The London Olympics will still bring a positive benefit to occupancy levels and revpar in the hotel sector, but not at the level previously hoped for. That's the assessment from hotel market research firm STR Global, which has downgraded its predictions for the games this summer.
(29 February 2012 16:33:00)
Tradition won over innovation with the Royal Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, London, being named as the inaugural winner of the Design Award at Hotelympia. The opulent and quintessentially English suite was chosen ahead of two other finalists...
(29 February 2012 15:45:00)
Scottish brewer BrewDog is set to open its sixth bar site in Newcastle. The company has acquired Hoko 10, a bar in the centre of the city, to add to its sites in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham and Camden Town, north London.
(29 February 2012 15:42:00)
The Institute of Hospitality has staged its university debating contest, Passion 4 Hospitality, at Hotelympia for the first time. In its second year, teams from six universities (Oxford Brookes, London Metropolitan, University of Plymouth, University of Brighton...
(29 February 2012 15:32:00)
A TGI Friday's bartender from Orpington, Kent, has claimed one of the top places in the restaurant chain's World Bartender Championship 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Chuck Bailey, 21, performed to a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators, demonstrating his mixology and cocktail flairing skills.
(29 February 2012 15:22:00)
A promotion for British food aims to help the country's caterers capitalise on this year's Olympic fervour. Love British Food - formerly known as British Food Fortnight - will run alongside London 2012...
(29 February 2012 15:00:00)
Five technological trends hotels must consider to keep up with guests' demands: 1) Expandable Wi-Fi and connectivity... Hotels must ensure that their Wi-Fi can deal with consumer demand both now and in the future, as the explosion in the use of personal devices places more of a stress on hotel Wi-Fi capabilities.
(29 February 2012 14:48:00)
The life and times of one of the UK's pioneering catering educationalists, Arthur Simms, has been recorded in a new biography. Retired university lecturer Michael Flagg tells the story of how Simms, who assisted his father...
(29 February 2012 14:25:00)
Heston Blumenthal has announced plans to launch a unique online reservation "experience" for his restaurant the Fat Duck in Bray, that will give prospective diners an exclusive animated tour of the celebrated menu. On booking a table, diners will be sent an invitation ahead of their visit...
(29 February 2012 14:00:00)
More than £400m could be saved by UK businesses by improving the efficiency of their hot water boilers, according to new guidance published by the Carbon Trust today. Simple, low cost measures could see heating costs cut by as much as 30%.
(29 February 2012 12:20:00)
Cobra Beer is set to launch a new £4m TV, cinema and digital advertising campaign this month, as it attempts to break into the top 10 UK beer brands and lead the World Beer category. World Beer is the second fastest growing segment in the beer category in volume & value...
(29 February 2012 12:19:00)
3663 Catering Equipment is showcasing its exclusive Whites crockery range at this year's Hotelympia exhibition at London's ExCel. The Whites crockery range has a five-year edge chip warranty, is fully glazed to prevent scratching and metal marking from cutlery and also has a hard-wearing body that helps heat retention.
(29 February 2012 11:35:00)
Ten of London's leading five-star hotels have taken the unprecedented step to work together by forming a travel website, 5ive Star London. Supported by 26 luxury brands including Fortnum & Mason, Paul Smith and Pringle of Scotland...
(29 February 2012 11:19:00)
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the launch of a hotel brand in the USA aimed at the healthy traveller. As the eighth IHG brand, EVEN Hotels intends to meet a guest's wellness needs for exercise, food, work and rest...
(29 February 2012 10:59:00)
The Restaurant Group (TRG) saw revenues increase by 7.25% for 2011, despite what it describes as a weak economic backdrop. The company behind restaurant brands Garfunkel's, Chiquito and Frankie and Benny's...
(29 February 2012 10:38:00)
Twelve pupils from an East London high school have been taught a lesson in Fair Trade promotion at a Hotelympia workshop. The Forest Gate Community School students put together marketing campaigns for flapjacks to emphasise their sustainable credentials.
(28 February 2012 17:45:00)
Jason Atherton revealed the final results of the innovation awards on Monday after the ideas had been pitched to a ‘dragon’s den’ style industry panel. Winners included a self-stabilising table, an edible ‘taste bomb’, an atomising grill and a portable draught beer dispenser.
(28 February 2012 17:18:00)
Caterer and restaurateur Digby Trout has sadly passed away aged 59 following a battle with cancer. Perhaps best known for developing Digby Trout Restaurants, a specialist caterer at heritage sites, Trout was very highly regarded by his peers.
(28 February 2012 17:06:00)
Duncan Ackery, former chief executive at Searcys, has taken over at the top at contract caterer Couture, after its founder Marc Warde left the business to join Graysons. Warde, who set up the business in 2006, gave up his managing director position in pursuit ...
(28 February 2012 16:33:00)
Three top hoteliers have debated the future for the luxury sector and addressed the challenges ahead for hoteliers in a wide ranging debate hosted by Pride of Britain chief executive Peter Hancock at Hotelympia. Current Hotelier of the Year Stephen Carter (pictured)...
(28 February 2012 16:27:00)
Restaurant/café/bar group Loungers has opened its 22nd site, and the 19th under its Lounge format, in Westbourne, Bournemouth. The new site, Circo Lounge, is the second opening in Bournemouth this year, coming four weeks after the opening of Conto Lounge in Winton.
(28 February 2012 16:15:00)
Edinburgh's Castle Terrace was the big winner at the 2012 Scottish Restaurant Awards, picking up two accolades: Restaurant of the Year and Most Innovative Restaurant of the Year. The awards are the latest in a string of accolades for the Michelin-starred restaurant...
(28 February 2012 16:13:00)
Simon Webb, Restaurant Associates' head chef at its Merrill Lynch contract in London, has been named 2012 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year following the live final held at Hotelympia in yesterday. A line-up of high profile judges, including Raymond Blanc from Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons...
(28 February 2012 14:45:00)
United Coffee is showcasing the new Aurelia II T3 traditional espresso machine on the Caterer and Hotelkeeper stand at Hotelympia this week. Launching in March 2012, it uses a system with three different temperature control points, which allow baristas to control each steam arm individually.
(28 February 2012 12:30:00)
Lindley Venue Catering has been forced to rename its recently launched hotdog brand after it was found that New York Jack's shared its name with an US gentleman's social club of dubious reputation. The caterer, part of the Lindley Group, had piloted the hotdog brand at Tottenham Hotspur...
(28 February 2012 12:20:00)
Drinks supplier Matthew Clark has introduced two new Fairtrade wine ranges to its list, as demand for more ethically sourced products grow. Unsung Hero, a new premium range from South Africa has been introduced, including a chenin blanc and shiraz.
(28 February 2012 12:11:00)
Frima's new multi-functional VarioCooking Center Multificiency allows chefs to work ergonomically, efficiently and safely. It is also designed for sustainability, taking into account the use of resources during manufacture, operation and once it has reached the end of its service life.
(28 February 2012 12:11:00)
London hotels got off to a good start to the year, outperforming operators in the rest of the country, according to preliminary hotel figures for January from PKF Hotel Consultancy Services. Rooms yield in London grew by 3.6% to £82.21, thanks largely to a 2.7% increase in occupancy from 70% in January...
(28 February 2012 10:59:00)
Costa is once again the driving force behind growth at Whitbread, which has today reported an increase in total sales of 11%. The coffee chain delivered a particularly strong performance, with total system sales up by 24.6% to £786m for the 50 weeks to 16 February 2012.
(28 February 2012 10:46:00)
Independent caterer Pabulum has won a three-year deal to deliver a school meals service at Eardley Primary School in Streatham, South London. Worth...
(28 February 2012 10:45:00)
Café-to-restaurant operator Benugo has seen its venues business continue to blossom with the addition of a £40m deal at the British Museum. It is the most visited museum in the UK - it has around six million visitors a year - and the second most popular in the world.
(28 February 2012 10:42:00)
Nestlé Toque d'Or, the long-running student catering competition by Nestlé Professional, will launch at the Salon Culinaire at Hotelympia tomorrow. A new programme of activity that will see competitors exposed to a broad spectrum of 'real life' hospitality scenarios will also be unveiled; the widest in the...
(27 February 2012 17:01:00)
A £30m luxury Yorkshire hotel that opened just five months ago has secured a loan of up to £10m for further development. Raithwaite Hall Country Retreat will use the money from Grosvenor Financial Consultants to add more luxury accommodation and extend land for future expansion.
(27 February 2012 17:01:00)
The House of Lords has approved plans to extend pub licensing hours during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The extension echoes a similar move for the Royal Wedding in 2011. The order means that premises may extend their opening hours for the periods beginning 11pm on Friday 1 June...
(27 February 2012 16:53:00)
The Hawksmoor and the Cavendish London are the only two hospitality operators to appear on this year's Sunday Times' 100 Best Small Companies to Work for List. Steak specialists Hawksmoor, which has three restaurants in London, was placed 36 on the list, while the four-star, 230-bedroom Cavendish hotel was at number 43.
(27 February 2012 16:43:00)
A south-west London school is inviting bids for a catering contract worth up to £1.5m. The three-year contract at Wandsworth's Burntwood School, worth £300,000 a year, requires the provision of meals to students and staff and other users of the school.
(27 February 2012 16:34:00)
Ed Fuller, president and managing director of the international lodging division at Marriott International, will be presented with the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual International Hotel Investment Forum, in Berlin, next week.
(27 February 2012 16:09:00)
Details have been released of the menu at the restaurant being overseen by Marcus Wareing at the new £24m Hotel La Tour in Birmingham. Set to open on 30 March, the 90-seat Aalto brasserie-style restaurant within the four-star, 174-bedroom hotel will feature classic English dishes with a modern twist.
(27 February 2012 15:44:00)
Fast-food chain Burger King has pulled out of a controversial Government work experience scheme for the jobless. The company, which runs 506 restaurants in the UK, had registered to take on young workers at its Slough headquarters as part of the Get Britain Working scheme...
(27 February 2012 15:17:00)
Brewer and pub company Hook Norton has seen its pre-tax profits increase by one third. Pre-tax profit stood at £515,467 in the year leading up to 30 September, 2011, compared to £395,614 for the same period the previous year.
(27 February 2012 15:10:00)
The former owners of Lewtrenchard Manor are believed to be on the verge of regaining ownership of the hotel which they sold to Von Essen in 2003. Sue and James Murray are understood to have paid less than the asking price of £750,000 for the leasehold of the 14-bedroom hotel which they previously ran for 15 years.
(27 February 2012 14:56:00)
Dabbous, the first restaurant from former Texture head chef Ollie Dabbous, continues to impress the food critics, with Amol Rajan rating it as the most thrilling addition to the London dining scene for yonks. Located in Fitzrovia, Dabbous is a joint venture between the chef and mixologist Oskar Kinberg...
(27 February 2012 14:34:00)
Amol Rajan says Dabbous, London W1, is the most thrilling addition to the London dining scene for yonks, while John Lanchester finds delicious, seasonal British food and cracking value at Ffresh at the Wales Millennium Centre
(27 February 2012 14:17:00)
The value of European hotels sales increased by 9% last year, but is still a long way behind the high of 2006, according to the annual European Hotel Transactions report from consultants HVS London. Total European hotel transaction volume rose to £6b in 2011, up from £5.5b the previous year.
(27 February 2012 12:54:00)
Raymond Blanc has urged operators to change their approach to working hours in order to make the industry more attractive to potential employees. Speaking at Hotelympia where he received a lifetime achievement award, he said: "How can we be in a position where there is such high unemployment...
(27 February 2012 12:39:00)