Janet Harmer

Janet Harmer

Observer of the hospitality industry for 33 years. Always on the look out for genuine hotel and restaurant experiences.

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Plymouth 1620 hotel development site on the market after developer walks away

05 November 2020 by

A prominent hotel development site adjacent to the historic Plymouth Hoe in Devon is available again after the original developer walked away from the project.

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Free online service for home deliveries and takeaways opens up to chefs

05 November 2020 by

A platform that will provide chefs with a free route to market for ready-made meals during lockdown has been launched by an airline pilot and his wife.

Operators turn to takeaway and delivery as long-term strategy ahead of second lockdown News

Operators turn to takeaway and delivery as long-term strategy ahead of second lockdown

02 November 2020 by

Deliveries and takeaways could become a long-term business strategy for restaurants even once Covid restrictions are[...]

How to handle resistance to restrictions from grumpy guests Advice

How to handle resistance to restrictions from grumpy guests

29 October 2020 by

Just when you think your staff have enough to cope with, here come the customers who[...]

Franck Arnold on why he fell for London's grande-dame, the Savoy Profiles

Franck Arnold on why he fell for London's grande-dame, the Savoy

21 October 2020 by

Franck Arnold’s appointment as managing director of the Savoy could not have come at a more[...]

How London hotels have been hit hardest by the pandemic Hotel

How London hotels have been hit hardest by the pandemic

23 September 2020 by

The current parlous performance of London hotels cannot be underestimated. For a city that for years[...]

Book review: Tasting Victory by Gerard Basset People

Book review: Tasting Victory by Gerard Basset

02 April 2020

I always knew the late Gerard Basset was special. But reading his newly published autobiography, written shortly after he was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer in 2017, emphasises that the man who has been described as “the world’s favourite sommelier” was[...]

Hotel design: The Prince Akatoki London Hotel

Hotel design: The Prince Akatoki London

06 March 2020

A serene Japanese ethos is at the heart of the new Prince Akatoki luxury hotel brand, with the first of what is intended to be a global brand now established in London. Janet Harmer pays a visit

Cancellation of major corporate events increases concern of long-term impact of coronavirus News

Cancellation of major corporate events increases concern of long-term impact of coronavirus

02 March 2020 by

The cancellation or postponement of three major international conferences impacting the hotel and travel sectors has[...]

UK tops list of European hotel transactions in 2019 News

UK tops list of European hotel transactions in 2019

02 March 2020 by

The UK accounted for nearly one quarter of all European hotel transactions achieved in 2019.

Frederick Forster appointed head chef of Read's in Faversham News

Frederick Forster appointed head chef of Read's in Faversham

28 February 2020 by

Former National Chef of the Year and Roux Scholar Frederick Forster has been appointed head chef[...]

Firmdale puts its people first with a new staff training academy Hotel

Firmdale puts its people first with a new staff training academy

28 February 2020 by

The positive working environment across Firmdale Hotels just got even better with the launch of a[...]

Averil Wilson promoted to MD of Apex Hotels News

Averil Wilson promoted to MD of Apex Hotels

26 February 2020

The 10-strong Apex Hotels group has promoted Averil Wilson to the new role of managing director.

Norton Motorcycles' Priest House hotel escapes being wound up for not paying tax News

Norton Motorcycles' Priest House hotel escapes being wound up for not paying tax

26 February 2020

A Derbyshire hotel, which was part of the collapsed Norton Motorcycles empire, has narrowly avoided being wound up for non-payment of tax.

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

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