It is hard to imagine that pubs could suffer a tougher year than they did in 2008, what with consumer spend plummeting as fast as alcohol duty rocketed and the terrible summer weather exacerbating the continued fallout from the smoking ban.
(30 December 2008 7:00:00)
In the last day of our Christmas giveaway, we are giving online readers the chance to win a fantastic selection of prizes at Le Meridien Piccadilly together with Thomas Keller’s latest cookbook.
(24 December 2008 10:39:00)
Domino’s Pizza is looking to the struggling pub industry to fulfil its appetite for new sites.
(24 December 2008 8:00:00)
For those of you who have been taking part in our online advent calendar you’ll know about the amazing prizes that we’ve been giving away all December.
(23 December 2008 15:41:00)
Administrators of Orchid Pub Group have closed 14 pubs and made more than 150 staff redundant ahead of Christmas after failing to find buyers.
(23 December 2008 12:37:00)
Service remains key for restaurant diners but value for money is becoming increasingly important as recession looms, research has revealed.
(23 December 2008 11:22:00)
The Indian Restaurants Group (IRG) has opened its third Mela restaurant this year, in Redhill, Surrey.
(23 December 2008 9:30:00)
A five-year-old child has drowned in the unsupervised pool of a hotel near Disneyland Resort Paris.
(22 December 2008 16:25:00)
Catermasters has extended its relationship with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) into its second decade.
(22 December 2008 15:25:00)
The hospitality industry has been urged to provide financial support to help the UK win a medal in next year’s Bocuse d’Or.
(22 December 2008 15:05:00)
The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai has reopened less than a month after taking centre-stage in the terrorist attack that rocked India’s financial district.
(22 December 2008 12:52:00)
Andaman at the St James’s hotel in London is “a weird place”, according to The Times food critic Hugo Rifkind.
(22 December 2008 12:31:00)
A round-up of the latest restaurant reviews including: Jasper Gerard visits Corrigans Mayfair, London W1; Hugo Rifkind visits Andaman, St James’ Hotel & Club, London SW1; Jay Rayner visits The Black Boy, Headington, Oxford
(22 December 2008 12:21:00)
The two largest Smollensky’s restaurants, on London’s Strand and in Canary Wharf, have been sold to an investment firm headed up by the creator of Tiger Tiger.
(22 December 2008 12:04:00)
A round-up of the weekend's news affecting the hospitality industry. News includes: Banker found hanged in luxury London hotel; Cream of Mumbai society turn out for Taj Mahal hotel reopening; Pub company Globe in crunch talks; Mumbai survivors accuse police of causing hotel deaths
(22 December 2008 11:52:00)
His regular prime-time TV slots may be gone but Gary Rhodes has been reinventing himself recently with a growing number of restaurants, plus a brief appearance on entertainment series Strictly Come Dancing. But is this the right time to be opening restaurants in Dorset? And does he really have two left feet? Joanna Wood puts the questions
(22 December 2008 11:30:00)
An historic Midlands hotel has closed up suddenly just days before Christmas.
(22 December 2008 8:30:00)
Essential news from around the world, including: 75% drop in US hotel bedroom pipeline; Melbourne’s Westin Hotel sold for £73m; and Marriott hotel planned for Xi’an China in 2011.
(22 December 2008 8:00:00)
Former Caterer Adopted Business Peach Pub Company has appointed a new general manager to oversee The Thatch, the property previously run by Jeremy and Jane Hooper, winners of Raymond Blanc’s TV series The Restaurant.
(22 December 2008 7:30:00)
What a year. You can read about it in our review of the year 2008, it’s fair to say there’s been a lot happening with the apparent end for now of the boom times and the looming recession.
(19 December 2008 13:42:00)
Oxford’s leading cocktail bar operator has bought his second site in the city with the purchase of the Sahara cocktail bar and restaurant.
(19 December 2008 12:56:00)
Sodexo has withdrawn from its £6m Milton Keynes school contract, despite only taking it over in April this year, the contract caterer has admitted.
(19 December 2008 8:00:00)
The Government has vowed to defeat European moves to prevent UK employees from voluntarily working more than 48 hours per week.
(19 December 2008 7:30:00)
The Metro’s food critic says the new interior at the west London restaurant “looks like it's been done on a Changing Rooms budget to resemble a Bromley branch of Oasis” and laments that the poor quality food “costs an arm and a leg”.
(18 December 2008 16:19:00)
A round-up of the latest restaurant reviews including: J. Sheeky Oyster Bar; Babylo; Canteen Baker Street; and Taste of McClements
(18 December 2008 15:50:00)
A South Devon hotel owner has been forced to put expansion plans on hold after receiving a series of massive bills from energy company EDF.
(18 December 2008 11:12:00)
Starwood’s luxury hotel brand W is to launch its first overseas bar concept in collaboration with the firm behind London club Boujis.
(18 December 2008 8:00:00)
To say 2008 was an eventful year for hospitality would be an understatement. Operators faced the meltdown of the economy, plummeting consumer spending and rising food prices, a high-profile row over tips broke out, while the "Aldi effect" was born.
(18 December 2008 7:00:00)
Stratford-on-Avon District Council seeks tender applications from suitably qualified and financially secure organisations to operate ...
(18 December 2008 0:00:00)