Food & Drink Industry News
Menuwatch: Adam Reid at the French
Faced with some rather large shoes to fill, Adam Reid has taken inspiration from his childhood and the local area to create a unique offering. Katherine Alano reports
A whole new ball game: Swingers co-founders Jeremy Simmonds and Matt Grech-Smith explain why the future of hospitality is all about competitive socialising
When crazy-golf-cum-street-food concept Swingers opened as a pop-up in 2014, few thought that within four years it would not only become a powerful future force in hospitality, but stand on the brink of cracking America. Tom Vaughan meets co-founders Jeremy Simmonds and Matt Grech-Smith
Revelations: Scott Hallsworth, chef-restaurateur, Freakscene
What was your best subject at school?
I know that sport really isn’t a proper subject, but it’s the section on my school report that was consistently graded A
Brewer and pub company Mitchell’s of Lancaster falls into administration
Mitchell’s of Lancaster brewery and pub company has fallen into administration with business rate increases and Brexit uncertainty cited as having caused a difficult trading environment.
Rights issue gives green light to Restaurant Group’s Wagamama purchase
The Restaurant Group has reported a 92% take up of its rights issue giving the green light for the completion of its Wagamama acquisition.
Pub put on the market after ‘locals launched hostile social media campaign’
The owners of a Warwickshire pub have placed the property on the market after claiming locals had launched a social media campaign that made the business unviable.
Wilson Vale promotes Renier Oberholzer to general manager of operations
Contract caterer Wilson Vale has announced the promotion of Renier Oberholzer to general manager of operations tasked with supporting the contract caterer’s growth.
JD Wetherspoon museum to launch alongside hotel development
JD Wetherspoon will launch a museum telling the story of the firm’s history in Wolverhampton as part of an expansion of its pub The Moon Under Water.
Yo Sushi signs discount deal with cinema chain Cineworld
YO! Sushi has signed a national partnership deal with UK cinema chain Cineworld that will see members receive a 25% discount on food and drink.
Buyers sought for bar operator Burning Night’s subsidiary businesses
Buyers are being sought for the nine subsidiary businesses under Leeds-based bar and restaurant operator Burning Night, after they were placed into administration.
Sustainable Futures with Alaska Seafood part six: Rik Razza, head of chef development, BaxterStorey
For Alaska Seafood, sustainability doesn’t just relate to fish. It’s about creating a sustainable workforce, attracting new talent and promoting the industry as a great place to work.
Four Seasons’ Vicky Klinkhammer named Receptionist of the Year
Vicky Klinkhammer from the Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane has been named Receptionist of the Year by the AICR UK.
Viewpoint: I know where you stayed last summer
Marriott International’s recent data breach demonstrates the importance of regular monitoring of systems and software. Brian Craig explains
Casamia in Bristol tops Harden’s Best 100 UK Restaurant 2019 list
Bristol’s Casamia restaurant has scooped the top spot in the Harden’s Best 100 UK Restaurant 2019 list, published today.
Grantley Hall to join Relais & Châteaux
Grantley Hall hotel, the new luxury hotel and wellness retreat in North Yorkshire set to open in spring 2019, is to join sales and marketing consortium Relais & Châteaux.
Le Manoir owner Belmond sold to French luxury goods company LVMH for £2.5b
Belmond – one of the world’s most prestigious collection of hotels, restaurant, train and river cruise properties – has been acquired by French luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) for $2.6b (£2.06b).
Belmond sold to French luxury goods company for over £2b
Belmond – one of the world’s most prestigious collection of hotels, restaurant, train and river cruise properties – has been acquired by French luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) for $2.6b (£2.06b). The transaction is expected to complete in the first half of 2019, subject to the approval of Belmond shareholders. LVMH … Continue reading Belmond sold to French luxury goods company for over £2b
Joanne Taylor-Stagg to join the Athenaeum Hotel & Residences as GM
The Athenaeum – the five-red-AA-starred, 164-bedroom hotel on London’s Piccadilly – has appointed Joanne Taylor-Stagg as general manager.
Sam and Georgie Pearman reveal plans to relaunch Malton hotel
The former owners of Cotswold hotel and restaurant group the Lucky Onion have revealed a new project to refurbish and relaunch the 26-bedroom Talbot hotel in Malton in February 2019.
Food and drink tapped by hotels to compete against rivals such as Airbnb
Promoting and improving drinks range and food quality can unlock fresh sales opportunities, the CGA 2018 Hotel Report concludes
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CH&Co awarded Disability Confident Leader status
Contract caterer CH&CO has been awarded Disability Confident Leader status in recognition of its commitment to employing, supporting and promoting disabled people in the workplace.
Property company snaps up Travelodge and Melia hotels in Newcastle
Commercial property company Orchard Street Investment Management has acquired two hotel investments in Newcastle from Union Property Development for £38m.
In this week’s issue: 14 – 20 December 2018
A whole new ball game
Jeremy Simmonds and Matt Grech-Smith, co-founders of Swingers, explain their niche in the market and their plans to break into America
Restaurant meals contain more calories than fast food, study finds
Restaurants meals contain more calories on average than those served by fast-food chains, a “shocking” study published by the BMJ has found.
The Caterer’s Katherine Price to star in Springboard’s Dick Whittington
The Caterer’s Katherine Price will star as the lead role of Alice in the hospitality industry’s pantomime performance of Dick Whittington.
Latest openings: the Falcon in Buntingford, Brasserie of Light, Patri and more
A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors
Time Out to open food and drink market in London’s Waterloo
Time Out has secured a conditional lease to open a food and drink market in London’s Waterloo.
Accidental chemical spill sees Helmsley hotel evacuated
A hotel in North Yorkshire was evacuated yesterday following reports of a chemical spill.
Alex Kratena and Monica Berg announce Old Street TaTa Eatery collaboration
Award-winning bartending team Alex Kratena and Monica Berg are set to work with TaTa Eatery chefs Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves on a new project in Shoreditch’s Old Street in 2019.
Oddfellows makes pledge to cut out unsustainable palm oil in city-wide scheme
Boutique hotel Oddfellows in Chester has become the first in the city to pledge to stop using products which contain palm oil from non-sustainable sources.
David Jenkins returns to Corse Lawn House as manager
Corse Lawn House has appointed David Jenkins as manager of the four-decade old, family-run institution.
Michelin Guide for Macau and Hong Kong rewards culinary dynasty, crowns two new three-star sites
Richie Corrigan, son of Irish chef Richard Corrigan, is among those recognised in this year’s Michelin guide for Macau and Hong Kong while two new sites were handed their third stars.
Record November occupancy for London hotels
London hotels recorded an occupancy rate of 85.9% last month, up 2.5% year on year and the highest level for any November on record, according to provisional figures from data company STR.
Sainsbury's and Asda seek delay into merger inquiry
Sainsbury’s and Asda are seeking a judicial review for a delay in the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) inquiry into their proposed £7.3bn merger.
Nisa launches Just Around the Corner campaign
Nisa has launched a festive campaign, offering a range of deals across various categories.
Homeless charity Crisis seeks chefs to volunteer over the festive season
Trained chefs, experienced catering staff and keen cooks are being called upon by national homelessness charity Crisis to volunteer over the festive period.
Trump Turnberry appoints Callum Dow as executive chef
The Trump Turnberry Hotel has appointed Callum Dow as the site’s new executive chef.
Bidfood sets out four mega food trends for 2019
Food wholesaler Bidfood described yesterday how the political environment in the UK and concerns around sustainability and food provenance are set to fuel the major food trends of 2019.
Franco Manca owner Fulham Shore eyes expansion after pre-tax profit boost
Franco Manca and the Real Greek owner Fulham Shore has posted a 35% boost to pre-tax profit in its H1 numbers for the six months up to 23 September 2018.
Gaius Wyncoll named as general manager of Manor House Hotel
Gaius Wyncoll has been named as general manager of Exclusive Hotels and Venues site the Manor House hotel in Castle Combe, Wiltshire.