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New record for inbound tourism set in July
VisitBritain report that July was the highest month ever for inbound tourism to the UK since official records began in 1961.
There were four million overseas visits to the UK in July, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. This made it the first month to break through the four million mark and was up 6 percent on the same month last year. It was also the best month for spending on record; overseas visitors spent £2.8 billion in the UK. Strong growth was seen in visits from North America with a record 650,000 visits, a 9 percent rise from last year.
Tourism Minister John Glen said: “Tourism is a major economic force that creates jobs and drives growth for the whole of the country. These record figures show the continued strength of this important sector and the UK’s global position as a must-visit destination.”
VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates said: “This sustained growth demonstrates Britain’s continued ability to compete internationally for visitors and shows that tourism, one of our most valuable export industries, is an increasingly important driver of economic growth across our nations and regions.”
The Office for National Statistics figures brought the total number of overseas visits to the UK from January to July this year to 23.1 million, up 8% on the same period last year. Spending by visitors during this period hit a record £13.3 billion, up 9% on the same period last year.
There were 2.9 million overseas visits from North America from January to July, up 21% on the same period last year.
There were 15.1 million overseas visits from EU countries, the UK’s largest visitor-generating region, 4% up on last year.
Visits from the ‘Rest of the World’, which includes Australia, China, the Gulf markets and India, were up to a record 3.6 million from January to July this year, up 18% on the same period last year.
Go to www.visitbritain.org for the latest monthly data.
South West wins top honours at AA Hospitality Awards
South West business won three major accolades at the annual AA Hospitality Awards, announced in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 25th September.
Hotel of the Year England went to The Gainsborough Bath Spa in Bath. The judges described staying in the Grade II Listed, five-star hotel which has exclusive access to the city’s natural thermal waters as a “sophisticated and luxurious experience.”
Andrew Brownsword Hotels were named AA Hotel Group of the Year 2017-18 in recognition of achieving the “very highest standards across service, food and accommodation throughout all its properties.”
Founded in 1994, this collection of 13 privately-owned UK hotels comprises seven properties located in the countryside, five city centre Abode hotels and Sydney House Chelsea.
Andrew Brownsword commented: “In creating our collection, we chose to acquire each property on the basis that we not only love the location but also have a real desire to provide the highest of standards in comfort and care. Our dedicated teams care about the service they give, proven time and again when our guests return, and this award is fantastic recognition for all their efforts, for which I warmly thank and congratulate them”.
Pub of the Year, England went to The Bell at Ramsbury, Wiltshire. AA inspectors said it was “An inn with a lot to offer – including comfy rooms, a welcoming bar and a café.”
Matt Saxton, manager of The Bell, said: “To receive the AA Award for the Best Pub in England is an amazing achievement. This is a trying time for the catering industry, and I’m incredibly proud of how my team has shone through it all. I am also really thankful to all of our guests that have supported us, and our owners that have backed our ideas to make our estate greater. Watch this space, there is lots more to come.”
Now in its 20th year, the awards also marked the release of the 2018 editions of the AA’s range of lifestyle guides; the AA Hotel Guide and the AA Best Restaurants Guide.
St Austell brings iconic Falmouth pub “back to life”
Following a nine-month restoration program and a multi-million-pound investment, St Austell Brewery have reopened the Chain Locker pub and hotel in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Cardiff-based Design Management Partnership (DMP) were appointed by St Austell Brewery to design and project manage the refurbishment. They photographed and catalogued every detail in the seventeenth-century bar and stored historical items so they could replace them after the work was carried out.
As construction work started, it became apparent that the building was in danger of complete collapse. DMP director Steve Peacock said: “Express permission had to be sought from the local authority listed building officer and English Heritage to take large sections of the building apart and rebuild them from scratch to save the site. This became a huge challenge for the design team and the contractors and, of course, required a sizeable financial commitment from the owners, St Austell Brewery.”
As well as extensive renovation work in the bar, the upper floor of the building has been restored to create a fully accessible restaurant and oyster bar with private eating rooms and covered balcony area overlooking the historic quay. Additionally, there are six new bedrooms at the water’s edge offering coastal views.
CAD Heritage Director Sam Mayou said: “One of our main instructions from the Brewery was to ensure that we didn’t lose the look and feel of the original bar area and all the positive feedback we have received so far tells us we got it right. As a team, not only have we given back to the people of Falmouth one of their most iconic drinking spots, but we have given the whole site a new lease of life for more people and future generations to enjoy.”
St Austell Brewery Retail Director Steve Worrall commented: “The potential for this site was always clear to us, but I don’t think anyone could have been prepared for the sheer scale of the works needed to bring the building back to life…We know how much the pub means to the town and the local people and the amazing response we have had so far from those who have visited the site is all the reward we need for our efforts.”
Warrens Bakery open in Winchester
The Cornish bakery Warrens, established in 1860, have opened their first site in Winchester, Hampshire.
The new bakery will be their fifth franchised store outside the South West and is part of their continued partnership with local businessman Farhat Abbas, who has already opened shops in Eastleigh and Southampton.
Chairman of Warrens Bakery, Mark Sullivan says: “We are immensely proud of all the team have achieved this year and with the rise in popularity of craft and British baking, are delighted that we will be able to share our recipes and award-winning sweet and savoury bakes with even more customers in Winchester. With big expansion plans over the next five years, quality, provenance and hand-crafted skill are at the heart of what we do and we look forward to welcoming the Winchester store and staff to the Warrens Bakery family.”
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Coastal Spring secure listing with Hall & Woodhouse.
Hall & Woodhouse have chosen Coastal Spring as the spring water brand across its 250 strong pub estate.
Bottled in Cornwall, Coastal Spring makes a donation to the RNLI with each bottle sold. They have raised over £65,000 for the charity to date. The labels on the bottles feature lifeboats and lifeguards.
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Skinners collaborate with chef Freddy Bird
The Cornish brewers have announced a partnership with Freddy Bird, the Executive Head Chef of the Lido, The Glassboat & Three Brothers Burgers in Bristol.
Skinners have collaborated with the Bristol-born chef at several events including Port Eliot and Abergavenny Food Festival. Freddy cooked over two grills commissioned from Skinner’s brewing equipment and used Skinner’s beers to create barbecue marinades.
Steve Skinner, founder of Skinner’s Brewery, said: “We are delighted to be working with Freddy – his love for the outdoors, his focus on high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and passion for delicious beer make him the ideal match with Skinner’s. We’re really excited for the wonderful combination of food and beer this partnership will bring!”
Cotswold Taste announce new patron
Dame Fiona Reynolds will be the patron of Cotswold Taste Ltd, the quality marque for food and drink in the region.
Dame Fiona, who lives near Cirencester, was previously the Director General of the National Trust (2001-12) and is currently Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
“We’re both honoured and delighted that Dame Fiona has agreed to become the Patron of our young and growing organisation’, said Nicholas Waloff, Executive Chair of Cotswold Taste Ltd. “We look forward to working with her in the future.”
Dame Fiona said: “I know and love the Cotswolds, support the conservation of its unique environment for all of us to enjoy – and am passionate about local food.”
Established in 2016, Cotswold Taste Ltd is a member-owned cooperative.
Malmaison Cheltenham appoint new General Manager
The boutique hotel brand have announced that Steven Wilmer will be the new General Manager of Malmaison Cheltenham.
Steven joined the Malmaison Hotel du Vin group in 2014 and has been Deputy General Manager at the hotel since December 2016, when he was selected for the company’s Rising Star programme. He will now be responsible for the 61-bedroom hotel which includes three event rooms, brasserie and bar.
First counter-top cold press juicer launched
The Santos Cold Press Juicer is the world’s first counter-top commercial juicer, according to stockists Nisbets.
Launched by juicing equipment specialists, Santos, the unit features a patented filtration system that enables “fresh, high-quality, pulp-free raw juices to be created directly in front of the customer.”
Winner of the 2017 Sirha Innovation Award, the juicer features a wide chute which allows whole fruits and vegetables to be pressed with no pre-cutting needed. With an aluminium body and full stainless steel food zone, Nisbets say “it’s the first commercial cold press juicer on the market able to withstand the daily demands of the busiest environment.”
For more information visit www.nisbets.co.uk.
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Gyle 59 Brewery
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The Restaurant Show
2nd- 4th October 2017
“This unique trade event caters to those owning, operating and working in restaurants, hotels, catering companies, cafes and leisure establishments across the UK.”
The Bar & Pub Show
2nd- 4th October 2017
“The Bar & Pub Show will provide suppliers with the opportunity to showcase their products and services to today’s aspirational bars and pubs”
The Conscious Hospitality Show
2nd- 4th October 2017
“The Conscious Hospitality Show is absolutely in tune with the evolving consciousness of today’s diners and addresses the issues diners care about most.”
Catering Kitchen Expo
2nd-4th October 2017
“Catering Equipment Expo’ is organised by Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment who will bring their own ‘Trend Set’ innovations programme to the event to showcase the latest trends in the presentation of food and drink from around the world.”
Park Inn, Heathrow, UB7 0DU
“The Food Exhibition for Travel & Leisure Food buyers”
“We will again be showcasing high-quality food & beverage products, hand-picked from a selection of innovative UK suppliers, which have been exclusively designed and tailored for the Travel & Leisure sector.”
Welcome Italia – The Best of Italian Food & Beverage
13th – 15th October
Royal Horticultural Halls, London. SW1P 2PE
“Organised by The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK – discover and explore the best of Italian Food & Beverage. Meet producers and attend extraordinary cooking shows.”
13th October – Day 1 – Trade Only
The Chocolate Show London
13th – 15th October
“The Chocolate Show is the UK’s biggest event dedicated to chocolate with over 110 participants gathered together on 4,000sqm exclusively dedicated to chocolate and cocoa.
Themed around chocolate, cocoa, ice cream, pastry and confectionary, exhibitors’ stands are the heart of the Show and host British and international chocolatiers, artisans, manufacturers and producing countries.”
The Independent Hotel Show
17th – 18th October 2017
“The business event for luxury & boutique hotels, the show presents a curated collection of over 300 innovative product and service providers from across the hotel supply chain.”
Future Food-Tech: Innovation & Investment from farm to fork
18th – 19th October 2017
The Tower Hotel: Guoman, London. E1W 1LD
“Future Food-Tech, London 2017 brings together investors, start-ups, and food and ingredients manufacturers to showcase solutions, share ideas, identify opportunities for innovation and forge new partnerships and alliances.”
TMI Convention 2017
30th – 31st October 2017
Managing Destinations, Making Places – Innovation and Competitiveness
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
“The convention will share experiences in place making, exploring how destinations need to design their visitor offers around authentic and distinctive qualities and experiences.”
Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch Event
“Increasing sales in food service through neuromarketing”
Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3AB
“Karen Fewell from Digital Blonde will be talking about how the hospitality industry can incorporate psychology into marketing and social media communications.”
The European Pizza and Pasta Show
15th – 16th November
“The European Pizza and Pasta Show® is an exclusive B2B trade event uniting leading UK and European food wholesalers and retailers, pizza operators and pizzeria owners, restaurant chains and independent restaurants, hotels and catering companies with equipment manufacturers, specialist ingredients suppliers and service providers.”
Catering Equipment Suppliers’ Association (CESA) Conference
De Vere Wokefield Estate Hotel, Reading
“CESA’s speaker platform for the 2017 Conference is designed to inform and stimulate. The theme is Moving Forward in a Changing World and a highlight of the day will be Robin Clark, restaurant services director of Just Eat, who will talk about delivering change.”
Food Matters Live 2017
21st – 23rd November 2017
“Food Matters Live is the UK’s only cross-sector event bringing together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition, to enable collaboration and innovation to support a sustainable food landscape for the future.”