With the nights drawing in and the summer sun - what there was of it - having given way to grey, autumnal skies, the prospect of selling up and buying a business overseas can be a tempting proposition.
(18 October 2004 16:05:00)
In the past couple of years London has seen more hotel openings than most capital cities experience in a decade – but there is likely to be a period of relative calm next year, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) has predicted.
(18 October 2004 15:58:03)
Paramount - the owner of the Groupe Chez Gérard restaurant business - confirmed last week that it was in talks with executive chairman Guy Naggar that could lead to a buyout worth £28m.
(18 October 2004 15:12:00)
Sadly, practical cookery lessons have disappeared from most schools. Now Kids Kitchen, a new organisation with backing from some influential suppliers, is determined to re-equip primary schools and put cookery back at the heart of learning. Ben Walker met founder and director Yinka Thomas
(18 October 2004 12:26:00)
A £125m casino resort, including a hotel and various restaurants, is set to be built alongside Leeds United’s Elland Road football stadium, it was revealed today.
(18 October 2004 11:41:06)
"Truffles pop up again as a main ingredient in a risotto carbonara, which is buried under both white and black varieties: not exactly what home cooks have in plentiful supply in their larders"
(18 October 2004 10:07:00)
David and Luiza Todd have bought the 10-bedroom Frenchgate Hotel in Richmond, North Yorkshire, for more than the £550,000 guide price quoted by agent Colliers Robert Barry. The new owners plan to add a conservatory, which will trade as a bistro, and develop a fine-dining restaurant at the hotel. David previously worked in sales and marketing in the healthcare sector, while Luiza is a technical sales manager. Joining them in the new venture are Michael and Catherine Benjamin. Michael is a chef who previously worked at Gidleigh Park hotel in Devon, while Catherine has lots of front-of-house experience.
(15 October 2004 15:59:29)
The former Whytes Restaurant near the seafront in Brighton, East Sussex, has been sold for a sum understood to be in the region of the £325,000 asking price. The 36-seat restaurant is situated on the ground and lower ground floors of the building. A two-bedroom owners’ flat occupies the first and second floors. Former owners John and Bridget Anthony had owned the restaurant since 1998. New owners Ian Shier and Euna Kang already have a number of restaurants in the area and plan to rename their new purchase Una’s Brasserie. The agent was Christie & Co.
(15 October 2004 15:57:48)
The eight-bedroom Ullinish Lodge Hotel on the Isle of Skye has been sold for about £350,000 through agent Colliers Robert Barry. The property includes a 40-seat restaurant, cocktail bar and residents’ lounge. New owners Brian and Pamela Howard previously ran a hotel in Devon.
(15 October 2004 15:53:28)
The Rest & Be Thankful Inn in the Somerset village of Wheddon Cross has been sold, through agent Christie & Co, for more than the £550,000 asking price. The property includes a main bar, a lounge bar, 36-seat restaurant, function room to hold up to 50 guests, a pool room and a patio beer garden. Previous owners Mike Weaver and Joan Hockin, who have run the business since 1982, are retiring. The new owners are Ronnie and Glenis Kingston. Ronnie previously worked for Thistle Hotels for many years.
(15 October 2004 15:51:54)
The Strathbeg House Hotel at St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, has changed hands for more than £285,000. The new owners, Lubos Barta and Blanka Bartova have moved from Hampshire to take over the eight-bedroom property, which is popular among shooting parties. The main restaurant seats 26 and there is another non-smoking section for 16, while two function rooms can hold up to 80 and 100, respectively. The agent was Colliers Robert Barry.
(15 October 2004 15:47:07)
The two-star, 52-bedroom Melbourne Ardenlea hotel at Shanklin on the Isle of Wight has been sold for a sum understood to be in the region of £900,000. The hotel was sold by the Dawson and Corby families, who had owned it for the past 30 years. The purchasers are the Janzen family. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool and a 100-seat restaurant. Christie & Co was the agent.
(15 October 2004 15:45:26)
The Chasers Arms pub in the village of Stokeinteignhead, Devon, has been sold for more than £500,000. The freehold on the Grade-II listed property was bought by Simon and Alison Ede, who have been in the licensed trade for decades and own another pub in Devon. The thatched property dates from 1534 and includes a 70-seat restaurant, a three-bedroom apartment for the owners and a garden that seats 20. The agent was Bettesworths.
(15 October 2004 15:33:10)
Hotel management companies and owners will forge stronger working partnerships in the future, according to Christopher Eddis, director of Mornington Capital.
(14 October 2004 17:43:13)
The midmarket hotel chains remain the largest sector in Europe, but also the most problematic to operate, Paul Slattery, director at hospitality adviser Otus & Co, told the summit.
(14 October 2004 17:42:38)
Steve Love of Love's Restaurant in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, realised a dream last week when he was crowned National Chef of the Year 2004 at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.
(14 October 2004 17:39:58)