall, MD of Bars at BrewDog: The BrewDog Charter and our retail strategy
  • Exclusive interview with Luke Johnson, chairman of Risk Capital Partners (featuring Paul Charity, managing director of Propel Info)
  • Steve Richards, chief executive officer at Casual Dining Group: Refreshing a brand
  • Jamie Campbell, account director at CGA Peach: View from The Top – findings from the 2016 CGA Peach Business Leaders' Survey

For full timings and seminar summaries, please visit

Casual Dining returns to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on 24-25 February 2016, with 170 exhibiting companies showcasing a vibrant choice of food and beverages (including craft beer, wine, cider, spirits, mixers, soft drinks, tea and coffee), catering equipment, interior design, furniture, table top, POS technology and services.  For more information, and to register for a free trade only ticket, please visit and quote priority code PR1 (direct link:


Media enquiries & press pass requests to:

Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
Editorial representatives of relevant trade and consumer media (including freelancers) are invited to apply for press passes to Casual Dining via email to  (Please note, additional details may be requested to verify journalistic activity and all press passes are issued at the management’s discretion.)
t: +44 (0)1273 645134                

Exhibitor enquiries to:

Chris Brazier, Group Event Director
t: +44 (0)1273 645123                


Casual Dining was the first launch show (UK and international) in over five years to win ‘Best Tradeshow Exhibition under 2,000sq.m’ at the Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards 2014.  In 2015, it won the same award for the second consecutive year.  It was also named a finalist in the ‘Show Rising Star’ category at the Exhibition News Awards in 2015.

High res images from Casual Dining 2015 are available upon request:

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