InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the latest big hotel corporation to feel the heat of the global recession, posting a 38% decline in profit for the first half of 2009. The company reported a 25% drop in turnover (of nearly $250m) in the six months to 30 June to $726m (£441m) compared with $974m ...
(11 August 2009 11:33:00)
Former Caprice Holdings operations director Russell Norman is to launch a Venetian restaurant in central London. Polpo, a joint venture with business partner Richard Beatty, will open in early October on Soho’s Beak Street on the site previously occupied by Aperitivo.
(11 August 2009 9:00:00)
Seahold Catering has created a new brand for its three businesses in Westhill, Aberdeenshire. The restaurant, delicatessen and takeaway will each have its own trading name but sit under the newly-created Max’s Classic Italian brand. The changes to the branding follow the acquisition of Francesca’s ...
(11 August 2009 8:00:00)
Following on from the success of last year's awards, Caterersearch.com launches the second Web Awards for the hospitality industry, reflecting the tremendous growth of the internet as a tool for business. The Caterersearch.com Web Awards are the only web awards for the hospitality community.
(11 August 2009 8:00:00)
Restaurateurs have criticised McDonald’s likely status as the sole branded food outlet visible at the 2012 London Olympics, insisting the US fast food chain does not represent British values. McDonald’s, one of the main sponsors of the games, is in talks with organisers to become the exclusive ...
(11 August 2009 7:00:00)
The economic downturn is giving emerging operators the chance to flourish as larger chains pull back on expansion plans, research has found. According to a report into the branded restaurant sector by property agent Christie + Co, many of the UK’s leading restaurant operators have delayed expansion ...
(10 August 2009 14:41:00)
Compass Group has signed a seven-year deal with construction and facilities management firm Carillion to install and manage a Costa Coffee outlet at the new Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Hampshire. The contract, worth £1.75m in annual revenue, also includes the opening and running ...
(10 August 2009 14:21:00)
French chef Daniel Galmiche is set to join the award-winning Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire as executive chef and head of food and beverage, Caterersearch can reveal. The move follows the departure of the two-Michelin-starred chef John Campbell, who is leaving the Vineyard ...
(10 August 2009 13:45:00)
A round-up of the weekend's news affecting the hospitality industry. News includes: McDonald’s likely status as sole Olympics food brand sparks anger; Hyatt to float to raise $1.15b; hundreds of hotels fail to comply with fire safety rules; Starbucks puts 31 UK coffee shops on the market; and more ..
(10 August 2009 12:32:00)
A BBC Panorama documentary will tonight show how one local council is tackling anti-social drinking at pubs and clubs. The Truth About Happy Hour visits Oldham in Lancashire where the council has introduced a series of blanket conditions on the town’s 22 town centre licensed premises ...
(10 August 2009 12:13:00)
Contract caterer Sodexo has won a gold award for its healthy patient menus at Nuffield Health’s Shrewsbury hospital. The award, a joint venture between the NHS and Shropshire council, recognises compliance with standards set to promote healthy eating at dining outlets across the county.
(10 August 2009 11:41:00)
Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has had a court case brought against him by a former contractor thrown out by a judge. David Macbeth had been hired by Novelli to negotiate a deal with Stanley Casinos for the chef to consult on the company’s food offering. However, talks between Macbeth and Stanley ...
(10 August 2009 7:00:00)
Trading conditions remain tough for the restaurant sector but operators are starting to see signs of recovery, research has found. The UK Restaurant Leader Report, by analyst firm Allegra Strategies, which questioned 150 key players, found that nearly 60% of operators saw negative like-for-like ...
(10 August 2009 0:01:00)
The shortlist of nominations for this year's Hotel Cateys has been announced. The awards, organised by Caterer and Hotelkeeper, were launched in 2007 to complement the Cateys and are designed to allow hoteliers to celebrate the achievements of their staff and give them the recognition they deserve.
(07 August 2009 16:14:00)
Last summer the rift between Michelin-starred chefs Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing - which ultimately left Marcus leaving Gordon Ramsay Holdings - was big news.
(07 August 2009 15:52:00)
The hospitality sector continues to suffer as the rate of decline in permanent staff appointments gathered pace in July, but the rate of contraction in temporary/contract billings continues to ease. The Report on Jobs by consultancy KPMG found that although the drop in permanent appointments ...
(07 August 2009 14:25:00)
Profitability declined across nine of the 10 European cities monitored in the Europe HotStats survey for June 2009. Warsaw alone increased gross operating profit per available room (GOPpar), which rose by 1.9% to €54.70.
(07 August 2009 14:15:00)
A conman who pretended to be a Michelin-trained chef with close relationships to Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Kenneth Goldsmith said he trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris but actually learned to cook in prison ...
(07 August 2009 10:23:00)
A Hilton hotel front-of-house manager has been given a suspended jail sentence after pocketing more than £3,000 in cash. Laura Chilmaid, originally from Burgess Hill, West Sussex, was the front-of-house manager at Hilton’s Olympia hotel in London. She threatened to quit after bosses wanted to drill her sealed locker open in the hunt for a missing £3,225.
(07 August 2009 9:00:00)
Property entrepreneurs the Reuben brothers have refuted claims that they precipitated the collapse of the Premium Bars and Restaurants sale by changing the terms of their £52m offer. David and Simon Reuben said their bid for the Living room and Prohibition bar operator...
(07 August 2009 8:00:00)
The Lindley Group has been awarded a £5m contract with Chepstow Racecourse & Conference Centre to manage its public and corporate hospitality catering service. The five-year deal will see Lindley provide the catering services for the 100,000 race-goers who attend the 29 race meetings...
(07 August 2009 7:00:00)
Booker, the UK’s leading food & drink wholesaler, is now selling more than 350 000 pints of lager, beer and cider a week in keg sales. This means Booker supplies more than 18 million pints a year to the on-trade.
(06 August 2009 17:13:00)
Harry Murray is a man who knows a thing or two about managing teams and businesses. In this week's Letters page, the 1986 Hotelier of the Year, 2008 Lifetime Achievement Catey winner and managing director of Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa mourns the death of Sir Bobby Robson. Murray compares the qualities needed to be a successful football manager to those needed to be a strong hotelkeeper.
(06 August 2009 16:19:00)
Springboard's Awards for Excellence celebrate what a great place the hospitality industry is to work. The 2009 awards, held at the Guoman Tower Hotel, London, saw Sodexo win the Corporate Citizenship Award, sponsored by BII.
(06 August 2009 15:02:00)
Simon Downes has joined the Glasgow-based company McKever Hotels as its new director of sales and marketing.
(06 August 2009 14:52:00)
Rockliffe Hall, the new hotel, golf and spa development in Hurworth, near Darlington, has signed up Martin Moore as head chef.
(06 August 2009 14:50:00)
Alex Goss has been appointed conference and events manager at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
(06 August 2009 14:47:00)
Cheshire-based Prima Hotels has taken on Ernst Van Zyl as group food and beverage manager.
(06 August 2009 14:45:00)
Vivat Bacchus has introduced an all-female team to head up its Farringdon, London, restaurant. Bernine van Schoor takes the role of restaurant manager.
(06 August 2009 14:42:00)
Raffles Hotels & Resorts has appointed Gilbert Madhavan as general manager of the Raffles Tianjin in China.
(06 August 2009 14:40:00)
The Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour has taken on Jason Glue as its new director of events.
(06 August 2009 14:38:00)
Oliver McTear has been appointed bars manager at Eastbourne's five-star Grand hotel.
(06 August 2009 14:36:00)
The privately owned boutique Queensberry Hotel & Olive Tree restaurant in Bath has welcomed Nick Brodie as its new head chef.
(06 August 2009 14:29:00)
Luxury hotel group Mandarin Oriental’s profits have been hit exceptionally hard in the first six months of 2009, falling by almost $35m (£20.6m). The company reported profits of just $1.1m (£0.64m) after tax for the first six months of the year, compared with $35.7m (£21.03m) for the year ended 31 December 2008.
(06 August 2009 12:28:00)
This week's decision by British Airways (BA) to scrap its free meals on short-haul flights has been branded a long overdue move by industry analysts. Tony Horton, chief executive at Tricon Foodservice Consultants said: "The short-haul service on BA looks like a dinosaur.
(06 August 2009 12:16:00)
Analysts have warned the key to the success of Compass's new sustainable fish policy is going to be in the caterer's ability to maintain a sustainable price point. While food service consultant Chris Stern called the announcement "a good message for the rest of the world," he added that many operators ...
(06 August 2009 11:48:00)
Following on from the British Insurance Brokers Association's recent findings about the high levels of confusion surrounding getting the right insurance cover, here Christie Insurance advises operators what they need to consider to get the right deal.
(06 August 2009 11:25:00)
Gallery Mess, the restaurant at the new Saatchi Gallery on London’s King’s Road, is art minus the artistry, according to the Metro’s food critic. Marina O’Loughin enjoys the interesting looking space, average food and, most importantly, the people-watching at the ...
(06 August 2009 10:45:00)
A round-up of the latest London restaurant reviews including: Hi Sushi Izakaya; Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery; and La Constancia.
(06 August 2009 10:30:00)
Somerset schools are to become the first in the country to keep parents up-to-date with their children’s school dinners via social-networking site Twitter. Parents across the county will be able to subscribe to the ‘tweet what they eat’ Twitter service and receive a daily ‘school menu’ update ...
(06 August 2009 10:19:00)
Rudding Park hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire, is embarking on a major £8m expansion programme with plans for additional bedrooms and leisure facilities. The Hotel Catey award-winning hotel has appointed DLG Architects to oversee the project, which will add 34 bedrooms ...
(06 August 2009 9:00:00)
Holidays at home are on the increase, with more than one million more holidays taken in England this year, according to tourism body VisitEngland. The figures released from the United Kingdom Tourism Survey show that holiday trips taken by UK residents in England in the first four months of 2009 ...
(06 August 2009 8:00:00)
Tom Kitchin, Scotland's youngest Michelin-starred chef, gives us a recipe for roasted monkfish from his new book, 'From Nature to Plate - Seasonal Recipes from the Kitchin'
(05 August 2009 16:22:00)
This luxury five-star hotel on the Corniche of Jeddah offers views of the Red Sea and King Fahd fountain. It enjoys a prime location in the very heart of the city, within the esteemed Al Hamra District at the Equestrian Club of Jeddah.
(05 August 2009 15:41:00)