Trading restrictions led almost a third of Britain’s licensed premises to shut their doors last month, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners indicates—a sign that the sector may be substantially reduced after the end of England’s four-week lockdown. The report indicates that 69.9% of Britain’s total licensed premises were trading at the …

Rational iCombi Pro 1011E

Rational, a leading provider in hot food preparation equipment, is warning that it is essential for kitchen staff to follow the cleaning procedures recommended by their machine’s manufacturer in order to keep combi steamers operating safely and efficiently. Typically, combi steamers should be cleaned every day as part of the kitchen routine. Most quality machines …

The Connaught Bar team

The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, sponsored by Perrier, was revealed last night (5 November) via an online awards ceremony, which saw London’s Connaught Bar claim the coveted title. Adapting to a new virtual event, 2020’s ceremony aimed to bring the global hospitality community even closer together and provide positive news for …

Mixed Berry Yorkshire Tonic

Artisan drinks producer Raisthorpe Distillery has expanded its Yorkshire Tonic range with a new seasonal Mixed Berry variant. Designed to produce a “taste of Yorkshire harvest in the glass”, the new tonic combines strawberries, raspberries, black and redcurrants and brambles. Mixed Berry is available in a 500ml bottle and joins the existing six Yorkshire Tonic …

Diageo Learning for Life

Diageo Learning for Life has been relaunched to support the UK hospitality sector and its hard-pressed staff, offering Covid safety training and life skills. The £1m-per-year programme, which has traditionally been focused on offering opportunities to young unemployed people in the UK to get into hospitality careers, has been repurposed as a virtual training programme …

Martin Miller's Gin Winterful

Premium gin brand Martin Miller’s has launched Winterful, a new limited edition seasonal variant. Inspired by the botanicals commonly used in home-made mulled wine recipes, the winter edition pays homage to the brand’s dual heritage, which sees its English distilled gin blended with Icelandic spring water. Winterful is created using Martin Miller’s Gin’s twin-distilled Original …

Rational oven

One of the stars of Rational’s new iCombi Pro combi steamer is an advanced feature called iProductionManager which, the company says, not only increases productivity but also adds enormous flexibility to production schedules. At the same time, it reduces running costs. The option of cooking different products at the same time in a combi steamer …

Trade bodies representing the UK’s hospitality, pubs and their supply chain businesses have called on the government to provide a six-month investment plan to secure the future of the sectors. In a letter to the Chancellor, UKHospitality, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Society …

Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals at London Cocktail Week 2020

London Cocktail Week 2020 has been deemed a huge success in helping to support the hospitality industry this October, welcoming just under 10,000 wristband wearers and driving much-needed footfall into 250 of London’s best cocktail bars. Anecdotal feedback from the capital’s leading bar owners has confirmed that the festival has had a positive impact in …

The Oxford Artisan Distillery

The Oxford Artisan Distillery has announced an exclusive partnership with drinks agency Sip and Savour to scale up the UK distribution of its spirits portfolio. The Oxford-based certified organic grain-to-glass distillery currently produces Oxford Rye Organic Vodka and Oxford Rye Organic Gin, while it’s Oxford Rye Whiskey is due to launch in December. The premium …