All news articles for June 2013

HK Taverns had around 50 pubs, ranging from small community pubs to larger, food-led operations

HK Taverns portfolio brought to market

By Luke Nicholls

A portfolio of five freehold pubs, formerly managed and operated by HK Taverns – the East Midlands pub chain which fell into administration last month – have been brought to market by Colliers International.

Jamie Jones, one half of The Liquorists bar consultant team in Manchester, was this month crowned the world's best gin bartender and the G'Vine Gin Connoisseur 2013

Manchester barman named world's best gin bartender

By Peter Ruddick

Jamie Jones, one half of Manchester bar consultants The Liquorists, has been named as the world's best gin bartender in an annual, week-long, invitation-only contest held in France earlier this month. 

Julia Hands, chairman and chief executive of Hand Picked Hotels, founded the collection in 1999

Julia Hands: Pearls of Wisdom

By Peter Ruddick

A former lawyer, Julia Hands founded Hand Picked Hotels in 1999 with her private equity financier husband - Guy Hands. Her hands-on approach has helped the collection grow to 17 purposefully individual hotels which will soon be joined by two recent acquisitions.

Nine traditional American Oak barrels and three European Oak sherry casks were hand selected for The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8

The Balvenie launches Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8

By Luke Nicholls

The Balvenie, a range of single malts crafted by ‘malt master’ David Stewart, has launched Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 - a one-off’ single malt married from 12 casks of the distillery’s precious stocks of aged spirit.

Disco nightclub will feature choreographed routines from dancers and retro televisions beaming out music videos

Disco nightclub opens in Soho

By Luke Nicholls

The team behind a number of successful London bars and nightclubs including Barts and Bunga Bunga have brought ‘70s Manhattan’ to Soho with the launch of underground nightclub, Disco.

Living the dream: Darren Beevers is glad to have moved from London to the countryside

New Hambrough head chef looks to reinvigorate business

By Luke Nicholls

The new head chef of the Hambrough is on a mission to take the hotel and restaurant ‘to the next level’, following Robert Thompson’s departure from the Isle of Wight business earlier this year.

A number of new hospitality venues opened their doors within the last month including long-awaited restaurants from Bruno Loubet and Aqua Restaurant Group which launched Hutong at The Shard this week

Hospitality Openings: May/June 2013

By Peter Ruddick

Long-awaited restaurants, including Bruno Loubet's The Grain Store and Hutong at The Shard, dominate this month's hospitality openings photo gallery which also documents concept launches, refurbs and re-brands carried out by hospitality businesses...