Eat Drink Sleep - November 2023

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Welcome to the November 2023 issue of Eat.Drink.Sleep eat.drink.sleep November 2023

Simba Launch Trio Of Pioneering Sleep Solutions with new Contract Mattress Collection [click here]

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TRENDS FROM THE AMERICAN CRAFT BREWING WORLD The Great American Beer Festival, organised by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit association representing small and independent American craft brewers, recently took place in Denver, Colorado, and represents a good barometer of trends in American craft brewing. The States is often perceived as trend-setters in the category so watch out for new developments starting over there and coming over here.

Having said that, the prevailing trend remains IPA in its many

the American craft beers available in the UK are recent medal

iterations. In 2022, the IPA category accounted for 43% of all

winners from World Beer Cup 2023, the biggest and most

craft beer sales in the US, up from 30% in 2017. That means

competitive beer contest in the world. Registration for next

four in every ten craft beer sales in America is an IPA. While

year’s World Beer Cup is open 7 November – 5 December

American IPA continues to lead in sales, the IPA category


continues to grow because it has taken on new dimensions. The ongoing expansion of IPA’s popularity can be attributed to two distinct segments: the Imperial/Double IPA (DIPA) and Juicy/Hazy IPA. Imperial/Double IPA caters to a discerning demographic who seek out higher alcohol by volume, audacious boldness, pronounced bitterness, and robust hop aromas and flavours. Juicy/hazy IPA, however, appeals to a fresh audience of beer enthusiasts with its subdued bitterness and velvety mouthfeel, and represents a more approachable experience for those new either to the world of craft beer or the world of IPA. On the Festival floor, Double and Triple IPAs were plentiful with brewers innovating through a variety of creative brewing techniques and ingredients such as a DIPA aged in Oloroso Sherry barrels at 15.4% ABV. Low/no alcohol is also growing and appeals to the health-conscious Gen Zers who are more focused on wellness and mindful drinking. Within the no or low alcohol category, hop-forward Pale ales and IPAs are increasingly found among the often seen lighter styles. Beyond the IPA craze, other categories performing strongly include fruit beers in a variety of iterations such as fruited classic styles or sour beers, and a collection of lighter, lower ABV beers like lager, blonde ale, golden and wheat ale. American craft beer is available through national wholesalers or on line Athletic Brewing, or Sierra Nevada UK Many of


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Lord Scarbrough and the Trustees of Lumley Castle return to the helm Lord Scarbrough and his Trustees, the owners of the Castle, have partnered with Bespoke Hotels, to lead the iconic hotel through its next exciting chapter.

‘Maintaining this wonderful hotel and the team at Lumley Castle is our priority. Lumley Castle was our family home for many centuries and, notwithstanding the best efforts of the previous tenants, who established a successful business over the years, it became apparent that the current structure was not sustainable and, therefore, I agreed with my Trustees to take the property in-hand acquiring it from Joint Administrators Oliver Collinge and James Sleight of PKF GM, to ensure that one of the principal hotels of the county continues to be a key destination for guests, weddings and conferences.‘ said Lord Scarbrough of the plans.

Joint Administrator, Oliver Collinge of PKF GM, commented: “This was a challenging transaction delivered within a short timeframe and we are delighted to have achieved an outcome which preserves this historic business, providing continuity for all employees and, importantly, ensuring the continuity of the business to facilitate future weddings, events and room bookings ”. The PKF GM team also included Elizabeth Sapsted and Kirran Gibson. Rob Smithson of Colliers advised on the sale, with Lemi McAuley, Lizzy Wood and Molly Rowell at Hill Dickinson acting for PKF GM on the transaction.”

Thomas Greenall, CEO of Bespoke hotels commented ‘We are delighted to manage Lumley Castle Hotel on behalf of the new business owners. It is a truly outstanding hotel in a wonderful location. We look forward to working with the hotel team to continue to offer a fabulous welcome for those visiting this beautiful part of the country as well as playing an important part in the local community”.

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A 14th-century marvel, Lumley Castle Hotel dominates the rural landscape with a touch of timeless elegance. The imposing exterior makes way for palatial interiors. Boasting 73 bedrooms, the stunning building also features superb wedding and event spaces and is famous for its Medieval Banquets as well as hosting its very own Escape Room.

DON’T DO IT YOURSELF The KIRA B 50 cleaning robot is a practical addition to any cleaning team. Cleaning intelligently and autonomously, this robotic scrubber dryer takes on floor cleaning of medium to large areas efficiently, delivering consistent cleaning results every time. When Cleaning Matters, Kärcher Delivers.

Meet The Hotel People With Big Plans Vine Hotels has grown steadily in the last five years with a string of acquisitions and management contracts. As well as owning successful venues, the business offers hoteliers a bespoke consultancy that has helped to turnaround the fortunes of struggling properties who have felt the full force of current market conditions. Here CEO Garin Davies, a seasoned hospitality professional, shares three areas where Vine Hotels is delivering effective hospitality solutions, starting with familyowned hotels. “Striking a fine balance between tradition and innovation is key for successful management contracts with family-owned properties. In fact, it's non-negotiable, when staff and family are often one and the same thing.” starts Garin. A balance his company gets right. With a highly successful management contract at the York House Hotel in Eastbourne ongoing, the opportunity came last month to partner with the same family in managing their Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury. Garin explains: “As a market-leading management partner we're mindful of embracing the passion owners have poured into their hotels, whilst merging it with state-of-the-art

expertise, progressive systems and our innovative ideas to set new standards of success.” That powerful blend of contemporary innovation and corporate savvy is certainly crucial to weathering market conditions in today's ever-evolving hotel-scape. “The past five years has been a tough time for hospitality industry,” begins Garin. “It's led to a rise in enquiries from independent hotels that are struggling to ride out the storm. With careful management we have been able to turnaround their fortunes. As a company, and a sector, we are innovative and resilient.”


Garin has certainly delivered creative ways of working. The company was appointed as the management firm to oversee the dual-branded Ibis and Novotel hotel in Gateshead. What set this project apart is that Vine Hotels took a seat at the development table from the earliest stages. The company's expertise invaluable in strategic decisions for Gateshead Council and site developers. And there is the rise in enquiries for leaseholder arrangements too, an especially compelling proposition if permanently handing over the keys isn't an option. Partnering with a reputable hotel management company equips you to leverage a property's potential, minus the operational burdens. “We have several properties that operate as leaseholder arrangements with private companies and local councils, such as Whirlow Brook Hall and The Old Rectory. This experience allows us to cut through red tape and work effectively as custodians of a property, but also manage a profitable enterprise from the site. It's a win-win.” Find out more at: or email Liz Wood at: Whirlow Brook Hall Sheffield

Kärcher has once again shown its support for hard-working cleaning staff across the UK as part of this year’s Thank Your Cleaner Day campaign, which took place on 18th October. First launched in 2015, the initiative is celebrated in more than 50 counties around the world, as companies come together to raise awareness of the amazing work done by cleaners. From clients to office workers who use contract cleaning companies, everybody is invited to take the time to thank their on-site cleaning staff, who often work outside normal office hours. This can range from leaving thank you notes to giving little gifts or simply saying ‘thank you.’ James Gordon, Marketing Director said: “Whether in offices or schools, wherever professional cleaners are employed, we want to tell them how much we appreciate their hard work and thank them for their service within the framework of Thank Your Cleaner Day. “It is a pleasure to appreciate the work of hard-working cleaners in and around the UK together with the global cleaning industry. As a family company with a focus on sustainability, we firmly believe that the important things in life need extra care to ensure they stand the test of time and preserve their value in future too. That’s as true of our own homes as it is the wider environment, our community, our workplace, our cultural heritage and our long-standing traditions.” Kärcher comprises a 15,330-strong team spread across 80 countries, working together to make the world a cleaner place. In order to achieve this, the company works with the participating building service providers and associations to raise further recognition of this professional group. There are many ways to get involved and join in the appreciation for the UK’s cleaning professionals. Information on the activities planned for Thank Your Cleaner Day can be found at


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Spotlight set to shine on UK cleaning teams for Thank Your Cleaner Day

Many of us dream about our homes or workplace being filled with amazing greenery. Tall palms, trees and tropical blooms can not help but make our surroundings more attractive and our state of mind more positive. Unfortunately although green is the objective, not all of us possess either the knowledge, dedication nor environment to keep our dream alive and thriving. If you are looking to bring greenery, plants and trees into your surroundings then think about artificial. There are so many benefits from price and longevity, reduced maintenance, endless options and no allergies!

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Navigating the Competitive UK Hospitality Scene With winter on the horizon, a hush is falling over large swathes of Europe’s hospitality industry. But, in Great Britain, these quiet moments are drowned out by the roar of heavy machinery as the UK emerges as a bold leader in the sector. With 322 ongoing hotel projects—50% higher than its closest challenger, Germany—establishments are left questioning how to set themselves apart.


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From Bland to Grand:

November 2023 EAT. DRINK. SLEEP Standing out on the property portals Guests aren’t scouring travel portals in search of the comfiest bed. They’re seeking access to unimaginable adventures. With 60% of UK millennials desiring experience above all else, hotels must make local wonders a key part of their offering.1 These experiences are often shaped by location, so capitalise on what makes yours special, whether it’s a bustling cityscape, serene countryside, or coastal retreat. While hotels in bustling city cities may struggle to differentiate themselves, those surrounded by the wild landscapes of Britain’s countryside often find themselves in unexplored territory, offering sole access to history and customs that guests won’t find elsewhere. Coves once hotspots for those venturing the high seas; prehistoric caves once home to early humans; and natural pools formed over millennia, such as the Devon Coast offers Burgh Island — It’s these unique offerings that guest experiences should be built around.

Making every stay memorable No matter how enchanting, hotels cannot rely solely on the natural world. They require their own character, whether it’s a sleek modern design, rustic charm, or Burgh Island’s preferred decor of art deco splendour. These unique elements turn heads as guests search for their next adventure. Yet, an Instagram-worthy interior will count for nothing if the service provided is anything less than exemplary. The issue is, the ‘perfect escape’ differs wildly between guests. Some studies insist the majority favor face-to-face communication2. Others conclude the majority want to minimise contact at all costs3. This is where a team of staff with an upbeat attitude, willingness to go the extra mile,


and ability to understand every guest will really earn their keep — Simply by offering a personalised experience, hotels put themselves ahead on 78% of travellers’ bucket lists4. Although, guests don’t just want sun, sea, and service. For 90%, sustainability is also a must-have amenity5. With construction costs up 24% since 2020, many new establishments may skimp when it comes to ecoefficiency6. However, at Burgh, we have found that even simple measures—sourcing ingredients locally and utilising solar—earn glowing reviews from the green guest. Competition in the UK hospitality sector may be skyhigh, but hoteliers need not worry—so long as they have a unique and exclusive offering to share. Embrace your surroundings, show your character, champion sustainability, and provide the personal touch

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Simba Launch Trio f Pioneering Sleep Solutions with new Contract Mattress Collection In the world of hospitality, quality slumber isn’t just a luxury; it’s the cornerstone of glowing reviews and unwavering guest loyalty. It holds the power to shape a venue’s reputation and financial success. Engineering the perfect night’s sleep since 2016, British sleep technology specialist Simba continues to redefine the boundaries of rest, unveiling its next chapter and launching its new cutting-edge Contract Mattress Collection, a venture set to elevate the guest experience for International business and leisure travellers alike.

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6 Layers | 26cm depth Cooling graphite-infused Simbatex® 30x more breathable than memory foam 2000 Springs - combining a top layer of 1000 Aerocoil® titanium microsprings with 1000 zoned pocket springs in the base for extra support and comfort Two CertiPUR® foam layers for support and stability, which are free from pollutants and toxic substances Edge-to-edge support from our breathable zoned SupportCore™ spring base - 1000 springs - engineered to targeted zoned support for areas such as hips and shoulders while preventing any dipping or rolling off and maximising sleep space Breathable 3D Mesh sides - supports maximum airflow through the mattress layers and aids shape retention

Hailed as the ‘world’s most 5-star rated mattress brand,’ with over 250,000 five-star reviews and 60+ industry awards, Simba’s Contract Mattress range is a culmination of years of sleep research, cutting-edge technology, and an unwavering dedication to the art of slumber. The collection seamlessly blends Simba’s renowned sleep technology, comfort, and performance to create an unparalleled sleep experience. Catering to different price points and preferences, the collection features three distinctive offerings – the Simba Pro Contract, the Simba Luxe Contract, and the Simba Green Label Contract - Simba’s most sustainable mattress yet. Whether its private rentals, serviced apartments, or luxury resorts, the sleep technology brand’s range of contract mattresses effortlessly adapt and cater to all types of accommodation regardless of scale. Simba’s end-to-end service also ensures a seamless experience, from consultation and design to rolled delivery, and even mattress disposal and recycling. Engineered Comfort





At the heart of the collection lies the awardwinning Hybrid® technology, a hallmark of Simba’s innovation - meaning guests can enjoy the Simba sleep experience; uninterrupted slumber, awakening refreshed and rejuvenated. Simba’s exclusive technology means that their Hybrid mattresses are comfortable for everyone, whatever their shape or how they sleep. Key to this are Simba’s incredible upper comfort layers and supportive base layers.

The upper layers feature thousands of Simba’s patented titanium Aerocoil® springs; these patented, pocketed springs flex and compress individually to absorb impact as people move and in response to pressure - giving a hugged, floating sensation to suit most sizes or sleeping styles. Simba’s Aerocoil® springs also provide localised support and weight distribution so the movements of a partner are absorbed more easily and not passed onto the other side of the bed. Meanwhile, the base layers play a vital role in maintaining proper body alignment, offering gentler support and additional cushioning for the shoulders and lower back. In the Pro and Luxe models the Aerocoil® springs are combined with cooling graphite-infused Simbatex® foam, which has been engineered for pitch-perfect temperature control. Allowing 30 x more airflow than dense, standard memory foam, it is infused with natural graphite that works to draw excess heat away from the body. Whilst the Green Label uses a more sustainable, graphite-infused natural latex layer in place of the Simbatex. The result is a range of mattresses that dynamically adjust to the sleeper’s body, offering personalised support, temperature regulation, and pressure relief, all while minimising motion transfer. Every Simba Contract mattress adheres rigorously to CRIB 5 fire regulations, ensuring both comfort and safety. The UK Fire Regulations Act of 1988 has been surpassed, allowing both hoteliers and guests to rest assured in Simba’s commitment to their well-being.


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A Collection Curated to Meet the Diverse Needs of Hospitality

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8 Layers | 30cm depth Breathable, recycled Simba Renew layer anti-allergenic Simba Renew fibres (up to 75% recycled) aid airflow and discourage dust mites. Cooling graphite-infused Simbatex® 30x more breathable than memory foam. 4500 Springs - best comfort from a top layer of 2500 Aerocoil® titanium microsprings, a midlayer of 1000 mini barrel springs and 1000 zoned pocket springs in the base Two CertiPUR® foam layers for support and stability, which are free from pollutants and toxic substances Edge-to-edge support from our breathable zoned SupportCore™ spring base - 1000 springs - engineered to targeted zoned support for areas such as hips and shoulders while preventing any dipping or rolling off and maximising sleep space Breathable 3D Mesh sides - supports maximum airflow through the mattress layers and aids shape retention

Simba is on a mission to make its products more sustainable by working towards zerowaste eco-factories powered by renewable energy sources that adhere to ISO 14001 accreditation. They are also constructed from 100% recyclable materials, with minimised foam content to reduce the carbon footprint. The CertiPUR® standard foam used is devoid of pollutants and toxic substances, ensuring a healthier sleep environment. Collaboration lies at the heart of Simba’s sustainable practices. By partnering with a British manufacturer and a network of global manufacturing partners, Simba ensures that its products are produced as close to the final destination as possible, minimising the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

Simba Green Label Contract According to a recent survey, a growing percentage of guests are willing to pay more per night to a hotel that can demonstrate genuinely sustainable policies, the Simba Green Label Contract mattresses can help hoteliers with a more ecoconscious bed for guests. Simba’s most sustainable mattress yet. With all the cooling, supportive comfort the sleep technology firm is famous for. It’s an ingenious blend of its patented mattress tech and Latex, a natural biodegradable material which also offers unrivalled pressure relief and cushioning. And a reduced carbon footprint vs traditional Hybrids. • • • •

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7 Layers | 26cm depth Made with Organic Cotton from a GOTS Certified Supplier Breathable, recycled Simba Renew layer - anti-allergenic Simba Renew fibres (up to 75% recycled) aid airflow and discourage dust mites Organic graphite-infused latex comfort layer - a perforated natural latex layer offers increased breathability, as well as luxurious support and pressure distribution Supportive patented titanium Aerocoil® microspring layer - up to 1000 patented, cone-like springs offer superior body support and increased airflow through the mattress Edge-to-edge support from our breathable zoned SupportCore™ spring base - 2000 springs - engineered to offer targeted zoned support for areas such as hips and shoulders while preventing any dipping or rolling off and maximising sleep space Recycled Polyester base layer to provide stability and support Breathable 3D Mesh sides - supports maximum airflow through the mattress layers and aids shape retention

Simba CEO, Steve Reid, said “Through innovative technology, eco-friendly practices, and a deep understanding of guest’s sleep needs, Simba has reimagined the very essence of a hotel mattress. “In an era where hospitality providers are constantly challenged to deliver exceptional experiences, Simba’s new contract trio not only meet but exceed these expectations. The collection epitomises the brand’s dedication to transforming sleep.” Simba’s Wholesale & Contract Lead, Keri Blunden, said “Whether you run a boutique B&B, budget hotel or luxury resort, Simba is dedicated to assisting hoteliers with a premium, socially responsible sleep solution. Our durable sustainable beds will resonate with travellers whose booking choices are increasingly influenced by their commitment to environmental values.” Eager to showcase the future of hospitality sleep, Simba is set to make its presence felt at two upcoming London events. These include the International Hotel Show on October 16th and 17th, at stand 1230. Then the following month, at HIX on the 16th and 17th November. Look out for the hub of cuttingedge sleep solutions at stand U16. Find out more about Simba’s contract mattress credentials and the exciting new collection by emailing:


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Sustainability as a Guiding Principle In 2023, Simba became the first UK sleep brand to secure global B Corporation™ status, marking a significant step toward its ambitious goal of achieving net-zero status by 2030.

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Powered by green tea, raw green coffee bean extract and ginseng, Remedy Energy delivers a naturally caffeinated kick, providing shoppers with a healthier spin on energy drinks Available from WHSmith now (250ml; RRP: £2); or in multipack format online at or via Amazon 20

It’s time to ditch toxic energy for good as Remedy, the UK’s favourite kombucha brand, announces the launch of its brand-new drink, Remedy Energy – the wiser energiser without the crash, jitters or guilt that comes from traditional sugar-laden energy drinks full of artificial nasties. Initially available in two delicious flavours, Berry Blast and Tropical Twist, Remedy Energy is packed with fruity flavour and contains all the energy you want, without any of the sugar or artificial additions. Featuring all-natural ingredients, including green coffee bean and ginseng, each gluten-free and vegan-friendly drink contains 80mg of caffeine, which is the same caffeine hit as a typical cup of coffee. The launch comes at a time when research illustrates that the UK sports and energy drinks market size increased by over 22% in 20221. However, around a third of UK consumers who don’t drink energy drinks say that there should be a wider range of natural

The launch of Remedy Energy signifies an exciting time for the Remedy Drinks business, as it seeks to continue to disrupt the soft drinks sector, shaking up fizzy drinks for good. Ian Hadley, UK Commercial Director of Remedy Drinks, says: “Remedy’s incredible growth within the UK demonstrates a clear consumer appetite for healthier soft drinks. This, coupled with the rapid and sustained growth of the UK’s energy drinks market, has created an exciting opportunity for a natural, healthier energy drink alternative which our customers can feel good about drinking. “The energy drink category is currently dominated by a range of drinks featuring excessive sugar and artificial ingredients. With three quarters of the population looking to reduce or avoid sugar in their diet3, the demand for a variant like Remedy Energy has never been stronger.” Both Energy flavours offer a smooth and enjoyable drinking experience with a sparkling, refreshing taste, packed with feelgood energy. Tropical Twist is made with fragrant notes of ripe mango and pineapple, while Berry Blast contains notes of juicy berries, ripe from the sun, providing a bold, fruity taste paired with clean caffeine from plant-powered ingredients for an all-round energy boost. UK Sports and Energy Drinks Market Report 2023, Mintel UK Sports and Energy Drinks Market Report 2023, Mintel [3] Remedy Consumer Research 2022 [1] [2]

variants available – suggesting a clear opportunity for energy drinks made with all-natural ingredients2. Launched in Australia in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Sarah and Emmet Condon, Remedy Kombucha has grown rapidly to become the UK’s favourite kombucha brand, sold in a multitude of major grocery and high street retailers, as well as within boutique independent retailers and bars. Remedy is leading the growth of the kombucha category, expanding at nearly 70% yearon-year; it is also the clear market leader with >33% category share, twice the size of the nearest competitor and driving more growth than all other brands put together. A Remedy drink is sold every 2.5 seconds in the UK, with its delicious range of bold fruit flavours driving high repeat and loyalty levels.

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Crafted with kombucha and using Remedy’s unique 30-day brewing process, Remedy Energy has the same caffeine levels of the big energy players in the market, but with natural ingredients you can trust and the Remedy flavour you love. Plus, you get all the benefits of Remedy’s superior kombucha brew; live cultures, antioxidants and organic acids, all with no sugar.

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SPABREAKS.COM LAUNCH PLUS SIZE ROBE OFFERING - expand their mission in making the spa more accessible to all

- now offer plus size robes to break spa stigmas and promote inclusivity - allows you to order your plus size robe in time for your spa break Today, the UK’s leading spa booking agency Spabreaks. com launch their plus size robe service. The service comes following widespread demand to make robes available for men and women of all sizes during spa visits. A dedicated email address - “” has been launched to offer consumers the opportunity to order their robes in time for their spa break. The embarrassment that comes with having to explain that the one-size-all robe doesn’t fit shouldn’t be something that customers have to experience during their spa visit. The results of which lead to people feeling anxious about booking a spa trip, the opposite feeling to how a spa break should make people feel. The lack of inclusivity is forcing customers to not only have to bring their own robe, but also avoid certain treatments that can make them feel uncomfortable. In an environment that’s purpose is to make users feel at ease, relaxed and in an environment of luxury. are therefore making robes inclusive to all with the launch of their plus size robes offering. In line with their mission of making the industry accessible to all, are now incorporating this into every part of the spa experience, from booking through to check out.


You can now place an order for your own plus size robe ahead of your spa break by contacting, where the team will be on hand to send your robe to your door ready for you to take on your spa break. founder Abi Selby says “Our founding principle is to make the world of spa more accessible to anybody and everybody who wants to go. “We want to continue to strive to offer the best experience. For customers that means the best customer service, multiple booking options, a variety of packages, prices, locations and expert advice. For spa partners that means a truly collaborative relationship, communicating regularly with the spas we work with to constantly evaluate bookings and customer feedback to create warm and welcoming environments for our customers.” “We are passionate advocates for progressing the spa industry and now with our offering of plus size robes, we’re further progressing our mission to make the spa an inclusive environment for all.”

École Ducasse’s iconic Paris Campus has been awarded World’s Best Culinary Training Institution 2023 and Europe’s Best Culinary Training Institution 2023 by the World Culinary Awards, as voted for by the culinary community, industry experts and consumers worldwide. As a sister competition to the World Travel Awards – established to recognise excellence in travel and tourism and currently commemorating their 30th anniversary – the World Culinary Awards, now in its fourth edition, is a globally recognised platform that celebrates and rewards culinary excellence. These awards honour exceptional achievements in various categories, including culinary education, restaurants, chefs, and more. The two prestigious award titles demonstrate École Ducasse Paris Campus’ dedication to culinary education and its unwavering pursuit of culinary perfection. École Ducasse was founded in 1999 by Alain Ducasse, who with 34 restaurants, 20 Michelin stars is the most influential and decorated chef in the world. Today, École Ducasse comprises three schools in France: Paris Studio in the heart of Paris, Paris Campus very close to the French capital, and the École Nationale Supérieure de Patisserie (ENSP) in Yssingeaux, Haute-Loire. École Ducasse has also developed a network of schools throughout the world: in Thailand, India and the Philippines.

École Ducasse team Julian Mercier, Executive Chef; Elise Masurel, Managing Director; and Adeline Molière, Academic, Development

dedication to shaping the future of gastronomy.” Meanwhile, The Swiss Michelin Guide has once again recognised a gourmet restaurant at the heart of Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. For the second year in a row the prestigious guide has awarded 1 star to Chef Stéphane Décotterd for “Stéphane Décotterd”, along with a 1 Bib Gourmand for “Le Bistro by Décotterd”, both part of the “Maison Décotterd” complex.

Each year, this worldwide network of schools welcome more than 3,000 students, from young students to professionals and gastronomy enthusiasts, all of whom share a single passion: taste and gastronomy. Today, the institution is the leading the way in culinary arts and pastry education, offering courses taught by renowned professionals: from Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen in France) to World Champions, experts and artisans.

Commenting on these awards, Stéphane Décotterd said: “I would like to thank my entire team for their hard work and commitment, and I am proud to be able to share this magnificent award with them. I would also like to thank all the producers in the region with whom I’ve forged close links over the last few years of working together. They are all part of my philosophy of favouring local produce and producing regional, eco-responsible cuisine.”

The renowned culinary institution has also just announced the expansion of presence in the United Arab Emirates with the establishment of the École Ducasse Abu Dhabi Studio – a pioneering venture in the area. The École Ducasse Abu Dhabi Studio will offer by year-end a unique opportunity for aspiring chefs and culinary enthusiasts to access avant-garde and distinctive culinary education in the region.

“We are honoured to have the “Maison Décotterd” at the heart of our institution,” said Frédéric Picard, CEO of Glion Institute of Higher Education. “This is a unique opportunity for Glion students to draw inspiration from the exceptional culinary talents of the Chef and his brigade.”

In earning the two titles of World’s Best Culinary Training Institution 2023 and Europe’s Best Culinary Training Institution 2023, and in turn rewarding École Ducasse’s commitment to excellence and the unique training standards provided at its Paris Campus, École Ducasse Managing Director Elise Masurel said:

First-semester Bachelor students spend four weeks on placement at “Maison Décotterd” – alternating between the gourmet restaurant and its kitchen, the bistro and the bar.

The “Maison Décotterd” complex comprises four culinary areas: the gourmet restaurant “Stéphane Décotterd”, “Le Bistro by Décotterd”, the Bar and the Lounge, forming a veritable gastronomic destination in a spectacular setting. The brandnew Lounge recently opened its doors in partnership with the “Today’s chef plays multiple roles, embracing the responsibility prestigious cognac brand Louis XIII and Champagne Télmont. of feeding our contemporaries and engaging with the cultural Here, guests can enjoy wines and spirits with spectacular and social currents of the times. This recognition underscores views of the Alps and Lake Geneva. our contemporary vision of chefs as experts, managers, entrepreneurs, global citizens, and, above all, major players in the eco-responsibility landscape. It acknowledges our

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CORPORATE CHRISTMAS PACKAGES AND VERSATILE PRIVATE SPACES AT DOWN HALL HOTEL Elevate your Christmas celebrations this year in the heart of the Essex countryside at award-winning Down Hall Hotel Spa & Estate. Conveniently located just 45 minutes from Central London, the hotel boasts 12 flexible private spaces. Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or a blowout Christmas party for up to 200 guests, Down Hall has you covered. PRIVATE DINING/BANQUETING MENU An array of private dining rooms is available, from 18 guests seated for an intimate dinner in its Lyndhurst Suite to 60 diners for a bigger group in the grand Prior Room. Executive Chef Robert Pearce’s Christmas dining menus feature seasonal British produce with dishes, such as smoked duck with pickled blackberry and hazelnut; stout braised feather blade of beef with mashed potato, heritage carrot, baby onions and jus, and an indulgent Maldon salted chocolate ganache with honeycomb and Baileys ice cream. Prices start from £67pp. PRIVATE PARTY NIGHTS Experience the Private Party Night packages for larger affairs of 60+ guests, which include a welcome drink, three-course meal, resident DJ and a designated dance floor, with each room complete with a showstopping Christmas tree and filled with festive decorations. Choose from the stunning Bridgeman Selwin Suite featuring high ceilings and elegant chandeliers, with built in AV and a dedicated bar for 80+ guests seated. Alternatively, the Oxford Belcamp suite in the newly refurbished West Wing overlooks the hotel’s impressive grounds and also comes with its own bar, with capacity for up to 200 seated guests.

Book a festive party early on selected dates throughout November to enjoy the package at a discounted rate of £75 per person. To find out more, click here JOINER PARTY NIGHTS A chance to get suited and booted, step into your best party attire and enjoy an exceptional evening of good food, music and company. Featuring a magnificent three course meal in Down Hall’s striking Oxford Belcamp and Bridgeman Selwin Suites, along with the hotel’s resident DJ bringing the festive cheer throughout the evening. Priced from £67.50pp on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and £75.00pp on Fridays and Saturdays, delve into a decadent festive feast prepared by the team from the hotel’s 2 AA Restaurant, The Garden Room. Availability is limited throughout November and December with a selection of dates available, so book here. Those who want to make the most of the evening can enjoy an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s elegant and contemporary guest rooms. Prices start from £212 (including bed and breakfast), with a discount offer of £175 for private party guests throughout stays in November. For more information, visit click here

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Delamere launches 97ml Oat drink for hospitality industry Delamere has announced the launch of a 97ml Oat drink following the success of its 97ml semi-skimmed milk into the hospitality and catering sector. The mini milks are designed for hotel or bed and breakfast hospitality trays and can be used to add to tea or coffee or poured over cereal. The Oat drink has been developed to offer a plant-based alternative to cows’ milk. Heat treating the product provides a shelf life of up to six months and once opened it can be treated as fresh milk and stored in the fridge. Each bottle contains the equivalent of 8 servings of traditional-style milk pots and can be re-closed and stored by guests, saving staff time on repeat-deliveries of fresh milk to rooms. The stylish glass bottles, capped with an aluminium lid, are both fully recyclable another big win for destinations implementing responsible waste management practices and committed to eliminating the use of single-use plastic. For sales enquiries contact


November 2023 EAT. DRINK. SLEEP

App streamlines menus for restaurant owners and allergy sufferers. An innovative app allowing restaurant owners to manage allergens is set to revolutionise the hospitality industry. The app allows businesses to provide accurate and reliable dietary information to their customers. Customers with specific food preferences and requirements can access the app to select dishes and establishments which align with their allergies and intolerances. The simple-to-use app mitigates the risk to restaurants and is the easiest way to ensure compliance with food safety and government allergy regulations. National chains including Bannatyne Health Clubs are already using the app to improve allergy response and information across their UK locations. The UK has some of the highest prevalence rates of allergic conditions in the world, with two million people estimated to be living with a diagnosed food allergy, and 600,000 with Coeliac Disease. Now solutions like Allergy Menu will take the pain away from businesses and allow customers to check allergens easily before ordering. The user-friendly interface allows customers to conveniently access the allergy menu through the website, mobile phone, or app.

Currently, UK law requires restaurants to display a paper-based food allergy chart. These are often missed by customers and leave room for error. The Allergy Menu app reduces the risk of errors, allows customers to search for specific allergies and is easy for restaurant owners to update in real time. Juliet Moran, founder of `said: “Allergy Menu makes demonstrating compliance with the law easy to achieve, while also providing a platform to advertise a menu to customers so they can confidently make safe choices. “Restaurant owners have a legal duty of care towards their customers, so if they fail in their duty of care in any way they could be sued for an allergic reaction. “In a worst-case scenario, they could even be imprisoned for manslaughter if a customer made their allergic reaction known to staff. “Navigating allergens is a real problem for restaurateurs and food providers - it is challenging to track ever-changing menus and communicate them safely and effectively to customers. “Providing higher levels of transparency will not only show that businesses care about their patrons’ welfare but will also encourage new customers. “The app is simple to use and accessible for everyone within the business as well as prospective customers hoping to browse the menu from home. “It can be incredibly hard for businesses in the hospitality industry to keep on top of allergen information and safely communicate it with their customers. “The digital allergy menu was designed to offer searchable, real-time allergen information for those with different dietary requirements, including vegans and vegetarians. “Not only will it revolutionise the customer experience, but it will also reduce front-of-house staff mistakes and ensure allergen menus are always accurate and up to date.” 27

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Caravan Coffee Makes Supermarket Debut in Waitrose Caravan, the craft coffee and all-day dining pioneer, has teamed up with Waitrose to launch a selection of its home compostable coffee pods and premium coffee into the national retailer for an exclusive supermarket listing. Waitrose will become the first supermarket to stock Caravan products and as of 16th October, Caravan’s ‘Daily’ and ‘Market Blend’ coffee pods will be available in more than 120 Waitrose stores across the UK. Caravan’s “The Daily” - All Day Blend and “No Boundaries” - Female Farmed Blend coffee will be stocked in more than 250 Waitrose stores nationwide. The range will also be available to purchase online from The new listing comes at a time when coffee overtakes tea as the UK’s number one drink, as found in research conducted by Statista Global. Caravan’s supermarket debut marks the next step in the London-based brand’s mission to eliminate coffee confusion for UK consumers by disrupting how, when and where great coffee is drunk. With on-pack taste profiles, strength indicators, plus online brew guides, Caravan is making great coffee accessible to all. The Daily - All Day Blend is a Caravan customer favourite and go-to for any way drinking around the clock. Developed to taste great brewed as both espresso and filter, The Daily - All Day Blend has tasting notes of dark chocolate, hazelnut and shortbread, a classic coffee thick bodied with low acidity and a clean finish. No Boundaries, one of Caravan’s signature craft coffee blends, is grown by women as part of Caravan’s Female Producer Programme. Tasting notes feature brown sugar, vanilla nougat and raspberry with plenty of sweetness and a burst of balanced acidity.


The Market Organic Coffee pods are inspired by the first Caravan restaurant and roastery on Exmouth Market. It’s a timeless organic coffee blend crafted for sweetness and vibrancy with milk chocolate, honeycomb and red apple tasting notes. The pods are Nespresso® compatible and home compostable plus the ground coffee also comes in 100% recyclable packaging. Laura Harper Hinton, Caravan Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer said; “ We are so excited to see Caravan coffee stocked in Waitrose stores across the country and share our passion for good quality coffee. From creating signature blends fit for morning, noon and night in our very own roastery in North London, we want to make it easy for people to choose great coffee in local stores.” Coffee has been at the heart of Caravan ever since it started roasting beans in the basement of its first restaurant in Exmouth Market. Caravan has journeyed around the world meeting craft coffee producers, sharing a cup, then roasting and blending beans to share with coffee lovers around the UK. Caravan now sources coffee beans from across ten different countries, including women’s associations and cooperatives to support their labour in the coffee industry through its Female Producer Programme. Caravan’s Waitrose range is available to buy in-store and online from 16th October from RRP £7.50. To order coffee online, find out about Caravan Brewbars and Restaurants, and take part in coffee classes visit

New research from MPLC found that showing TV & Film has significantly increased sales (87%) and driven increased footfall (82%). Britain has lost 4,953 hospitality venues in only 12 months, from March 2022 to March 2023, and that mainstay of British hospitality, the Pub, is also facing unprecedented challenges, with an average of two closing their doors every day. With rising costs and consumers having their pockets pinched, the hospitality industry is being hit hard. But a new study from the Motion Picture Licensing Company, the world-leader in public audio-visual licensing, suggests that introducing film and TV into hospitality establishments helps them hit business goals and prevent closures. In fact, TV and film can improve the two most essential goals in the hospitality industry: sales and footfall. Of the businesses surveyed, 87% say TV and film has increased sales, and 82% say it has improved footfall. Moreover, 93% of businesses are certain they have seen increases to guest satisfaction since introducing film and TV.

licences despite over 90% believing they run compliantly. These findings highlight the urgent need for greater education to ensure businesses understand licensing requirements correctly and the value of compliance in achieving key sales and footfall goals. Rory Shedden, CEO of MPLC, commented:

“The hospitality industry, including the Great British pub, has not only been a crucial element of our economy but holds a significant position within our culture on a national and global scale. Whilst the large number of recent closures in the Responses from customers echo these hospitality industry is primarily the result of uncontrollable events this does not conclusions. Three quarters of customers mean that hospitality venues cannot take control of their own destiny. As consumers who watch film or TV in public report that seek better experiences from the industry, our research shows that introducing doing so has a positive impact on their TV and film makes your venue stand out. The footfall and customer experience it overall experience (75%). Considering provides leads to a greater number of sales – and every sale truly does count in the that 63% of hospitality venues see current economic climate. providing excellent customer service as their key priority, it is clear that providing Our research also shows that consumers place significant value on legal compliance TV and film entertainment is a key when viewing TV and film in public venues. Ensuring your venue is compliant can component of good customer service. also enhance customer experience and maintain your customer base. As a supporter Interestingly, 70% of customers have of the hospitality industry, both personally and as a business, we want to provide specifically chosen to attend a venue these venues with all of the tools possible to ensure they thrive even in these tough because it displayed film or TV. times.” Ensuring that this content is displayed compliantly is another key component of good customer service, as MPLC’s research found that this element was also of great importance to consumers. The research found that nearly one-third (32%) of customers surveyed would leave an establishment if it were illegally displaying content, whilst a further two-thirds (66%) of customers stated it is important to them that any content they consume in public venues is licensed. The results also showed that fewer than 50% of businesses have the correct

About MPLC MPLC has been the representative of Hollywood studios like Disney, Universal, Paramount, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Dreamworks for over 35 years. These studios, and many more, have trusted MPLC to be their partner to collect blanket licence revenue from non-theatrical venues – that’s the industry term for venues that show movies and TV but are not traditional cinemas. MPLC is now the largest nontheatrical TV and movie licensing company in the world. MPLC was founded in 1985 by a former vice-president of Paramount Pictures and MGM. The company is now led by CEO Rory Shedden who joined the company in September 2020. MPLC now has offices in 28 countries with headquarters split between the UK and USA. MPLC’s UK home is in Eastbourne Sussex, and in the USA MPLC is based, as you might expect, in Los Angeles next to many of the studios that MPLC represents.


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