Andreas Antona has more than relocated his restaurant, Simpsons, in Birmingham. It's a move up as well as across - creating a boutique hotel around a food destination with real prospects of a Michelin star. Caterer went to see a keen business mind at work
(29 October 2004 11:39:59)
Clapham House Group, the restaurant company set up last year by two former PizzaExpress directors, is to open its third Bombay Bicycle Club restaurant in London’s Holland Park.
(28 October 2004 17:13:00)
London hotels have been enjoying their highest occupancy levels since September 2000, according to Deloitte’s latest HotelBenchmark.
(28 October 2004 16:25:00)
Average room rates in London hotels exceeded £90 in September for the first time since the terrorist attacks of 2001, according to the latest figures from Tri Hospitality Consulting.
(28 October 2004 15:38:00)
When Caterer asked me whether I would like to review a book about Spain's überchef, Ferran Adrià, I was really pleased, as I have been a big fan since eating at his restaurant four years ago.
(28 October 2004 15:00:35)
There's something inhuman about vending machines. There's no personal interaction, the transaction is all a bit matter-of-fact, and the only reassuring thing is the thud of a can as it falls to the bottom of the dispenser - then, at least, you know your money hasn't been rejected.
(28 October 2004 14:36:00)
When Hertford restaurant and bar owner Nick Shipton, 33, began to hunt out a site for a new bar, the place he clapped eyes on had other ideas. The Mercury Building, former HQ of the local Mercury newspaper, wanted to be a hotel. Here he tells how his search for a property turned into the birth of an idea
(28 October 2004 14:33:00)
Whitbread plans to dispose of up to half of its 52 four-star Marriott hotels in “sale-and-manage-back” deals over the next two years.
(28 October 2004 12:53:00)
Restaurateur Claudio Pulze has bought the site of Marcus Wareing's former restaurant, Fleur.
(28 October 2004 11:48:00)
Two of London's best-known restaurant groups, Langan's and Conran Restaurants, are to open in Dublin early next year in a move that is expected to shake up the local trade.
(28 October 2004 9:44:00)
Struggling late-night bar operator Regent Inns has announced two top-level appointments on the back of its annual results, which were delayed from last month when it found it had breached the rules of its bank loans.
(26 October 2004 12:04:00)
Scotland needs to market itself better to overseas workers if the country's hospitality industry is to attract the best talent, says a survey from recruitment firm Chess Partnership.
(25 October 2004 17:07:00)
The George and Dragon gastropub at Rowde, near Devises in Wiltshire, has been bought for about £495,000. The new owners are childhood friends Michelle and Philip Hale and Christopher Day, who have experience in the industry with Soho House, Gruppo and P&O. The restaurant can seat 30 and there is a three-bedroom apartment for the owners. The agent was Colliers Robert Barry.
(22 October 2004 14:24:00)
The Yalbury Cottage hotel at Lower Bockhampton, near Dorchester in Dorset, has been sold for more than £650,000. The thatched eight-bedroom property, which is within a mile of Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, was bought by first-time hoteliers Roy Fiddemont and Mark Collyer. It includes a 26-seat restaurant and a two-bedroom apartment for the owners. The agent was Colliers Robert Barry.
(22 October 2004 14:22:00)
The Philipburn Country House hotel in Selkirk, Scottish Borders, has been sold for about £895,000. The new owners, Stephen and Joan Booy, have moved into the hotel trade for the first time. The property has a total of 14 bedrooms and five self-catering units in addition to a 46-seat restaurant and 24-seat breakfast room. There is a one-bedroom house in the grounds for the owners. The agent was Colliers Robert Barry.
(22 October 2004 14:20:00)
Kenn Elliot and Rowan Mahon have bought the Cedar Manor hotel in Windermere, Cumbria, for just less than £1m. The two-star, 14-bedroom property, which was built from locally quarried stone, has a self-contained two-bedroom apartment for the owners and a 30-seat restaurant that they plan to re-open. The new proprietors come from the Haweswater hotel in Penrith, Cumbria. The agent was Christie & Co.
(22 October 2004 14:19:00)
The Castle Inn hotel in Pengenfford, Powys, has been bought by Steve and Heather Swann for just more than £400,000. The property, which is popular among outdoor pursuit enthusiasts, has four bedrooms, a separate bunkhouse that sleeps 20 and a large campsite within the two-acre grounds. The owners, who have moved into the hotel trade for the first time, have a self-contained three-bedroom flat. There is a pub with two bars and a dining area that seats 40. The agent was Colliers Robert Barry.
(22 October 2004 14:17:00)
The two-star, 16-bedroom Lochgair hotel in Strathclyde has been sold for more than £380,000. Couple Leslie and Lesley Grant-Pavitt have moved from their home in Surrey to the west of Scotland and hope to turn the property into a three-star venue. Husband Leslie used to travel the world when he worked for the Formula 1 catering team. The hotel has a lounge bar and dining room that seats 52, a breakfast room and a function room. The agent was Colliers Robert Barry.
(22 October 2004 14:16:00)
London hotels enjoyed the highest occupancy levels across Europe during the first nine months of the year, according to the latest Hotelbenchmark from Deloitte.
(21 October 2004 17:53:00)