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Adam Martin, managing director, Tesco Hospitality

EVERY LITTLE HELPS: Where Tesco is spending its catering equipment budget

EVERY LITTLE HELPS: Where Tesco is spending its catering equipment budget

With nearly 500 cafes to its name, supermarket giant Tesco owns one of the biggest kitchen estates in the UK. FEJ finds out where it’s putting its catering equipment budget. When Tesco shelled out £49m for restaurant chain Giraffe four years ago, it represented a dynamic vision of how the supermarket giant thought consumers would

Adelphi hotel

Britannia Hotels cops £265k fine over string of kitchen failures

Britannia Hotels has copped a fine of £265,000 for food safety breaches in the kitchen and catering areas of The Adelphi in Liverpool.   The operator of the iconic Merseyside hotel pleaded guilty to seven breaches of food safety and hygiene regulations last week. Liverpool City Council health officials carried out three food hygiene inspections

FirePit Smokehouse & Sports Bar

Wood-burning grill and pizza ovens spearhead double restaurant opening

Two new restaurants are to open in Beverley’s Flemingate, one of which is featuring smokers and a wood-burning grill and another which has an open kitchen and visible pizza oven.   FirePit Smokehouse & Sports Bar due to open this summer, will take a 7,670 sq ft unit and offer a range of signature American

Costa takeaway cup

Costa on track for 250 more sites as new equipment pushes growth

Coffee giant Costa remains on track to open between 230 and 250 new stores worldwide after achieving modest sales growth, Whitbread’s Q1 results revealed this morning. But growth within its restaurants was slower at +0.7% like-for-like. Costa’s sales growth (+1% like-for-like) has partly been attributed to the rolling out of its new breakfast and hot

Elior contract catering

Elior Group targets SME market by connecting 1,200 kitchens

Elior Group has vowed to make contract catering accessible to employees of SMEs with the creation of the first-ever connected restaurant: The Living Room. Access to contract catering services has largely been reserved for large companies up to now, but Elior intends to open it up to companies with at least 10 employees who, via

The Beachside Barbecue, St Brides Spa Hotel

Welsh hotel selects solid fuel cooking platform to front refurbished restaurant

A coastal hotel in Wales is hoping its investment in a Mibrasa charcoal oven for a new ‘beachside barbeque’ concept will bolster foodservice revenues this summer. Saundersfoot-based St Brides Spa Hotel has installed the solid fuel oven in its eatery, The Beachside Barbecue, after owner Andrew Evans went in search of the perfect cooking platform for the site’s refurbished

Raymond Blanc

Brasserie Blanc targets hotel locations as part of new strategy

Brasserie Blanc, the French restaurant group led by acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc, will open its first hotel venue and 20th site in the Marriott Hotel, Bournemouth. The newest addition to the group’s portfolio will be located within the four-star Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, overlooking Poole Bay. The announcement comes just six months after the latest