This luxury hotel in Tuscany is set within the small medieval village of Monastero dell'Ombrone. Guests stay within the thousand-year-old walls and can sample Chianti produced in the property's own vineyards and dine in the Gordon Ramsay-consulted restaurant.
(05 August 2009 15:34:00)
From humble beginnings peeling carrots and potatoes in a hotel restaurant kitchen, Richard Muir has worked as a chef, managing director of contract caterer Sodexo's UK corporate businesses, launched Gary Rhodes's London restaurants City Rhodes and Rhodes in the Square and, most recently, opened his own restaurant, Café Fish, in Edinburgh.
(05 August 2009 14:06:00)
When Jeremy Rata, managing director of Bovey Castle and a Master Innholder, was little, if you were branded you were either a cow or a coward. Then came Daz, Shell and Esso. Overnight, branded meant good, unbranded meant bad. But has it gone too far?
(05 August 2009 12:40:00)
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is calling on the Government to abolish alcohol duty on all beer containing less than 2.8% alcohol to help lure people back into pubs. The “People Pint” campaign could save punters 60p per pint of lower strength beer and help them drink sensibly, CAMRA insists.
(05 August 2009 12:30:00)
Skate with Jersey potatoes, fresh peas and caper dressing, by Anton Edelmann.
(05 August 2009 11:53:00)
Razor calms in spicy herb crust Ingredients (Serves four) 12 razor clams well washed 200 ml white wine 1/2 onion...
(05 August 2009 11:44:00)
Paul Merrett, co-owner and head chef of the Victoria in Sheen, south-west London, stars in a new TV series called Economy Gastronomy, which airs on BBC2 tonight. He spoke to Kerstin Kühn about the show, which also stars Leon co-founder Allegra McEvedy
(05 August 2009 11:31:00)
A Glasgow MP’s campaign for the Scottish city to be recognised as the official home of tikka masala has come under fire from India’s top chefs and food historians. One of Britain’s most popular dishes, tikka masala is believed to have been created in a Glaswegian kitchen by Asian immigrants ...
(05 August 2009 11:30:00)
Las Iguanas founder and director Ajith Jaya Wickrema has left the Latin American-themed restaurant chain after nearly two decades at its helm. Wickrema, who founded the business together with managing director Eren Ali in 1991, has left to pursue other opportunities.
(05 August 2009 10:21:00)
The historic Aerodrome hotel in Croydon, which claims to be the world’s first airport hotel, is now up for sale for £9m after entering administration. The 109-bedroom hotel, which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, went into administration in June after current economic conditions ...
(05 August 2009 10:00:00)
Former Caterer Adopted Business Alimentum in Cambridge has been named as a finalist in the restaurant category of the RSPCA Good Business Awards, which recognise ethical business approaches to animal welfare. Sponsored by Caterer and Hotelkeeper, the restaurant award ...
(05 August 2009 9:00:00)
Sodexo has scooped a two-year deal to provide catering services to Caterham School in the Harestone Valley, Surrey. The £2m contract, due to begin in September, will see Sodexo catering to the school’s 1,135 pupils, aged three to 18, each week. Catering will also be provided for the school’s 180 staff members, as well as external and bespoke events such as summer school ...
(05 August 2009 8:00:00)
Jayne Wyatt, the former AA hotel inspector who was sacked after 30 years' service in 2007 is set to have her ‘remedies hearing’ today (5 August). The hearing in Southampton will decide how much compensation Wyatt should get for her loss of earnings after her unfair dismissal two years’ ago.
(05 August 2009 7:30:00)
Hotel revenue per available room (revpar) slumped by 20.1% in London and by 14.7% in the provinces in the week ending 18 July 2009, according to figures from hospitality research company STR Global. London revpar fell to £119.98, down from £150.11 in the equivalent week of 2008.
(05 August 2009 7:00:00)
Birmingham City Council invites organisations to make an application to be considered for inclusion on a select list of tenderers for the provision of a hot meal service, applications will be accepted for preparation only, delivery only or prepare and deliver. Applications are welcomed from consortia.
(05 August 2009 0:00:00)
Trouble is brewing for Premium Bars & Restaurants after its sale to the wealthy Reuben brothers reportedly collapsed.Negotiations over a £48m deal fell apart last week after David and Simon Reuben, who own 32.5% of PBR, attempted to reduce the amount of debt they would take on ...
(04 August 2009 16:49:00)
Boathouse No 7, the public restaurant and bar at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, has reopened its doors following a £140,000 revamp commissioned by on-site caterers Charlton House. The caterer brought in design company Front Design to update the 250-seater restaurant ...
(04 August 2009 16:33:00)
Midlands brewer Marston’s plans to open 60 new managed pubs over the next three years largely funded by its £165m rights issue agreed at the end of last month.
(04 August 2009 11:56:00)
Marston’s is the latest pub operator to use satellite navigation to ensure its pubs are brought to the attention of potential customers wherever they are in the country. Motorists can now flag up all 1,700 of Marston’s outlets via a free application for their sat navs which flashes the pub group’s logo ...
(04 August 2009 11:00:00)
A preferred bidder has been selected for the £3m luxury Ellington hotel in Leeds with a deal expected to be completed within weeks. The 35-bedroom Ellington, which only opened in September last year, was previously managed by Pantin Hotels and put up for sale in March after its owner City Retreats ...
(04 August 2009 10:00:00)
Pub landlords are jumping at the chance to boost trade and place the pub at the heart of their community by offering customers a parcel collection service. Pub campaigning group useyourlocal.com has set up the service which enables punters left frustrated by missed deliveries to stop by their local ...
(04 August 2009 9:00:00)
A fish and chip shop in Wrexham has been linked to a suspected E.coli outbreak that has affected four people. A mother and a three-year-old girl are being treated in hospital and two others have been taken ill. Wrexham Council confirmed that the Llay Fish Bar in Llay, Wrexham, has been closed.
(04 August 2009 8:00:00)
Pabulum, a contract caterer which specialises in ethical and sustainable catering, has won a £600,000 three-year contract to provide services at Totton College, Southampton. The Hampshire-based company, which expects the annual revenue to be in excess of £200,000, will serve a selection ...
(04 August 2009 7:00:00)
Gordon Ramsay’s flagship operation at the London Hotel in New York, is being pursued by creditors and has been hit by complaints from customers about its service and quality of food. According to the assistant restaurant manager Jeffrey Giordano, who resigned on Thursday, there is also an infestation ...
(03 August 2009 17:25:00)
Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing has admitted he was more to blame in the fall out with Gordon Ramsay last year, because he wanted to “engineer a break” that would allow him to set up on his own. Last summer, Wareing spoke out about his rift with Ramsay, saying he would rather kill himself ...
(03 August 2009 16:10:00)
Contract caterer, Catermasters has received the top rating for its hygiene standards and competence at client premises. The caterer, which provides all of the on-site catering services to the Williams F1 team in Grove, Oxfordshire has just been awarded the maximum five-star rating for its standards ...
(03 August 2009 16:00:00)
Conran’s newly-opened restaurant has been forced to temporarily close its doors following gas and electrical problems in the kitchen, Caterer can reveal. Fleet Street-based Lutyens, which has been open little over a month, was forced to close today (Monday) and will remain shut until Wednesday evening.
(03 August 2009 15:07:00)
A Premier Inn advert has been slammed as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority. The advertising watchdog ruled the hain’s ‘Everything you’d expect at a four star hotel. At a Budget Price’ press advert breached truthfulness clauses and said it should not appear again in its current form.
(03 August 2009 14:16:00)
A round-up of the latest national restaurant reviews including: Hell Bay, Bryher, Isles of Scilly; Ishbilia, London SW1; Number 6, Padstow, Cornwall; and Fifteeen Cornwall, Watergate Bay.
(03 August 2009 12:37:00)
Pub group Mitchells & Butlers has appointed Adam Fowle as its new chief executive. Fowle, who has 20 years’ experience in licensed retailing, has been acting chief executive for the managed pub chain for the past three months and will take on the new role immediately.
(03 August 2009 12:13:00)
A round-up of the weekend's news affecting the hospitality industry. News includes: Rocco Forte Collection to open £120m golf resort this week; Aberdeen takeaway owner sued over Earl of Sandwich trademark; Butlins to open £20m luxury hotel; Crieff Hydro hotel settles over injured toddler ...
(03 August 2009 10:15:00)
Contract caterer Sodexo has won a three-year deal worth £3.7m with mobile phone giant Nokia to provide soft services at five sites in the UK. The contract, which started last week, sees around 130 Sodexo staff provide services for the 3,000 Nokia employees based at ten building across the five sites ...
(03 August 2009 9:00:00)
A kebab shop in Kent has defied the local council’s efforts to shut it down after a High Court judge rejected claims that it bothered local residents. Deputy judge John Howll QC rejected the London Borough of Bexley’s claims that the Kebab Ye hot food takeaway impacted on the “viability and vitality” ...
(03 August 2009 8:00:00)
Budget hotel chain Premier Inn is to expand its portfolio by five hotels across England. The Whitbread-owned operator has secured five sites worth a combined total of £27m, which will add 535-bedrooms to Premier Inn’s portfolio. The new sites include a deal to build a 121-bedroom ...
(03 August 2009 7:00:00)
Boston's Coffee and Donut concept is the latest addition to the range of food-to-go solutions from Country Choice. A countertop Boston's doughnut unit and stock, together worth over £500, are up for grabs for one lucky Buy It! reader.
(03 August 2009 0:03:00)
The National BBQ Association's annual Gastro Alfresco campaign celebrates outdoor dining and this year marks the return of the popular Have a Better Barbi Day on Sunday 30 August.
(03 August 2009 0:02:00)