London hotels boosted profitability by 23.4% in December 2009, according to the latest monthly HotStats survey of 10 European countries. Hotels in the UK capital increased total gross operating profit per available room (goppar) to €96.95, up from €78.55 in the same month of 2008.
(31 January 2010 0:00:00)
Story of the week: Spanish celebrity chef Ferran Adrià dominated the news this week with the announcement at Madrid Fusion that he is to close his three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Bulli for two years. Still on the theme of iconic chefs, French patissier-chocolatier Pierre Herme...
(29 January 2010 16:01:00)
Located at riverside retail development Hay's Galleria near London Bridge, this fish restaurant from wine merchant Balls Brothers offers a range of British seafood. It includes a volcanic rock grill, which allows diners to cook their fish themselves.
(29 January 2010 14:55:00)
French chef Pierre Levicky, who rose to fame with his former French restaurant chain Pierre Victoire, has relaunched the Chez Jules concept with this restaurant in Edinburgh. The restaurant offers classic French bistro food at affordable prices.
(29 January 2010 14:54:00)
Daniel Galmiche is the executive head chef, and Alex Edwards the pastry chef, at the Vineyard at Stockcross.
(29 January 2010 14:35:00)
The UK economy has officially emerged from recession, but only by the skin of its teeth. Positive growth of 0.1% in the last three months of 2009 may have brought to an end a run of six successive quarters of economic contraction - the longest UK recession on record - but it still fell below many analysts' expectations.
(29 January 2010 14:15:00)
The countdown for the next Bocuse d'Or has started, so Caterer is getting behind the Academy of Culinary Arts and calling on our readers to support Simon Hulstone's bid to put the UK among the top-ranking countries in this prestigious competition.
(29 January 2010 14:12:00)
New police powers to tackle 'problem premises' and underage drinking have come into force today. The changes to the Policing and Crime Bill mean that council will now be able to strip problem premises of their licence without having to wait for a resident to make a complaint.
(29 January 2010 14:08:00)
Well established and successful restaurant business with hotel bedrooms set within a classic period structure dating back to 1794 given Grade II Listed status. Recently refurbished, the property has full planning permissions for extension. Annual Sales £524,717 for up to January 2009. Freehold.
(29 January 2010 13:20:00)
If you want to start a business, a comprehensive business plan is crucial. With Nestlé's Toque d'Or set to challenge a new group of students, we explain how to make sure your plan has the clout to take off, and what you need to cover. Rosie Birkett reports.
(29 January 2010 12:57:00)
Expressions of interest are invited from established catering operators to tender for the operation of a cafe facility at the Bishopsgate Institute, Bishopsgate, London EC2.
(29 January 2010 12:55:00)
A Blackpool hotel has been named the filthiest in the in the UK by Tripadvisor in its 2010 top 10 dirtiest hotels. Grosvenor Hotel came top of the filth league based on traveller reviews on the travel website. Visitors to the website complained of dirty carpets and bathrooms, cigarette burns in duvets and...
(29 January 2010 12:49:00)
The Dubrovnik hotel in Bradford won the new Robert Ragge Award for innovation at the third annual HRS.com Hotel Excellence Awards, held in association with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Best Practice Forum. Launched to recognise outstanding and innovative thinking...
(29 January 2010 11:51:00)
Marston's has been hit by January's big freeze, as it reported that a rise in like-for-like sales in its managed pubs division was dragged down by cold weather. Like-for-like sales over the 16-week period to 23 January 2010 in its Inns and Taverns business were up by 1.5% on the previous year.
(29 January 2010 11:34:00)
Some 30 years ago, Abraham Bejerano spotted a row of townhouses near Marble Arch in London and thought they would make a great setting for a hotel. This week his fantasy has been realised with the opening of the Arch, a five-star hotel with a difference. Janet Harmer reports
(29 January 2010 10:11:00)
Italian chef Francesco Mazzei has become the latest guest chef at high street chain Pizza Express and has created a range of dishes that will appear in restaurants next week. Mazzei, who runs Italian restaurant L'Anima, took time out to speak to Kerstin Kühn. about his partnership
(29 January 2010 9:00:00)
Host, the independent contract caterer run by entrepreneur Jerry Brand, has won three new contracts with a total value in excess of £3m. The first of two new education wins is a five-year deal at Box Hill School in Dorking, Surrey which sees Host take over the £450,000 a year contract ...
(28 January 2010 17:33:00)
The recession has created increasingly discerning hospitality customers who demand both value and quality and will tolerate no compromise in either, according to newly-published research by the National Skills Academy for Hospitality. It found that warmth or customer service (26%) and value...
(28 January 2010 17:02:00)
Staff who have barricaded themselves into the Foley Arms hotel in Malvern, Worcestershire, after the owner suddenly closed the business have been told that they will now receive their unpaid wages. The protest at the three-AA star, 28-bedroom hotel erupted on Monday morning after three representatives ...
(28 January 2010 15:53:00)
Acclaimed London restaurateur Mourad Mazouz, co-owner of the Michelin-starred Sketch and founder of Momo, is expanding the North African restaurant concept to Lebanon. The Algerian-born restaurateur, who also owns Derriere, Restaurant 404 and Andy Wahloo in Paris, will open Momo Souk in Beirut ...
(28 January 2010 15:17:00)
In another of his regular columns, Peter Hancock, chief executive of luxury hotel marketing consortium Pride of Britain Hotels, explains why front-of-house staff deserve more recognition for their hard work. "Are you beginning to tire of celebrity chefs? Forgive me if you are one, or have embarked on a career...
(28 January 2010 14:53:00)
London hotels enjoyed a strong boost to profitability during December 2009 as trading recovered strongly, according to the latest HotStats survey from TRI Hospitality Consulting. The gross operating profit per available room (GOPpar) grew by 23% as cost-cutting strategies combined with a growth in revenue.
(28 January 2010 13:43:00)
We’ve teamed up with Adande to offer one lucky Buy It! reader the chance to win a Single Drawer Chef Base worth more than £2,000, which keeps food at a stable temperature.
(28 January 2010 12:03:00)
Research carried out by Aviko has shown that despite much publicised trends for healthier eating, when asked, 76% of respondents stated that they "love eating chips" and one of the key findings was that 82% of respondents expected to eat chips in pubs and pub restaurants.
(28 January 2010 11:59:00)
Also linked to the "It Has To Be Heinz" campaign is a National Chip Week giveaway featuring Heinz Tomato Ketchup. The first five Buy It! readers picked out will receive 10 cases of the best-selling sauce in its iconic 342g glass bottle.
(28 January 2010 11:57:00)
Chef Paul Magic Seasoning Blends are 100% natural, with no MSG or preservatives and provide an alternative to salt, pepper and other herb seasonings.
(28 January 2010 11:55:00)
It's 12 months since we started following the fortunes our Best for Business operators. One year on, we look as how the experience has helped them get through a tough recession, and assess each business's prospects for the future
(28 January 2010 11:17:00)
There's no doubt that 2009 was a tough year. Consumers have been watching every penny they spend and hospitality businesses have felt the impact. But now that we are starting to see the green shoots of recovery, operators that have really focused on delivering quality products, value for money and unbeatable customer service are in a strong position for future growth.
(28 January 2010 11:15:00)
With the economy in a turbulent state at the start of 2009, Colin Fell was already considering looking for some advice when the opportunity to contribute to Best for Business arose.
(28 January 2010 10:14:00)