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Second Hoxton Hotel opens this month in High Holborn

01-Sep-2014 - The second hotel in the Hoxton series, the Hoxton, Holborn, will be opening on 25 September. 

KFC announces major menu overhaul

01-Sep-2014 - Chicken chain KFC has jumped on the American BBQ bandwagon by introducing a range of slow cooked chicken products to its menu.

Shindig to launch at Lantana Café

29-Aug-2014 - Evening dining concept Shindig will be launching at Lantana Old Street and Fitzrovia this September, when both cafes will open with an evening offering centered round surf and turf. ...

The Maroush Group to reopen Crocker’s Folly

29-Aug-2014 - Crocker’s Folly restaurant and bar will be reopening in London’s St John’s Wood this October after an extensive restoration. 

Business profile: Yo! Sushi

29-Aug-2014 - Yo! Sushi’s new chief executive Vanessa Hall is hoping to take the chain to the next level of growth.

Loyalty schemes ineffective for restaurants

29-Aug-2014 - Customers are more engaged in loyalty programmes for supermarkets than restaurants according to new research from GI Insight that shows only half of people who have joined such schemes are...

The Restaurant Group delivers solid first half performance

29-Aug-2014 - The Restaurant Group (TRG) has reported strong financial results for the first half of 2014, with its Frankie and Bennie, Coast to Coast and Chiquito brands all enjoying significant profit...

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Five Guys to open second Scottish site

29-Aug-2014 - American burger chain Five Guys will open its second Scottish site in Glasgow later this year.

Featherblade pop-up to open in East London

28-Aug-2014 - New ‘modern British meat’ concept Featherblade will be setting up in the Star of Bethnal Green pub from September to January. 

Government scheme fails to boost SME lending

28-Aug-2014 - Business groups have called for government action after a new report showed lending to small and medium-sized firms (SME’s) such as restaurants, hotels and bars continued to fall in the...

North West hotels enjoy profitable July

28-Aug-2014 - London hotel profits dropped for the third consecutive month in July while profitability in the provinces soared, according to the latest data from HotStats.

Opus directors to open new Birmingham city bar

28-Aug-2014 - The team behind Birmingham restaurants Opus at Cornwall Street and Café Opus at Ikon will be opening Opus Bar in the city’s Colmore Business District in November.

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Chilango’s Burrito bond closes at over £2m

28-Aug-2014 - Mexican chain Chilango has closed its crowdfunded Burrito Bond after collecting £2.16m of investment – over twice its original goal of £1m.

Don’t defer pension auto-enrolment, expert warns SMEs

28-Aug-2014 - Hospitality SMEs have been told not to defer implementation of the pension changes coming into force next year, as the process can be unexpectedly lengthy.

43% of guests admit to stealing from hotels

27-Aug-2014 - Flight booking company Just The Flight has released results from a new survey on attitudes to stealing from hotels, which could help hoteliers understand why guests do it.

Chicago Rib Shack launches new ‘neighbourhood format’ with latest opening

27-Aug-2014 - The Chicago Rib Shack has launched a new site in Clapham as part of its new neighbourhood format and has plans for further expansion in the next year. 

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Hotels in Sheffield are the UK’s cleanest

27-Aug-2014 - Hotel booking portal hotel.info has released analysis to show which cities its users have rated as having the cleanest hotels, with Sheffield coming out on top, and Birmingham at the...

New noodle bar serves up film noir

26-Aug-2014 - Bang Bang Canteen, which claims to be the first ever ‘Noodle Noir’ restaurant, will be opening in London this September. 

Allergen law could cost £200m a year

26-Aug-2014 - The cost of implementation of the new EU allergen regulations coming into force on 13 December could reach £200m a year for food businesses, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

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The Boutique Bar Show comes to London

26-Aug-2014 - The seventh edition of the Boutique Bar Show in London will be taking place at The Grand Hall St Pancras from 16 to 17 September. 

Planning for Christmas 2014: Your Christmas menu

22-Aug-2014 - In this second part of our special feature on planning for Christmas we look at the latest trends that have cropped up in the festive food and drink world and...

Planning for Christmas 2014: Enticing customers in

22-Aug-2014 - It’s the time of year that the hospitality industry starts putting together its festive plans for Christmas, with a number of bigger venues already taking bookings. BigHospitality is starting our...

New Tom’s pop-up to launch evening bar and bistro

22-Aug-2014 - Tom Conran’s Notting Hill pop-up New Tom’s is launching New Tom’s Bar & Bistro, which will open in September on the former site of Tom's Deli.

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BHA partners with European tourism association

22-Aug-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has partnered with the European tourism association (ETOA) to promote the merits of UK tourism to international visitors.

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Eric Partaker on Chilango and spearheading a new funding route for SMEs

22-Aug-2014 - Eric Partaker is the co-founder of Chilango, the Mexican chain that has raised £1.8m via a mini-bond hosted on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. He talks to BigHospitality about the success of...