Harbour Hotels is to develop its first new-build property - designed to look like a super yacht - within Southampton's Ocean Village. The south coast-based company, which currently has five hotels in waterside locations in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, will join forces with MDL Developments to...
(30 November 2011 16:51:00)
Kerrymaid, Kerry Foodservice’s dairy brand, has won a gold medal for its vanilla Dairy Flavoured Ice Cream Mix in the Complete Mix category of the annual Ice Cream Alliance Awards.
(30 November 2011 15:29:00)
The Seafood Restaurant empire in Padstow, Cornwall, now comprises six restaurants, a pub, cookery school, delicatessen, patisserie, gift shop and 40 bedrooms. David Sharland and Rupert Wilson, who have taken over the day-to-day operation of the business from Rick and Jill Stein, tell Janet Harmer how they have stepped out of the shadows of their famous employers
(30 November 2011 15:26:00)
Christmas preparations are in full swing at our Business Tracker operators, while Olympic preparations are also taking shape. With new acquisitions, menu planning and training initiatives on the agenda it's shaping up to be a busy December. James Stagg reports
(30 November 2011 15:26:00)
Plans are already being put in place to ensure that hospitality businesses continue to operate as smoothly as possible during the busy Olympic period. But with 11.8 million expected visitors, will even the best plans be enough? Elly Earls reports
(30 November 2011 15:26:00)
Two West Yorkshire licensees have been fined £17,000 for showing Sky Sports programmes illegally at their premises. Angela Briscoe and Edward Geater of the Bold Privateer in Shipley, West Yorkshire were fined following a successful prosecution by the Federation Against Copyright Theft...
(30 November 2011 15:04:00)
Enterprise Inns has won a High Court case against the company that runs the Lord Palmerston pub in Dulwich, south east London, following a dispute over the beer tie. Enterprise took Palmerstone Associates to court, accusing the operator of...
(30 November 2011 14:55:00)
As portable devices, be they smartphones or laptops, have become increasingly integrated into daily life, so consumer expectations with regard to Wi-Fi have changed. Just a few years ago we were happy to wait at home while a dial-up connection downloaded our e-mails. Now guests expect to log on with their latte.
(30 November 2011 12:28:00)
The first in a new group of hotels from Ian Schrager, which intends to take the best from luxury, boutique and limited service properties to create a brand that only offers services guests really want rather than surplus ones.
(30 November 2011 12:08:00)
Standing on the corner of Plaza San Francisco in Quito, this boutique hotel has opened in a Renaissance-inspired mansion, which was rebuilt in 1926. Original features - such as painted tin ceilings and wooden panelling - have been restored alongside the addition of a glass roof over the central patio.
(30 November 2011 12:08:00)
Constructed of steel and glass, this 18-storey hotel rises from the Hai river in the shape of a cube. With cues from the early 20th century when the city of Tianjin was a bustling shipping and financial centre, the interiors feature strong Art Deco and Art Nouveau influences.
(30 November 2011 12:08:00)
Miller Brands has expanded its craft beer portfolio by making St Stefanus Belgian abbey beer available to the UK market as part of a distribution agreement with the Van Steenberge brewery and the Sint Stefanus monastery...
(30 November 2011 11:26:00)
Ivan Bennett has returned to Lincolnshire to take on the role of general manager of the Legacy Woodhall Spa hotel, having previously worked in the county in his role leading the Legacy Oaklands Country House hotel.
(30 November 2011 11:25:00)
Luxury hotel business Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has appointed Jennifer Fox as president. Fox will oversee Fairmont's collection of hotels and resorts. She has more than 25 years of hospitality related experience, and arrives from InterContinental Hotels Group...
(30 November 2011 11:23:00)
Federico Trulli , who is originally from Rome, has been appointed food and beverage manager at the Best Western Roker hotel, Roker Terrace in Sunderland where he originally worked six years ago. He previously spent three years as restaurant manager at the hotel.
(30 November 2011 11:22:00)
Heineken has appointed Jacco van der Linden as marketing director for its UK beer and cider brand business. He will take up his new role in mid-January, reporting to UK managing director Stefan Orlowski , and assuming full marketing responsibility for Heineken's portfolio of main and speciality brands.
(30 November 2011 11:21:00)
Independent family-owned FJB Hotels Group has announced the appointment of David Knight as general manager at the AA four-star Harbour Heights hotel in Poole, Dorset. Knight returns to the FJB Hotels Group having previously worked at the Haven hotel as food and beverage manager between 2006 and 2009.
(30 November 2011 11:20:00)
Fourth Hospitality, software supplier to the pub, hotel and restaurant markets, has hired Stuart Layzell as its chief financial officer. Layzell joins from the Business Growth Fund, a £2.5b initiative set up by the UK's five biggest banks and the British Bankers Association.
(30 November 2011 11:19:00)
J&G Inns, which operates two hotels in the north of England, has fallen into administration. Its two properties, the Lord Crewe Arms hotel in Blanchland and Warkworth House hotel in Alnwick, will both be sold but will remain open.
(30 November 2011 10:07:00)
The original UK Harry Ramsden's restaurant is to close after 83 years in business because it is losing money. The first branch opened in Guisely, Leeds in 1928 but the fish and chips chain said it was losing money and needed a "considerable investment" before it could return to profit...
(30 November 2011 9:38:00)
The hunt is now on for the North West Young Chef of the Year 2012 – and for the 10th year of the competition, the organisers have lowered the age from 25 to 23 in order to encourage chefs earlier in their careers.
(29 November 2011 17:39:00)
Score the skin of the duck breasts in a criss-cross pattern with a very sharp knife, and dust both sides with the five-spice powder and salt. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and, when very hot, place the duck breasts in the pan skin-side down.
(29 November 2011 17:12:00)
Contract caterers have hit back at suggestions by Jamie Oliver that standards will be allowed to slip in academies, where the nutritional guidelines are not mandatory. The celebrity chef stepped up the second wave of his school meals campaign last week...
(29 November 2011 17:01:00)
What was your first job? Pâtissière in Paris, aged 14; What do you do to relax? I smoke a cigar - but I don't get to relax very often; Which is your favourite restaurant? Any Bib Gourmand; What's your favourite hotel? Michel Guérard's Le Couvent des Herbes...
(29 November 2011 16:57:00)
Six companies in the Chez Gerard group have gone into administration, prompting the sale of several sites to other operators. The six companies, which between them comprised 32 restaurants employing 713 people...
(29 November 2011 16:55:00)
You'd expect things to be big and fast when you visit the Silverstone circuit, but not even Jenson Button could keep up with Clinton Smith, who walks four miles a day as the executive head chef of the racing circuit's new hospitality wing. Diane Lane went for a test drive
(29 November 2011 16:21:00)
My eldest daughter, Karen, is a coeliac. It means she can't eat gluten. This is not a life choice like a vegetarian or a vegan, it is an illness. Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye triggers an immune reaction in people with coeliac disease and damages the lining of their small intestine.
(29 November 2011 15:52:00)
Richard Muir, owner of Edinburgh's Café Fish, has bought seafood restaurant Livebait in Manchester from Paramount Restaurants. The deal marks the first for Muir's new company SBG Restaurants, which he has set up with William Rollason the former executive chairman of Paramount...
(29 November 2011 14:56:00)
British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) chief executive Neil Robertson is to leave the organisation after three years at the helm. Robertson will take up a role with apprenticeship provider Babcock International as director of training...
(29 November 2011 14:45:00)
Last week's Channel 4 programme exposed some of the scrutiny hoteliers are subjected to. Daniel Johnson examines the scenarios and explains how to deal with them
(29 November 2011 14:38:00)
Best Western has its first hotel on the Isle of Man for 10 years following the announcement that the four-star, 133-bedroom Palace hotel and casino in the capital Douglas has joined the sales and marketing consortium...
(29 November 2011 14:37:00)
The British curry industry has called on the Government to boost the restaurant sector by reducing VAT on the sector by 5%. It said that reducing VAT would boost the number of diners and head off a contraction in the curry restaurant industry...
(29 November 2011 13:32:00)
Jasminder Singh has bought the four-star, 169-bedroom New Providence Wharf hotel in Canary Wharf - the second property the owner of one of London's largest privately owned hotel groups has bought in four weeks.
(29 November 2011 12:52:00)
Hotels showing innovation, passion and dedication to the green agenda are being encouraged to enter the Considerate Hotel of the Year Awards 2011/12. Accommodation providers at every level can enter the awards, which earlier this year saw Battlesteads hotel carry off the highest accolade.
(29 November 2011 12:29:00)
Aspens Services has been awarded a three-year catering contract extension with North Birmingham Academy worth £650,000. Scheduled to commence in January 2012, the new food service contract sees the independent caterer work with the academy as it moves into new buildings.
(29 November 2011 12:06:00)
Education caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has won a second school meals deal in Bedfordshire, this time worth £1.5m. The five-year contract at Samuel Whitbread Community College in Shefford sees AiP cater for almost 1,700 pupils aged 13 to 18...
(29 November 2011 11:40:00)
More than three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, new research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found. The study, which tested 39 UK growing beds across the UK, discovered that 76% of oysters had traces of the winter vomiting bug...
(29 November 2011 11:09:00)
Japan has confirmed its position as the world's leader of gastronomy, with the news that Michelin has awarded a total of 32 restaurants in the country its top accolade of three stars. Michelin today released its 2012 guide to Tokyo, promoting three new restaurants to three stars.
(29 November 2011 10:17:00)
Entries are now being sought for the Schwartz for Chef Flavour Pairing Challenge at Hotelympia next year, where teams of two chefs will compete for the chance to win a Salon Culinaire medal and a day at a McCormick Flavour Creation workshop.
(29 November 2011 9:00:00)
Lexington Catering has dismissed rumours that it is about to be bought by facilities management company Mitie. Gossip currently circulating the contract catering industry suggests that the independent boutique caterer is on the verge of takeover by the FM firm.
(28 November 2011 17:32:00)