AA Gill is not impressed by the maître d's recommendations at Italian restaurant Rosso in Manchester where the seafood proves to be utterly disappointing. The famously acerbic food critic for The Sunday Times...
(18 October 2010 14:59:00)
Catermasters has announced plans to introduce four new initiatives to strengthen its corporate social responsibility policy. The Leamington-based company will have a Fairtrade snack stand on each of its sites; work with clients to become more water-, gas- and electricity-efficient; and embrace sustainable farming.
(18 October 2010 14:48:00)
The 182-bedroom Grand hotel in Bristol, which has recently undergone a £9m refurbishment, has appointed Tim Howes as general manger. Howes, previously general manager of the Mercure Brigstow, will oversee the day-to-day management of the Thistle hotel, as well as help raise its profile as one of the leading hotels in Bristol.
(18 October 2010 14:17:00)
John Lanchester is impressed with Tinello, London SW1, a new Italian restaurant by Frederico and Max Sali backed by former mentors Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli...
(18 October 2010 13:58:00)
A round-up of the weekend’s news affecting the hospitality industry. News includes: UK Starbucks to trial location-based mobile phone marketing scheme; Pizza Express unveils new look, opening hours and menu; new jail menu rules spark outrage and more...
(18 October 2010 11:35:00)
Compass, the UK's largest contract caterer, has crowned Robert Dant as its chef of the year at an event held at the Restaurant Show in London. Dant, from Christ Hospital School near Horsham, Sussex, impressed a judging panel including Jason Atherton, to beat nine other rivals to the title.
(15 October 2010 17:06:00)
Budget hotel chain Whitbread is running a Twitter concierge service providing suggestions of things to do for its weekend leisure guests. Hotel guests can tweet @Premier Inn#concierge for recommendations of activities in a local area...
(15 October 2010 12:20:00)
Colin Short, concierge of the Lanesborough hotel, London, has carried off the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 5th Annual Morris Golden Keys Concierge Awards 2010. Short was presented with a glass trophy at the awards ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London.
(15 October 2010 11:55:00)
The opening of Heston Blumenthal’s eagerly awaited London restaurant has been delayed. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which was set to open at the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge on 1 December, will now not open until the end of January.
(15 October 2010 11:25:00)
Online booking site TripAdvisor is to hold a number of masterclass events next month in a bid to improve its sometimes fractious relationship with hospitality operators. TripAdvisor's events will be held on 2 November at...
(15 October 2010 10:57:00)
More than 6,300 bars and restaurants will fail by 2015. That's the grim prediction from accountant and business adviser BDO, which warned that hospitality businesses would need to adapt to survive. As part of a wider study into the state...
(15 October 2010 0:05:00)
Rod Larman has been appointed marketing director at the new four-star Brooklands hotel in Weybridge, Surrey. Opened earlier this year, the hotel is close to the original Brooklands race track.
(14 October 2010 16:12:00)
Choice Hotels Europe UK, the subsidiary of Choice Hotels International, the global company behind the Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands, has appointed Simon Bullough as franchise development manager.
(14 October 2010 16:08:00)
Aviator Farnborough has appointed Andrew Donovan as executive chef. Previously head chef at Chapter One, Donovan worked with executive chef Andrew McLeish...
(14 October 2010 16:05:00)
Dave Lythall has joined the Holiday Inn Manchester-MediaCityUK as head chef. Prior to joining the Holiday Inn, Lythall was executive sous chef at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel for two-and-a-half years.
(14 October 2010 16:03:00)
Park Plaza County Hall has hired Mark Dancer as its new executive chef to oversee the hotel's restaurant, Spectrum. Dancer has nearly 30 years' catering experience...
(14 October 2010 16:01:00)
Scalford Hall management training centre and hotel has hired Bill Dixon as the new general manager, starting this month. Dixon started his career as a general manager in the UK before working abroad as operations and training manager at Malawi Hotels.
(14 October 2010 15:58:00)
The School Food Trust (SFT), the body set up to spearhead school dinner reform post-Jamie Oliver, is to be transformed after having its funding cut in the Government's quango cull. The trust, which currently receives public cash, is to continue as a charity...
(14 October 2010 15:55:00)
Tourist bodies VisitBritain and Visit England have evaded the axe in the Government's cull of quangos, but the School Food Trust (SFT) has been given the chop. Publishing its official reform document for public bodies today, the Government confirmed both VisitBritain and Visit England would endure.
(14 October 2010 15:27:00)
Back in August, Prime Minister David Cameron raised hopes that the coalition Government might actually appreciate the value of hospitality and tourism to the UK economy and take positive steps to encourage its growth. The incoming chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, Ufi Ibrahim, welcomed his words as "completely refreshing".
(14 October 2010 15:18:00)
Sandra Russell became chairman of school meals body the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) this month, just as school meals funding looks set to suffer under the chancellor's sharpened knife. Chris Druce spoke to her about the challenges ahead.
(14 October 2010 15:15:00)
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has sold the Hilton Hyde Park hotel in London for £25m to a group founded by X Factor star Simon Cowell's brother. The 129-bedroom hotel, which faces Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens...
(14 October 2010 14:35:00)
Hotel group Macdonald Hotels has opened this 120-bedroom property in Windsor, a stone's throw from Windsor Castle in the heart of the historic town. Interiors have been developed by Amanda Rosa whose other projects have included the Aviator Hotel in Farnborough and Malmaison hotels.
(14 October 2010 13:30:00)
This bar-restaurant in Notting Hill comes from Jonathan Downey, who also owns Milk and Honey and Redhook, and is the sister venue to his Giant Robot flagship in Clerkenwell. The menu has an Italian slant to it and includes a range of small plates.
(14 October 2010 13:23:00)
The number of visitors to and from the UK jumped over the summer, but experts warn the improvement could be short-lived. Visitors to the UK from abroad increased 6% from June to August - seasonally adjusted - compared with the previous three months to 7.6 million...
(14 October 2010 12:50:00)
A new hotel travel brand catering for the lucrative gay and lesbian market has been launched in a bid to tap into the multi-billion pound sector. World Rainbow Hotels is an initiative led by marketing and reservation company booker HotelRez...
(14 October 2010 12:19:00)
The Contented Sole in Burnham-on-Crouch has been named as the Best Small Restaurant in Essex, at the Essex Food & Drink Awards 2010. The restaurant, approaching its 50th anniversary, has a menu featuring French and English cuisine and was praised by the judging panel for its "ambience, service, menu, creativity, presentation, wine list, staff knowledge, use of local, seasonal produce and value for money".
(14 October 2010 12:11:00)
This recipe for beetroot carpaccio with cucumber, pickled walnuts and feta is by Ron Faulkner of Ronnies in Thornbury, Bristol.
(14 October 2010 11:31:00)
Licensed Hotel with Restaurant & Bar in prime trading location BUDE, CORNWALL. Turnover in excess of £500,000pa with high profits. Still offers further expansion potential. Superbly appointed 23 bed letting accom plus sep Owners/Managers 2/3 bed accom FREEHOLD £1.475, MILLION. Quote Reference C6975.Many more hotels/pubs available nationwide.
(14 October 2010 11:23:00)
The Office of Fair Trading has once again rejected a "super-complaint" by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) over the impact of the beer tie. In a statement issued this morning, the OFT said it had concluded that the UK pub sector...
(14 October 2010 11:02:00)
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon is to part company with its finance director and chief operating officer. The firm said that Keith Down, who serves as finance director and company secretary, and Paul Harbottle, chief operating officer, will leave the company "in due course".
(14 October 2010 11:00:00)
His restaurant was recently voted the best in the world, but just two years ago René Redzepi, chef-patron of Noma in Copenhagen, was receiving hate mail and being spat at in the streets after a fly-on-the-wall TV documentary. Joe Warwick reports.
(14 October 2010 10:50:00)