Michelin-starred restaurateurs Will Smith and Anthony Demetre have unveiled the name and head chef of their third London restaurant, which is set to open in the West End in September. The co-owners of the critically acclaimed Arbutus and Wild Honey restaurants ...
(28 May 2010 17:44:00)
Events and catering company Absolute Taste has launched its first restaurant at London department store Harvey Nichols. Located on the fifth floor, Absolute Taste at Harvey Nichols is the company’s second operation in the department store,...
(28 May 2010 16:55:00)
After a tough year of recession, freezing weather and volcano ash, Brian Wisdom, chief executive of hospitality Sector Skills Council People 1st, reports on the state of the hospitality industry as the State of the Nation 2010 report is published.
(28 May 2010 16:13:00)
Pub company Greene King is offering 50 places on its 2010 graduate training scheme. The national brewer and pub retailer aims to recruit 50 aspiring house managers to the scheme, which lasts three years and nurtures talent for its portfolio of brands including Loch Fyne, Hungry Horse...
(28 May 2010 15:40:00)
A copyright dispute between an Essex restaurant and London department store Harrods represents a “classic example of a small business not being aware of trademark laws”, according to an industry expert. Mark Kingsley-Williams, co-founder of brand protection company Trade Mark Direct...
(28 May 2010 15:28:00)
Our weekly round of of the week's hospitality news includes: Story of the week - Hospitality targeted for national minimum wage investigations; Allan Pickett to quit Aviator hotel and rejoin D&D London; Russia’s Novikov Restaurants to open first London venue and more...
(28 May 2010 14:40:00)
Fifty eager housekeepers from two hotels on Oxford Street have joined forces to give the local area a spring clean. The community-spirited spruce-up for summer was organised by sister properties, Guoman's the Cumberland and the Thistle Marble Arch.
(28 May 2010 14:37:00)
US restaurant group Yum Brands, owner of KFC and Pizza Hut, is to relaunch its Mexican chain Taco Bell in the UK next month. The company, which will open its first Taco Bell outlet at the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex at the end of June...
(28 May 2010 14:17:00)
The Coronation Hotel in Earl’s Court, London, has been purchased by Richard Breen of Benit Hotels for £2.45m.The 23-bedroom property is the fourth hotel in the capital to be acquired by the group in the past three years.
(28 May 2010 14:04:00)
A hike in VAT could cost 163,000 jobs over four years, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned. In its first year, a VAT rate of 20% would reduce the deficit by £11.3bn, but by the end of the 12 months there would be 30,000 fewer jobs in the UK - across all employment sectors ...
(28 May 2010 11:18:00)
Eyck Zimmer, former holder of the National Chef of the Year title, is moving to Hong Kong to become chef de cuisine of the Derby restaurant at the city’s celebrated Jockey Club in Happy Valley. Zimmer, who has held positions at some of the UK’s most prestigious hotels...
(28 May 2010 10:59:00)
How do you make a good first impression, and make sure your guests keep coming back? Caterer and P&G Professional held a roundtable at the Goring hotel in London recently, where industry experts gathered to discuss exactly what it takes. Daniel Thomas reports.
(28 May 2010 10:49:00)
Two football-mad publicans have changed the name of their Oxfordshire pub to "the Three Lions" for the duration of the World Cup. Adam Manning and Emma Pearce's Orchid pub in Kidlington on Oxford Road was previously called the Red Lion.
(27 May 2010 18:16:00)
Blackpool hoteliers and restaurateurs are celebrating an expected boost to tourism, worth tens of millions of pounds, following the promotion of the town's football club to the Premiership. Ever since Blackpool's 3-2 victory at Wembley in the Championship play-off final on Saturday, Visit Blackpool has been inundated with telephone calls and visits to its website.
(27 May 2010 17:56:00)
When FIFA's football fest kicks off in June employers might take a flexible attitude to staff requests to watch matches but, as Lucy Lillywhite explains, it's wise to have ground rules in place before anyone is tempted to take liberties.
(27 May 2010 16:41:00)
Grievances lodged by staff against their managers are on the rise as a result of tighter margins and fewer employees. That's the finding of a survey by rewards specialist IRS. Perhaps the most striking fact is the high number of cases concerned with managerial relationships...
(27 May 2010 16:38:00)
Gill Harris has been appointed as Jurys Inn's sales and marketing director following her success as a full-time advisor to the hotel group, which saw her define and launch a new brand positioning - Exceptional Everyday City Hotels.
(27 May 2010 16:27:00)
The Hotel du Vin & Malmaison group has made Vicky Nesbitt its sales director for Scotland & Ireland. Nesbitt has previously worked for several prestigious hotels, most recently at the Loch Lomond Golf Club.
(27 May 2010 16:24:00)
Incanto Restaurant & Delicatessen in Harrow on the Hill near London, has appointed Marcus Chant as its new head chef. Chant has previously worked at the Greenhouse, Chewton Glen and Banc restaurant in Sydney.
(27 May 2010 16:22:00)
Jessica Pratt has joined the events team at Lord's cricket ground as an events administrator. Pratt joins after completing her degree at Liverpool University and working for Bafta-winning animation company Blue-zoo. Lord's hosts over 200 events a year.
(27 May 2010 16:20:00)
The Eton Collection has promoted David Toole to general manager of its boutique hotel, Quebecs in Leeds. Toole previously held positions at Ramada Jarvis Parkway Hotel and Leeds Park Plaza. In his most recent position as deputy general manager at Quebecs...
(27 May 2010 16:18:00)
Hospitality and leisure recruiter Berkeley Scott has promoted recruiter Nik Wall to manager of its Birmingham office. Wall has been with the company for two years in the role of key account consultant.
(27 May 2010 16:15:00)
Guoman and Thistle Hotels has promoted Edward Pinchard to the role of sales director, making him responsible for its entire London and international sales operation. Pinchard previously held the position of Thistle Hotels' head of sales UK and previously worked at an international management level for both Hilton and Intercontinental Hotels.
(27 May 2010 16:12:00)
Beechfield House in Beanacre, Wiltshire has appointed Mark Green as its general manager with immediate effect. Green previously worked at luxury hotels including the Close Hotel at Tetbury and the Elms Hotel in Abberley.
(27 May 2010 16:10:00)
Peter Kerwood has joined Altitude London, which has three venues inside London's Millbank Tower, reporting to managing director Mike Phillipson. He was previously head of marketing for events at the Merlin Entertainments Group...
(27 May 2010 16:08:00)
Events caterer Rhubarb is to open a new in-store restaurant, Bond & Brook, in the revamped Fenwick store in Bond Street in August, it has been announced.
(27 May 2010 14:41:00)
The World Cup kicks off on Friday 11 June and with it comes the potential to cash in on the excitement. Andrew Pring talks to pub, hotel and bar operators about how they're planning to generate extra business during the tournament and offers plenty of tips to make sure the party goes with a bang, whatever the outcome of the matches.
(27 May 2010 14:27:00)
Forget England manager Fabio Capello, it's the team's newly appointed head chef Tim De'Ath, formerly at West Ham and one-time caterer to Hollywood stars, who is leading the national squad to victory in South Africa this summer. Rosalind Mullen reports.
(27 May 2010 14:27:00)
London-based pub operator Renaissance Pubs has opened its fifth venue, the Tommyfield in Kennington. The new pub, owned by Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox, takes its name from the Oldham market where the first British fish and chip shop opened 150 years ago. It has been designed to take inspiration from the chophouses and markets of the time.
(27 May 2010 12:19:00)
Alan Jackson, the chairman of nightclub operator Luminar, is to step down at the company's forthcoming AGM on 13 July. John Leach, who was recently appointed non-executive director, will take on the role of chairman from that date.
(27 May 2010 11:28:00)
Individual Restaurant Company, which owns the Piccolino and Bar & Grill brands, has described trading as "encouraging" after sales for the first weeks of May improve on the same period last year. The company said that it had seen the effect across the country, and not just in the South East.
(27 May 2010 10:42:00)
The search is on to find the Caterer and Hotelkeeper 2010 Excellence in Food & Drink Award winners, and suppliers have until Friday 18 June to enter. There are 20 categories, which include, for the first time, one open to any food or drink products for people with a food intolerance, for instance, products that are gluten- or lactose-free. Products do not need to be new to market.
(27 May 2010 10:19:00)
The Museum of London Docklands seeks expressions of interest from companies for the operation of its bar/restaurant space (currently operating as 1802) and its visitor café both located in a stunning Grade 1 listed building.
(27 May 2010 9:30:00)
DBC Foodservice has launched a fresh fruit and vegetable range to complement its existing fresh, chilled, ambient and frozen ranges. The fresh fruit and veg range is available through all 14 DBC branches nationwide and consists of 70 core lines...
(27 May 2010 9:02:00)
Bernard Matthews has acquired Lincs Turkeys, an established turkey farmer based in rural Lincolnshire. Lincs Turkeys produces one million turkeys a year, of which about 350,000 are free-range. It sells whole turkeys and primary cuts of meat and rears a variety of species, including Bronze turkeys and speciality breeds.
(27 May 2010 9:01:00)
Brakes Group has bought catering butcher Browns Food Service to strengthen its specialist meat offer. Warwickshire-based Browns will remain a specialist business within the group, retaining its individual identity, customers and product range...
(27 May 2010 9:00:00)
With the World Cup just weeks away, Tibard is giving Buy It! readers the chance to get hold of one of 10 specially created England World Cup chef's jackets. The first 10 Buy It! readers to respond will each receive...
(26 May 2010 17:34:00)
Mövenpick is giving away a case of its new Double Cream and Meringues flavour ice-cream to the first five Buy It! readers to respond. Double Cream and Meringues and Almond and Vanilla are two new flavours to join the Mövenpick portfolio, and they are supplied to caterers in 2.4-litre tubs.
(26 May 2010 17:31:00)