A taste of India is now available at the Southsea Marina, Hampshire, with the purchase of bar/restaurant, Bonaparte’s by Ruman Karim and his family. The local restaurateur will focus mainly on serving diners Indian cuisine at the 60-cover restaurant – in good weather this capacity is doubled by outside seating. The property sold for very near the asking price of £96,000 through agent Guy Simmonds on behalf of Mark and Jodie Richardson.
(16 May 2005 14:40:00)
When Alan and Susan Stallard needed an experienced chef to go into business with, they didn’t need to look far. Now, along with son Jonathan – a trained chef and licensed operator – they are the owners of The Otter Inn at Colaton Raleigh, East Devon. The three-storey building features a 60-cover restaurant, a bar and a skittle alley with capacity for a further 30 covers. Owner accommodation comprises an office, lounge and four double bedrooms. The property sold for close to the asking price of £135,000, through agent Stonesmith of Exeter.
(16 May 2005 12:08:00)
The purchase of The King’s Arms Hotel in Ballantrae marks Suzanne and Brian Stirling’s first venture into the hotel and licensed trade. The King’s Arms is a roadside tavern with two spacious bars, a dining area with a 25-seat capacity and a function room which can cater for around 50 guests. The property also features six letting rooms and a three bedroom apartment for the owners. The agent was Colliers Robert Barry.
(16 May 2005 12:03:00)
Nick and Sandra Thomas are the new owners of The Copper Horse at Seamer near Scarborough. The couple, who have a number of business interests in the area, bought the popular inn and restaurant for £525,000. Previous owners, Graham and Norma Davies and Helen Biggins purchased the property as a pre-retirement venture in 2001 and had invested heavily in improving the facilities, which include a total dining capacity of 52 seats, a spacious bar and owner accommodation, comprising lounge, dining-room and two single bedrooms. The agent was Colliers Robert Barry
(16 May 2005 11:55:00)
The Fascadail Country Guest House in the loch-side village of Arrochar has sold for above the asking price of £395,000. Chris and Sandra Kirkham have crossed the border to run the seven-room guest house, which also features two-bedroom living accommodation. The property, sold through agent Colliers Robert Barry, offers views across Loch Long.
(16 May 2005 11:51:00)
The Forrester’s Arms in the historic town of Jedburgh near Edinburgh, is under new ownership. Proprietors, Gordon and Lorraine Elliot recently returned to Scotland after working abroad – both have extensive experience of the hospitality industry. The property, which sold for close to the asking price of £295,000, features a 24-cover bar, a games room, and a 20-cover restaurant. It also boast owner accommodation comprising three bedrooms and a living room. The agent was Christie and Co.
(16 May 2005 11:40:00)
Compass Group chief executive Mike Bailey had the highest basic salary in 2003/2004 among 20 leisure companies surveyed in the latest Pay for Performance report. Hilton boss David Michels received the biggest total pay package, however.
(16 May 2005 10:05:00)
A group of London Councils are making a bold bid this week to extend the licence conversion deadline past 6 August, fearing thousands of licensees will miss the cut-off.
(13 May 2005 10:43:00)
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall won the overall Glenfiddich trophy at the 35th annual Glenfiddich Food and Drinks awards on Monday (9 May).
(12 May 2005 12:59:00)
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been named as the most influential person in the UK hospitality industry, beating Compass Group chairman Sir Francis Mackay into second place.
(12 May 2005 0:39:00)
Islamabad-born Ajaz Sheikh went to school in Abu Dhabi, where his peers and family seemed set on becoming bankers or lawyers. Young and rebellious, he decided to jump the other way and between January 1993 and August 1995 undertook a Swiss Hotel Association Diploma at Les Roches hotel management school in Bluche.
(12 May 2005 0:00:00)
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has selected Yvonne Work for the role of sales manager.
(12 May 2005 0:00:00)