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Local Chefs ‘Go Pink’ To Fight Cancer

The Captains Club Hotel in Christchurch has officially become the first hotel in the UK to show their support for Breast Cancer Arabia™ by signing up to ‘The Pink Brigade’ initiative which takes place during Dubai Goes Pink™ 2014. Throughout the month of October, the brigade of local chefs, headed up by Head Chef Andrew

VAT Club’s Borel To Consider “Next Step”

The Jacques Borel-led campaign to reduce the level of VAT in the hospitality sector from 20% to 5% has launched an industry wide consultation on the next steps in the campaign after the success of Tax Equality Day last month, writing to supporters asking for views and suggestions on how the campaign should progress. The

Craft Guild Cooks Up A Special Book To Celebrate Golden Anniversary

The Craft Guild of Chefs has produced a special commemorative book in celebration of its 50th anniversary, which details the association’s history from inception to the present day. The Golden Review and Desk Diary includes everything from a nostalgic look at some of the UK’s culinary greats, to a spotlight on a celebrated chef whose

Recognition, Nominations and Award for Bournemouth East Cliff Court and Bournemouth Carlton at the 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards

Last night saw the hard work and dedication of the teams at the Bournemouth East Cliff Court and Bournemouth Carlton recognized, when the team won the Bronze award in the Venue and Business Tourism category at the 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards. Gemma Morgan, Regional Sales Manager for the Bournemouth Resort explained that ‘This award is

Local Chefs ‘Go Pink’ To Fight Cancer

ChefThe Captains Club Hotel in Christchurch has officially become the first hotel in the UK to show their support for Breast Cancer Arabia™ by signing up to ‘The Pink Brigade’ initiative which takes place during Dubai Goes Pink™ 2014.

Throughout the month of October, the brigade of local chefs, headed up by Head Chef Andrew Gault, who worked for many years at the 7 star Burj al Arab, will be wearing their pink themed, and personalised, Julius chef jackets to show their support for breast cancer awareness and raise funds which will help women access life-saving treatment through the Breast Cancer Arabia™ Foundation.

Andrew Gault, Head Chef at the Captains Club Hotel explains why his team are supporting this incredible cause.

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VAT Club’s Borel To Consider “Next Step”

The Jacques Borel-led campaign to reduce the level of VAT in the hospitality sector from 20% to 5% has launched an industry wide consultation on the next steps in the campaign after the success of Tax Equality Day last month, writing to supporters asking for views and suggestions on how the campaign should progress.

The September “Tax Parity” campaign, which saw vat price cuts by over 50 companies to highlight the benefits of lower VAT to customers, generated more than 360 individual press cuttings, with coverage of the day by many national newspapers.

In a letter to campaign supporters and others, Borel states: “This has helped get the inherent unfairness of the current VAT regime over to the general public. I believe that public and political support will continue to grow and will influence economic policy when the Chancellor is seeking radical policy initiatives to address youth unemployment and stimulate economic growth.  Our aim is that all parties should adopt VAT realignment in their manifestos and perhaps compete with each other as to its extent.”

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Craft Guild Cooks Up A Special Book To Celebrate Golden Anniversary

The Craft Guild of Chefs has produced a special commemorative book in celebration of its 50th anniversary, which details the association’s history from inception to the present day.

The Golden Review and Desk Diary includes everything from a nostalgic look at some of the UK’s culinary greats, to a spotlight on a celebrated chef whose vast collection of menus even includes one from the chef to Queen Victoria and Queen Mary.

Craft Guild chairman Christopher Basten said the book, which is available to buy for £20, was part of a wider line-up of celebrations to mark the landmark anniversary.

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Recognition, Nominations and Award for Bournemouth East Cliff Court and Bournemouth Carlton at the 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards

Philip & Paul Receiving Award-1Last night saw the hard work and dedication of the teams at the Bournemouth East Cliff Court and Bournemouth Carlton recognized, when the team won the Bronze award in the Venue and Business Tourism category at the 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards.

Gemma Morgan, Regional Sales Manager for the Bournemouth Resort explained that ‘This award is wonderful for our team, it is an honour to be recognised and for the venues to be given such high praise. It really is wonderful news.’ This award qualifies the hotels to be put forward to the South West Tourism Awards, which is incredibly exciting.

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A New Look For Brasserie Blanc

Brasserie-BlancBrasserie Blanc, the 20-strong French restaurant group led by CEO Mark Derry and acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc is set to undergo a transformation as it rebrands and begins an extensive refurbishment programme. Working with award-wining branding and interior design agency, Blacksheep, the restaurant group is looking to build upon its success with a new understated and stripped-back identity, carefully designed to respect the character and history of each site.

The new branding, which has been translated across all the collateral including the logo and menus has already been introduced to the brasseries in Cheltenham and Winchester, with Oxford and Bristol scheduled for early 2015.

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Restaurants Face The Need For Speed

New research exposes the bugbears of delays in eating out

Restaurant guests hate waiting when ordering, paying and in particular for their food to arrive, new joint research by CGA Peach and Zonal Retail Data Systems reveals. But the use of mobile devices is seen as a good way to overcome these frustrations.

The study of 5,000 people reveals that time-poor customers who value swift service and convenience – and it outlines the challenges operators face in meeting those demands.

Nearly half (47%) of all consumers say food not arriving quickly enough is their biggest frustration when going out for a meal, with another 24% saying their order being taken incorrectly is their leading bugbear.

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The Eastbury wins two Dorset Tourism Awards 

Adding to a list of accolades, awards and trophies – The Eastbury Hotel on Long Street, Sherborne, has won TWO silver awards in the Dorset Tourism Awards.

We are very proud to be amongst the winners in our county awards.  We won Silver awards for Small Hotel of the Year and Eating out Award – both are very well deserved for the team and as a family business this means a huge amount to us all,” said Nicky King, Director of The Eastbury with husband Paul King.

Having entered the South West tourism awards since 2006, The Eastbury has been amongst the finalists every year since 2009.  In 2013, at the inaugural Dorset Tourism Awards, The Eastbury was presented with top awards for Eating Out and Small Hotel of the Year plus the very top award for Consistency of Excellence, the crowning glory for any tourism business.

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Highly Commended For St Ives Chef Wike Watton At Uk Worker Of The Year 2014 Awards

Mike Watton, 30, a chef from St Ives in Cornwall, received a highly commended award at the UK Worker of the Year 2014 finale.

Mike, who impressed the five judges at the UK Worker of the Year judging day on the 26th September, missed out on a top three place in this year’s competition, which is run by legendary workwear company Dickies, to reward excellence in the British workforce.

The locally admired chef received a trophy for making it to the final of this year’s competition, beating over 5,000 entrants in the process. Mike was also given £250 in Dickies Store vouchers and will be able to purchase the latest Dickies workwear clothing online.

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Independent Hotel Show Crowns ‘Independent Hotelier Of The Year’ And ‘Outstanding New Hotel Of The Year’

From left to right: Kit Kemp, Tim Kemp, Tim Etchells, Lora Strizic and Robin Hutson

The cream of the hospitality industry joined together last night (Tuesday 21st October) to celebrate the achievements of two of the most accomplished hoteliers and one of the most successful new hotels within the independent hotel sector, at a presentation ceremony at the Independent Hotel Show at Olympia West.

Acclaimed hoteliers Kit and Tim Kemp have been named Independent Hotelier of the Year, for their stylish and design led influence on the boutique hotel scene and the ongoing success of their portfolio of nine hotels, eight in London and one in New York. Together, the husband and wife team bring their passion and eclectic flair to create individual hotels of distinction, each running at near 100% occupancy year-round and boasting an enviable array of awards and accolades.

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From London Sour Beers To Scottish Whisky Stouts – Britain’s Beer Revolution Is Taking Place In Every Corner Of The Country

Britain’s Beer Revolution – book to be published by CAMRA 23rd October 2014

Gone are the days when British beer drinkers were stuck with the choice of bitter or lager when ordering at the bar, as thanks to a revolution in British brewing over the last decade there are now more different styles of beer being brewed than ever before.

In London you can drink refreshingly tart Berliner Weisse such as The Kernel’s ‘London Sour’, in Scotland you’ll find strong imperial stouts aged in whisky barrels such as Harviestoun’s ‘Ola Dubh’, and in Yorkshire you can enjoy a pint of super-hopped, citrussy red ale such as ‘Rapture’ by the trail-blazing Magic Rock Brewery. The choice and variety of British beers has never been bettered, with all corners of the UK feeling the effects of Britain’s Beer Revolution.

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