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Goodman to open seafood restaurant Rex & Mariano in Soho

31-Oct-2014 - Goodman Restaurant Group will open Rex & Mariano, an ambitious new seafood restaurant located on the former Vodka Revolution site in Soho in late November.


Robert Crook on Interstate and the modern complexity of running a hotel

30-Oct-2014 - Robert Crook is the UK managing director of hotel management firm Interstate. He talks to BigHospitality about the state of the market and the similarities between running a hotel and...

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Mama Shelter to open in UK

30-Oct-2014 - French hotel group Mama Shelter has announced plans to open a site in London after global operator Accor acquired a 35 per cent stake in its capital.

Hotel prices drop in London and Glasgow

30-Oct-2014 - Despite the trend for rising prices year-on-year in hotels throughout the UK, overnight costs decreased in London and Glasgow this September, according to 

Longshot to open sixth Bel & The Dragon site

30-Oct-2014 - Longshot Country Inns will open its sixth Bel & The Dragon site at The George in Hampshire on 10 November.

Damien Rigollet appointed head chef at Coq d’Argent

30-Oct-2014 - D&D London has announced that Damien Rigollet will take on the role of head chef at its contemporary French restaurant Coq d’Argent in the City of London.

Former Tourism Minister calls for VisitEngland refocus

30-Oct-2014 - Former Tourism Minister and MP for Weston-super-Mare John Penrose has said VisitEngland should be independent from VisitBritain and gradually move away from government funding.

Third restaurant for Martin Morales

29-Oct-2014 - Peruvian restaurateur Martin Morales has announced the opening of a new Ceviche in Old Street in March 2015.

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Clubhouse Group buys Mercure Parkside House Hotel

29-Oct-2014 - Milton Keynes’ Mercure Parkside House Hotel has been sold to Nazim Manji of the Clubhouse Group for around £2.6m.

Former Ottolenghi and Morito team takes on first venture

29-Oct-2014 - Born of the collaboration between former Ottolenghi head chef Louis Solley and ex Morito general manager Hugo Thurston, informal restaurant Jago will open in mid-November in London’s Brick Lane.

Second Kêu site to open in Soho

29-Oct-2014 - Vietnamese restaurant Kêu will open its second London site in Soho on 3 November. 

Soupe du Jour to open second London site

29-Oct-2014 - Takeaway and restaurant concept Soupe du Jour will open its second London site in the City on 4 November. 

Marriott unveils £1.3m high-tech event space

29-Oct-2014 - Marriott has completed a £1.3m renovation of its London Kensington hotel’s meeting facilities to cater for generation X and Y travellers’ technology expectations.

Six new restaurant sites to spring up in Oldham

28-Oct-2014 - Six restaurant sites will be built and let out to operators in Oldham city centre as part of the new Parliament Square development.

Marriott expands Courtyard brand in Scotland

28-Oct-2014 - Marriott is expanding its Courtyard brand further in Scotland, with a new hotel planned for Edinburgh city centre in early 2016. 

Scottish businesses pledge over 300 job opportunities for young people

28-Oct-2014 - Scottish businesses made 342 pledges to create jobs, apprenticeships and work placements at the Big Hospitality Conversation in Glasgow last week.

Back-of-house technology: The importance of being automated

28-Oct-2014 - In the third part of our special feature on back-of-house technology, we look at some of the systems that are helping managers and business owners to streamline their operations.

Back-of-house technology: Staff management without the spreadsheet

28-Oct-2014 - In the second part of our special feature on back-of-house technology, BigHospitality looks at how technology is transforming staff management.

Back-of-house technology: The rise of big data

28-Oct-2014 - In the first part of our special feature on back-of-house technology, BigHospitality explores the emergence of big data and asks how it can help the hospitality industry improve guest experience...

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Paul opens first UK site outside London

28-Oct-2014 - Artisan bakery Paul will open its first site outside London in Oxford on 8 December this year.

Rick Stein confirms Porthleven restaurant opening

28-Oct-2014 - Chef and TV personality Rick Stein has confirmed he is taking over the Clay Quay restaurant in Porthleven, Cornwall.

Line-up announced for 2014 Henry Stewart hotel finance conference

27-Oct-2014 - Experts from Hilton Hotels, Travelodge and Accor UK and Ireland will speak at this year's Finance for Hotel Investment and Development in the UK and Continental Europe conference.

Modern Slavery Campaign appeals to hospitality industry

27-Oct-2014 - The Home Office has launched the Modern Slavery Campaign to raise awareness of potential victims across a number of large industries, including hospitality.

Product news

Bromic launches outdoor heater

27-Oct-2014 - Bromic has launched the Tungsten Portable heater for hotels and restaurants.

Hospitality third biggest growth sector for jobs

27-Oct-2014 - The availability of hospitality jobs in the UK grew by 36 per cent between September 2013 and the same month in 2014, according to the latest data by job board Indeed.