Profits at Whitbread have grown by 17.8% over the past year, jumping from £211.7m to £249.4m.
The hospitality giant put the rise down to strong performance at its budget hotels and high street restaurants, which it said "had an outstanding year".
Turnover was up 6.8%, growing from £1.98b in 2004 to £2.1b.
Chairman John Banham said: "The past 12 months have seen the opening of an exciting new chapter in the Whitbread story."
In July 2004, the leisure group bought 132 Premier Lodge sites for £505m, which are now all under the Premier Travel Inn brand.
Like-for-like sales at the budget hotel chain rose by 6.4%, driven by increased occupancy.
It also bought 19 pub restaurants for £31.2m in July, which it converted to Brewers Fayres. Like-for-like sales across the pub restaurant division, including its Beefeater and Brewsters brands, grew by 1.1% to £597m, but operating profit fell by 6.9%.
Figures were healthier at its high-street restaurants, fuelled by new openings. Like-for-like sales were up by 1.2% and operating profit jumped by 24% to £35.2m.
In March 2005, it disposed of its franchised Marriott hotels business - a deal that should complete on 5 May. It expected to raise £1.3b from the sale.