Friday Wrap: A round-up of the week's hospitality news

by Katherine Alano, Friday 19th March 2010 16:36

Story of the week: England's visitor economy can grow from £97b in 2010 to £147b and create 225,000 more jobs over the next decade, according to VisitEngland. 

John Footman is to become the new chef at the Goose in Britwell Salome, which was forced to close last month after Ryan Simpson walked out following a row with owner Paul Castle.

Good news for Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, who leaves hospital after two operations on broken leg.

French chef Pierre Gagnaire is returning to Tokyo with the opening of a new restaurant in the Japanese capital this week.

The 1,019-bedroom, four-star deluxe Cumberland hotel in Marble Arch, London, has been put on the market for an undisclosed sum.

The Bentley London Waldorf Astoria Collection in South Kensington has introduced the option of hiring the entire 64-bedroom property for special occasions.

Jarvis Hotels is in refinancing talks over £122m debt and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the relaunch of its 2,000th Holiday Inn hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh – Waterfront.

The five colleges through to the final of the 2010 Nestlé Toque d’Or student catering competition have been announced.

Champagne sales in the UK dropped by around five million bottles in 2009.

The deadline for the Considerate Hotel of the Year Awards 2009/10 has been extended to the end of the month.

In pubs news, all three major political parties see the need to reform the beer tie, it emerged in a Parliamentary debate that was sponsored by Camra (the Campaign for Real Ale).

Government tells pubcos to relax the beer tie as part of new action plan for pubs.

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has made Henry Bennett its new director of finance.

A kitchen porter at Buckinghamshire’s prestigious Stowe School has been arrested over claims some soup was poisoned.

Cash-strapped students are resorting to the unhealthy option and even skipping meals in a bid to make their money go further, according to research carried out by Sodexo.

Match Bar Group owner Jonathan Downey has revealed plans for a replacement venue for the East Room, following the fire that destroyed the original private members’ club in Shoreditch last week.

A consultation document on education funding has raised concerns that the Government will not continue its investment in free school meals.


Editor's Pick
 
Book a place now at our first Chef Eats Out event of 2010, at Brett Graham’s two-Michelin-starred Notting Hill restaurant, the Ledbury 
Chef Simon Rogan on why it is good to grow your own
Take part in our live discussion on next week’s Budget – Caterersearch will be following the budget with live blogging and we’d like you to join the debate
Help Haiti by dining at the Putney Pop-Up this month 
 

Quote of the Week
 
"No restaurant PR has ever made a positive difference to any restaurant in the history of catering. Not a single table will be booked because you’ve employed three blousy blonde sloanes with Champagne breath"
AA Gill of the Sunday Times on the rules for a perfect restaurant


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