Friday is normally a quiet day in the office but Caterer has learnt that French chef Eric Chavot is set to leave the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Capital hotel in London. The surprise move sees Chavot leave the restaurant in Knightsbridge after more than a decade behind the stove.
(31 July 2009 16:22:00)
Boutique café-cum-delicatessen group Napket has launched a flagship outlet in London's Piccadilly, bringing its portfolio to five outlets in the capital. The all-day menu offers hot dishes as well as sandwiches, salads and a range of pastries and puddings.
(31 July 2009 16:02:00)
Bistrotheque, the ‘underground’ dining concept, is to set up a pop-up Supersonic Masonic Supper club within the Andaz hotel during the London Restaurant Festival in October.
(31 July 2009 16:01:00)
Nightclub operator Luminar is to raise £35.7m from share issues so that it can take advantage of cheap property prices and expand its portfolio. The company, whose brands includes Liquid, Life and Lava & Ignite, is raising the money by issuing shares at a discounted 95p (from 141p) each ...
(31 July 2009 13:11:00)
French chef Eric Chavot is set to leave the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Capital hotel in London, Caterersearch can reveal. The surprise move sees Chavot leave the restaurant in Knightsbridge after more than a decade behind the stove. He will leave the property on 15 August.
(31 July 2009 13:03:00)
The smoking ban has proved largely popular with the British public, as the unrest predicted by many has failed to materialise in the two years since its implementation. But with discussions within the industry already reigniting over whether changes should be made to the current legislation in the review next year, Caterer, in association with Heinz Foodservice, gathered together Lee Cash of Peach pubs, Ranald McDonald of the Boisdale restaurant and representatives of major lobby groups and the Government to discuss whether limits on smoking should be kept in their current form. Tom Vaughan reports.
(31 July 2009 12:19:00)
IDL Engineering Services, a specialist catering equipment supplier that serves the off-shore oil and gas rig market, has opened a Rotherham office to meet growing demand as recession-hit Britons holiday in the UK this year. John Thresh, IDL sales director, said: “With more Britons saying ...
(31 July 2009 10:00:00)
Compass Group has banned 69 species of fish from all its UK and Ireland restaurants following advice from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The world’s largest contract caterer has stopped to serve the endangered species in its 6,500 canteens, restaurants, ‘grab-and-go’ offerings or ...
(31 July 2009 10:00:00)
A restaurant in Scotland has been given the green light to reopen after it was forced to shut for two weeks following an "out of control" mouse infestation. The Star Sea restaurant in Edinburgh posed an "imminent risk to health" according to City Council environmental health inspectors, who found that food ...
(31 July 2009 9:30:00)
Entries are invited for the Caterer and Hotelkeeper Equipment & Supplies Excellence Awards 2010.
(31 July 2009 9:00:00)
French hotel giant Accor says it will stop hiring its reception staff based on their looks by using an anonymous job application process. The group, which operates the brands Sofitel, Novotel and Formule 1, has decided to anonymise CVs submitted to its French careers website...
(31 July 2009 8:00:00)
Contract caterer Prestige Scotland has won an £18m three-year contract extension with Hampden Park Stadium. Prestige Scotland, a division of Sodexo Prestige, will continue to provide catering services to the national football stadium, operating a wide range of facilities including 18 hospitality suites ...
(31 July 2009 7:00:00)
An investigation has been launched into the cause of a major fire at the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The blaze, which forced staff at the brewery to be evacuated, broke out in the boiler room at around 8pm last night (29 July). Firefighters were forced to use breathing apparatus...
(30 July 2009 16:00:00)
Entries are invited for the Caterer and Hotelkeeper Equipment & Supplies Excellence Awards 2010. Any operator providing a catering service needs to have all the right tools for the job and to this end they rely on equipment manufacturers to provide kit that is not only fit for purpose, but which also supports them in their quest to push the boundaries in food service.
(30 July 2009 15:38:00)
The closing date for this year’s Caterer and Hotelkeeper Hotelier of the Year award is fast approaching. The deadline for entries for the prestigious accolade, which has seen past winners including John Stauss of the Four Seasons in London, Patrick Elsmie of Gleneagles...
(30 July 2009 15:00:00)
Bjorn van der Horst is a brilliant chef but his five-star cooking at the Eastside Inn is let down by over-controlled service, says Marina O’Loughlin. The Metro’s food critic finds the food at the east London restaurant every bit as good as that served in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and Spain.
(30 July 2009 14:00:00)
BAA has launched a new staff initiative which rewards the 94,000 workforce at Heathrow for eating and drinking at the airport. The WorldPoints for Heathrow Staff is similar to the existing WorldPoints passenger programme in that cardholders receive one WorldPoint ...
(30 July 2009 13:00:00)
A round-up of the latest London restaurant reviews including: Le Provence, White Hart Lane, SW13; Eastside Inn, St John Street, EC1; and St Paul’s, St Paul’s Cathedral, EC4.
(30 July 2009 12:19:00)
The United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild (UKBG) has appointed Daniel Crebesse, head barman at London’s Milestone Hotel, as its new president. Crebesse, who has been a member of the UKBG for 17 years, has been promoted to the role having been vice president.
(30 July 2009 12:00:00)
Organic food is no healthier than ordinary food, research has found. A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine concluded there was “no evidence” to support buying organic food for nutritional reasons. The report, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), has sparked ...
(30 July 2009 11:00:00)
Another deliberately-challenging piece of promotional activity has come from Teapigs, the unconventional supplier of speciality tea to cafés, restaurants, and delis
(30 July 2009 10:17:00)
After months of tumultuous trading conditions which saw insolvencies soar and occupancy levels plummet, the hotel industry is beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Recent figures from PKF Hotel Consultancy Services show that hoteliers across the UK experienced a difficult ...
(30 July 2009 10:00:00)
Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to expand by a further six properties in the capital in a deal worth £84m, which will make it the largest hotel brand in London by 2012. The six London hotel exchanges will be a mixture of office developments and new-builds across five London boroughs ...
(30 July 2009 9:00:00)
British Airways (BA) is to scrap its free meals, except breakfast, on short-haul flights in a bid to save £22m a year. The cost-cutting measure, beginning 3 August, will affect passengers on flights after 10am that last less than two-and-a-half hours. Snacks and drinks will be served instead of a sandwich ...
(30 July 2009 8:00:00)
The former Le Meridien Copacabana hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been sold for around R$170m (£54.5m). The 38-floor property is one of the most famous landmarks in Rio de Janeiro and is situated in a prime position overlooking the Copacabana and the Atlantic Ocean.
(30 July 2009 7:00:00)
London represents a home from home for many Middle Eastern guests in the summer months, a tradition which the capital's hoteliers have long been adept at nurturing by paying close attention to the cultural nuances that keep their treasured customers happy and keen to return year after year, as Gemma Sharkey discovers.
(30 July 2009 0:50:00)
The Bel Cheese Academy, Port Salut, Smoke Salmon, Leek and Paprika Quiche with Cantadou Horseradish Cream
(30 July 2009 0:00:00)
Neil Morgan, head of pubs at Christie + Co, has seen glimmers of hope that the pub market could be recovering from the double whammy of credit crunch and the smoking ban, as buyers see opportunities offered by lower prices and asking prices are realistic.
(30 July 2009 0:00:00)
The Fair Pint Campaign has stressed the need for an independent representative body to stand up for the interests of pub tenants. Fair Pint argues that the appointment of Martin Caffrey as chief executive of the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA) and the suggestion for Enterprise Inns’ ...
(29 July 2009 17:01:00)
Britannia Hotels has bought the three-star Heathlands hotel in Bournemouth out of administration for a rumoured £3m.
(29 July 2009 15:26:00)
The leasehold on the iconic Barca bar in Manchester – which was originally opened in 1996 by Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall and two business partners – has changed hands.
(29 July 2009 15:24:00)
Former Yorkshire and England all-rounder Chris Old and his wife Letitia Rivett-Old have sold the beachside café in West Cornwall that they have run since 1998.
(29 July 2009 15:21:00)
French hotel giant Accor says it will continue to cut costs and capital expenditure after reporting a sharp drop in revenue for the first half of 2009. The group saw a fall in overall revenue from €2.803b (£2.403b) in the first half of 2008 to €2.534b (£2.172b) in 2009. This represents a decline of 9.6% ...
(29 July 2009 14:58:00)
Road restaurant chain Little Chef has redesigned its mascot, Fat Charlie, to make it look more like a chef. The move comes after Heston Blumenthal, chef proprietor of the three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, revamped the group’s menu, which he created during the Channel 4 ...
(29 July 2009 14:39:00)
The head chef at a Scottish football club was left unable to do his job when the club was taken over by an Italian chairman and all business was conducted in Italian, an employment tribunal heard. Andrew Park, 32, who worked for Livingstone FC, was awarded £8,000 by an employment tribunal ...
(29 July 2009 14:24:00)