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Beer sales bounce back at expense of cider

22-Dec-2014 - UK beer sales have bounced back after five consecutive years of decline, according to the latest research from Mintel.

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HOSPA annual awards: winners revealed

22-Dec-2014 - Former HOSPA chairman Paul Dukes scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award athospitality educational organisation HOSPA’s Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT Awards of the Year 2014.

BHA calls for political change in 2015

22-Dec-2014 - The chief executive of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), Ufi Ibrahim, has called on the hospitality industry to continue to push for policy change next year.

Travelodge secures three new sites in partnerships with local authorities

22-Dec-2014 - Travelodge has announced plans to open three new hotels costing £11.5m in partnerships with local authorities to ‘regenerate communities’ across the UK.

Eating out spend continues to rise

22-Dec-2014 - Eating out continued to outperform the overall leisure market last month, with families in particular spending more on meals at pubs and restaurants.

The BHA joins with PACE for 2015 forum

19-Dec-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has joined forces with the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) for this year’s PACE Learning & Development Forum. 

Marlin Apartments to open £28m Waterloo aparthotel

19-Dec-2014 - Serviced apartment provider Marlin Apartments has signed a £28m contract with construction firm McAleer & Rushe to build an aparthotel in London’s Waterloo.

Interstate to open six new UK hotels

19-Dec-2014 - US-based hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of six new hotels in the UK.

Households enjoy more spare cash this Christmas

19-Dec-2014 - Brits will have more disposable income to spend on extras like eating out this Christmas, according to the latest income tracker from Asda.

On-trade alcohol sales in need of festive cheer

19-Dec-2014 - Pubs and restaurants have been hit by falling alcohol sales over the past twelve weeks, but could receive a boost as people gear up for the festive period.

Edinburgh hotels hike prices for Hogmanay

18-Dec-2014 - Hotel prices in Edinburgh have increased by 146 per cent on average on 31st December, according to data released by Trivago. 

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Nominations open for Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2015

18-Dec-2014 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has opened the nominations process for the 2015 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards, which recognise emerging and established talent across the industry.

TripAdvisor Exceptional Service Awards: winners announced

18-Dec-2014 - Six UK hospitality employees have been chosen as winners in TripAdvisor’s inaugural Exceptional Service Awards. 

Bao to open permanent site backed by Gymkhana owners

18-Dec-2014 - Taiwanese street food concept Bao will open its first restaurant in Soho next year after securing backing from Gymkhana founders Karam, Jyo and Sunaina Sethi.

Plans to turn historic Edinburgh school into top hotel

18-Dec-2014 - Proposals to transform the old Royal High School building on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill into a ‘world-class’ hotel have been announced by project developers Duddingston House Properties (DHP).

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Tipping - what restaurateurs really think

18-Dec-2014 - Nearly half of restaurateurs believe it is appropriate to leave a 5-10 per cent tip, according to a new ResDiary poll.

Manchester design studio to launch new coffee concept

18-Dec-2014 - Manchester-based creative studio NoChintz will launch a new coffee concept in the Grade II listed Sevendale House next March.

New restaurant Jar Kitchen to open in central London

17-Dec-2014 - First time restaurateurs Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero will open their first restaurant, Jar Kitchen, on Drury Lane in February 2015.

Tapas Revolution to open third London site

17-Dec-2014 - Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy will open his third Tapas Revolution restaurant in Shoreditch in February 2015.

Radisson Blu triumphs at Hotel Marketing Awards

17-Dec-2014 - Hotel group Radisson Blu took top honours in four of the six categories at this year’s Hotel Marketing Association Annual Marketing Awards.

OpenTable names its top 100 UK restaurants

17-Dec-2014 - Chef Tom Seller’s Restaurant Story in London took the top spot on this year’s OpenTable Top 100 Best Restaurants list.

People 1st calls for hospitality jobs campaign

17-Dec-2014 - People 1st has called for a ‘hard hitting’ cross-industry campaign to promote the breadth of career opportunities the hospitality and tourism industry can offer.

Marco Pierre White to launch new franchise brand in new year

17-Dec-2014 - The chairman of the franchising group behind Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian and Steakhouse Bar & Grill concepts has told M&C Report another brand is likely to be launched...

Hospitality Openings: Nov/Dec 2014

16-Dec-2014 - Our latest roundup of the hottest openings in hospitality include Martin William’s first solo venture M, new Danish concept Snaps & Rye and Tom Kerridge’s new gastropub The Coach, as...

MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 - The Final Five

16-Dec-2014 - As series 7 of MasterChef: The Professionals draws to a close on BBC2, BigHospitality takes a look at the five talented chefs who made it through to the finals.