All news articles for August 2007

Greene King in talks with Loch Fyne

Greene King in talks with Loch Fyne

By BigHospitality Writer

Greene King pub company is in talks to buy the Loch Fyne seafood chain of 36 UK restaurants for a price reported to be in the region of £70m. Loch Fyne has 36 sites, which includes the four Le Petit Blanc restaurants the company bought in 2003. ..

Tabletop side plates

Tabletop side plates

By BigHospitality Writer

Arbutus' Anthony Demetre and Will Smith have made a few changes as well as opening new restaurant, Wild Honey in Mayfair. They've upgraded Arbutus' tabletop to include (gasp!) side plates. It's quite an about face for the duo who had...

Guide to mineral waters

Guide to mineral waters

By BigHospitality Writer

There are so many mineral waters to choose from, the choice is bewildering. Darrell Burnham puts his palate to the test The Best Western Monkbar Hotel has an unusual attraction for a hotel in York – a Water Sommelier. Darrell Burnham ...

Pret A Manger considering a buyout

Pret A Manger considering a buyout

By BigHospitality Writer

Pret A Manger sandwich chain is thought to be considering a buyout, instead of the formerly mooted floatation, after unsolicited approaches by several equity firms. The company, which was set up by Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham in 1986 and now...