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Longleat’s £45m hotel and water park plans
The Longleat Estate have submitted plans for a 240 bed hotel, water park and conference facilities at the historic house and safari park in Wiltshire.
It’s hoped the 7,000 sq ft water park will add an all year round attraction for the estate with the hotel allowing visitors to extend their stay to two days. Longleat welcomes one million visitors a year who stay an average of seven hours – of which 40% drive more than two hours to reach it.
If given the green light, the development is expected to take two years to construct and cost £45m. Once open, the new attractions – including an “animal immersive experience” – will create 300 full time jobs.
The application comes as Centre Parts in Longleat are revamping their facilities to include a new water park experience. Located a few miles from the Longleat Estate, it raises the prospect of competition between the two resorts.
Bob Montgomery, the chief executive of Longleat Enterprises, said: “We believe Longleat is uniquely placed to own and create a tourist destination that will help sustain the Estate for future generations while being of benefit to all of the attractions within a 40-minute drive time from Warminster.
Marco Pierre White opens pizza restaurant in Swindon
Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is opening a third Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso Bar. The 80-cover restaurant is set to open in Swindon in March, on the site of The Old Bank restaurant on Wood Street. It follows openings of other restaurants in the chain in Birmingham and Bristol.
Named after the town of Marco’s mother birth, it focuses on stone-baked pizza and pasta with an all-day brunch menu that becomes bottomless at weekends, allowing diners unlimited Bellinis with any item from the brunch menu.
The restaurant will be managed by Manni Madhani under licence from the Black & WhiteHospitality business.
Marco Pierre White said: “Bardolino represents affordable, friendly and casual dining with authentic, recognisable Italian dishes. After months of planning for the opening, I’m very much looking forward to opening the doors and offering a real taste of Italy to Swindon diners.”
Nick Taplin, CEO at Black & White Hospitality, said: “Bardolino is sure to be a hit with both day-time and evening diners. The high street has changed a lot in the past few years and the demand for casual dining has become increasingly popular. A trend we believe is here to stay and this concept is designed to offer a fresh alternative, where authentic, uncomplicated food served promptly is absolutely essential.The setting, although influenced by a rustic Italian village, will be vibrant and a little bit quirky with the décor reflecting both old and the new.”
American tourists boost hotel trade post Brexit
Hotels in the United Kingdom have benefited from an increase in visitors from North America in the months following the Brexit decision, according to a study by STR and Tourism Economics. This has been brought on by the devaluation of the pound following the referendum on EU membership.
According to the International Passenger Survey (IPS) conducted by the Office for National Statistics, U.K. arrivals from North America were up 6.8% between July and October 2016 when compared with the same period in 2015. From January to June, the “pre-Brexit” vote period, arrivals from North America increased at a more modest rate (+0.5%) compared with first six months of 2015. Meanwhile, arrivals from Europe have dropped off slightly following the referendum, down 0.1% between July and October 2016. Overall during the first 10 months of 2016, international arrivals to the U.K. were up 1.7% to 31.4 million.
October 2016 year-to-date figures also show that holiday arrivals to the U.K. were down 3.7% overall. But between July and October, this rate of decline slowed somewhat to 2.9%. Meanwhile, business trips to the U.K. still showed growth in 2016, but slowed from 4.3% between January and June to 1.8% between July and October.
“While we’ve seen a recent slowdown in business travel to the U.K., it’s important to put it in perspective that 2015 was a standout year for business arrivals, up 7.1% compared with 2014,” said David Goodger, Director for Tourism Economics in Europe. “What remains to be seen is how holiday travel will be impacted in summer 2017. As the referendum vote occurred towards the end of June, when many already had July or August vacations planned, we’ll see how a favourable exchange rate for holiday visitors from North America will play out this coming summer.”
Dorset sculpture park gets new café
Sculpture by the Lakes is opening a new café at its 26 acre site in Dorset in collaboration with the award-winning owner and head chef of Yalbury Cottage, Jamie Jones.
The Gallery Café will open in early April and offer locally sourced, seasonal food to eat in or enjoy as a picnic in the surroundings of the sculpture park.
Simon Gudgeon, owner of Sculpture by the Lakes said: “Providing a café is something we always planned to do and we’re so happy that Jamie Jones from Yalbury Cottage is behind the venture. We know that the café will enhance the visitor experience, allowing them to stay longer and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and artwork even more.”
Free range eggs not at risk says producer
One free range egg producer is taking steps to ensure her flocks’ eggs remain free range despite the measures introduced by DEFRA in the wake of outbreaks of bird flu which state that poultry must be housed.
Sarah Hawkeswood of Phoenix Free Range keeps 120 laying turkeys on two acres of land in Bisley, Stroud. She said:”’During the time when sanctions have been in place to prevent the spread of avian flu, our turkeys have nevertheless been allowed out to graze and roam – as they have been kept under large netted enclosures. The most important factor is to ensure that a flock is protected from any possible wild bird droppings – as this is where the virus is contained – but it is not necessarily the case that poultry must be kept indoors”
St Austell Brewery course takes first apprentice chefs
St Austell Brewery’s Chef Scholarship course has taken on its first ten apprentice chefs. The Chef Scholarship follows the standards of the Government’s new apprenticeship qualifications and has been designed to “instil the skills, experience and confidence to create the next generation of head chefs, restaurateurs and leaders within the rapidly expanding hospitality sector”, according to the brewery.
On their way to gaining an industry-accredited qualification at the end of the 12-month scholarship, students are offered extra learning opportunities provided by the Brewery’s existing award-winning Academy 1851 training centre, including working with high ranking head chefs.
Brewery Learning and Development Manager Richard Parkes said: “We are passionate about developing chefs here at the Brewery. This is so much more than an apprenticeship and through this unique training course we hope to be able to set these students on the path to fantastic careers in the South West.”
Holiday park operators share tips for success
Park Life is a new guide bringing together insights and advice from award winning holiday parks. Produced by Stephen Scown, the current holder of the British Legal Awards’ UK Law Firm of the Year title, ten parks have provided input for the guide, including Ladram Bay, the multi award winning holiday park on Devon’s Jurassic coast.
Kirstie Apps, partner and specialist in holiday parks law at Stephens Scown said: “Holiday park operators are among the busiest people I know. Our idea for ‘Park Life’ is to make it really quick and easy for them to get an insight into the stories behind award winning parks. The advice covers everything from marketing to customer service and sustainability.”
To download a free copy of ‘Park Life’, go to www.stephens-scown.co.uk/parklife.
Producers collaborate to make perfect coffee for show visitors
Three acclaimed producers are teaming up at this year’s Hotel, Catering & Retail Show to “create the perfect flat white” coffee. Moonroast Coffee, along with New Forest Spring Water, will join Pensworth Dairy on their stand at the Bournemouth International Centre on the 14-15th March.
Francis Bradshaw, founder and roaster at Moonroast Coffee says “The milk used in making a barista coffee really matters, to stretch and texture it in just the right way. The level of protein in the milk is what is key. This is a great collaboration and will help to demonstrate how important it is to use the right milk and the finest water.”
Kevin Cowell, Director of New Forest Spring Water, adds “We believe in working collaboratively with the best brands and the fusion of our products into the perfect coffee is a tangible demonstration of what can be achieved through such an approach.”
Gideon Bishop, Sales Director, Pensworth Dairy says, “Pensworth Dairy has long supplied the catering and hotel trade with ranges of organic, standard milk and cream. We also offer UHT milk and cream in the Pensworth brand. The coffee shop/catering market is important and growing so The Hotel, Retail & Catering Show is a great opportunity to demonstrate how our three products can work perfectly together.”
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Gin school opens in Salcombe
Salcombe Distilling Co. is launching the South West’s first ever Gin School on its premises in the coastal town.
Under the guidance of one of Salcombe Gin’s distillers, each student will learn about the art of distillation. They will then take charge of a copper mini-still to develop and distil their very own 70cl bottle of gin.
Commenting on the Gin School, company co-founder Angus Lugsdin says: “The trend for gin is still on the increase with new gin lists popping up in restaurants and bars all over the country. The Gin School supports this by offering an education, in a fun and relaxed way, of how gin is created.”
For more details go to www.salcombegin.com
New cooker “giant leap forward for affordable induction”
The Titan Induction Range Cooker offers the “latest induction technology at a price that is affordable to all” according to the manufacturers Burco, by Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances.
Made in Britain, the new Range features a unique five zone induction cooking hob, complete with a large 2/1 gastronorm compatible oven. Each zone also features a ‘Boost’ mode for when additional power is needed, allowing chefs to inject a 10-minute power increase for when rapid heating is required. The Titan unit also features Advanced Smart Pan Detection technology, meaning the unit will only ever consume power and generate heat when a pan is in place.
Jon Usher, Head of UK Sales & Marketing at Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances, manufacturers of the Titan range comments:
“For a number of years, induction technology has been seen as the domain of top chefs in large kitchens; a nice to have but something that often far exceeds the budgets of many operators throughout the industry.
Because of this, we have spent a great deal of time developing the new Titan Induction Range. Offering the very latest technology at a price that is affordable to all – cafés, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants alike, all can now enjoy the significant energy efficiency savings achievable by using induction cooking technology.
Induction technology means the heat is generated in the pan base itself from an electromagnetic field. By simply placing an induction compatible pan on cooking area, this field excites the molecules in the base of the pan to create heat, which in turn cooks the food.”
For further information visit www.burco-commercial.co.uk
The Demo Kitchen at The Hotel, Catering and Retail Show
Nothing beats coming away from a exciting, vibrant trade show feeling like you’ve learnt something. The Demo Kitchen at the Hotel, Catering and Retail Show (14-15 March at Bournemouth International Centre) is a great opportunity to see leading chefs teaching their favourite signature dishes and culinary skills in live tutorials. You can get up close to some of today’s best talent and walk away with tips and tricks to influence your own menu.
Hosted on the Love Food Roadshow’s kitchen and sponsored by Bournemouth & Poole College, the kitchen will showcase cooking techniques featuring local produce. Leading chefs will inspire and educate; it’s well worth spending a little of your time at the show to take the weight off your feet and enjoy! Highlights include:
Tuesday 11.00am – Paul Dayman – Bournemouth & Poole College
Lecturer In Food Preparation & Cooking, Hospitality and Catering
Tuesday 12.00pm – Andy Chu – Woking with Andy
Local Dorset Celebrity Chef who graduated from Bournemouth Catering College (1992). Specialist in Far East Cuisine. Andy will have noodle pots with him for you to try!
Tuesday 1.00pm – Stewart Parker – Group Executive Chef BHLive
Stewart’s keen eye for emerging food trends, sustainable ingredients and innovative food and menu design has already helped many top brands to beat their rivals to the plate. He’s created a food artisan network in Sussex to supply three Brighton pubs, and even created his own brand, the local charcuterie Calcot Farm. Now he’s cooking up similar experiences to tickle the taste buds of diners at world-class venues across Dorset, Hampshire and London.
Tuesday 2.00pm – Jamie Jones – Yalbury Cottage
Yalbury Cottage was awarded Small Hotel of the Year 2015 by The Good Hotel Guide. Jamie strongly believes in bringing cooking back to its purest form; choosing only the finest raw ingredients from the best suppliers in the county.
Wednesday 12.00pm – Sarah Ali – Easy Curry
Sarah Ali Choudhury is recognised as Dorset’s answer to Madhur Jaffrey. She creates real home cooked Indian food, cookery classes, YouTube videos and cookery demonstrations. Sarah also offers event and outdoor food catering and writes regular food columns for magazines, newspapers and online publications.
Sarah has appeared on Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules with Prue Leith, Michael Caines and Raymond Blanc. She appears regularly on Talk Solent TV and is a Food Expert with Hot Radio 103.8fm. Sarah is a finalist for The Rising Star Award with Bournemouth Tourism Awards and is an Ambassador for Unity in Vision, UK Nepal Friendship Society, Janarki Women’s Awareness Society (JWAS) and Child Nepal.
Wednesday 1.00pm – Jean Paul De Bonne – The Anchor Inn Seatown
Belgian born Jean-Paul De Ronne is a passionate provenance cook and is currently Head Chef at the Multi-award winning Anchor Inn at Seatown, where his food is inspired by the location in which he works. A firm advocate of British cooking, JP often writes pieces for magazines, online media and blogsites, and can be often seen at various local events demonstrating his skills and love for food. He was recently filmed for a series of food and beer matching segments for the BBA’s ‘There’s a Beer for that’ campaign, using his knowledge to pair foods to different beer types.
For more details on how to register for free and attend visit http://www.hotelcateringretailshow.co.uk/
7th – 9th March 2017
Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
“Showcasing products that cover the whole of the hospitality and catering market; from tableware to furniture, catering equipment to business services, coffee to speciality food, this show really does have Cornwall covered!”
The Retailers’ Retailer Awards
7th March 2017
“Described as the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector’s “Oscars”, the Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards recognises the best companies, concepts and individuals in the restaurant, pub, coffee shop and late-night bar market.”
The British Pie Awards 2017
8th March 2017
Pera Consulting, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1YU
“The British Pie Awards, held during British Pie Week celebrate our nation’s love of pies – one of the true icons of British cuisine. This year entrants are invited to create a traditional Regional Pie. For this category, the special judges welcome everything from the Forfar Bridie in Scotland to the Midland’s Bedfordshire Clanger – as long as it follows BPA rules.”
The Future of Beer- Carlsberg House of Beers
13th March 2017, 4.00 – 8.00
The Tramshed, Cardiff
“A free event hosted by Carlsberg’s South West Team introducing customers to Carlsberg’s latest innovations in draught dispense technology. The event will feature Carlsberg’s craft beer range with informal sessions on portfolio tasting and food pairing. The event will also include the Crown Cellars premium spirits selection and a wine and food pairing masterclass from our South West Wine and Spirits Manager.”
Please register your interest with Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Publican Awards
14th March 2017
Battersea Evolution, London
“The Publican Awards recognises the best in every aspect of the pub industry – from the best brewing pub companies to the best late-night operators. Iconic chat show presenter Jonathan Ross has been announced as the host of the biggest night of the year for the pub industry.”
The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show
14th – 15th March 2017
Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
“The Hotel, Catering and Retail Show features new and innovative products, hundreds of delicious food and drink product tastings, the latest trends and exciting developments from industry, and a chance to network with current suppliers, peers and key industry players.”
Food Allergy Awareness Workshop
14th March 2017, 1.30 – 4.30
Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
“Add value to your visit to the ‘Hotel, Catering & Retail Show 2017′, attend the food allergy awareness workshop and come away with a tool box that can benefit your business! Attend a discounted workshop on managing the FreeFrom customer, and get help and advice on creating your menu and processes.”
Delegates will receive a letter of attendance. To take advantage of the special pre-show rate of £35 (saving £5), book at http://www.fatc.co.uk/events/food-allergy-awareness-workshop-bournemouth/
The International Food & Drink Event (IFE)
(including – Pro2Pac & Waste-Works)
19th – 22nd March 2017
“Together the three events cover the entire supply chain; from farm to fork to fertiliser to fuel.” IFE is “the UK’s biggest and most important food and drink trade event. The 2017 show will be bursting with food and drink inspiration.” Pro2Pac is “the UK’s only packaging event designed exclusively for the food & drink sector.”
“Waste-Works, the only waste & sustainability event for the food & drink industry.”
Northern Restaurant & Bar 2017
21st – 22nd March 2017
Manchester Central Convention Complex
“The largest hospitality exhibition for the North of England; NRB will host 300 exhibitors, 65 live demos and over 7,500 trade-only visitors. The show also includes the NRB Debate, NRB Top Fifty Awards, and NRB Fringe. Every year NRB brings together the entire Northern hospitality industry to discover new ideas, identify opportunities and source new products.”
British Tourism & Travel Show
22nd – 23rd March 2017
“With the UK domestic tourism sector valued at £127 billion, this lucrative industry deserves a dedicated and focused exhibition. Bringing together over 3,000 top level travel buyers.”
Whiskies & Spirits Conference Europe
30th March 2017
The Waldorf Hilton, London
“The 2017 Whiskies & Spirits Conference Europe brings together the industry’s international leaders in a unique open forum to talk about the commercial opportunities and challenges that confront the global spirits industry.” Including, the ‘World Drink Awards 2017’ presentation and drinks reception.
Natural & Organic Products Europe
2nd – 3rd April 2017
“Europe’s biggest trade show for natural products – making it the ‘must attend’ event for buyers of everything from natural healthcare products, to natural and organic foods.”
The Farm Shop & Deli Show
24-26th April 2017
“Experience the best quality local and regional produce from more than 450 outstanding suppliers over three days. Farm Shop & Deli Show will be packed with new launches, fresh industry insights and trend-setting food and drink.”
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink
29th April – 1st May 2017
Exeter Castle Courtyard & Northernhay Gardens
“An established favourite for all foodies, the festival attracts an international audience with visitors attending from far and wide to buy delicious goodies, watch top chefs in the live Festival Cookery Theatre and get involved in workshops and demonstrations.”
The Food & Drink Trade Show
3rd – 4th May 2017
Three Counties Showground, Malvern
“A unique blend of inspirational speciality food & drink products, from a wide range of exhibitors; from the small and regional, to those who trade throughout the UK and internationally.”
The Devon County Show
18th – 20th May
“The best of food, farming and entertainment. The Food & Drink Pavilion will be even bigger – and top chef Michael Caines will be cooking up some incredible dishes in our cookery demonstration theatre.”
Caffé Culture Show 2017
23rd – 24th May
“The nation’s leading gathering place for the café and coffee community, continuing to bring together all those who have a passion for pushing the industry forward.”