Hospitality Today Aug-Sep 2016 - Page 17

hospitalitytoday.com | 17 “June rounded off the weakest quarterly growth since Q1 2014, following a marked drop in May to a 27-month low. “Hotels, restaurants and bars, which had been the best performing sector in the past year, saw growth slow to its weakest level since January 2013 with little evidence of the summer’s sporting events providing any significant boost.” Josh beer of the Illustrious Pub Company, Cambridgeshire, said: “June was a challenging month for us, with overall spend down 4%, perhaps because people were either away on holiday or chose to watch the Euro with friends at home. We did however experience a boost in spend in one branch where a TV was installed and special platters were served to accommodate England fans. “Looking ahead, we expect that our pubs will perform well, and don’t believe that the referendum will impact our overall sales. But as a small business we are a bit concerned about how the uncertainty around Brexit may impact banks’ lending to businesses for renovation and development.” Quan Nguyen of Chi Cafe, London commented: “While sales were up in the first half of June, the last two weeks saw a slight drop. It’s perhaps too early though to say whether the drop in sales was down to the vote, or just because of the wet weather. Being in central London, a lot of our customers said they are worried about their job prospects now, and we fear this whole uncertainty may eventually impact our sales.” Pret A Manger to open its first shop on British motorways Pret A Manger will be opening its first motorway service shop, as part of a trial partnership with Welcome Break. The shop is scheduled to open at the end of summer at the South Mimms Services on Junction 23 of the M25. The menu will include a large selection of Pret’s freshly-made sandwiches, salads, wraps, baguettes and hot options, alongside organic teas and coffees, cold drinks, fruit and snacks. Pret CEO Clive Schlee said: “This is a new area for the Pret business, and one we’re looking forward to exploring. “We’ll obviously have our own kitchen on the premises, allowing us to serve motorway customers with fresh, natural food, handmade throughout the day. I’m sure this natural food, and our organic coffee, will be well-received by motorway customers.” Rod McKie, CEO of Welcome Break, said, “Welcome Break is very excited about the prospect of working with Pret on the UK motorways and indeed, putting the much loved Pret brand on the header boards for the first time. “I am confident that this trial will be successful and lead to a long term partnership with Pret A Manger, and bring this amazing brand alongside our world class portfolio of brands to offer even greater choice to the travelling UK public.” The first shop will be a twelve month trial with Welcome Break, and if successful will lead to other Pret shops opening in Welcome Break Service Stations. Shaun Rankin to open Ormer Mayfair at Flemings Michelin-starred Chef Shaun Rankin will be opening a London outpost of his acclaimed Jersey restaurant Ormer next month, on 20 September. The new 85-cover restaurant will be called “Ormer Mayfair” (above left), and will be within the boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair.