Headquartered in Dunstable, United Kingdom, Whitbread PLC is a multinational restaurant company that operates coffee shops and hotels as well.
It came into existence in 1742, when Samuel Whitbread acquired a small brewery with his partners Godfrey and Thomas Shewell. In its hotel division, Whitbread has the brand Premier Inn which is the largest chain of budget hotels in UK with over 670 hotels. In the coffee shop division it operates Costa Coffee, after it acquired the latter in 1995. Currently, Costa Coffee has greater market share than the global giant Starbucks in UK. In the restaurant division, Whitbread has the brands: Beefeater Grill, Table Table , Taybarns restaurant and Brewers Fayre. Taybarns is a buffet style restaurant whereas Brewers Fayre has pubs with traditional ambience. Beefeater Grilll and Table Table are restaurants serving over a million people.Whitbread, with the depth and width of its services, is presently the largest hospitality company in United Kingdom, currently employing over 36500 people.