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Extracts from Caterer's archives

01 January 2000
Extracts from Caterer's archives

The sixties

A huge marquee covering 21,000sq ft housed the "West Country Supper" served to the 1,200 women delegates at the International Home Economy Congress at Bristol. Waiters in the marquee communicated with the kitchen by means of walkie-talkie sets.

More than 200 staff were borrowed from local hotels and colleges to serve the meal.

Mr Edward England, managing director of Clifton Caterers, said that at the last moment they realised the size of the problem of communication between the marquee and chefs.

Caterer, 8 August 1968

The seventies

Restaurants, hotels, cafés and pubs are to be compelled to display prices of food and wine outside premises and dining areas. They will also have to show details of service charges, cover charges and any minimum charges.

A new Government order proposed by the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection is due to come into effect in October and a draft is now being circulated to trade associations. The order follows the compulsory hotel tariff display regulations introduced earlier this year.

Robert Maclellan, parliamentary under-secretary for prices and consumer protection announced the proposals on Monday. He said, "The purpose of this order is to make sure that prices are shown clearly so that the customer is not caught out and can make an informed choice before he or she is committed to buying food or drink."

Caterer, 3 August 1978

The eighties

Swallow hotels is offering house-buying holiday breaks to help people from the South of England to find property in centres along the East Coast and the main line railway route to the North.

A night's accommodation is being offered consecutively in Peterborough, Doncaster and York. Return rail fare is included in the deal. The three-night package costs £150 per person. Couples who apply will also receive local newspapers sent in advance with property prices; a free dinner for three (to include an estate agent) and a guide on arrival at the hotel on do-it-yourself conveyancing.

Caterer, 4 August 1988

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