In support of the campaign for healthier children's meals in schools, Premier Foods is giving a hamper full of its classic British desserts and a copy of its Culinary Academy Recipe Book to five Buy It! readers.
(30 November 2009 17:46:00)
The Basalt Range from Revol is a high-quality range of black porcelain presentation trays manufactured to look like slate for serving appetisers, cocktails, buffets, steaks and fish dishes, salads, cheeses, desserts and petits fours. It comes as a flat tray or indented to hold bespoke coffee cups and dip pots and there are nine different sizes ranging from 14cm x 8cm to 40cm x 30cm.
(30 November 2009 17:44:00)
To celebrate the launch of its new tea, Country Range is giving one Buy It! reader £50 worth of gift vouchers to indulge in all things tea at www.cupoftea.uk.com.
(30 November 2009 17:38:00)
The weekend papers were full of positive reviews from a variety of different restaurants from one of the most expensive in the land and to another offering great value for the money. Starting at the pricey end of the market, Jasper Gerard of the Daily Telegraph, was accompanied by Heston Blumenthal ...
(30 November 2009 15:37:00)
A round-up of the latest national restaurant reviews including: Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley; the Ashmolean Dining Room in Oxford; Seahorse in Dartmouth; and Dock Kitchen in London W10.
(30 November 2009 15:17:00)
In January, Michelin-starred hotel-restaurant, Northcote in Lancashire, will celebrates 10 years of Obsession, its annual festival showcasing fine food and fine wine. This legendary gastronomic celebration will see some of the UK and Europe’s most talented chefs, who will each cook an exclusive ‘one night only’ menu.
(30 November 2009 12:45:00)
Events caterer Heathcotes Outside has won the contract to provide catering at this year’s Royal Variety Performance, which this year will take place at the Opera House, Blackpool. Heathcotes is to provide a three-course meal for the after-show party in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens ...
(30 November 2009 12:25:00)
The Scottish Beer and Pub Association (SBPA) has called on Scotland's licensing board to take a "pragmatic" approach towards licensed operators in Scotland who have missed the deadline to fill in all their paperwork for their new Premises Licences. Failure to take a lenient attitude ...
(30 November 2009 12:04:00)
Cornwall-based chef Nathan Outlaw has closed his Michelin-starred restaurant at the Marina Villa hotel in Fowey and will relocate it to the St Enodoc hotel in Rock next year. The move, which comes just months after the Marina Villa was put on the market, will see the chef reopen on 12 February ...
(30 November 2009 11:20:00)
Following a recent takeover, Manitowoc Foodservice UK will be the new name for kitchen equipment supplier Enodis from January 2010.
(30 November 2009 10:48:00)
Burton's Foods has launched its Out of Home Snacking division to make its brands available in a range of formats specifically for the food service snack market, which it says is worth about £80m.
(30 November 2009 10:41:00)
Pubs group Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) is to submit evidence to the City takeovers watchdog that some of its biggest shareholders are trying to seize control of the firm. The company, which owns the All Bar One and O'Neill's brands, said that Piedmont Inc, the investment vehicle owned by ...
(30 November 2009 10:32:00)
A round-up of the weekend's news affecting the hospitality industry. News includes: Premier Inn seeks legal advice over Travlelodge ‘refund’ campaign; M&B shareholder blocks appointment of new chairman; Toby ; Michelin-starred chefs on menu at Edinburgh’s Christmas food fair and more…
(30 November 2009 10:25:00)
The founder of booking website Laterooms.com has launched a new comparison website that will donate nearly all of its commission to children’s charities. Steve Walsh, who founded Laterooms.com in 1999 before selling it to a private equity firm in 2004 for £40m, is the driving force behind Isawthesea.com...
(30 November 2009 9:00:00)
Contract caterer Lindley Group has been awarded two new football stadia contracts with a combined value of around £3m. Crystal Palace football club has appointed Lindley to manage the public match-day catering at its 26,000 capacity Selhurst Park ground in south-east London.
(30 November 2009 8:00:00)
The developers behind the Custard Factory in Birmingham’s Digbeth have secured a local operator to open a brasserie-style restaurant at the arts and media centre. Locally-born brothers Steven and Matthew Gilbert will open Matthews of Birmingham on 8 December, offering all-day dining...
(30 November 2009 7:00:00)
This recipe was contributed by Gareth Jones, head chef at Bodysgallen Hall & Spa in LLandudno, North Wales.
(27 November 2009 18:17:00)
Now in their 24th year, Caterer's Acorn Awards, sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions, acknowledge rising talent within the industry and celebrate the future stars of hospitality. The 2010 awards are being hosted at an exciting new venue, as Rosie Birkett reports
(27 November 2009 18:17:00)
Since the 18th century, Liverpool has been trading with America, with the first American cotton unloaded in the port in 1784. The Pima Bar, the stylish cocktail bar on the ground floor of the just-opened Liverpool Hilton, pays tribute to this transatlantic association with a menu that includes a reference to the best America has to offer in the way of spirits and flavours.
(27 November 2009 18:17:00)
Paying an employee money to go away quietly does not protect you from future claims over notice pay, unfair dismissal or discrimination. For that, you need to ensure that you have a compromise agreement in place. Katee Dias explains.
(27 November 2009 18:17:00)
Italian-born chef Santino Busciglio (ex-Number Twelve) has launched his first solo venture on the former site of Gennaro Contaldo's famous Passione restaurant on Charlotte Street. The contemporary menu bears Sicilian influences while the 100-bin wine list is exclusively Italian.
(27 November 2009 18:05:00)
Jennings, the Cockermouth-based brewery that was forced to close after floods devastated the town, today said it will resume brewing again in January. The site was left under five feet of water following the floods but, after assessing the damage, owner Marston’s said it was confident the brewery can begin ...
(27 November 2009 16:25:00)
The competition season has started in the beverage world and, with the big coffee promotional year just round the corner, several high street names have held their own in-house barista contests in a bid to join the big coffee spotlight of 2010.
(27 November 2009 16:14:00)
The Royal Horseguards, the five-star flagship London property of Guoman Hotels, has joined marketing and sales consortium, the Preferred Hotel Group. Guoman Hotel Management, which operates the luxury Guoman brand alongside Thistle Hotels, hopes the new partnership will drive international ...
(27 November 2009 15:26:00)
Story of the week: Gordon Ramsay's annus horribilis continued as the fiery chef endured another bad week with four of his companies dragged through the courts by the Inland Revenue and threatened with receivership. Better news for top chefs came in the form of the Michelin guide...
(27 November 2009 14:39:00)
The owners of the Jongleurs comedy club brand are in negotiations with major pub companies to open almost 30 new venues using its name across the country. The move comes after Regent Inns, which held a licence to operate eight Jongleurs clubs following a multi-million pound deal in 2000...
(27 November 2009 12:22:00)
There are now seven three-Michelin starred restaurants in Spain and Portugal, after the latest edition of the guide handed the top accolade to El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. El Celler joins other high-profile restaurants including Ferran Adria’s iconic El Bulli in being awarded three stars.
(27 November 2009 11:37:00)
Camra, the Campaign for Real Ale, has named the four finalists in the competition to be named National Pub of the Year 2009. The four were whittled down from thousands of entrants, as part of a selection process that scored pubs on various aspects including: welcome, service, atmosphere...
(27 November 2009 10:52:00)
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has launched a manifesto aimed at reducing the tax burden on pubs and bolstering support for them among the public. One of the core demands of the document is a call to reduce the duty rate on lower-strength beers and increase support...
(27 November 2009 10:00:00)
Chocolate fountains have proved popular attractions at buffets, weddings and other events and now you can have two chocolate flavours running at the same time with the CF2 Cascade Commercial Fountain from Giles & Posner.
(27 November 2009 9:18:00)
With a 15-year track record in the retail market, Duvet and Pillow Warehouse has launched an online service for the hospitality market with no minimum order quantities.
(27 November 2009 9:16:00)
Building on the success of its stainless steel candlestick range, Robert Welch Designs is launching a new candelabrum, Nest, and two new candlesticks, Champagne and Vale, all of which would suit both traditional and modern settings.
(27 November 2009 9:14:00)
Interior furnishings company Jim Lawrence has launched a dedicated Professional Collection of products specifically for hospitality operators looking to create an individual or distinctive environment.
(27 November 2009 9:12:00)
Needo is an ultra-thin, ultra-modern range of energy-efficient electric radiators and heating systems that are both aesthetically pleasing and user friendly.
(27 November 2009 9:11:00)
The new R402 from Robot Coupe offers all the benefits of the company's standard R401 machine with a larger capacity 4.5-litre bowl, coping easily with 100-plus covers.
(27 November 2009 9:08:00)
The Food Hygiene Regulations require all UK food and drink businesses to put in place a food safety management system incorporating HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) principles, and keep up-to-date records.
(27 November 2009 9:07:00)