Winterhalter now offers undercounter glasswashers with glass doors and striking blue interior lighting, something stylish and different for the officers’ mess. High tech dishwashers can do wonders for hygiene and convenience, but tend not to be noticed behind the bar. That’s set to ...
(12 January 2012 0:00:00)
TripAdvisor has warned hotels that it will penalise businesses that pay for reviews to be posted on the online review site. The warning was made after the 19-bedroom Abadia hotel in Granada, Spain, advertised for reviews to be written on its behalf, in return for a payment of $5.
(11 January 2012 17:52:00)
The launch of the Boutique Hotel Company, a new online reservations business and consultancy, has been abandoned after its managing director became critically ill. Jeffrey Crockett suffered a serious heart attack on 11 September 2011.
(11 January 2012 17:36:00)
The hospitality industry is continuing to face a shortage of skilled chefs, threatening its success in the run-up to the London Olympics, research has warned. According to a recruitment survey, head chef positions make up 40% of advertised restaurant vacancies.
(11 January 2012 17:16:00)
The Marriott Hotel County Hall on London's South Bank is set to launch a new restaurant this year, celebrating all things English. Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, which will open at the end of March, will offer a menu of English produce with a focus on steaks and seafood.
(11 January 2012 13:22:00)
Roadside restaurant chain Little Chef has confirmed that it will close 67 sites and shed between 500 and 600 jobs. In a statement the company said the sites had been trading unprofitably for a number of years and their closure would allow Little Chef to focus its resources on developing its more successful restaurants.
(11 January 2012 12:40:00)
Birmingham's oldest gay night-spot, Nightingale, has been sold to Midlands-based licensed trade operators Westbourne Leisure after falling into administration in November last year. The deal, brokered by property agents Christie & Co, will see Westbourne's trading partners, Lawrence Barton and family, run the business.
(11 January 2012 11:03:00)
Pub and bar operators are “cautiously optimistic” for 2012 after they saw a year-on-year trading boost, according to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).
(11 January 2012 10:06:00)
Charities Hospitality Action and Springboard UK have together secured renowened chefs John Campbell, Jason Atherton and William Curley to cook at a gala dinner as part of their fundraising effort at Hotelympia 2012, the Big Event.
(11 January 2012 10:00:25)
Little Chef is reportedly preparing to close 70 of its restaurants and cut 600 staff. The Sun reported that company bosses would break the news to staff today. The move would mean that more than 40% of Little Chef’s outlets would be affected.
(11 January 2012 9:50:11)
Classic 3 year tenancy or 10 year lease with full tie, Potential development opportunity with the right operator, Traditional 16th century country pub with very well established food trade, Suitable for multi site food operator or couple with proven track record in running a successful food business, Full of character with exposed beams and open fires ...
(10 January 2012 15:16:00)
Antonin Bonnet, executive chef at the Michelin-starred Greenhouse in London, is to leave the Mayfair restaurant to relocate to Paris. The French chef, who has been at the helm of the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC)-owned restaurant for six years, has teamed up with a "major international designer".
(10 January 2012 14:35:00)
Hannah Bass, operations director at the ETM Group, has left the London pub firm to join Asian restaurant group Hakkasan. Bass, who worked at the ETM Group for five years and helped to grow the business to nine sites across the capital, has been appointed as UK director of operations at Hakkasan...
(10 January 2012 13:39:00)
Principal Hayley has bought back six hotels for £200m from property fund AAIM. The hotel group, which has 22 hotels in the UK, then immediately sold the freehold of the properties to Parmerica, the real-estate arm of America's Prudential, and will continue to operate them on a 175-year lease.
(10 January 2012 13:34:00)
Insolvencies in the hospitality and leisure industry have rocketed 30% in the last quarter of 2011 compared with the last quarter of 2010. Analysis of Government insolvency statistics by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) showed that there were 375 insolvencies in the hospitality and leisure sector...
(10 January 2012 13:27:00)
Budget brand Tune Hotels is to continue its expansion in the UK with the opening of new properties in Liverpool and Edinburgh by 2013. The group, which launched into the UK in 2010, currently has two hotels in London, in Waterloo and Liverpool Street.
(10 January 2012 13:20:00)
London restaurateur Will Ricker has teamed up with New York nightclub operator and designer Serge Becker and entrepreneur Spencer Churchill to launch a new Mexican restaurant in Soho. The 100-seat La Bodega Negra will open in February, comprising two linked locations.
(10 January 2012 12:21:00)
ISS Facility Services Healthcare has won a £100m contract to provide catering and facilities management services to the three London trusts and the Institute of Cancer Research that make up the Fulham Road Collaborative.
(10 January 2012 11:52:00)
The BaxterStorey Foundation charity has been renamed the WSH Foundation to enable all businesses within the catering group to contribute funds. Established in 2009 to channel BaxterStorey's charitable fundraising, the Foundation supports local schools in establishing kitchen gardens, and donations are regularly made to other charities...
(10 January 2012 11:12:00)
The Restaurant Group is targeting 25-30 new openings in 2012, after it registered a 7.25% rise in turnover in 2011, along with a 3.25% rise in like-for-like sales. In a statement ahead of its full-year results, the company behind restaurant brands Garfunkel's, Chiquito and Frankie and Benny's, as well as pub brand Brunning and Price...
(10 January 2012 10:36:00)
Pub operator TLC Inns reported a strong festive period, with like-for-like sales up by 8% in December 2011. The company, founded by Steve Haslam and Jo Drain in 2006, operates six pubs and restaurants in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire.
(09 January 2012 18:34:00)
The nine-bedroom Ynyshir Hall country house hotel in Powys has been bought by Joan and Rob Reen, the former owners who sold the property to Von Essen Hotels in 2006. Joan Reen said she was "absolutely delighted" to have regained ownership of the property.
(09 January 2012 16:18:00)
Chef Mark Greenaway is taking action against a traditionally quiet time of year by giving diners the opportunity to pay what they think their meal was worth at his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant. The promotion will start today and run until the end of the month...
(09 January 2012 16:14:00)
SBG Restaurants, owned by Richard Muir and William Rollason, has added its second Livebait restaurant to its portfolio, having bought the Leeds site from in-administraiton Paramount Restaurant Group. Muir and Rollason, former chairman of Paramount, made their first acquisition for their new company from Paramount in November last year.
(09 January 2012 16:01:00)
Aramark is to cut or change around 50 jobs in its UK business in the coming months, the company announced today. The restructure will form part of plans by the caterer to reshape its field operations in a bid to "strengthen client relationship management" and eliminate inefficiencies.
(09 January 2012 15:23:00)
Wiltons restaurant in Jermyn Street, London, has announced that its long-serving oyster man has died. Patrick Flaherty died last week aged 69 as he was about to start his 50th year at Wiltons. The restaurant had planned a party to celebrate the landmark, which will now be held in his memory...
(09 January 2012 15:11:00)
A new seafood restaurant is to open at the Bedruthan Steps hotel on the coast of north Cornwall as a result of a partnership with the owners of the Porthminster Beach Café. Due to open in April, the restaurant will feature the best elements of seasonal, locally sourced produce with an Asian twist.
(09 January 2012 15:07:00)
US-based Mexican casual dining chain Chipotle has taken a lease on its fourth UK site, in London's West End. It will occupy the ground floor and basement of 92/93 St Martin's Lane. Nick Weir, a director at Shelley Sandzer, who acted on behalf of the landlord, Gascoyne Holdings, said...
(09 January 2012 15:00:00)
Novus Leisure, which operates 52 bars predominantly in London's West End and City district, said it would deliver year-on-year profit growth of 20% after a strong performance in the festive period. Novus said it saw an 18% increase in like-for-like sales from 21 November to 1 January.
(09 January 2012 13:29:00)
Manchester-based brewer and pub company Hydes is to close its 150-year-old Queens Brewery in Moss Side ahead of a move to a new facility in the area and withdraw from the free trade market. The company said it had identified "a number of suitable premises" that met its needs for the future and would invest...
(09 January 2012 13:28:00)
Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has apologised for what he called his “stupid and irresponsible actions” after being cautioned by police for shoplifting items from a Tesco supermarket. He was arrested after he took cheese and wine without paying for them from the store in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Friday.
(09 January 2012 12:17:00)
CH&Co has entered into a new joint venture with high street café group Apostrophe, it was announced today. The independent catering group has acquired a 50% stake in Apostrophe, as well as a master franchise agreement that will allow CH&Co to deliver the high street brand at its...
(09 January 2012 12:07:00)
Tax disputes between small and medium-sized business and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) could be soon be resolved more quickly and easily following the introduction of a pilot dispute resolution process for SMEs. The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)will employ independent HMRC facilitators.
(09 January 2012 11:57:00)
Travelodge has announced that it will open 41 hotels with 3,610 rooms across the UK throughout 2012. The new properties, at an investment of £246m, will boost the company's estate to 537 hotels and over 39,000 rooms. They will also involve the creation of nearly 1,000 new jobs...
(09 January 2012 11:31:00)
Hospitality Action is once again providing hospitality suppliers with a time-efficient, cost-effective opportunity to sell their products and services face-to-face to senior buyers from the restaurant, hotel, pub and contract catering sectors while at the same time raising funds for individuals and families who desperately need help.
(09 January 2012 11:20:00)
Casual-dining chain La Tasca has become the latest firm to acquire a site from in-administration Paramount, buying Brasserie Gérard in Newbury, Berkshire. La Tasca said the move was the first time the firm had hit the expansion trail in four years.
(09 January 2012 10:56:00)
Orignally a single high street cafe deli in Clerkenwell, Benugo's reach has grown to include standalone restaurants, concessions in public spaces and business and industry sites and a healthy events catering business. Co-founder Ben Warner tells Janie Stamford about taking his commercial experience into the contracted world and life at the WSH board table
(09 January 2012 10:46:00)
Lexington Catering has introduced calorie labelling to its Let's Energise product range as part of its efforts to support the Government's Public Health Responsibility Deal. The caterer teamed up with Tucker, nutritionist and health and wellbeing consultant at Be Happy Be Healthy...
(09 January 2012 10:30:00)
Tom Chesshyre likes the refined environment of the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, the first UK pub to hold two Michelin stars, while Amol Rajan enjoys the efforts Hereford Road in London W2 has made in paying homage to the food of Fergus Henderson...
(09 January 2012 9:47:00)
Plaza restaurants at Salford's Lowry Outlet Mall have seen like-for-like sales leap by 13% in 12 months, helped by the influx of new footfall coming from MediaCityUK, the new home of BBC North.
(06 January 2012 16:56:00)
A new hotel and restaurant consultancy offering support in developing maximum value from a business is being set up by four of the most experienced players...
(06 January 2012 16:04:00)
Channel 5 is looking for couples who run restaurants to participate in a new, and as-yet-unnamed TV show fronted by Marco Pierre White (pictured). The TV channel said it wanted pairs who run restaurants across the UK, from fine-dining establishments to gastropubs, cafés, bistros, hotels, curry houses and "anything in between".
(06 January 2012 15:55:00)
Two businessmen have set up a new company to run two pubs in the East Midlands. James Bull and business partner Ross Tunaley have set up Distinctive Inns after their first opening, the Riverside pub and kitchen in Farndon proved a success.
(06 January 2012 11:25:00)
VisitBritain has called upon UK business to invite friends, relatives and past customers from around the world to visit Britain in 2012, as part of the latest phase of the national tourism agency's 'GREAT Britain - You're Invited' marketing programme.
(06 January 2012 11:14:00)
Le Gavroche is the top London restaurant, while Gidleigh Park has retained its place as the top restaurant in the rest of the UK, according to the 2012 edition of Harden's UK Restaurant Survey.
(05 January 2012 22:38:00)
2012 marks the 10th year of the Craft Guild of Chefs graduate awards. The awards recognise a young working chef's culinary excellence, testing their knowledge and skills in a series of challenges. Of the 10 chefs who made it into last year's final exam, only four received the 85% to make the Craft Guild hall of fame.
(05 January 2012 18:39:00)
The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2012 will take place at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 13 June 2012. The annual celebration of chefs across the food service industry will also feature a new category to recognise those who feed our Armed Forces - the Military Chef of the Year award.
(05 January 2012 18:30:00)
The Cadbury brand has launched a new campaign in support of Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 27 February to 11 March 2012. The campaign features stand-out PoS and imagery to help consumers identify how easy it is to back Fairtrade Fortnight, by enjoying the Cadbury branded products that are involved.
(05 January 2012 18:24:00)