A mystery bidder has paid £23,000 to dine in Gordon Ramsay’s pop-up restaurant in one of the capsules of the London Eye. Gordon Ramsay is one of six top London chefs who will, for one night, transform one of the capsules into a kitchen in a special event forming part of the inaugural...
(30 September 2009 17:28:00)
When a bumper crop of tomatoes, beets and cucumbers arrives at the back door, much of the bounty finds its way onto the menu. What to do with the extra? Many resourceful chefs, including Michael McDonald, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Danielle Custer, turn to pickling.
(30 September 2009 15:29:00)
Keith Floyd, the original celebrity TV chef, was today mourned and celebrated at a humanist funeral in Bristol. The 65-year-old died at his partner's home in Dorset on 14 September after suffering a heart attack, just weeks after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer, in June.
(30 September 2009 14:29:00)
Pub operator London Town has revealed plans to create hundreds of jobs by recruiting caretakers to look after pubs it has closed. The 300-strong tenanted and managed pub company will create between 100-300 jobs for caretakers, watchmen and live-in concierges to look after closed premises ...
(30 September 2009 14:20:00)
If you work in hospitality and crave an international career, the world really is your oyster. In fact, despite today's global economic problems, there are some great opportunities out there - you just need to know where to look. Rosalind Mullen reports.
(30 September 2009 12:28:00)
The Prime Minister has been accused of populism after it was confirmed that his proposals to give local authorities “the power to ban 24-hour drinking” were already enshrined in existing legislation. Speaking at the Labour conference in Brighton yesterday, Gordon Brown said “we will give local authorities ...
(30 September 2009 11:39:00)
This recipe for king crab was devised by Jérôme Tauvron at L'Etranger, London.
(30 September 2009 11:24:00)
Operators are advised to build their brands so that pubs, restaurants and hotels become known for more than promotional deals. Emma White and Gemma Sharkey report.
(30 September 2009 11:15:00)
Former Aubergine head chef William Drabble has joined the five-star St James's Hotel and Club in Mayfair and opened this fine-dining restaurant. The intimate dining room serves a French menu and offers an à la carte and six-course gourmand menu priced £59.
(30 September 2009 11:04:00)
Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains today revealed plans to open a second, more informal, restaurant in Nottingham. The chef, whose Restaurant Sat Bains on the outskirts of the city picked up the AA’s top accolade of five rosettes on Monday, wants to launch a 12- to14-seat eaterie with a Japanese-style counter cooking and serving food in front of customers.
(30 September 2009 10:46:00)
German hotel group Pentahotels has launched its first property in the UK, with the opening of this 206-bedroom hotel in the centre of Reading. Spread over six floors, it includes Reading's largest conference space, a restaurant and bar as well as a VIP
(30 September 2009 10:33:00)
Hotel revenue per available room (revpar) fell by 1.2% in London and by 9.4% in the provinces in the week ending 12 September 2009, according to figures from hospitality research company STR Global. London revpar dropped to £112.61, down from £114.02 in the equivalent week of 2008.
(30 September 2009 10:00:00)
Pubs are being urged to focus on food in order to offset the decline in wet-sales and survive the recession. Research from marketing company CGA Strategy forecasts a 26% decline in wet volumes in wet-led pubs but only a 16.3% increase in numbers of food pubs and restaurants.
(30 September 2009 9:00:00)
Restaurant group Clapham House said the UK eating out sector continued to see widespread discounting and promotional activity hitting net margins. In a trading update, the owner and operator of Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), the Real Greek and Tootsies restaurant chains said while revenue ...
(30 September 2009 8:00:00)
Lime Wood, the £30m hotel project overseen by Hotel du Vin co-founder Robin Hutson, is to open this November. The 33-bedroom, five-star boutique hotel in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, will launch with a soft opening on 9 November, with the official launch taking place on 23 November.
(30 September 2009 7:00:00)
Pubs and bars will now be able to serve customers two-thirds-of-a pint measures and wine servings of less than 75ml for tastings under new government legislation. The two-thirds-of-a-pint glasses – known in Australia as schooners – will join the regular pint, half pint and third-of-a-pint measures ...
(29 September 2009 14:59:00)
Restaurant group D&D London is to scrap its 12.5% service charge at all of its restaurants across the capital. The company will, with effect from 1 October, stop adding the charge to customers’ bills except for group and event bookings, allowing diners to leave as much tip as they see fit.
(29 September 2009 14:34:00)
L'Horizon Hotel & Spa has appointed Yann Guguen as its new deputy general manager.
(29 September 2009 14:24:00)
Hellaby Hall hotel near Sheffield has appointed Chris Pick as head chef.
(29 September 2009 14:22:00)
Red Carnation Hotels has appointed Andrew Chantrell as general manager of the Old Government House Hotel and Spa in Guernsey.
(29 September 2009 14:20:00)
David McAree has been appointed general manager at Rhu's Rosslea Hall hotel.
(29 September 2009 14:18:00)
Bathgate's Cairn hotel has a new general manager. Trevor Duffy has 20 years' experience in hotels and hospitality and comes to the 61-bedroom Cairn from the four-star Menzies hotel, Glasgow, where he was deputy general manager.
(29 September 2009 14:16:00)
The Coniston hotel in Skipton, North Yorkshire, has appointed Kate Bower as sales and marketing manager.
(29 September 2009 14:14:00)
Meanwhile, Amie Postings leaves after almost five years as general manager of the Grange.
(29 September 2009 14:10:00)
Polaris Hotels and Resorts have brought in former La Manga Club sales director, Brendan Dwyer, as its international director of sales.
(29 September 2009 14:08:00)
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has appointed Torsten Pinter as general manager of Swissôtel Nai LertPark, Bangkok.
(29 September 2009 14:05:00)
Roast has become the latest restaurant to team up with British Airways (BA) in a deal that sees the London eatery create the menus on the airline’s newly-launched all-business long-haul route to New York. Roast head cook Lawrence Keogh will join chefs including Shaun Hill, Michel Roux Jnr ...
(29 September 2009 12:40:00)
Contract caterer Pabulum has won another education deal, with the contract to provide catering services at Calthorpe School in Fleet, Hampshire. The ethical caterer, which recently scored a hat trick of education contracts, has been awarded the four-year deal worth £75,000 annually.
(29 September 2009 11:53:00)
Enterprise Inns has revealed that continued financial support for struggling pubs is draining its overall profits but the rate of closures is slowing. In a pre-close trading statement, the pubco said its core estate has demonstrated resilience during tough trading conditions but profitability ...
(29 September 2009 11:23:00)
Compass Group has benefited from cost cuts, new contract wins and the weak pound, the company said in a trading update today. The world’s largest caterer said that, despite the impact of the recession on its business and industry (B&I), and its sports and leisure divisions...
(29 September 2009 11:06:00)
Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham has won the AA’s top accolade of five rosettes. The Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms was the only restaurant to have been given the top award at the 2009-2010 AA Hospitality Awards held at the London Hilton Park Lane last night.
(29 September 2009 10:01:00)
Hotels face increased pressure over the coming months after trading results revealed a disappointing August. Research from hotel consultancy PFK found that a decrease in room rate in August resulted in a slow end to the summer – with revenue per available room (revpar) being held down ...
(29 September 2009 10:00:00)
Mark Hix is due to launch his latest restaurant venture in Brewer Street in London’s West End. The restaurant, situated on the former premises of Japanese restaurant Aaya, is to feature Hix’s “own brand of British food”, according to his weekly column in the Independent.
(29 September 2009 9:00:00)
Enforcing minimum pricing on alcohol and banning promotions would save hundreds of lives every year, according to research conducted by Sheffield University for the Scottish Government. A minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol would cut alcohol-related deaths by 20% ...
(29 September 2009 8:00:00)
The Selfridges Wonder Bar in London W1 is today celebrating the success of its Sip campaign, which has persuaded the government to change its tune over serving small measures for wine. Dawn Davies, the Wonder Bar’s co-creator and head sommelier, has spent the last two years lobbying ...
(29 September 2009 7:00:00)
Raymond Blanc was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2009-2010 AA Hospitality Awards last night. At a ceremony held at the London Hilton Park Lane, the chef-proprietor of the two-Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire headlined the evening's event.
(28 September 2009 23:01:00)
Celebrity chef Atul Kochhar’s Michelin-starred Benares restaurant in London’s Berkeley Square could be closed for up to a month following the outbreak of a fire over the weekend. The fire broke out in ventilation system of Kolchhar’s flagship restaurant’s kitchen shortly ...
(28 September 2009 16:57:00)
A new champagne bar is opening on the fifth floor of the flagship Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London, this autumn. The Belle Époque Champagne Bar is launching at the Knightsbridge store on 22 October, in collaboration with Champagne Perrier-Jouët. It replaces the Fifth Floor Cocktail Bar...
(28 September 2009 16:40:00)
Caterer Best for Business participant the Mulberry Tree in Boughton Monchelsea, Kent has won praise in its first review in the national papers. Daily Telegraph critic Jasper Gerard was delighted to discover the Mulberry Tree in an area not generally known for its cuisine...
(28 September 2009 16:18:00)
The Quirinale in London SW1 is described as possibly “one of the three best Italians in London” by Toby Young for the Independent. The restaurant is awarded 15 out of a possible 20, but Young admits the five-course evening tasting menu was better suited for him than his vegetarian wife.
(28 September 2009 15:05:00)