Britain faces an egg "crisis" after new EU regulations on hen cages have forced prices to rocket as demand outstrips supply. The new EU rules banning the housing of hens in conventional cages are being blamed for increased competition among food service operators and food manufacturers to source compliant eggs.
(06 March 2012 15:07:00)
Manchester-based pub group Clover Taverns has entered administration. The company has 10 pubs across the country, from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, up to Preston in Lancashire. Clover Taverns claims to be the home of the "great British pub", although its food offer includes both US and South African cuisine.
(06 March 2012 12:41:00)
Under new ownership and management, The Parson Woodforde, near Norwich, reopened for business a year ago. In just twelve months it is already landing the plaudits in a big way. With a menu that brings to the table the very best in local fayre ...
(06 March 2012 12:41:00)
Broadland Farms Fresh Turkey has pledged its support to encouraging young culinary talent by sponsoring this year’s Wessex Salon Culinaire, one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions run by the Craft Guild of Chefs...
(06 March 2012 12:15:00)
Edgbaston Stadium, home of Warwickshire Cricket Club in the heart of Birmingham, is a favourite venue for Internationals and the Twenty20 Finals Day, as well as county fixtures. Thanks to bad weather at the start of 2011, however, it was a close call as to whether its new, multi-million pound Pavilion stand would be ready in time for England’s test match against India in August as planned...
(06 March 2012 12:00:00)
Compass Group has announced the acquisition of NKS Kabushiki Kaisha, a food service operator in Japan. The company, which primarily provides services to the healthcare sector, had revenues of ¥6.4b (£50m) for the 12 months to 31 March 2011, and gross assets of ¥4.7b (£36m).
(06 March 2012 12:00:00)
China and India are set to represent a third of global travel and tourism GDP by 2011, delegates at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin have been told. David Scowsill said that while China and India were leading the way in growth, the entire industry could account for 328 million jobs worldwide.
(06 March 2012 11:53:00)
Launched at Hotelympia 2012, Imperial’s FWE Cook and Hold Oven enables caterers to bake, brown and roast, but in addition to its slow cooking and holding capacity, its new smoking facility enables a whole host of products to be smoked – from meat and fish to vegetables or even cheese...
(06 March 2012 11:45:00)
Sodexo has further sealed its commitment to ethical sourcing with the announcement that all loose and cubed sugar at its 929 restaurants and cafés in the UK is now Fairtrade. The caterer and facilities management firm has partnered with Tate & Lyle Sugars to make the move...
(06 March 2012 11:31:00)
The Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Knutsford, Cheshire, has made a series of F&B appointments ahead of the opening of its 81-bedroom luxury hotel at the resort next week. Franck Armouet has been appointed head sommelier and Ben Lowe food services manager, overseeing the resort's new flagship Browns at the Mere brasserie.
(06 March 2012 11:06:00)
The first hotel under the new Ibis branding is to open within the revamped West 12 shopping centre at Shepherd's Bush, London. Sited within a former office block, the 128-bedroom Ibis hotel is being developed by Land Securities, the UK's largest commercial property company.
(05 March 2012 19:12:00)
HF Holidays has purchased the lease of the 45-bedroom Peveril of the Peak hotel in the Peak District, taking its portfolio of UK properties up to 21. Founded in 1913 as a co-operative society, the company specialises in walking and activity holidays and now has 16 hotels in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland.
(05 March 2012 18:20:00)
DoubleTree by Hilton has announced its fifth London hotel with the completion of the rebranding of the 225-bedroom Hesperia London Victoria. Located opposite Victoria Station, the hotel will soon complete an extensive refurbishment, which will include a new restaurant.
(05 March 2012 18:05:00)
David Cameron is set to push ahead with plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing. According to reports, the prime minister will face down a cabinet backlash and approve a minimum price of 40p per unit. The weekend papers claimed that Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood convened a special meeting at No 10 on Thursday.
(05 March 2012 15:41:00)
Service is twice as important as price when it comes to consumers recommending a restaurant, research suggests. A survey by Market Force Europe, which questioned more than 5,000 UK consumers, found that more than a third (35%) of customers rated service as the most important element...
(05 March 2012 13:58:00)
Plans are being drawn up to transform the former headquarters of Scottish Provident in Edinburgh into a £120m luxury hotel. Peveril Securities, the development arm of the construction company Bowmer & Kirkland, has bought the property on St Andrew Square, which has stood empty for four years.
(05 March 2012 13:23:00)
Restaurant company Tragus, which owns the Cafe Rouge and Strada brands, is said to be set to meet its banks this week to avert a breach of its banking covenants. The group, owned by private equity firm Blackstone, has admitted it is likely to fail a covenant test....
(05 March 2012 13:10:00)
Eight hospitality businesses, including the Savoy, Brookwood Partnership and Red Carnation Hotels, have made it on to the 2012 Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For list, published yesterday. Contract caterers Connect Catering and Catermasters were new entries to the list.
(05 March 2012 13:08:00)
Italian restaurant Mele e Pere in London's Soho got mixed reviews from the critics this weekend, with Jay Rayner and Giles Coren finding its food and ambience hit and miss. Writing for the Times, Coren finds that Mele e Pere - meaning apples and pears - serves good seasonal Italian food but is a really bum place to sit and spend time.
(05 March 2012 12:43:00)
Giles Coren says Mele e Pere in Soho, London W1, serves good seasonal Italian food but is a really bum place to sit and spend time, while after a frosty start, Christopher Hirst has a rather enjoyable meal at Winteringham Fields in Lincolnshire.
(05 March 2012 12:32:00)
The new managing director of BDL Management has announced plans to almost double its hotel portfolio to more than 75 over the next three years. Steward Campbell said that BDL's strong pool of experts among its 2,500 employees was a key reason for its growth and diversification during a tough economic climate.
(05 March 2012 12:18:00)
Sun-dried tomatoes have been linked to an outbreak of potentially deadly hepatitis, according to health experts. Seven people have developed symptoms of hepatitis A, which is infectious and can lead to fatal liver complications. Four of them were hospitalised but have since been given the all-clear.
(05 March 2012 10:45:00)
The five-star, 158-suite Wyndham Grand at Chelsea Harbour, London, has been put on the market with a price tag of £80m. Dublin-based property developer Harcourt Developments wants to sell the 200,000sq ft leasehold property, which has recently completed an extensive refurbishment programme.
(05 March 2012 10:23:00)
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is to launch a new casual dining concept in the USA with the opening of the Fat Cow in Los Angeles this summer. A collaboration with Gordon Ramsay Holdings Corporate Executive US chef Andi Van Willigan...
(05 March 2012 10:12:00)
Japanese restaurant and take-away chain Feng Sushi has won a Sustainable City award. Managing director and co-founder Silla Bjerrum took home the "green gong" in the sustainable food category, which this year focused on sustainable fish and was judged by celebrated Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc.
(02 March 2012 17:21:00)
Covent Garden restaurant Tuttons and its adjoining cocktail bar Dirty Martini are to go undergo a redesign following their acquisition by CG Restaurants. The company, which has managed both sites for five years, has purchased them from landlord Covent Garden London for an undisclosed sum.
(02 March 2012 17:16:00)
Two Cambridge chefs have taken gold in the Hospital Chefs Team Class at the 2010 Le Salon Culinaire International de Londres, which took place at Hotelympia this week.
(02 March 2012 16:27:00)
ISS Facility Services Food and Hospitality has appointed Stephanie Hamilton as executive director of its UK operations. Hamilton will become a board member of the ISS specialist caterer and have responsibility for the delivery of its operations across the UK.
(02 March 2012 16:18:00)
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has appointed James Cornewall-Walker as general manager in charge of catering for the RIBA Restaurant and events hospitality.
(02 March 2012 16:18:00)
Adam Dyke has joined Wynard Hall country house hotel as general manager. His most recent role was as GM at Yorebridge House in North Yorkshire, his first operational role after a brief spell in recruitment.
(02 March 2012 16:17:00)
The Doyle Collection has promoted Pat King to the role of chief executive officer, from his previous position of chief financial officer. King has more than 20 years experience in the hotel industry, having joined Jurys Doyle Hotel Group in 1990.
(02 March 2012 16:16:00)
Joanne Kellett has been appointed events and sales manager at the Legacy Hollin Hall Country House hotel in Kerridge, Macclesfield. She will oversee the venue's events while building up its weddings business.
(02 March 2012 16:16:00)
Robert Clarke (left) and Richard Wayman have joined the culinary team at Fitzwilliam College, at Cambridge University. Clarke has been appointed catering manager, after being service & hospitality manager at Murray Edwards College for three years.
(02 March 2012 16:15:00)
Hebden Bridge Community Association seeks expressions of interest for the operation of catering services and a cafe for the new Hebden Bridge Town Hall and Creative Quarter, West Yorkshire – an inspirational renovation project putting a formerly disused Town Hall building back at the heart of community life.
(02 March 2012 16:13:00)
Place 8 small metal rings in the fridge to chill. Soften the cream cheese and set aside. Semi-whip the cream and set aside. Make an Italian meringue with 4 egg whites, 85g caster sugar and 50ml cold water - whip until glossy and shiny.
(02 March 2012 15:52:00)
The Craft Guild of Chefs announced at Hotelympia that it is inviting the industry to explore Britain's "outdoor larder" with the launch of the Universal Cookery & Food Festival. By taking a closer look at seasonal produce and wild food, the event aims to enhance the culinary knowledge of chefs and caterers to farmers and growers.
(02 March 2012 15:39:00)
A deluge of negative responses to its new ratings system has prompted TripAdvisor to remove displaying scores on its website from today. TripAdvisor introduced the feature, which allowed users of the website to give hotels and restaurants a score out of five earlier this week...
(02 March 2012 15:35:00)
A team of young chefs from Manchester College have been named the winners of the 2012 Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge, in a competition held this week at Hotelympia. The competing teams of three full-time catering and hospitality students from across the UK were challenged to devise a three-course meal for four covers at a cost of no more than £10 per cover.
(02 March 2012 15:26:00)
Belfast caterer Mount Charles Group has been appointed sole catering and hospitality provider at the new Giant's Causeway visitor centre and Causeway hotel. The £2.5m deal with the National Trust will see Northern Ireland's largest independent caterer begin managing the facilities when the centre opens in July.
(02 March 2012 15:21:00)
Thinking of franchising your business? Legal expert Babette Märzheuser-Wood explains what needs to be done and the potential risks involved
(02 March 2012 15:14:00)
Raymond Cavanagh, head chef at Glasgow Sheriff Court in Scotland, has beaten hundreds of competitors to win the Sodexo Chef of the Year title in a contest held at Hotelympia. Cavanagh, who has worked for Sodexo for 12 years, was one of 10 chefs who competed in the final...
(02 March 2012 14:33:00)
Many pubs and restaurants may need to consider alternatives to lamb owing to increasing costs and interrupted supply, as the Schmallenberg virus ravages stock around Europe. The disease has emerged in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and now the UK.
(02 March 2012 13:06:00)
Operators of fledgling restaurants, cafés and quick service restaurants are increasingly viewing shopping malls as must-have locations to showcase their brand. That is one of the findings to emerge from food service consultancy Horizons'...
(02 March 2012 12:24:00)