Author Archives: Rob Corder

Clockjack jumps on Crossrail bandwagon with Woolwich opening

Clockjack jumps on Crossrail bandwagon with Woolwich opening

Rotisserie and grill restaurant Clockjack has become the latest casual dining outlet to open in Woolwich Town Centre. The area is booming on the back of a Crossrail station set to open in the southeast London suburb. Clockjack’s premises will occupy 1500 square feet and serve up to 75 covers. The restaurant features a casual,

ALMR urges Brexit negotiators to clarify status of migrant workers

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, whose members run 23,000 outlets and employ over 650,000 people in British pubs, bars and restaurants, says the vote to the EU has severely dented confidence in the industry. Despite positive economic news over the summer, Kate Nicholls, CEO of the ALMR, said operators are still concerned. “The slight

Mitre Linen maintains independence following Nisbets takeover

Nisbets has finalised the acquisition of Mitre Linen for an undisclosed sum, although foodservice customers have been assured it will continue to operate as an independent business. Mitre, based in Merthyr Tydfil, has been making and distributing a range of linen products including bedding and bathroom toweling for hotel, as well as table linen for

Pantheon Catering Equipment appoints former chef as sales director

Pantheon Catering Equipment has appointed Stuart Hayes as sales director. He will be responsible for expanding dealerships across the UK and further strengthening the Pantheon brand in the marketplace. Mr Hayes started his career as a chef, working his way up to include stints at The Savoy and Gleneagles. He later switched to selling equipment

Appliances will soon order resupplies automatically from Amazon

Household appliances will soon automatically order their own refills of detergent or other consumables, a development certain to filter into the commercial equipment world. E-commerce giant Amazon is working with appliance makers including Siemens, Bosch, Samsung and Whirlpool to build internet connectivity into their machines and a simple button that will order consumables such as

Koh Thai Tapas averages 90 covers per night at its 11th UK outlet

The Koh Group says that the opening of its 11th Koh Thai Tapas outlet in Romsey last month has been a success. The Hampshire market town has welcomed the new restaurant, driving sales above expections, according to Andrew Lennox, founder and CEO of The Koh Group. “Romsey has opened incredibly well and, whilst we are

Pizza Hut refurbishment increases sales but dents profits

Pizza Hut’s refurbishment programme drove up like-for-like sales by 6.2% in the year to November 29, 2015, but the cost of updating 130 outlets hit profits, which fell £1 million to £7.9 million. Same store sales for the year was £225, up from £206 million in the prior year, although closure of under-performing outlets meant turnover

Bistrot Pierre puts £10m investment to work opening three outlets in Q1 2017

French restaurant group Bistrot Pierre has secured a site for its 17th outlet in the up-and-coming town of Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield. Doors will open in early 2017. This month, the chain opens its 16th unit in Weston-super-Mare on September 9, it will be the second ribbon cutting following hot the heals of a bistro opening in

Williams highlights grab and go chillers and Jade freezer counter at The Restaurant Show

Williams will be showing a selection of its commercial refrigeration on stand CE5 at the Catering Equipment Expo in this year’s Restaurant Show at Olympia, London on 3-5 October. From front-of-house refrigeration to specialist blast chillers, the Williams stand features key examples from its range. They cover essential areas in restaurant refrigeration, from ‘Grab and

Vapour grills use steam to reduce fat and lock in goodness

Italian manufacturer Arris is encouraging restaurants to lock in nutrients and reduce fat by using its Vapour Grills. The manufacturer is represented in the UK by Linda Lewis Kitchens in Oldham. Vapour grills aim to reduce the amount of fat that reaches a diner’s plate, and also claims to minimise vitamins and minerals leaching out