Friday Wrap: A round-up of the week's hospitality news

19 January 2007 by
Friday Wrap: A round-up of the week's hospitality news

It's not long now until the unveiling of this year's make or break Michelin stars in Britain and Ireland.

The latest edition of the world famous guide is out to buy on the 26 January and as of midnight on the 24 January this year's ratings go live on the Michelin website.

CatererSearch will of course be on hand to bring you the news as it breaks followed by further analysis once the impact of this most eagerly awaited listing is digested.

Until then why not add your voice to the CatererSearch forum where we're asking readers who they think deserves a star?

And for all things Michelin, including a listing of restaurants by star category, visit our Trends and Data page or use the www.caterersearch/michelin shortcut.

One multi-Michelin restaurant owning mogul that's been having the odd headache or so recently is Gordon Ramsay.

Not all the critics visiting his first US venture at New York's London hotel have been kind, and a messy dispute with the neighbours rumbles on with the distinct whiff of litigation in the air.

For the inside track on Gordon Ramsay's latest, boldest restaurant venture check out our feature in this week's edition of Caterer and Hotelkeeper (18 January) out now.

A man that truly never rests, Gordon Ramsay has also revealed the details of his first Irish restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Powerscourt.

While the London in New York has its problems, the Mandarin Oriental in London, Blighty, is facing legal proceedings by a US couple after they were lunched on by bed bugs during a stay at the luxury hotel.

Tasty stuff.

Peer review travel booker TripAdvisor provided hoteliers with plenty to chew on this week by naming and shaming the UK's dirtiest hotels. If cleanliness is next to godliness, a stay at a Britannia hotel could not also just be bad for your health but your soul as well.

From golden raspberries to glowing plaudits, London's The Square led the list of revellers with a fourth AA rosette in the guide publisher's annual additions.

Anthony Demetre and Will Smith's Arbutus, also in the capital, topped a truly dazzling year with a third rosette and Linthwaite House in the Lake District and Sienna in Dorchester were also applauded.

Run off the road, Creditors of Routiers Ltd, publisher in the UK of the guidebook of the same name, learnt the firm had been close to £3m in debt when it collapsed last year.

Whitbread surprised no one by selling TGI Friday's to a joint venture for £74.1m, which completed its restaurant business review.

And as People 1st came under fire from the travel industry for not giving it enough Sector Skills Council love the Hotel & Catering International Management Association revealed a name change to the Institute of Hospitality.

By Chris Druce

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