WHAT:          IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) announces its Global Sale, which gives guests the opportunity to save 20% on the Best Flexible Rate at participating hotel stays this season (eligible for stays beginning May 24 through Sept. 15, 2019).

WHEN:           The Global Sale promotion begins today, May 16, for IHG® Rewards Club members—May 21 for all guests—and runs through July 31, 2019, and is valid for stays across the globe. Members can begin to take advantage of this offer and start earning bonus points for stays from May 14 through Sept. 15, 2019.           

HOW:             Guests will automatically receive the discount when booking from  Guests must book 3 days in advance.

Regional foods of the UK – How did they begin?

Part of Britain’s perpetual charm is its ability to retain regional traditions that maintain a city’s pride. Etiquette would encourage us to dive in to a local pub in a new town and order the local delicacy, the server would even be happy to fill you in on the inception of the dish and how it revolutionised until modern day, as after all, it’s a history lesson as well as a tasty dining experience!

Here, with the help of Alnwick restaurant Hog’s Head Inn, we take a brief look at some of the country’s weird and wonderful local dishes and how they came to be.

Dog walking hotspots in and around the North East

The region of Northumberland is famed for its stunning coastlines, prolific history and numerous market towns; so, it’s no surprise that the area has been awarded a string of tourism accolades. Dog-lovers fear not, we have collated a short list of cafes, restaurants and listed manor houses to relax and enjoy some quality time with loved ones and furry friends, for the perfect staycation or days out.

How can the hospitality sector help tackle the waste crisis?

Currently, we are constantly seeing endless amounts of media and headlines covering sustainability and waste management. It’s been made quite clear to use that there are blankets of plastic and other wastes floating around in our ocean and that it out populates the number of fishes in some cases. Not just that, the public are also appalled at the volumes of food that we waste, when there are so many struggling to get food on their table. With all of these views, is the hospitality sector planning to change to help manage its food waste.

Iconic Estonian Hotel listed for sale with Christie’s International Real Estate

On the market for 3.8 million, the award winning Kau Manor hotel has an illustrious history dating back to the Middle Ages

The Estonian Manor, currently operating as an award-winning boutique hotel, is listed for sale with Christie’s International Real Estate for €3.8 million.

Just 50 kilometres from Tallinn, Estonia’s medieval capital on the Baltic Sea, the historic estate comprises a 20-bedroom residence set on more than 37 acres of land. Constructed in the 13th Century, this is one of Estonia’s oldest properties having been owned by several noble families including 19th Century Russian navigator Otto von Kotzebue. The estate has most recently served as a beautiful hotel, Kau Manor, following a period when it was used as a school between 1941 and 1975. Kau Manor won the award for ‘Most Inspired Design Hotel’ at the 2016 Boutique Hotel Awards.


Life Begins in Eden…

The brand-new botanical inspired all-day dining, drinking and entertainment concept, Eden, will launch in the city of Manchester this summer.

A floral wonderland, Eden Manchester will provide a playground of sensory delights for the city’s revelers, with three nightclub experiences under one roof. From bottomless brunches and daytime soirées to partying in paradise, Eden will be a hedonistic escape offering sheer unadulterated fun for all.


More than £20,000 was raised for charity after a celebrity golf day held at The Springs Golf Club near Wallingford.

A host of sporting stars took part in the second Springs Legends 18-hole Texas Scramble tournament including former England Cricketers Phil DeFreitas and Nick Compton, Olympic gold medal-winning rower Greg Searle and rugby players Max Evans, Paul Doran-Jones, Louis Deacon, Chris Wyles and Freddie Tuilagi.


Leonardo da Vinci’s self-portrait has been reimagined with classic Italian ingredients, in celebration of the famous polymath who died 500 years ago this month.

The food masterpiece was commissioned by Italian restaurant chain Bella Italia to celebrate Da Vinci’s life and work, and mark the launch of their new menu, available in restaurants since 8th May.

The portrait was inspired by Da Vinci’s passion for both art and invention, particularly in the world of food and kitchen design innovation, including his creation of a ‘spaghetti-making machine’ and an automated spit that roasted meat.

The Belsfield launches new vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy-free afternoon tea menus

Four-star luxury boutique hotel, Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield, has launched four brand-new afternoon tea menus to appeal to a wide-range of diets.

As well as a traditional afternoon tea menu, The Belsfield’s 2AA Rosette chefs have created vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free afternoon tea menus.

Priced from £22.95 per person, afternoon tea is served with buttermilk plain, fruit, vegan or gluten-free scones with a choice of strawberry jam, clotted cream, and tofu or dairy-free spread. Guests will be spoilt for choice with new afternoon tea sweet treats such as mini carrot muffin, rocky road, Roly’s vegan fudge, raspberry Eton mess and gluten-free brownies and gluten-free Victoria sponge.

The shortlist of finalists for the 2019 Institute of Hospitality Awards has been revealed.

The Awards celebrate the very best in people development and reward those organisations that are using creative and inspiring methods to attract and retain engaged and enthusiastic teams.

Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive, Institute of Hospitality, says: “Once again we have been extremely impressed with the volume and calibre of entries this year. Best of luck to all of our shortlisted finalists.
The overall winners will be announced at our Annual Dinner & Awards on 10 June at the Hilton Waldorf, London. It promises to be a true celebration of excellence.”