Tuesday 27th October 2020

Hire a club pool table for your student society

The return to university has been a difficult one for students in 2020, but in the coming months as conditions start to improve, why not hire a club pool table for your student society? As we move through – and ultimately beyond – the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to find safe ways to have fun, … Continued

Monday 26th October 2020

Halloween hits – The best tunes to bring the spook factor

We all love a seasonal playlist, but what are the best songs for a Halloween jukebox? It’s a little trickier than some of the other holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but there are some really great options out there. Here we’ve chosen five of the best songs for Halloween playlists, plus five more bonus … Continued

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

What to check for when hiring a pool table

Hiring a pool table is easy with Manco Automatics – we can help you make all the important decisions – but it’s good to know how much choice you have when hiring a pool table from us. Here are some of the basics you might want to keep in mind when you hire a pool … Continued

Monday 21st September 2020

Prepare your venue for Autumn

As we move into the winter months, it’s a good time to prepare your venue for Autumn and customers’ changing habits in the run-up to Christmas. In 2020 there are of course some extra things to consider, such as social distancing and how to make the most of the capacity you have in your premises. … Continued

Monday 24th August 2020

The history of fruit machines

If it weren’t for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, pub fruit machines might look very different. To understand why, you have to look back to the middle of the 1890s when Charles Fey, an American inventor, started to release the first slot machines that looked similar to the pub fruit machines we play nowadays. But … Continued

Friday 21st August 2020

Inspiring pool table room ideas

Many venues choose to devote an entire side room to their pool table, and this makes good sense if you have an area of roughly the right size. But if you’re planning a pool room or billiards room in your pub, what are some of the best ideas for interior design and other features to … Continued

Thursday 23rd July 2020

Fun outdoor beer garden event ideas

A beer garden is a great asset at any time, but especially during 2020, when keeping COVID-secure means encouraging customers to space further apart and avoid enclosed areas with poor ventilation. At the same time, there is a growing appetite for entertainment. Some attempts to create COVID-secure drive-in festivals have been unable to go ahead … Continued

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Preparing fruit machines for pubs, clubs and hotels for reopening

As more hospitality venues start to open back up, there are some simple steps you can take to prepare fruit machines for pubs, clubs and hotels for the long-term future of social distancing. Nobody knows exactly how long we will need to live in a ‘COVID-secure’ way, but some of the more routine measures could … Continued

Tuesday 30th June 2020

How will pubs and clubs reopen after lockdown?

There’s no denying that hospitality has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, but with pubs and clubs due to reopen from July 4th, there is some optimism that the sector will be able to bounce back relatively quickly. Some challenges will remain for the medium term at least, but the recent shift from two … Continued

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