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Licensed trade warns against heavy handed measures to tackle binge drinking

19-Sep-2014 - As police chiefs call for tough new measures to tackle excessive drinking, the licensed on-trade has warned that ‘partnership, not punishment’ is the key to addressing alcohol harm.

Staycity to open in Covent Garden

19-Sep-2014 - Serviced apartment operator Staycity has signed a deal to open the first of its new luxury aparthotels in London’s Covent Garden.

Dorset cliff-top hotel undergoes major revamp

19-Sep-2014 - The Seaside Boarding House Restaurant & Bar in Burton Bradstock will open under new ownership in the coming months after undergoing a total renovation.

Ruby World Cup 2015 hailed as big opportunity for hospitality

19-Sep-2014 - VistEngland has described the Rugby World Cup 2015 as a 'tremendous opportunity' for tourism and hospitality, with hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars in host cities set to benefit from a big...

Hospitality businesses urged to look forward after Scotland rejects independence

19-Sep-2014 - With yesterday's referendum on Scottish independence returning a 'no' vote, industry leaders have urged hospitality businesses in the country to look forward and make the most of the promised devolution...

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Mobile-optimised websites ‘crucial’ for restaurants

19-Sep-2014 - New consumer research suggests that the majority of diners are still frustrated with restaurant websites, with online menus causing the most annoyance.

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Charles Scudamore on HCP and the UK hotel market

18-Sep-2014 - Charles Scudamore is the principal and founder of Hetherley Capital Partners (HCP), a specialist hotel real estate investment and asset management firm, based in London. He talks BigHospitality about the current state...

Southampton City Council to implement late night levy

18-Sep-2014 - Southampton City Council has voted to implement a late night levy to pubs, bars and other venues in the city which serve alcohol past midnight.

Four Seasons hotel to open in Ten Trinity Square

18-Sep-2014 - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans with investor and developer Reignwood Group to transform London’s grade II listed Ten Trinity Square building into a luxury hotel and residential...

Sous-vide concept Suchef opens second site in Farringdon

18-Sep-2014 - Sous-vide cooking concept Suchef has opened its second London site in Farringdon, and plans to open more in quick succession.

Ex-Zafferano chef launches neighbourhood Italian restaurant

18-Sep-2014 - Former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham has launched his first solo project, L’Amorosa, on the site of the former Lola & Simón café in West London.

Data and technology may change how we ‘do’ hospitality

18-Sep-2014 - Advanced technology and new ways of gathering data on customers could help restaurants run in a more informed way, an industry expert has advised.

Will Ricker wins Westminster licensing battle

18-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Will Ricker has won an appeal against Westminster City Council to allow customers at his Soho restaurant, La Bodega Negra , to buy alcohol without food.

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Winners revealed: Women 1st Shine Awards 2014

17-Sep-2014 - Merlin Entertainments, Sally’s Cottages and VisitBritain’s former chief executive Sandie Dawe MBE were among the winners at the Women 1st Shine Awards 2014, which recognise female talent in the hospitality,...

August boom for London hotels

17-Sep-2014 - London hotels enjoyed the highest occupancy rates for 15 years in August, according to preliminary figures from advisory firm BDO LLP.

Heston Blumenthal to open The Fat Duck Melbourne in February

17-Sep-2014 - Heston Blumenthal has revealed further details of his plans for The Fat Duck in Melbourne, which is due to open on 3 February 2015.

#SocialRestaurant: 78% of negative tweets posted while customers are inside restaurants

17-Sep-2014 - Restaurants should regularly monitor Twitter because the vast majority of negative tweets are left while customers are still in the restaurant and could be sorted there and then, an expert...

Premiumisation drives on-trade drinks market

17-Sep-2014 - Sparkling wine sales have continued their impressive growth, with Champagne also showing strong upward movement, according to the latest market report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

More work needed to improve customer service, says People 1st

16-Sep-2014 - Hospitality employees are still falling short when it comes to customer service, according to new research from People 1st.

Heineken agrees sale of 111 pubs to Admiral Taverns

16-Sep-2014 - Heineken has agreed to sell a significant portion of its Star Pubs & Bars estate to Admiral Taverns for an undisclosed sum.

Pub and restaurant groups among 100 companies calling for business rate reform

16-Sep-2014 - Pub companies, restaurant groups and industry bodies have joined forces with retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers to publish an open letter calling for ‘fundamental reform’ of business rates.

Innovative ice cream flavours driving demand, finds study

16-Sep-2014 - Diners are increasingly moving away from traditional ice cream flavours in favour of ‘weird and wonderful’ varieties, according to new research from Amore di Gelato.

New YouTube series to explore independent London eateries

15-Sep-2014 - New YouTube series Bites by Get Lifted TV is set to explore a number of ‘undiscovered’ independent restaurants, bars and cafes around the UK capital with a programme format that...

Friends’ Central Perk coffee shop set for UK expansion

15-Sep-2014 - The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends, has just opened its third site in the UK in Liverpool and has ambitious expansion...

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Cromlix House hits headlines after failing food hygiene inspection

15-Sep-2014 - Andy Murray’s Cromlix House hotel claims it has fixed the problem that caused its Chez Roux restaurant to fail a food hygiene inspection earlier this year.