Articles By Date 01 January 2012 - 31 January 2012
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The world-renowned golfing hotel and resort the Belfry, which has hosted the Ryder Cup four times, has been put up for sale. The 324-bedroom hotel, set within a 550-acre resort in Warwickshire, is currently owned by Irish businessman Sean Quinn, who is currently facing bankruptcy in the republic.

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(16 January 2012 12:13:00)

The Hertfordshire-based Oakman Inns and Restaurants enjoyed a good Christmas, with like-for-like sales up 30.45% for the four weeks ending January 2012. Oakman, which is run by former Whitbread executive Peter Borg-Neal has six sites - including its subsidiary, the British Larder.

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(16 January 2012 11:54:00)

Independent caterer Pabulum's winning streak continues with the announcement that it has been awarded a three-year deal to provide school meals at Palmers Green High School in north London. The new contract has bolstered Pabulum's burgeoning portfolio of business in the independent education sector.

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(16 January 2012 10:59:00)

BaxterStorey has scored a £12m catering contract win with asset management firm BlackRock. The five-year deal at the firm's Drapers Gardens office in London will see BaxterStorey deliver a host of catering services for around 1,800 BlackRock employees.

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(16 January 2012 10:42:00)

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has reported strong growth during 2011, with reservations increasing by 23% to £62.9m. The sales and marketing consortium, now in its 21st year, also experienced a 71% increase in bookings on its website last year.

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(16 January 2012 10:32:00)

Quick-service restaurants now account for half of all food eaten out of the home, although their rise has been at the expense of restaurants in the workplace and education. A survey by food service research company NPD Group said the data pointed to a trend of changing habits among British consumers.

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(16 January 2012 10:25:00)

Tasty, the company owned by Ask and Zizzi founders Adam and Sam Kaye, is to convert three of its 18 restaurants to the Wildwood brand in 2012. In a trading update, the company said the move would take the number of Wildwoods to 12.

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(16 January 2012 10:15:00)

Neil Wrigley has worked his way up the ranks to become head chef at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury. Wrigley has worked at the four-star hotel in north Somerset for the past six years...

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(13 January 2012 17:16:00)

Andrew Wilson has returned to Ashdown Park hotel and country club, East Sussex, as executive chef. The appointment marks the third time that Wilson has worked at Ashdown Park - where his wife is also employed - after he initially left to further his career and build up experience.

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(13 January 2012 17:15:00)

John Sheppard has joined the hospitality and leisure team at Edward Symmons. He brings more than 25 years' experience in the UK hotel market with firms including Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, King Sturge and Colliers International.

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(13 January 2012 17:15:00)

Taunton's Castle hotel and Brazz Brasserie have appointed Marc Mac Closkey as the general manager to succeed Kevin McCarthy. Mac Closkey has worked at a number of hotel firms including Hyatt International, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

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(13 January 2012 17:14:00)

Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa has appointed Colin Farndon as its new spa director. Farndon brings more than 20 years' industry experience in both the UK and abroad to his new role at the award-winning property. He takes over from Jenni Paling.

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(13 January 2012 17:13:00)

Nick Deverell-Smith has been named head chef at Village East, a New York-style brasserie and cocktail bar in Bermondsey Street and sister venue to the Garrison and recently opened Riding House Café. A former Gordon Ramsay Scholarship finalist, Deverell-Smith has worked under Eric Chavot at the Capital hotel in Knightsbridge as well as Soho House.

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(13 January 2012 17:13:00)

German-born Tobias Brauweiler, 29, recently achieved the highest score in the Court of Master Sommelier's advanced exams. The head sommelier and wine buyer at the Mantis Collection hotel, Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham, told Janet Harmer all about it

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(13 January 2012 16:55:00)

Paul and Tania Slijper opened the nine-bedroom Hotel L'Avenida in Soller, on the north-west coast of Majorca, in 2007 after extensive renovation work. They share their experiences with Janet Harmer

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(13 January 2012 16:40:00)

Most operators have plans in place to help guest with accessibility needs, but what about team members? Legal expert Nicola McMahon explains how to ensure you don't discriminate against disabled workers

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(13 January 2012 16:08:00)

First impressions count. A well prepared business plan reflects on you and your business, thus it should portray a professional image. Whether it is your first venture or you are looking to secure funding for a new pub or restaurant, nothing is more important than getting the business plan correct.

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(13 January 2012 16:08:00)

The Alexandra hotel, which has been in owner Kathryn Haskins' family for 38 years, draws business through its location in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Neil Gerrard reports

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(13 January 2012 15:16:00)

The newly appointed chairman of the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) intends to provide an opportunity for more young people to work in the industry. Chris Peacock, who officially takes over his new role at the HBAA's annual general meeting today...

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(13 January 2012 15:07:00)

Pub company Peach enjoyed a strong trading period for December 2011, which saw like-for-like sales rise 9%, with an overall sales rise of 23% thanks to new pub openings. The company also enjoyed a record day on Friday 23 December, with sales topping £120,000.

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(13 January 2012 15:00:00)

FreshRM, the organiser of Hotelympia 2012, has announced the finalists of the 2012 Innovation Awards. The categories are Equipment, Food & Drink, Design/Interiors and Technology. Final decisions will be made by a Dragons' Den style panel on 27 January.

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(13 January 2012 14:39:00)

Top chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs reveal their most memorable hospitality experiences, and what should be avoided at all costs

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(13 January 2012 14:24:00)

Compass Group, Barceló Hotels and Hilton Worldwide were among the first hospitality businesses to be named as signatories to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's Business Compact scheme.

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(13 January 2012 13:50:00)

Hoteliers need to take steps to better protect themselves against fraud, according to a report published jointly by PKF Accountants and University of Portsmouth. The Resilience to Fraud of the UK Hotel Sector survey investigates how well the industry protects itself against fraud.

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(13 January 2012 13:13:00)

Leading experts and respected critics provide advice for hospitality operators seeking to take their businesses forward. Janet Harmer and Kerstin Kühn report

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(13 January 2012 13:04:00)

Merlin Events London has slashed the number of caterers that service three of its venues: Madame Tussauds, Sealife London Aquarium and the London Dungeons. Three caterers were trimmed from the approved caterers list.

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(13 January 2012 12:44:00)

London-based pub company Young's has sold the freehold of the Stinging Nettle pub in Shepherd's Bush W12. The deal, brokered by Davis Coffer Lyons, sees PPR Estates take on the site for development use. The Stinging Nettle is a three-storey, two-bar operation opposite Goldhawk Station .

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(13 January 2012 12:40:00)

A former West End theatre star turned butler has been awarded City and Guilds' Medal for Excellence for his achievement in level three City and Guilds International Professional Butlers' Diploma at the University of West London. Jody Crosier, who has stared in Les Misérables and Miss Saigon...

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(13 January 2012 12:40:00)

There is no doubting that 2012 is going to be a challenging year for everyone working in the hospitality industry. The prime minister himself made it clear in his New Year message that "there are fears about jobs and paying the bills" and that "the search for work has become difficult, particularly for young people".

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(13 January 2012 12:18:00)

FreshRM, the organiser of Hotelympia 2012, has announced the finalists of the 2012 Innovation Awards. The categories are Equipment, Food & Drink, Design/Interiors and Technology...

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(13 January 2012 12:10:00)

Located in the South Malé Atoll of the Maldives, 20 minutes from Male International Airport, Jumeirah Vittaveli is a luxury family resort featuring beach and lagoon villas, all built around the principles of a sustainable development.

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(13 January 2012 12:07:00)

The first ecological property from Italian hotel group Starhotels, E.c.ho - standing for Echo Contemporary Hotel - intends to show that great, functionally design and environmental awareness can go hand in hand. Located next to the central railway station in the city centre, the hotel is notable for being flooded with light from large windows.

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(13 January 2012 12:07:00)

Designed in the late 19th century by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel, the hotel is situated alongside the exclusive shopping street - the PC Hooftstraat - in the former home of the Sweelinck music conservatorium. It is a sister hotel to the Café Royal hotel which is due to open on Regent Street, London, in June 2012.

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(13 January 2012 12:07:00)

As he reaches 50, Vineyard Group MD Andrew McKenzie reflects on the essence of hospitality, growth of bureaucracy and rise of the career hotelier

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(13 January 2012 11:56:00)

Gordon Ramsay has confirmed the opening of a new restaurant in Las Vegas, which will launch at the Paris Las Vegas resort in the spring. The celebrity chef will take over the existing Les Artistes Steakhouse at the hotel and casino, which will reopen as Gordon Ramsay Steak...

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(13 January 2012 11:19:00)

What was your best subject at school? Physics, not home economics; What was your first job in catering? Making bacon sandwiches in a transport café; What do you normally have for breakfast? Four Weetabix; Which is your favourite restaurant? I have two - Michel Bras' Bras and Pascal Barbot's l'Astrance

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(13 January 2012 11:04:00)

Beer writer Melissa Cole makes a point of chastising brewers and pub operators who use the terms "malty" and "hoppy" to describe beer. Beer deserves, as she points out, a little bit more reverence than that. It certainly has begun to receive it as the growing ranks of the beerati get more vocal.

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(13 January 2012 11:04:00)

Carefully remove the legs from the four partridges, leaving as much of the skin on the crowns as you can. Press the legs with salt, garlic, cracked black pepper and thyme for eight hours. Wash off and confit sous-vide for three hours at 85°C with 100g of goose fat.

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(13 January 2012 11:04:00)

Travel concession operator SSP has appointed Mark Angela as chief executive of its UK and Ireland business, succeeding Tony Keating. Angela is expected to join the company next month from PizzaExpress Restaurants, where he has spent the last four years as chief executive...

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(13 January 2012 11:00:00)

The luxury four-red-AA star Tylney Hall hotel in Rotherwick, Hampshire, has apologised to customers affected by a food poisoning incident, which landed the property with fines and costs of more than £40,000. Three people were struck down with the campylobacter form of food poisoning...

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(13 January 2012 10:36:00)

Dartmoor Brewery has appointed Admiral Taverns managing director Kevin Georgel to its board as the company gears up for the next phase in its expansion. The Devon brewery hopes that the former Coors executive will be able to help expand its beers beyond its heartland.

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(13 January 2012 10:33:00)

Created by internationally renowned chef Heinz Beck, Apsleys showcases his style of "light cuisine of Mediterranean flavours". Kerstin Kühn reports

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(13 January 2012 10:30:00)

The branded coffee chain market has continued to grow in the UK and is expected to continue until at least 2015. The likes of Costa, Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Eat have shown "incredible resilience" by growing sales by 10% in 2011.

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(13 January 2012 9:00:00)

A report released this week by a committee of MPs recommended that people should have at least two days a week completely clear of alcohol, as the issue of excessive drinking continues to dominate the headlines. The MPs also highlighted problems when it came to understanding how many units of alcohol there were in a drink.

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(13 January 2012 9:00:00)

MPs have backed a House of Commons motion which requires the Government to commission an independent review of self regulation in the pub sector. The move came after a debate in the Commons today in which MPs criticised the Government for rejecting proposals by the Business Innovation and Skills Committee...

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(12 January 2012 16:49:00)

Yorkshire's Finest – How buying locally helped chef Tim Bilton turn the Butchers Arms into an award-winning pub restaurant in less than three years. Small Steps to Sustainability – There are always more environmental measures that you can take, but not all are practical or profitable.

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(12 January 2012 13:56:00)

Dukes hotel in London is celebrating after winning the World's Ultimate Service Award in Hospitality at the World Travel Awards. General manager Debrah Dhugga, seen here collecting the award from Graham Cooke, president and founder of the World Travel Awards at Doha in Qatar...

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(12 January 2012 12:00:00)

Robert Cook has been appointed as chief executive of De Vere Village to expand the group of 26 new-build hotels across the UK. In what appears to be a straight swap, Cook's former position as chief executive of the Malmaison and Hotel de Vin brands has gone to Gary Davis, formerly chief executive of De Vere Village.

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(12 January 2012 11:27:00)

Food and drink wholesaler Booker is set to take on the likes of Brakes and 3663 with the creation of Chef Direct, a new distribution network aimed at major food service providers. The company announced its plans in its third-quarter interim management statement.

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(12 January 2012 10:50:00)

Tom Aikens is today reopening his eponymous restaurant in London's Chelsea following a six-month refurbishment. The former Michelin-starred restaurant, which the chef now owns together with his new business partners London Doors.

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(12 January 2012 9:01:00)

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