New in Docklands



Travelodge has opened a 132-bedroom hotel in London’s Docklands. Granada’s investment of £4.65m in its Docklands hotel is part of a £100m project to open 25 Travelodge hotels in city centres by 2000.



More Fyne ideas



Loch Fyne Oysters, which has oyster bars in Nottingham and Peterborough, and supplies seafood to 350 UK restaurants, is considering opening restaurants in Richmond, Henley and Twickenham.



Off the runway



Whitbread is to open an 89-bedroom Travel Inn and a Beefeater restaurant close to Newcastle Airport. The £3m development is to be completed by May.



Pine purchase



The three-star Pine Trees Hotel in Pitlochry has been sold through agent Robert Barry to a first-time hotelier, Brian Waller, for just under £1.2m. The 20-bedroom hotel also has a gate lodge cottage.



No more studies



The Town House Company, owner of the Channings and Howard hotels, is investing £3m in converting a four-storey university hall of residence in Edinburgh into a 50-bedroom hotel. All rooms at the Bonham hotel, which is to open in May, have been individually designed.



Daffodil blooms



The Daffodil, a 120-cover restaurant in Montpelier, Cheltenham, is to open next month. About £1m has been spent converting a former cinema. Mark Stephens, who owns Harry Hare’s in Cirencester, and Ken Bird, of kitchen equipment supplier PKL Group, are joint owners.


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