By Lynx on 13th June 2017

National Barbecue Week at the start of June marks the official start of the UK’s barbecue season, but for many restaurants and pubs, the charcoal grill is increasingly a year-round part of their core offer. From a basic burger to Brazilian-style churrasco menus, consumers’ enjoyment of the theatre of food served straight from the grill […]

By Lynx on 28th April 2017

Spring is a time when many chefs look to increase the amount of fish and seafood served on the menus. It’s versatile, popular, and often perceived by customers as a healthier choice, as well as a lighter option when the weather is warmer. It also offers a point of difference for the eating out sector, […]

By Lynx on 4th April 2017

Whether it’s pies or parsnips, it’s hard to find a type of food that doesn’t have its own special festival somewhere on the calendar. While not all of them are of huge benefit to hospitality businesses, there are some that are definitely worth getting on board for – and that certainly includes Great British Beef […]

By Lynx on 3rd March 2017

It would have been a definite achievement to have avoided seeing any mention of food & drink inflation in the media during the first couple of months of 2017. Coverage included supermarkets rationing fresh salad and veg due to shortages caused by poor weather in Spain and elsewhere in Europe; the rising cost of wine […]

By Lynx on 24th January 2017

The new year is traditionally quiet in trading terms for restaurants, pubs and cafés, and operators hoping to drum up some much-needed business by appealing to customers looking for a healthier start to 2017 won’t have welcomed recent headlines. Slightly tongue-in-cheek news stories about a courgette shortage quickly morphed into more serious headlines as the […]

By Lynx on 5th December 2016

With the busiest time of year for restaurants, hotels, and pubs about to move into high gear, here’s hoping that Christmas 2016 brings everyone full tables and happy, well-fed customers. Without wanting to be a party pooper, though, this year it’s going to be more important than ever for operators to keep a close watch […]