The El Bulli restaurant, in the town of Roses, north of Barcelona, winner of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards a record five times, is to close for good, according to The Independent on Sunday
The ‘celebrity’ London members’ club, Paramount, has struck a deal with creditors to stave off administration. The club, whose shareholders include Graham Norton and Stephen Fry, narrowly avoided collapse by wiping out 70% of its £1.4m debt after creditors agreed to a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). The Sunday Times
JD Wetherspoon is backing plans to move the UK into the Continental time zone – in the hope that longer, lighter evenings will encourage increased trade. Mail on Sunday
According to the M&C Report, James Horler, the former chief executive of La Tasca, has thrown his hat in the ring to buy the tapas casual dining business after news broke that a formal sale process is to be launched.
The High Court has rejected PPL’s attempt to block payback of music charges. Subsequently, pubs across Britain are to share £20m in refunds following the ruling. The Publican
Violent crime has been cut by almost 50% across two Lancashire towns over the past four years thanks to a local Pubwatch scheme. morningadvertiser.com
Albert Roux who last year launched brasserie concept Chez Roux at luxury hotel Rocpool Reserve in Inverness, has signed deals to launch two more restaurants at Scottish hotels, the first of the two new Chez Roux restaurants will launch at the Inver Lodge hotel above Lochinver in Sutherland. caterersearch.com
and finally…moneysupermarket.com the price comparison website, wants to hear from pubs about special offers in order to promote them to customers in the local area. The website has introduced a ‘voucher search’ facility and now plans to expand the free service to local entertainment venues.
Site of the week
This week I wanted to highlight a pub concept created by M&B which are appearing in affluent parts of Surrey.
Everyone often says that the big guns cannot create a quality concept but the regular queue for a table tells a different story. A pub for the time it offers a quality restaurant experience but never tries to be overly “gastro”. Price wise everyone feels comfortable but you always spend more than you planned!
They have created the image of an experienced independent operator – and it works!
Following a career with Scottish & Newcastle, Slug & Lettuce and the Spirit group Paul formed Magnify marketing in 2005. Its aim to be a leading customer communications agency for the leisure and hospitality industry. Magnify Marketing has grown supporting large national organisations as well as leading edge independents. Proud of our team and work we always look to add value at every turn and be fun to work with..... as life is too short to be miserable!
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