March 16, 2009 // Franchising.com // Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants was a big winner at the PubChef Food Excellence Awards, held in London on 12th March. WHR won two of the most important awards in the industry - Food Operator of the Year (branded), beating off stiff competition from Marston Inns and Greene King. In addition, Taybarns won the Food Concept of the Year award, which recognises the successful development of an outstanding food offer over the past 12 months.
The PubChef Food Excellence awards recognise the industry's top talent, and rewards companies that have developed and delivered a successful food offer in the past year across its estate.
Whitbread PLC is the UK's largest hotel and restaurant group operating market-leading businesses in the budget hotels and restaurant sectors. Its well-loved brands are Premier Inn, Beefeater, Table Table, Brewers Fayre, Taybarns and Costa Coffee.
Whitbread PLC employs over 33,000 people and serves 9 million customers every month in its 1,800 outlets across the UK.
In the first half of the financial year ended 28th August 2008, Whitbread PLC reported a 12.6% increase in Group Revenue to £682.2 million and 24% increase in Pre-tax Profit to £123.3 million.
Whitbread PLC is a FTSE 100 company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. It is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.