Giedrius Zilinskas has beaten over 4,000 candidates in 63 countries to be named Domino’s International Store Manager of the Year. The manager of Domino’s in Rathmines, Dublin was chosen for his determination, performance and the high standards of food safety, quality and service ...
(26 August 2009 8:00:00)
Hotel revenue per available room (revpar) fell by 6.7% in London and by 10.4% in the provinces in the week ending 8 August 2009, according to figures from hospitality research company STR Global. London revpar fell to £102.83, down from £110.25 in the equivalent week of 2008.
(26 August 2009 7:00:00)
Campaign group Fair Pint has accused the Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFFB) of faking concern for the pub sector when its real interest is to defend its profits. The IFFB this week wrote to the Office of Fair Trading arguing that the removal of the beer tie would lead to further pub and ...
(25 August 2009 17:35:00)
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is set to expand his high street restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian to Asia. Hong Kong-based Tranic Franchising has partnered with Oliver's company to roll the concept out across the continent, with up to 30 restaurants planned. The group plans to launch the first Asian ...
(25 August 2009 14:49:00)
Chelsea-based restaurant Papillon has appointed a new head chef, Tom Hempstead, to lead a change of direction for the eatery. Papillon has ditched its attempts at Michelin-standard food and launched a new brasserie-style menu focusing on good quality Parisian food.
(25 August 2009 14:38:00)
Punch Taverns has reduced its debt by more than £1b since the beginning of the year, causing its share price to soar by 11%. Analysts expect Punch’s debts of £4.5b at the start of the year to be reduced to £3.5b by the end of the year. In a pre-close trading statement, the operator of 7,500 ...
(25 August 2009 12:19:00)
The Great Northern hotel at King’s Cross is set to be redeveloped as a luxury boutique hotel in time for the London 2012 Olympics. The Grade II-listed building will be restored as part of the areas regeneration project to include 94 luxury bedrooms, a bar and a restaurant.
(25 August 2009 11:05:00)
Liverpool’s newest convention centre has been awarded a gold standard from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, making the city one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly destinations in the UK. The ACC Liverpool, which opened in January 2008, houses the BT Convention Centre ...
(25 August 2009 10:25:00)
Charles Boyd, chief executive of Charlton House subsidiary Chester Boyd, has unveiled further details of his forthcoming catering venture at Northumberland House in London. Boyd has set up Hamilton Boyd to manage the catering for the state rooms at the historic building near Trafalgar Square...
(25 August 2009 9:30:00)
Abolishing the beer tie would lead to further pub closures and the loss of traditional breweries, the Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) has warned. The IFBB issued a 19-page document to the Office of Fair Trading in response to the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) super-complaint...
(25 August 2009 8:30:00)
The latest attempt to curb drink-related incidents by replacing the traditional pint glass with a plastic alternative has sparked anger in the pubs and bars sector. The Home Office has commissioned a new unbreakable plastic design after official figures revealed that 5,500 people are attacked ...
(24 August 2009 16:30:00)
3663 First for Foodservice has merged its Kent operations to create a flagship environmentally-sensitive, sustainable multi-temperature food distribution hub at Paddock Wood to supply its foodservice customers in London and the south east.
(24 August 2009 15:57:00)
The new Diploma in Hospitality makes its debut in schools and colleges in England next month. With so many industry qualifications already on offer, Oksana Higglesden from People 1st explains how the diploma fits in.
(24 August 2009 15:45:00)
The Authentic Food Company's Four Cheese Macaroni has been entered in the Vegetarian section of Caterer's Excellence in Food and Drink Awards 2009.
(24 August 2009 15:40:00)
The Authentic Food Company's Smokey Bean and Roasted Vegetable Chilli has been entered in the Vegetarian section of Caterer's Excellence in Food and Drink Awards 2009.
(24 August 2009 15:39:00)
Brakes’ Goats Cheese & Red Pepper Cheesecake has been entered in the Vegetarian section of Caterer's Excellence in Food and Drink Awards 2009.
(24 August 2009 15:37:00)
Millifoods Sweet Potato, Onion and Spinach Tart has been entered in the Vegetarian section of Caterer's Excellence in Food and Drink Awards 2009.
(24 August 2009 15:33:00)
UK hoteliers reported a lacklustre start to the summer season with operators forced to cut room rates to maintain occupancy levels, latest research reveals. Regional hotels fared the worst with room rates down by 7.7% from £68.38 to £63.10 and overall room yield falling by 11.7% on July 2008 to £46.92...
(24 August 2009 14:37:00)
Small independent hospitality businesses are Britain’s top recyclers but green efforts are falling by the wayside as the recession deepens, a new report suggests. The biennial SME-environment survey by environmental guidance website NetRegs.gov.uk found that 87% of small hotels and restaurants ...
(24 August 2009 14:22:00)
Serving up four or five courses of fine restaurant-quality food simultaneously to hundreds of diners is not a task to be undertaken lightly. Caterers thinking about helping themselves to a slice of the profitable banqueting market need to take a long, hard look at what they want to achieve - and plan, plan, plan with military efficiency. Kathy Bowry reports.
(24 August 2009 14:08:00)
Sir Terence Conran’s new restaurant Lutyens, in the former Reuters building on Fleet Street is “another French classic”, according to The Times restaurant critic Joe Joseph. In his review of the restaurant, Joseph praises Conran for having “always been a visionary” and ...
(24 August 2009 12:35:00)
A round-up of the latest national restaurant reviews including: 21212 and The Kitchin, Edinburgh; Sushi Hiro and Kiraku in Ealing, West London; Lutyens Restaurant, Bar & Cellar Rooms, London EC4; and the Magpie Café, Whitby, North Yorkshire.
(24 August 2009 12:21:00)
With its 25 million user-generated reviews, ripAdvisor has become a traveller's necessity. But criticism is mounting over the reliability of its reviews and the damage it could be doing to the industry. Gemma Sharkey reports.
(24 August 2009 12:13:00)
Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli has spoken out in support of the World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) recent warnings over processed meats. Last week the WCRF warned parents against feeding their children processed meats such as ham and salami, often placed in their lunchboxes...
(24 August 2009 11:42:00)
A round-up of the weekend's news affecting the hospitality industry. News includes: Kinnaird hotel owner to retire as Skibo Castle slips into the red; Adnams uses improved results to chastise rebel shareholder; ‘Staycations’ boost some businesses … but rain sparks surge in late bookings abroad.
(24 August 2009 10:10:00)
Demand for bottom-end freehold pubs continues to be strong despite the pressures facing the sector, according to property agent Christie & Co. Christie’s has just completed the sale of two such pubs in Edinburgh which had been closed for three years and one of which sold within a week ...
(24 August 2009 9:00:00)
Cambrian Hotels, which owned the Castle of Brecon hotel in Wales, has been liquidated following its collapse into administration in January this year. Cambrian Hotels, which owned the 37-bedroom hotel in Powys, appointed Robert Lewis and Derek Howell of PricewaterhouseCoopers ...
(24 August 2009 8:00:00)
Internationally acclaimed chef Heinz Beck is set to come to London and will open a restaurant at the Lanesborough hotel next month, Caterersearch can reveal. The German-born chef, who runs the world-famous three-Michelin-starred La Pergola at the Cavaleri hotel in Rome...
(24 August 2009 7:00:00)
Millifoods' Mango & Raspberry Crumble has been entered into the Desserts and Pudding section of Caterer's Excellence in Food and Drink Awards 2009.
(21 August 2009 21:00:00)
Fay Maschler of the Evening Standard gives Le Bouchon Breton three out of five stars on her second visit to the Spitalfields Market restaurant which coincided with “Fête de la Chasse” (game festival). She concludes the restaurant achieves what it intends to with “admirable thoroughness” ...
(21 August 2009 17:44:00)
A round-up of the latest London restaurant reviews including: Le Bouchon Breton, Old Spitalfields Market; Andy Campbell @ 23 Romilly Street;; and Yalla Yalla, 1 Green’s Court.
(21 August 2009 17:29:00)
The sun is shining, and the weather is sweet...and even restaurateurs in the UK have kept their sunny disposition. They remain confident that they will outperform the economy over the next two years - despite a lack of funding for growth or expansion.
(21 August 2009 17:18:00)
Todd Humphries is the chef-proprietor of the Martini House restaurant in San Francisco.
(21 August 2009 14:54:00)
David Kinch is the chef-proprietor of the Manresa restaurant in San Francisco.
(21 August 2009 14:50:00)