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National Restaurant Awards 2016: The Sportsman claims number one spot

28-Jun-2016 - The Sportsman in Kent has been named the UK’s best restaurant in the 2017 National Restaurant Awards.

Firebrand Pizza launches in London ahead of possible roll-out

27-Jun-2016 - Firebrand Pizza, a new pizza venture from a restaurateur and marketing duo, is to launch in London’s Marylebone in July.

Independent B&Bs seeing ten-year ratings high, says TripAdvisor study

27-Jun-2016 - Independent B&Bs and hotels are seeing a ten-year high in average ratings, according to online review site TripAdvisor.

University College Birmingham wins Toque d’Or 2016

27-Jun-2016 - University College Birmingham has been crowned the winner of this year’s Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or competition, which is in its 28th year.

How to create a tea menu

27-Jun-2016 - To help restaurants, hotels and pubs capitalise on growing interest in specialist teas, JING's senior tea buyer Tom Price shares his top tips to creating the perfect tea menu. 

Brexit confirmed: Hospitality reacts with uncertainty and mixed views

24-Jun-2016 - Reduced sales, rising costs, and uncertainty across hospitality and tourism: that’s the general view from hospitality commentators this morning, as the UK has voted for Brexit.

BHA: Hospitality must have 'seat at the table' for post-Brexit negotiations

24-Jun-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has said it will use its Summit on Monday (27 June) to create a plan to secure the industry’s future following the Brexit vote.

Springboard Awards of Excellence 2016 open for hospitality entries

23-Jun-2016 - Industry charity Springboard is calling for entries to its 2016 Awards for Excellence, which celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals across the sector.

Historic Bromley Court Hotel revamped after £2m investment

23-Jun-2016 - A historic independent hotel that played host to Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and William Pitt the Younger has been relaunched after a £2m refurbishment.

Sumosan restaurant closes ahead of relocation to Knightsbridge

23-Jun-2016 - Japanese restaurant Sumosan has closed ahead of a relocation to Knightsbridge in October.

Cinnamon Collection in £10m expansion by Boparan Restaurant Holdings

23-Jun-2016 - The Cinnamon Collection – comprising restaurants The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho – is to expand after a £10m investment from new owners Boparan Restaurant Holdings (BRH).

Caffé Nero acquires Harris & Hoole from Tesco

23-Jun-2016 - Caffé Nero has announced that it has acquired the Harris & Hoole coffee chain from Tesco for an undisclosed sum.

Muriel’s Kitchen opens first of five MK grab-and-go outlets

23-Jun-2016 - Restaurant-café group Muriel’s Kitchen has launched its first grab-and-go brand extension, MK by Muriel’s Kitchen, in London’s Putney.

George Kataras of M named the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016

22-Jun-2016 - The S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 has been announced as George Kataras from M Threadneedle Street, London, who will now go on to represent the UK and Ireland in the final.

Generator hostels teams up with Luke Thomas to revamp Millennials menu

22-Jun-2016 - Generator, the ‘poshtel’ hostel group, has teamed up with 22-year-old chef Luke Thomas to revamp the group’s menu for its core audience of millennial and Generation Z guests.

Ryanair to launch budget hotel booking site

22-Jun-2016 - Budget airline Ryanair is to launch a new low cost hotel booking site later this year.

The Ricci Group to expand into Leeds

22-Jun-2016 - Halifax-based restaurant group The Ricci Group is expanding its business into Leeds with the opening of Ricci's Tapas and Cicchetti and 53 Degrees North. 

Council allows Bunga Bunga to keep Euro 2016 colours

22-Jun-2016 - Wandsworth council in south London has allowed the Bunga Bunga bar in Battersea to keep its outside walls painted with garish Euros-themed colours.

Peyotito site from Mexican chef Eduardo Garcia to open in Notting Hill

22-Jun-2016 - Peyotito, a new Mexican-style restaurant with a menu curated by Eduardo Garcia of Maximo Bistrot – one of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants ‒ is to open in London’s Notting Hill.

Philip Howard to open Chelsea restaurant with Rebecca Mascarenhas

22-Jun-2016 - Philip Howard is to open a third London restaurant with Rebecca Mascarenhas after securing the site of Tom Aikens' former Elystan Street restaurant in Chelsea. 

Good Food Society reveals details for Turkish restaurant and bar Yosma

21-Jun-2016 - Restaurant company Good Food Society has unveiled further details of Yosma, the restaurant and bar inspired by a traditional Turkish meyhane opening in London's Marylebone. 

IHG to rebrand Kensington Close Hotel as Holiday Inn

21-Jun-2016 - The owners of the 694-bedroom Kensington Close Hotel in London have signed a deal with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to re-brand the property as a Holiday Inn.

Pub Skills Summit to tackle industry's retention, recruitment and skills challenges

21-Jun-2016 - An event designed to help the pub sector tackle the challenges associated with recruitment, retention and skills is being held in London next month. 

US singer Kelis to open restaurant pop-up with burger brand Le Bun

21-Jun-2016 - American singer-turned-cook Kelis is to open a pop-up restaurant concept at London boutique hotel Leicester House, focusing on South American street food.

Premier Inn blames 'weak' hotel market for RevPAR slump

21-Jun-2016 - Premier Inn is on track to open a further 4,500 rooms this year despite a ‘weaker than expected’ hotel market slowing growth.