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Greek-inspired dining comes to Marylebone

17-Apr-2014 - Opso, an all-day dining Greek restaurant and bar, is opening in the heart of Marylebone next month. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: April 2014

17-Apr-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including Gravetye Manor, Giraffe and The Garrison.

Werewolf performance nightclub launches in London

17-Apr-2014 - New performance and arts nightclub Werewolf is opening next week in the heart of London’s Piccadilly.

Beverage awards seek excellence in hot drinks

17-Apr-2014 - The Beverage Standards Association (BSA) is calling on specialist coffee shops, cafes, tea rooms, hotel bars, beverage carts and restaurants to enter its hot drink awards and accreditation programme.

Roux Scholarship 2014: In Pictures

16-Apr-2014 - Tom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship. Relive the hotly contested final with BigHospitality in our exclusive photo gallery. 

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Coal Grill & Bar commences expansion

16-Apr-2014 - Coal Grill & Bar will commence its next phase of expansion after securing additional growth funding from Beringea and Octopus Investments.  

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

People 1st claim supporting industry leaders will get women in boardrooms

16-Apr-2014 - Chief executive of People 1st Brian Wisdom has criticised the latest Government report on gender in boardrooms for not taking into account organisations with active strategies for encouraging women at all levels.

Ed's Easy Diner named fastest-growing restaurant group

16-Apr-2014 - Ed’s Easy Diner, the 24-strong 1950s-style American diner chain, has topped the 2014 Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - a list of the 50 fastest-growing restaurant and bar companies.

MeatLiquor acquires fried chicken restaurant Wishbone

16-Apr-2014 - Meatailer, the company behind MeatLiquor, have purchased the fried chicken restaurant Wishbone in London’s Brixton.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

16-Apr-2014 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector. 

Ox and Finch restaurant to open in Glasgow

15-Apr-2014 - Former head chef of the McLaren Formula One team Jonathan MacDonald is launching new restaurant Ox and Finch in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove next month.

Hakkasan partners with MGM to launch international hotel company

15-Apr-2014 - Restaurant group Hakkasan has today announced the formation of a joint-venture with gaming and hospitality company MGM Resorts International, to create a new international hotel management company - MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

What’s Cooking? takes on restaurant at boutique Liverpool hotel

15-Apr-2014 - Liverpool restaurant What’s Cooking? has taken on the running of the food and drink operation at the nearby 62 Castle Street hotel. 

T.G.I Friday’s unveils new 'Fast Track' concept for transport hub expansion

15-Apr-2014 - ‘A new era is dawning’ for T.G.I Friday’s as the American restaurant chain today announced it will be opening its first outlet at a key transport hub under a newly created quick-service format.

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Fuller’s acquires two new riverside sites

15-Apr-2014 - London brewer and pub company Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. has bought two freehold sites by the Thames in Fulham Reach and Greenwich. 

Further expansion for business-focused Holiday Inn

14-Apr-2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is pursuing its intention to make Holiday Inn a market leader in the meetings industry , with the development of two new business-focused hotels and new-look rooms at its Heathrow property.

Charterhouse targets expansion as FY EBITDA grows 13.2%

14-Apr-2014 - Charterhouse Leisure, operator of the Coal Grill & Bar brand, has reported a 13.2% rise in company EBITDA to £727,000 for the year to the end of February and said it plans to grow from six to about 24 sites over the next three years.

Jupiter Hotels adds the Talbot Inn to its portfolio

14-Apr-2014 - Hotel management company Jupiter Hotels has added the Talbot Inn in Ripley to its portfolio, signing a contract to manage the hotel.

Edinburgh Hotel unveils its plans for a £2m development programme

14-Apr-2014 - The Macdonald Holyrood hotel has unveiled the first stage in its planned £2m investment programme to improve the city centre hotel, part of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts ongoing £10m investment programme into a number of its hotels.

Late Night London’s new venture Core opens in the City

11-Apr-2014 - Late Night London’s latest bar and restaurant Core opened in the City last week, combining the company’s new take on day-time eating and drinking with a late night offering. 

Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant comes to London

11-Apr-2014 - Turtle Bay, the modern Carribean restaurant concept by former Las Iguanas director Ajith Jayawickrema, has secured a site at The Scene leisure development in Walthamstow.

Yorkshire restaurants are best performing in England and Wales

11-Apr-2014 - Yorkshire’s hospitality sector has enjoyed a significant boost over recent months, with the regions’ restaurants now outperforming the rest of the country, according to data from insolvency trade body R3.

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Mitch Tonks to open new Rockfish in Torquay

11-Apr-2014 - Renowned fish chef and restaurateur Mitch Tonks will open his third Rockfish restaurant in Torquay this summer with his business partner Mat Prowse. 

Meals.co.uk to launch in London

11-Apr-2014 - Home delivery service Meals.co.uk is launching in London, giving restaurants in the Capital the chance to tap into the takeaway trend and pull in as much as £200k additional revenue a year.

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