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Essentially Catering Magazine - March 2014 Industry News Fine dining at Royal Ascot 2014 is a sure bet Ascot Racecourse has just announced that fine dining New-look La Tascas experiences during this year’s Royal sweep the nation Ascot (17-21 June) will be headed by Michelin Star Chefs, Tom Kerridge With a bold refurbishment programme and Atul Kochhar. coming to an end, La Tasca is on track A destination event for over to complete the works on 18 of its 42 300,000 visitors each year, Royal UK sites by the end of May. Latest Ascot is this year making its offer new-look La Tasca restaurants are in La Tasca, Cardiff more inclusive with deals from just Leeds, Liverpool and Cardiff. £17 per ticket in the Silver Ring to an Happily, the group has not invested all of its energy purely into buildings. Last eye-watering £1200 per head in the year La Tasca was named as the latest organisation to join an elite band of 11 stunning Parade Ring Restaurant. establishments to gain full gluten-free (GF) accreditation from Coeliac UK, the ‘‘Ascot has been synonymous with national charity for people with coeliac disease. Moreover, executive chef Antony world-class racing, style, pageantry Bennett has added some fabulous new dishes to the menu, inspired by traditional and wonderful service for over 300 Spanish tapas from his various trips to Spain. Ticking all the boxes for menu years but we truly believe that 2014 sharing, excellent service, good choice of drinks (including gluten-free beer) and is a breakthrough year for us in terms reasonable prices, La Tasca gets the thumbs up from EC. of fine dining and catering options,” said Juliet Slot, Commercial Director at Ascot Racecourse. “Our efforts to deliver a premium customer Homemade pie is nation’s experience have focused on the food, the service and an attention to detail favourite pub food around customer service in order to exceed all our guests’ expectations, A homemade pie being served was overwhelmingly named the whatever their budget, from the by a friendly landlord/lady in a best food to eat in a pub by 41% of moment they book with us.” welcoming atmosphere with an respondents, followed by a Sunday absence of loud music in Yorkshire roast, 21%, and fish and chips, 11%. has been identified as the perfect According to 36% of respondents, pub experience, according to the favourite type of pie was steak a survey conducted by olive and ale, pipping steak and kidney magazine. to the post at 21%. The best place in Food was found to be a key the country for pubs was named as part of the pub experience for Yorkshire, 12%, just beating the South pub goers, and a homemade pie West, 10%, and the South East, 8%. We still have the knack for sugary snacks New foodservice industry figures topped the league table of our growth. NPD Group figures show from The NPD Group Inc, a global favourite snack food items away that all types of snacking dropped: information company, reveal that from home. Nearly 1 in 14 snacks morning snacks decreased -2.9%; doughnuts were among the fastest consisted of a chocolate bar, with afternoon snacks dipped -2.4% and growing ‘out of home’ snack items 245 million servings sold during late snacks were off -1.7%. in the year ending December the year. The declines were driven by the 2013, growing by +11.1% servings core consumer aged 25 to 49 years compared to the previous year. Snacking overall is down and are partly due to consumers This is an increase of +6.4 million Despite our obvious sweet tooth, preferring to eat at the usual times servings to 63.7 million for the the appetite among Britons for of breakfast, lunch and dinner, and whole year. Brownies came a close snacking away from home is declining. choosing to eat second, growing +10.9% with a Snacking visits out of home decreased out in a more total of 54.6 million servings -2.3% in the year ending December sociable way. for the year. And chocolate bars 2013 following several years of 3
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