Gordon Ramsay adds Ireland to his restaurant empire
Gordon Ramsay has announced his first Irish restaurant at the new five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, 12 miles south of Dublin. The Ritz-Carlton restaurant is the first Irish link in Ramsay’s chain of restaurants, which already totals 13 in the UK, New York, Dubai and Tokyo. – Irish Independent, 13 January.
Visitors flock back to London hotels
Demand to stay in London hotels was stronger last year than at any time since 11 September and has thrust the capital to the top of European league tables. London has overtaken Amsterdam to become number one in terms of revenue. According to accountancy firm KPMG, revenue per available room grew year-on-year by 82% last year. – Mail on Sunday, 14 January.
Restaurants facing ban on “trans-fats” in food
Man-made “trans fats” found in many food products, including cakes and pizzas, will have to be removed by food manufacturers if the legal ban under consideration by the government goes ahead. In the US, its crackdown has led to fast-food chains such as Wendy’s and KFC have pledged to eliminate trans fats nationwide, while McDonald’s is ploughing millions of dollars into finding an acceptable alternative. – Scotland on Sunday, 14 January.
Dublin restaurants to charge no-shows
Some of Dublin’s leading restaurants are fining no-show diners copying the policy of some of London’s top eateries where celebrity chefs run the show. A spokeswoman for Patrick Guilbaud confirmed that they require a credit card number for bookings of more than six people. No-shows would be charged €50(£34) per person. – Irish Independent, 14 January.
Yorkshire hotels see profits slip
Hotels in Yorkshire’s cities saw the price they charge per room fall last year as increasing competition saw the market reaching “saturation point”. The latest results from the HotelBenchmark Survey by accountants Deloitte, show that revenue per available room for hotels in Sheffield fell by 1.7% in 2006, while York experienced a 0.6% fall and Leeds 0.4% fall. – Yorkshire Post, 13 January.
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