Named last year as one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world, three-Michelin-starred chef Grant Achatz has overcome cancer which left him unable to taste, and once wrote 22 days in a row to Thomas Keller begging for a chance to show what he could do. Rosie Birkett reports
(20 January 2012 10:34:00)
Spanish hotel company Meliá Hotels International is to open a third hotel in the UK - and its first outside London. Construction is set to begin on the four-star, 208-bedroom Innside Manchester Hotel during the second half of 2012.
(20 January 2012 10:26:00)
Aubaine, the French Provençal bistro, boulangerie and pâtisserie group, has opened a sixth outlet with screening room on Dover Street in London's Mayfair. Open throughout the day and evening, the 80-seat Aubaine Mayfair will serve a seasonally-changing menu of Mediterranean dishes.
(20 January 2012 10:09:00)
Seniors in Thornton, Lancashire, has been named the best British fish and chip shop in the National Fish and Chip Awards 2012. Run by brothers Alastair and Dominic Horabin, the shop beat 10 other regional finalists to win the national title in the annual competition, which is run by seafood authority Seafish.
(19 January 2012 16:22:00)
Two late-night venues at St Matthew's Church in London's Brixton have been put up for sale by their owner, Chicks Ltd. Davis Coffer Lyons is dealing with the sale of Babalou bar, restaurant and club, as well as Mass nightclub, both of which are housed in the 1820s building.
(19 January 2012 16:02:00)
Average pub property prices remained broadly stable in 2011 but more of the pubs sold stayed as pubs, according to property agent Christie & Co. In its Business Outlook 2012, Christie & Co indicated that the rate of closures was slowing. Some 64% of pubs sold remained as pubs during the year.
(19 January 2012 15:46:00)
Tom McLachlan has been named the De Vere Academy of Hospitality's National Chef of the Year. McLachlan, 24, beat 99 other apprentices to carry off the title. Following eight regional finals, he joined 15 young chefs in the final cook-off in London.
(19 January 2012 14:17:00)
Compass Group has launched a new mix-and-match food offer aimed at customers looking for an easy approach to healthy eating at breakfast or lunchtime. The "whole + sum" concept is made up of three mix-and-match components, and no complete dish adds up to more than 500 calories.
(19 January 2012 13:53:00)
US-based hospitality company Carlson and the Rezidor Hotel Group have joined join forces to become the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. While the legal status and ownership for the two companies are to remain the same, the new group will focus on the management of its brands.
(19 January 2012 12:39:00)
British brewers showcased a new range of lower-strength beers in Parliament yesterday, following the change in taxation introduced last year, which lowered the tax for beer under 2.8% abv. The event was organised by the by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and attended by Health Minister Anne Milton.
(19 January 2012 12:00:00)
Boutique hotel Myhotel in London's Chelsea has launched a new restaurant, with the opening of three5 world tapas. Located in the space formerly occupied by the hotel's Mybar, the 40-seat restaurant is focused on sharing plates with an "eccentric twist".
(19 January 2012 11:32:00)
London pub company Grand Union has expanded its senior management team with the appointment of three industry heavyweights as the firm gears up for growth in 2012. Managing director and co owner Adam Marshall will be joined by Tim Yates as finance director, Marc Rust as operations director and Anna Murashka...
(19 January 2012 11:14:00)
Once again WMF will be exhibiting at Hotelympia, showing its latest Tableware and Buffet collections, as well as a few new launches, adding style and functionality to any operation...
(19 January 2012 10:53:00)
WMF launches the ‘Solutions’ collection from Tafelstern, a fine porcelain range to enhance coffee service, no matter what time of day or style of operation...
(19 January 2012 0:00:00)
60 covers with exterior terrace for 80 covers, Located within Festival House, a new iconic building which incorporates the town’s new Register Office, Ceremonies Rooms and Tourist Information Centre Situated on the newly refurbished promenade opposite Blackpool Tower ...
(18 January 2012 17:26:00)
Cornish brewery Driftwood's beer "Alfie's Revenge" has today been crowned the Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2012 by a panel of judges at the National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester. The 6.5% ABV old ale is described in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2012 as a "strong and fruity, well-balanced premium ale".
(18 January 2012 16:38:00)
Masterclass: Cheltenham Cheese Pudding – Emily Watkins at the Kingham Plough puts artisan cheese in a traditional English recipe; Brits Abroad – Antony Dubber works as the chef manager for the British Antarctic Survey in Antarctica. He explains why he feels privileged to be working in one of the coldest and remote locations on earth.
(18 January 2012 16:26:00)
The Bulgari Hotel & Residences London in Knightsbridge, which is set to open in April, has announced that chef Robbie Pepin will be in charge of its flagship restaurant, Il Ristorante. Pepin joins from Alain Ducasse's Italian restaurant La Trattoria in Monaco.
(18 January 2012 15:07:00)
Business property prices, including those in the hospitality sector, fell by an average of 2.48 per cent in 2011, according to property agent Christie & Co's Business Outlook 2012 publication. This followed a marginal increase during 2010 of 0.3%.
(18 January 2012 14:55:00)
Accor exceeded its global expansion target by opening a record number of nearly 39,000 hotel rooms during 2011, according to the French company's fourth quarter results for last year. It recorded a revenue increase of 5.2%, like-for-like, during 2011...
(18 January 2012 14:51:00)
Hotels in Devon and the UK's bed and breakfast (B&B) businesses have triumphed in TripAdvisor's 10th annual Travellers' Choice Hotel Awards. Based on the ratings of more than 60 millions reviewers to the online site...
(18 January 2012 14:36:00)
London hotels are currently nearly half full for the London 2012 Olympics, according the hotel market intelligence provider TravelClick. With fewer than 200 days before the opening ceremony, committed occupancy for London hotels during the Games stands at 45.7%...
(18 January 2012 14:25:00)
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has urged MPs to back the final stages of a bill which will make it easier for pubs to host music gigs. The Live Music Bill is expected to reach the report stage, due to take place in the House of Commons on Friday 20 January, and the ALMR called on MPs to support it.
(18 January 2012 11:06:00)
Pub company JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has renewed his call for a reduction in VAT, as the company revealed that like-for-like sales for the 12 weeks to 15 January 2012 were up 3.6% on the same period a year ago. December saw strong like-for-like sales.
(18 January 2012 10:57:00)
Italian chef-restaurateur Antonio Carluccio has been appointed chef ambassador of the Clink, the commercial restaurant at Her Majesty's Prison High Down in Sutton, Surrey. Carluccio has over the past year run training workshops for the prisoners and hosted several fundraising events.
(18 January 2012 10:37:00)
The Dart Marina Hotel in Dartmouth, Devon, is set to relaunch its River Restaurant this spring. Overlooking the River Dart, the new 90-seat restaurant, which will be overseen by head chef Tom Woods, forms part of a £1m redesign of the property. The project also includes 14 newly redesigned guest rooms.
(18 January 2012 10:21:00)
The UK has the best bed and breakfasts in the world, according to traveller review website TripAdvisor. British B&Bs took eight out of the top 10 places in the world, with six based in England and two in Scotland. Topping the list was the Twenty One in Brighton, which climbed from sixth place last year.
(18 January 2012 10:13:00)
The Craft Guild of Chefs has teamed up with turkey producer Bernard Matthews Foodservice to launch a new recipe competition. The scheme is aimed at promoting turkey as a meat not just for Christmas, and chefs are invited to submit a recipe using turkey as well as seasonal ingredients.
(18 January 2012 10:04:00)
Steak restaurant and cocktail haunt Hawksmoor Spitalfields will add a new 60-cover bar next month. Set to open in late February, the new bar will feature interiors by regular Hawksmoor collaborators, interior architects Macaulay Sinclair. It will have a regularly changing list of five exclusive drinks.
(18 January 2012 9:54:00)
London-based pub company the Draft House has launched a competition for beer-lovers to design, brew, and name their own cask ale. The winner will see 50 firkins (3,600 pints) of their dream beer created, brewed and named by them.
(17 January 2012 18:51:00)
Kraft Foods has started the search for the Philadelphia Young Chef of the Year following the success of its first competition in 2011. The contest is open to all trainee chefs aged between 17 and 23 who are in full-time or part-time education...
(17 January 2012 15:28:00)
The School Food Trust (SFT) has issued new voluntary nutrition guidelines for pre-school children aimed at reducing obesity in under-fives. Nurseries, child-minders and other providers of early-years services now have a nationally-recognised source of information.
(17 January 2012 11:41:00)
Food has once again helped Greene King boost its managed division, where like-for-like sales rose 8.2% in the seven weeks to 15 January 2012, with food up 11.1%. Meanwhile, average earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation in its Pub Partners division were also up by 5.9%.
(17 January 2012 10:50:00)
The AA has announced the latest additions to its restaurant awards, with seven establishments being honoured with three AA rosettes. The winners include two restaurants in London, four in the rest of England and one in Scotland.
(17 January 2012 0:01:00)
Britain's big pub and restaurant groups had a strong Christmas and New Year, with like-for-like sales up 9.9% on the same period in a snow-hit 2010-11. Total sales, including the effect of new openings, were ahead 13.7% on December 2010.
(17 January 2012 0:01:00)
Jamie Oliver is planning to launch his high street restaurant chain Jamie's Italian in North America. The celebrity chef, who has already expanded the concept to the Middle East and Australia, has confirmed he intends to take the brand across the Atlantic, although no specific plans are yet in place.
(16 January 2012 17:36:00)
De Vere Group is expected to sell four hotels and one conference venue to fund the expansion of its three-star Village Hotels business. The Times reported that Village Hotels will develop up to 18 new hotels over the next few years.
(16 January 2012 15:58:00)
While the food at Meat Liquor - the permanent outpost from the team behind the hugely popular Meat Wagon - is great, the queue outside prevents it from ever being a real restaurant, according to Giles Coren. The Times food critic you can never be friends with Meat Liquor.
(16 January 2012 15:21:00)
The Delaunay, the latest restaurant from Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, gets a warm welcome from both John Walsh of The Independent and The Guardian's John Lanchester. "It's lovely just to hang out there. The waiting staff are friendly and attentive. The prices aren't astronomical. You can't help feel it's your kinda place."
(16 January 2012 14:58:00)
London department store Harrods is set to open two new restaurants this spring together with chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin and Richard Corrigan. The iconic Knightsbridge store has teamed up with the chefs to launch Galvin Demoiselle and a new outpost of Bentley's.
(16 January 2012 13:58:00)
A majority stake in the Soho House Group has been sold to an American billionaire to finance the expansion of the collection of private members clubs, hotels and restaurants overseas. In a deal worth around £250m, Ron Burkle, who made his fortune in supermarkets, is acquiring a 60% stake.
(16 January 2012 12:51:00)