All news articles for March 2011

The Cadogan Hotel: permission sought for new restaurant

Cadogan hotel sold; new owners plan upgrade

By Lorraine Heller

The Cadogan Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge has been purchased for £15.4m by the Cadogan family Estate, which plans to refurbish the site and open a new restaurant in the hotel.

Occupancy levels in UK hotels reached 75 per cent in 2010

UK hotel performance improved, but future uncertain

By Lorraine Heller

UK hotels saw a significant recovery in 2010 following a challenging environment the year before, but the road ahead remains uncertain, according to an annual hotelier survey from PKF.

Twinings' new Royal Wedding tea

Twinings launches new royal tea blends

By Becky Paskin

Tea brand Twinings has released two new products for hospitality operators - a stronger Earl Grey blend, and a special commemorative Royal Wedding blend.

The Manchester Hilton (pictured) and Radisson Blu Liverpool will continue to operate as normal

Manchester and Liverpool Beetham Hotels sold

By Becky Paskin

The Beetham hotels in Liverpool and Manchester have been sold to London-based Cypriot businessman Loucas Louca, after being placed into administration last month.

Vertigo Lounge is a cafe by day and a lounge bar by night

Vertigo Lounge café bar to open in Hornchurch

By Lorraine Heller

A new café bar concept, Vertigo Lounge, is to open in Hornchurch to target over 25 year-olds looking for a more ‘sophisticated’ social venue in the suburban northeast London town.

The White Horse in Harpenden will now be operated by Peach

Peach takes on former Novelli pub in Harpenden

By Becky Paskin

Peach Pubs has taken on its 14th venue, the former Jean-Christophe Novelli pub The White Horse in Harpenden, following the departure of its most recent owners Urban & Country earlier this year.

Charlie McVeigh feels the budget has let him and other pub businesses down

Budget 2011: How will it affect hospitality businesses?

By Becky Paskin

Pub operators were disappointed to hear that Chancellor George Osborne planned to continue with the beer tax escalator in his budget, increasing duty by 7.5 per cent, but his measures are to affect more hospitality businesses than just pubs.