Staff at the four-star, 230-bedroom Cavendish, London, are celebrating being the only hotel to be included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2011 list. Owned by Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, the hotel was placed 35th on the list, compared with 99th last year.
(28 February 2011 16:41:00)
Three hotels owned by the London Town House Group (LTH) are to be added to the Mercure brand, operated by Accor UK and Ireland. Accor, which has a portfolio of 156 hotels in the UK, has signed a franchise agreement with the five-strong London Town Hotel Group.
(28 February 2011 16:31:00)
Cornish-based brewer Sharp's is to increase its brewing capacity to 300 brewer's barrels per week, after taking delivery of two new fermenting vessels. The news comes just a few weeks after brewing giant Molson Coors bought the business in a deal thought to be worth around £20m.
(28 February 2011 16:04:00)
The plaudit for the outstanding restaurant review of the week goes to The Sportsman, a gastropub in Seasalter, near Whitstable, Kent. Writing in The Guardian, John Lanchester said...
(28 February 2011 16:01:00)
PizzaExpress is to begin rolling out its new generation of restaurants, following its experiment with the format in its "Living Lab" in Richmond. The Richmond site opened in autumn last year and tested new features including acoustic panels and domes above tables to make holding a conversation easier.
(28 February 2011 15:55:00)
National School Meals Week has boosted take-up of school dinners, according to a survey of achievements from the 2010 event. The results of a questionnaire completed in January found that 74% of respondents saw an average increase in meal numbers of 6.3% during the week.
(28 February 2011 15:27:00)
The plaudit for the outstanding restaurant review of the week goes to The Sportsman, a gastropub in Seasalter, near Whitstable, Kent. Writing in The Guardian...
(28 February 2011 15:21:00)
Nearly one in five restaurants, pubs and hotels in England and Wales which sell "local" food are making the claim falsely. That's the finding from...
(28 February 2011 14:58:00)
Contract caterer Bartlett Mitchell has introduced an Adopt a Beehive initiative to help raise awareness of the declining population of British bumblebees in the past 20 years. The scheme was suggested by Bartlett Mitchell employee Sarah Prentice and is supported by the British Beekeepers Association.
(28 February 2011 11:54:00)
Charlton House has won a three-year staff catering contract with London brewery Fuller, Smith & Turner. Worth £200,000 a year, a team of five Charlton House employees...
(28 February 2011 11:08:00)
A round-up of the weekend's news affecting the hospitality industry. News includes: Jamie Oliver brands Sarah Palin a 'Froot Loop'; breast milk ice-cream debuts in London salon and more...
(28 February 2011 10:34:00)
My favourite thing in my kitchen is an old Le Creuset pot, which I inherited from Pierre Koffmann. When La Tante Claire closed, he put everything into storage and when I opened my restaurant in 2006, he gave me all the old cutlery, plates, pots and pans.
(25 February 2011 17:44:00)
Our seasonal recipe for roast duck with petite endive tatin and hot foie gras comes courtesy of Allan Pickett, head chef of Plateau in London.
(25 February 2011 17:43:00)
In just a few years, social networking sites have become an essential tool for communications and marketing. Here's how to use them to maximum effect
(25 February 2011 17:20:00)
Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) has launched a "Try Something Local" campaign to encourage customers back into British pubs. It argues that providing locally-produced food and drink creates a point of difference, cuts costs and means fresher produce.
(25 February 2011 17:16:00)
One of the 10 regional winners in the National Fish & Chip Awards 2011 has also won the King Frost challenge to all 32 shortlisted shops to develop a new fish cake product that will be launched as a limited-edition product later this year.
(25 February 2011 17:14:00)
A line-up of leading industry figures has been unveiled as speakers and panellists at this year's Allegra Coffee Leader Summit, which runs from 30 to 31 March at London's Millbank Tower and is sponsored by Solo Cup Europe and Dawn Foods.
(25 February 2011 17:02:00)
Foster Refrigerator's green credentials have seen it named the UK's best manufacturer in the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. The commercial refrigeration supplier based in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, scooped the Environmental Efficiency Award and took the overall "Winner of Winners" accolade ...
(25 February 2011 16:59:00)
The website for the Food Standards Agency's Scores on the Doors food hygiene rating scheme attracts more than seven million hits a month, while the latest Which? survey found that 70% of people would be deterred from visiting a restaurant with a low rating.
(25 February 2011 16:50:00)
Country Range's new 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified roast and ground filter coffee from Brazil offers a sweet, balanced brew with toasted almond notes and comes in 60g foil pouches to preserve its freshness.
(25 February 2011 16:45:00)
Dr Oetker Foodservice has launched a new, easy-to-prepare Cheesecake Base Mix and Filling Mix to help caterers whip up creamy-textured, oaty-based desserts in seconds.
(25 February 2011 16:43:00)
Former Gravetye Manor general manager Andrew Russell tells Aaron Morby how he keeps nearby pub the Cat Inn going strong, even after the hotel's administration.
(25 February 2011 16:29:00)
A bean-to-cup coffee machine makes coffee automatically according to the principles of espresso brewing - it takes roasted coffee beans from a hopper, grinds the amount required for the next cup, "tamps" (compresses) the ground beans, "pre-infuses" the initial small amount of water through the ground coffee, followed by the conventional amount of water at the conventional temperature and pressure, and dispenses the resulting brew. It will automatically steam and froth milk, and dispense a fully-made latte or cappuccino
(25 February 2011 16:28:00)
This week the first of the big five Olympic venues was completed, marking the start of what will be an unparalleled opportunity for UK hospitality. Images of athletes cycling round the 6,000-seater velodrome illustrate how close the country is coming to being ready for the main event.
(25 February 2011 15:56:00)
The five stemware collections are now CE-marked with three different wine measures to accommodate recent legislation for a statutory 125ml measure. This saves on the cost - and potential confusion - of stocking three different glass sizes.
(25 February 2011 14:24:00)
The two devices allow businesses to legally download and play background music from the Internet without having to pay performance rights fees, saving them up to 50% in costs. .
(25 February 2011 14:13:00)
The two branded, ginger-based mixers are targeted at ABC1 women aged between 25 and 55. They expand the new Crabbie's non-alcoholic line launched last year with John Crabbie's Cloudy Ginger.
(25 February 2011 13:54:00)
These Swiss-made vegetable preparation machines upgrade the Quattro machine with a stainless-steel head that will not oxidise in the dishwasher. In a world first, their anti-microbial discs with stainless-steel cutters use glass-fibre technology to prevent oxidation and warping.
(25 February 2011 12:10:00)