Timeline: May 2012

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  • Just Opened – the Fox & Hounds, Winchester

    This mock Tudor pub and restaurant with rooms has been trading since the 1800s, and was recently taken over by new management. The menu features local and foraged produce next to some lesser known wines including a large range of organic and biodynamic…

  • Just Opened – Hotel Indigo, Edinburgh

    The InterContinental Hotels Group has opened its second Indigo boutique hotel in Scotland. Located in the city’s New Town conservation area, it is set behind a Georgian facade of five original residential properties combining traditional and modern int…

  • Turn your passion into action

    Jean Michel Grand, executive director of Action Against Hunger, explains its annual Love Food Give Food appeal and urges the industry to take part

  • Chef Revelations – Benoit Blin

    What was your first job in catering? A two-year apprenticeship as a baker; What do you normally have for breakfast? One Actimel, a cup of very milky and sweet coffee and one of our homemade Le Manoir viennoiseries; What do you do to relax? Play the pia…

  • Book review – Stevie Parle’s Dock Kitchen Cookbook: Real Home Cooking from Around the World

    Cookbooks named for a restaurant can be a worry. Publishers love the idea as they can be sure that a sizeable number of contented diners will buy a book as souvenir of their visit. The likelihood, though, that a book so named will appeal to potential b…

  • Recipe of the Week – English asparagus, slow-cooked pheasant egg, smoked bacon crumbs, by Dave Watts

    Cut the asparagus to your desired length, reserving the trimmings for the purée and 30g of spears per person for the asparagus salad. For the asparagus purée: Blanch the trimmings in salted water (20g salt per litre of water) for 1-2 minutes dependin…

  • Lancaster London wins top accolade at Considerate Hoteliers Association awards

    The Lancaster London has been named Hotel of the Year 2011/12 in the Considerate Hoteliers Association’s (CHA) annual awards. According to the judges, the 416-bedroom hotel has succeed in a wide range of environmental and social initiatives.

  • Hospitality set to benefit from Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

    The UK’s hospitality industry is set to benefit from the double bank holiday weekend afforded by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as the majority of Brits plan to remain on home soil to celebrate. 

  • Edge Hotel School’s Wivenhoe House nears completion

    Wivenhoe House – the hotel which will incorporate the Edge Hotel School – has moved a step closer to completion, with the keys being handed over to general manager Stephen Mannock. The 40-bedroom hotel has undergone a £10m refurbishment and will welco…

  • Jubilee celebrations – we want your photos

    The Queen celebrates 60 years as Monarch this year and as the country prepares to celebrate over this long weekend, here at Caterer and Hotelkeeper we want to know what you and your business are doing to join in the festivities.

  • Women 1st announces shortlist for 2012 Shine Awards

    The shortlist for the 2012 Shine Awards, which recognise and celebrate female success within the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry, has been announced by Women 1st. This year’s winners will be revealed at a gala dinner on 19 June, hoste…

  • 20 restaurant chefs to compete in British BBQ Championships at Laverstoke Park festival

    Twenty chefs from restaurants across the UK, including Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Cinnamon Kitchen and Pont de la Tour, will be taking their cooking skills outside next month to compete in the British BBQ Championships at Laverstoke Park’s Field to Fork Fe…

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