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Le Manoir investors eye up Orient-Express Hotels group – For more hospitality stories, see what the weekend papers say

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Le Manoir investors eye up Orient-Express Hotels group – For more hospitality stories, see what the weekend papers say
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Le Manoir investors eye up Orient-Express Hotels group
The billionaire Reuben brothers are understood to have built a secret stake in Orient-Express Hotels ahead of a bidding war that could see the troubled luxury hotel group brought home to Britain. Orient-Express owns, part owns and manages 49 hotels, restaurants, tourist train and river cruise properties in 25 countries. These include Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire and the Cipriani in Venice. – Sunday Telegraph, 12 August

Almost half of hospital kitchens are breaking food safety laws
A searing indictment of the cleanliness of hospital kitchens is revealed today in research showing that almost half are plagued by vermin, risk infections by storing food incorrectly or employ staff with poor personal hygiene. Official inspection reports reveal that breaches of food hygiene laws include infestations of mice and cockroaches, kitchen staff not washing their hands, food being kept at the wrong temperature and remnants of meals becoming stuck in equipment. – The Observer, 12 August

Eton hotels sold to Middle East hotel group
JJW, the Middle East hotel group, has acquired the Eton Collection for £70m, including debt. JJW, which owns The Scotsman hotel in Edinburgh and 42 The Calls in Leeds, has acquired the company behind sites such as Threadneedles and The Colonnade in London. Eton was founded in 1998 by Peter Tyrie, formerly managing director of Mandarin-Oriental Hotels. – Sunday Times, 12 August

Domino’s Pizza accused of exploiting migrant workers
Domino’s Pizza is poised to become the latest company in union fights for the better treatment of migrant workers after trade union Unite yesterday staged a demonstration against the sacking of Hungarian workers at three pizza branches in Derby. Domino’s said the matter was being investigated and that it sought to ensure good standards at all its franchises. In the past 18 months it has removed franchises from 32 of its 400-strong chain. – The Times, 11 August

FishWorks director buys 2.17m shares
Despite a cost-cutting programme by restaurant group FishWorks its share price has fallen to a year-low of 12p from 18.75p in February. David Singleton, a non-executive director, last week took advantage of the dip to buy 2.17m shares at 11.5p, taking his stake in the Aim-listed group to 2.33m shares. – Scotland on Sunday, 12 August

Café Rouge owner to launch new restaurant chain
Tragus Group, the restaurant operator behind the Café Rouge and Bella Italia chains, is to launch a new British dining concept called Huxleys Bar & Kitchen at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 when it opens next March. – The Times, 11 August.

Travelodge to invest £1m in going green
Travelodge has appointed an environmental manager to head a green investment drive. Nicola Stopps will oversee a £1m strategy that supports new green technology through all 314 hotels. This will include cutting the £10m annual energy costs. – Mail on Sunday, 12 August

Hilton confirms sale of Edinburgh Cally
Hilton Hotels Corporation has confirmed the sale of the Caledonian Hilton in Edinburgh to a consortium of Israeli property investors backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate in a £51.7m sale and manage-back deal. – The Times, 11 August

Little Chef sites may switch to retailing
Little Chef has attracted interest from The Original Factory Shop, the low-price retailer, which is looking at a number of the roadside sites closed when the chain of diners went into administration. – The Times, 11 August

By Bob Gledhill

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