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Bristol hoteliers want Airbnb exclusion zone
The Bristol Hoteliers Association (BHA) is calling on Bristol City Council to introduce exclusion zones for short-term Airbnb-style lets in the city centre.
Imran Ali, chairman of the BHA, believes “Bristol is being much too slow with regard to the regulation and policing of what has become a global phenomenon.” He says the result is that over 2,0000 listings are being offered to visitors with no fire regulations or the need to pay VAT and business rates.
The hotelier’s head now wants exclusion zones to be placed across the city and local residents to have the option and authority to block any properties or rooms from being offered in the street in which they live.
Imran said: “Not only do these properties not pay business rates but lack the required level of fire, health and safety standards.
“I imagine as well, many landlords who still have a mortgage have not declared that they are leasing out their property to their lender and would be in breach of their mortgage agreement. If you haven’t told your mortgage lender that you are letting out your property it also invalidates your insurance.”
He added: “We’re happy for competition however it has to be on a level playing field. If nothing is done, hotels and B&Bs will suffer.
“It goes without saying that the local job market will also see a decline due to less services being needed. And finally, let’s not forget that the council will then start to lose income from the tax they currently receive from these legitimate businesses.”
John Burton-Race Resigns
Former Michelin-starred celebrity chef John Burton-Race has resigned from his role as group executive head chef consultant at the Richardson Hotel Group.
The announcement comes twenty months after Richardson Hotel Group rebranded The Grosvenor hotel in Torquay into the John Burton-Race Restaurant with Rooms and undertook a large-scale refurbishment.
Burton-Race, who has held two Michelin stars (Quat’Saisons, L’Ortolan, the New Angel), and has 35 years of professional chef experience, said: “I am saddened that I have had to make the decision to leave the group, but I am excited about finding my next venture and look forward to seeing what the future holds for me. I have shown that I can rebuild an average restaurant into a fine dining establishment within a short space of time – if I am given the opportunity and the backing’’
The Richardson Hotel Group stated that the John Burton-Race Restaurant with Rooms will now be rebranded.
Wadworth revamps pub websites
Wadworth Brewery has revamped the websites for all of its 55 managed pubs in time for the summer season. Visitors can now book tables and accommodation online, view up to date menus and see different areas of the pub.
CEO for Wadworth, Chris Welham said, “We have a fantastic selection of high-quality pubs in the West Country and these new websites really show off what they have to offer to local and international visitors. Its imperative that the websites showcase what’s on offer in a simple and interactive way and our new sites do just that”.
Stroud Brewery launches £300,000 crowdfunding plan
Organic beer producer, Stroud Brewery, are launching a bond offer to raise £300,000 to fund relocation and expansion plans.
Working with sustainable banking pioneer Triodos Bank, investors will become members of the Stroud Brewery Beer Club for the period of the bond and get a 10% discount on beer purchases. The brewery will use the funds for their relocation to a new, expanded site 400 yards from their present home in Thrupp, outside Stroud. The new location will include a taproom bar, greater capacity for beer production and storage and feature heat reclamation and solar electricity.
Greg Pilley, Managing Director of Stroud Brewery commented: “This is a significant development for Stroud Brewery and will provide us with the platform to take the business to the next stage. There is no way we could have imagined this six years ago when we moved into our existing site.”
“When we first started talking about this project we wanted to ensure that sustainability was at the core of the build and accommodate an ecologically designed brewery giving us a strong identity, a visitor destination and a vibrant community space. This crowdfunding campaign will give our customers further opportunities to invest in the brewery’s sustainable practices such as rainwater capture and solar photovoltaic panels.”
Dan Hird, head of the Triodos Corporate Finance team says: “We have been impressed with the management team and their commitment to sustainability through the whole supply chain. It is a great fit with Triodos given our existing support for the organic food & farming sector. We are committed to helping people make a positive impact with their money, through saving and investing. With this bond offer, people can invest directly into a local and organic business which helps people make a positive choice with their spending as well.”
Food & Drink NEWS
New lemonade flavour from Hullabaloos
Hullabaloos Lemonade are launching still Lime and Mint, the sixth flavour in their range of lemonades. Available in 330ml and 750ml glass bottles, they say it’s “proving to be very popular to drink on its own or as a mixer with something a little stronger – it is the perfect base for a Mojito!”
Hullabaloos Lemonades can be ordered through J&R Food Services and Holleys Fine Foods, or directly. For more details call 01934 733696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details go to www.hullabaloos.rocks.
Pickled eggs collaboration
Purely Pickled Eggs from Stroud in Gloucestershire launched the Passionfruit Sour Beer Pickled Egg at the Great British Beer Festival that ran 7th-11th August at Olympia, Kensington.
They created the new flavour with Howling Hops in Hackney, London and after much testing decided on the brewery’s Passion Fruit Sour Beer for their British free-range pickled eggs.
Christian Campbell, manager of Howling Hop’s Cock Tavern in Hackney said: “We enjoyed tasting the different pickle flavours that came from our beers but the Sour Beer stood out as giving the pickled egg a real tropical fruitiness with a touch of lemon and saltiness that works really well.”
Purely Pickled Eggs’ director Sue Tyley added: “There were some challenges involved in arriving at the perfect blend but Howling Hops have brewed a delicious Sour Beer that was a pleasure to work with and we’re delighted to be launching this unique and exciting flavour at such a legendary beer festival.”
For more details go to www.purelypickledeggs.co.uk or call 07752955182.
FEM launches high-performance blender
Foodservice Equipment Marketing Ltd (FEM) are bringing the “latest and greatest” Hamilton Beach Commercial blender to the UK.
The Hamilton Beach Commercial Quantum 950 high-performance blender uses a brushless motor system that means the “Quantum lasts two and a half times longer and operates 50% more efficiently than its peers.” The motor has a seven-year warranty and the all-metal drive and stainless steel blades a lifetime guarantee.
The Quantum 950 has over 30 pre-programmed blending cycles, operated by a touchpad and custom programs can be uploaded via the USB port. Its Wave-Action System uses a specially designed container to ensure the mixture is blended evenly. The blender comes with a Quiet Shield sound enclosure to reduce volume.
It’s available with a list price of £1,790 plus VAT and includes a three years parts and labour warranty, in addition to the guarantees for the motor and blades.
For more information call FEM on +44 (0) 1355 244111 or visit www.fem.co.uk.
Artis introduce new Tiki glasses
Glass and tableware distributor Artis are adding three new pieces to their Tiki range.
They are launching Tiki Mai Tai and Tiki Coupe glasses, each featuring gold tiki moulded stems, and a ‘Happy – Sad’ 2-face tumbler, for longer cocktails.
List prices are; Tiki coupe and Tiki Mai Tai £6.45 each and the two-sided tumbler is priced at £3.99.
For more details go online to www.artis-uk.com or call 020 8391 5544.
South Hams hotel on market for £950,000
The Moorland Hotel in the village of Wotter, situated in the South Hams area of Devon, close to Dartmoor National Park, has been brought to market for £950,000 with agents Christie & Co.
The hotel includes 18 ensuite bedrooms, two function rooms, a restaurant and bar. There is further accommodation in the form of a detached two bedroom bungalow and a two bedroom apartment on the first floor of the hotel. Outside, the hotel has a customer car park, decked area for 30 covers plus stables.
The hotel has been operated by mother and daughter team Rosemary and Patricia Dallas since 2008. Rosemary is now looking to retire to her second home in Cornwall. She said: “The hotel is situated in a rural location on the edge of Dartmoor, yet only 8 minutes’ drive to Plympton and less than 30 minutes to Plymouth City Centre. This makes it not just a great position for a hotel, but a wonderful place to call home.”
Stephen Champion, senior business agent based in Christie & Co’s Exeter office, comments, “Rosemary and Patricia have done an excellent job improving and restoring the Moorland Hotel during their 16 years of ownership. The Moorland Hotel is located in a spectacular part of the Devon countryside, featuring views of both the sea and Dartmoor, a real draw for tourists travelling to the area. The business has demonstrated constantly strong levels of sales and profitability in recent years and has scope to further develop this trade, making this hotel an attractive proposition for a new operator.”
Exmoor boutique hotel available on leasehold
Crosslane House Hotel forms part of the National Trust Holnicote Estate at Allerford on the edge of Exmoor and is available for £125,000 leasehold with Colliers International.
Ed Jefferson, from the Hotels team at Colliers International, said: “Crosslane House has been completely and authentically restored…to offer the very best in Somerset hospitality. It offers the most stylish and contemporary facilities in a quietly comfortable and authentically rustic setting.
“The four rooms are spacious, light and airy and have been meticulously themed and furnished to offer the very best in period styling blended with original and contemporary furnishings.
“Guests can use it as a base to explore the countryside and stunning landscapes – it is just a short walk from the South West Coastal Path and the beach.
“The National Trust owns the entire estate, so the property is available on leasehold – bringing this top-drawer property within reach of many more people.”
Dartmoor Brewery expands sales team
The South West ale producer Dartmoor Brewery has appointed Tim Kellow as Sales Manager, boosting its regional sales team.
Tim was previously with Sharps Brewery in Cornwall.
Richard Smith, managing director of Dartmoor Brewery, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Tim to the team. He has an enviable track record in the industry, and in the South West in particular, and he will be bringing a new focus to our local heartland to ensure that thirsty ale-drinkers can enjoy their favourite beers in brilliant local pubs and other trade outlets.”
Tim Kellow said: “I’m really pleased to be joining Dartmoor Brewery at such an exciting time for the business. The provenance and quality of the beers are exceptional and true to their Dartmoor roots, and I can’t wait to further spread the word and deliver great customer service to our trade customers.”
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