Plans for a new 234-bedroom Premier Inn in London's Lambeth have won the backing of a High Court judge, who rejected a challenge to the planning permission by rival hotel owners. Galliard Hotels and Marlbray, who own two hotels in the vicinity of the site for the new Premier Inn at the former General Lying-In Hospital, York Road, London SE1, challenged the scheme.
(16 July 2010 12:27:00)
Craig Dewhurst from Rashwood Elizabeth Finn Homes has been crowned the National Association of Care Catering's (NACC) Cook of the Year 2010. He beat six finalists to the title at a cook-off held this week in Birmingham with a menu of poached fillet of haddock with rosti potatoes, wilted spinach, a poached egg and marjoram butter, followed by dark chocolate and espresso cream with orange tuille biscuit.
(16 July 2010 11:29:00)
Louvre Hotels is putting its entire estate of UK hotels, comprising 17 Campanile and one Première Classe property, up for sale. The hotels, which are a mix of freehold and long leasehold sites, are spread across the UK in locations which include Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. Together, they comprise 1,549 bedrooms.
(16 July 2010 11:03:00)
London restaurant Polpo is launching a nearby sister site next month called Polpetto. Owners Russell Norman and Richard Beatty will open the new restaurant, located above the French House pub on Dean Street, on 23 August. Polpetto will be a small, 28-seat restaurant serving a similar menu to Polpo.
(15 July 2010 15:25:00)
Chief executive of Best Western, David Clarke, left the comfort of his office for two weeks to film the first episode in a new series of Undercover Boss, which was screened today (Thursday) on Channel 4. He took part in the programme believing it would help him to understand how the business works at grass roots level. He talks to Janet Harmer
(15 July 2010 14:33:00)
Sanguine Hospitality Management Group has announced a £100m investment fund to develop 16 hotels. The company - which already owns and operates eight hotels and restaurants - is raising the money through Trident, a distressed hotel fund based in Guernsey.
(15 July 2010 13:10:00)
Catering professionals have warned that public service contracts may become "unviable" if the Government pushes through its plans to squeeze £3b from its public sector suppliers. Operators are being asked to find savings of 3.75% of the public service market, estimated to be worth around £80b.
(15 July 2010 12:44:00)
Upmarket burger chain Byron could add up to five new outlets to its estate in the next 12 months, including a new venue set to open at the One New Change development near London's St Paul's in October. Owner Tom Byng told Caterer that the company had no firm plans on where it thought to open its other venues, although they are all expected to be leasehold properties within London and its more affluent suburbs.
(15 July 2010 12:16:00)
Chartered surveyor and property agency Bettesworths has made 28-year-old Paul Bettesworth director of the company founded in 1943 by his grandparents, Bernard and Maureen Bettesworth.
(14 July 2010 14:51:00)
The BBC has decided not to commission another series of The Restaurant with Raymond Blanc, fearing the economic climate will not support such ventures, weeks...
(14 July 2010 14:31:00)
Jason Adams will take the reins as general manager of the transformed Arden hotel in Stratford, which has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.
(14 July 2010 14:12:00)
Josefine Blomqvist will take on the role of deputy general manager at the Arden. She has been seconded after five years running the Knights Suite and Brasserie at sister hotel Mallory Court.
(14 July 2010 13:23:00)
Clothilde Authié has joined Kudos Hospitality as marketing manager. Previously marketing manager at Guoman hotels, Authié worked on developing the identity of a new deluxe hotel brand.
(14 July 2010 13:23:00)
A newly opened Japanese-inspired restaurant from Andre Cachia and Scott Hallworth, former head chef of Nobu London, leaves Simon Hattenstone of The Guardian feeling confused. The food is not the kind of light and elegant Japanese cuisine that he loves and the atmosphere lacks warmth, generosity and care.
(14 July 2010 13:07:00)
Jason McAuliffe is to join Galvin Bistrot de Luxe as general manager. McAuliffe, who has 25 years' experience in the industry, joins the Galvins from the Grill Room at the Dorchester hotel, where he spent five years as head sommelier
(14 July 2010 11:50:00)
Independent catering group CH&Co claims to have become the first catering company in the UK to serve pole and line-caught tuna in spring water throughout its 120 restaurants nationwide. The tuna will be served across all of its specialist catering brands, including Charlton House, Lusso, Ampersand and Chester Boyd.
(14 July 2010 11:04:00)
Independent contract caterer Talkington Bates has announced contract wins and extensions totalling £7.7m, including brand new business with engineering consultant...
(13 July 2010 15:53:00)
Pub operator Orchid Group has appointed David Campbell as its new head of operations for its free house division. Campbell, who takes on the new role in September, has worked in the hospitality trade since 1996, including stints with Greene King and the Barracuda Group.
(13 July 2010 14:38:00)
Pub company Orchid Group is to spend £100,000 a year on a new scheme aimed at improving the service its staff offer customers. The firm said that ahead of the VAT increase in January 2011, it wanted to put a renewed focus on "exceeding customer expectation".
(13 July 2010 14:18:00)
Whitbread is to spend over £7m on a sustainability programme to boost the environmental performance of its hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. The investment will focus on reducing the company's carbon emissions and water consumption by introducing a package of efficiency measures to Whitbread's current estate
(13 July 2010 11:52:00)
Confusion surrounds the future of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) after reports that the Government was preparing to scrap the health body, with all "arms length bodies" under review as part of its cost cutting. The FSA, which employs 2,000 staff and has an annual budget of £135m, is the non-ministerial body for the protection of the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.
(13 July 2010 11:38:00)
Nightclub operator Luminar's trading has been hit by the World Cup, with same-outlet sales for the 19 weeks to 8 July plummeting 19.9%. The announcement came as part of an interim management statement ahead of the company's Annual General Meeting today at 1pm.
(13 July 2010 10:52:00)
London steak restaurant and cocktail bar Hawksmoor has unveiled details of its second site, which is set to open in the West End this autumn. Owners Will Beckett and Huw Gott will launch the sister restaurant in the former Watney Combe brewery in Covent Garden in October.
(13 July 2010 0:10:00)
Gravetye Manor, the three-red-AA-star hotel which was rescued out of administration in March this year, is to undergo a multimillion-pound refurbishment. The 18 bedrooms and public areas of the listed Elizabethan manor house, which is owned by Saphos - a new company set up by private investor Jeremy Hosking - will be redecorated, with structural repairs taking place where necessary.
(12 July 2010 16:03:00)
Sodexo boss Aidan Connolly has called on the Government to use the experience of the private sector to help reduce the deficit and improve public services. The chief execuctive of the catering and facilities management giant said that a greater desire for consistency was needed and that the Government should look to more outcome-based solutions in a bid to cut costs.
(12 July 2010 15:56:00)
A round-up of the latest national restaurant reviews including Wabi in Horsham, West Sussex; Table, adjoining Myhotel in Brighton; the Olde Bell Inn, Hurley, Berkshire; and Brasserie Joël at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London
(12 July 2010 15:23:00)
The Food Standards Agency (FSA), the government body for the protection of the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food, is to be abolished by Andrew Lansley, the health secretary. The FSA, which has 2,000 staff and an annual budget of £135m, is responsible for issues including the Scores on the Doors food hygiene scheme among catering businesses as well as menu labelling.
(12 July 2010 14:29:00)