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Blanc, Loubet and Palmer-Watts collaborate for annual Christmas charity dinner

28-Oct-2016 - Michelin-starred chefs Raymond Blanc, Bruno Loubet, and Ashley Palmer-Watts are to collaborate for the annual Hospitality Action fundraising dinner at Brasserie Joël, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 24/10 - 30/10

28-Oct-2016 - From the industry’s reaction to the Heathrow expansion, to the best pub of the year, we revisit some of the week’s top stories

US pizza group Jules Thin Crust opens first UK site

28-Oct-2016 - Jules Thin Crust, the US organic thin crust pizza company, has opened its first UK site, in Putney, south west London.

Smiths of Smithfield to open first new site in three years

28-Oct-2016 - Smiths of Smithfield is to open its first new site in three years, with a restaurant and bar in London’s Cannon Street on 21 November.

The Marksman, Bethnal Green named Michelin Pub of the Year 2017

28-Oct-2016 - The Marksman pub in London’s Bethnal Green has been named Michelin Pub of the Year 2017, after beating 500 other establishments in the Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2017.


Ashdown Park Hotel GM Ben Booker on maintaining successful independence in hotels

28-Oct-2016 - As Ben Booker approaches his 10th year as general manager at Elite Hotels Group's Ashdown Park Hotel in East Sussex, he shares his tips on running a successful independent hotel

Travelodge announces Norfolk expansion plans

27-Oct-2016 - Travelodge has opened is first hotel in Thetford and confirmed plans to launch a further four sites in East Anglia.

Roux chef David Simak wins first ever Chocolate Dessert of the Year contest

27-Oct-2016 - David Simak, head pastry chef at Albert and Michel Roux Jr’s Crossbasket Castle in Glasgow, has won the first ever Chocolate Dessert of the Year contest, in front of a...

Carluccio’s introduces VR video with ‘biggest ever menu overhaul’

27-Oct-2016 - Carluccio’s, the Italian-style restaurant group, is to introduce virtual reality (VR) glasses to customers when it launches its biggest ever menu overhaul this November.

Victor Garvey changes Duende to Encant ahead of expansion

27-Oct-2016 - Victor Garvey is changing the name of his Spanish restaurant Duende to Encant ahead of the opening of a second site next year.  

Parabola’s guest chef series to include Jeremy Lee and Martin Morales

27-Oct-2016 - Parabola, the soon-to-launch restaurant at London’s relocated Design Museum, from Peter Prescott and Sir Terence Conran, is to host a stellar guest chef series including Jeremy Lee and Martin Morales....

Cote begins Limeyard expansion in Staines

27-Oct-2016 - Casual dining chain Cote has secured a second site for its American-themed restaurant Limeyard as part a planned expansion in the South East.

Yorkshire Meatball Co closes Harrogate store

27-Oct-2016 - The Yorkshire Meatball Company has permanently closed its store in Harrogate blaming an influx of chain restaurants to the town. 

GBK boss: “It’s business as usual since takeover”

26-Oct-2016 - Gourmet Burger Kitchen CEO Alasdair Murdoch says its ‘business as usual’ across the company's growing estate following its takeover by Wimpy owner Famous Brands almost two months ago.

Introducing the Chefs’ Choice Awards

26-Oct-2016 - Calling all foodservice companies: the new Chefs’ Choice Awards are your chance to show the restaurant industry that you are best in class. 

Hotel restaurants: Five need-to-know trends

26-Oct-2016 - Customers’ increased knowledge about food, increased informality, and the need to run restaurants as standalone businesses are some of the trends making the biggest impact on hotel food & beverage...

Leon to challenge 'Superfood Salad' name ban

26-Oct-2016 - Leon could be forced to change the name of its ‘Original Superfood Salad’ after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled that the product broke marketing laws.

Dalata Hotels buys Clayton Hotel Cardiff for £24m

26-Oct-2016 - Irish hotel operator Dalata Hotels has bought the freehold interest of the Clayton Hotel in Cardiff for £24m. 

Drake & Morgan confirms rebrand of two Corney & Barrow sites

26-Oct-2016 - The London-based restaurant and bar group, has confirmed the rebranding of two of its recently acquired Corney & Barrow sites, with The Otherist, on Old Broad Street in the City,...

In Operation with... Red Dog Saloon

26-Oct-2016 - We find out from Red Dog Saloon owner and founder Tom Brooke what's behind the success of his American restaurant chain as it begins its expansion outside London.

Premier Inn plans hub expansion

25-Oct-2016 - Premier Inn is planning to double its number of high-tech hub hotels following strong half-year sales at the chain.

Hospitality welcomes Government decision on Heathrow

25-Oct-2016 - The hospitality and tourism industry, including the BHA, UKinbound and VisitBritain, has welcomed today’s decision to expand London Heathrow Airport.

French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to open at The Connaught hotel

25-Oct-2016 - French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is to open a new, as-yet-unnamed restaurant at The Connaught hotel in London’s Mayfair in spring 2017.

Former Joël Robuchon chef to open Bōkan at Novotel Canary Wharf

25-Oct-2016 - Bōkan, a new restaurant and roof terrace from Aurelie Altemaire, former head chef at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, is to open at the 313-bedroom Novotel Canary Wharf hotel in January....

China's HNA Group buys 25% stake in Hilton

25-Oct-2016 - Chinese tourism and aviation conglomerate HNA has bought a 25 per cent stake in the Hilton hotel group, the companies said yesterday.