Are You Ready for National Hospitality Day?

The 18th September is National Hospitality Day and some of the UK’s best-known chefs have called on the nation to go out and support their favourite restaurants, bars and hotels.

The day is being organised by charities Hospitality Action, Springboard, The Drink’s Trust and The Licensed Trade Charity. Funds raised from venues will go towards these charities – who all support the hospitality industry and its workers. Venues are also being encouraged to support the day with special offers.

Catherine Farinha, Founder of The Chefs’ Forum said

“There has never been a more crucial time for all hospitality organisations to collaborate and work together for the good of the industry.  We are delighted to support our media peers in celebrating the hospitality industry, promotional campaigns and the people who work within.  Together we can really promote best practice and stamp out any outmoded and unwelcome negative treatment of our workers.  This starts at grass roots and out work with our Chefs’ Forum Academy Colleges is all about championing positive role models, as well as maximum support levels  and welfare practice.”

Last evening, The Chefs’ Forum attended the revival of the Institute of Hospitality South West Division to show its support and appreciation for the industry leaders who make hospitality such an exciting place to be.

The organiser of National Hospitality Day said:

“The pandemic has brought the hospitality industry to its knees. By supporting your favourite local place on National Hospitality Day you’ll be helping a struggling business back on its feet. You’ll also be supporting a coalition of the main industry charities who support those hardest hit by the events of the last 18 months.”

Chef and hospitality business owner Tom Kerridge said:

All our biggest moments go on in hospitality venues, from first dates to weddings, and baby showers to wakes, they’re where the moments that make life worth living take place.  

“That morning chat with your friendly barista, a cheeky pint after work with mates, Saturday morning soaks in a hotel pool, or Sunday roast with the family…we all took these experiences for granted.   

“National Hospitality Day is a chance for us all to say ‘welcome back, we’ve missed you, and thanks for everything you’ve been doing’ to our favourite venues.  

“Restaurants, pubs and hotels up and down the country will be pulling out the stops to give everybody a great day out.”   

Angela Hartnett, Chef Patron at Mayfair’s Murano said:

“Even now, weeks after re-opening, businesses are fighting a daily battle for survival, with supply and staffing issues causing huge problems.”

Collaboration is the answer at this difficult time when our industry is in recovery from what was cited as the most difficult period in the entire career of Harry Murray MBE as a hospitality leader when he spoke at the IoH South West event last evening.

Let’s club together, look after our workers, support each other, mutually promote campaigns and events for the greater good of the industry and help make hospitality great again.

Happy National Hospitality Day 2021!