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Grosvenor exits Peninsula Hotel Hyde Park joint venture

30-Sep-2016 - Property firm Grosvenor has exited the joint venture it set up with Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) to develop the £500m Peninsula London Hotel on Hyde Park Corner.

Spending on takeaways eating out rises but transaction spend falls

30-Sep-2016 - Consumers are spending more on takeaway services ‒ including Deliveroo and Hello Fresh ‒ and eating out more frequently overall, although average transaction value has fallen across casual dining and...

Government to 'name and shame' unhealthy restaurants

30-Sep-2016 - Restaurants, pubs and cafes face being named and shamed unless they take steps to make their food and drink healthier, the Government has said.

River Cottage Deli confirms permanent site at ExCel London

30-Sep-2016 - The River Cottage Deli, from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is to become permanent at exhibition venue ExCel London, after its successful pop-up earlier this year.

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Dave White of Dead Parrot bar on competition and bartending success

30-Sep-2016 - Dave White, manager of the Dead Parrot bar in Horsham, West Sussex, beat over 120 contestants to win the Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender competition in July for the second year...

Manitoba Tigella restaurant to open in London

29-Sep-2016 - A new Italian restaurant, Manitoba Tigella, from the team behind C’Alice, is to open on London’s New Oxford Street, focusing on the tigella, a traditional disc-shaped stuffed bread from Northern...

Leonardo Hotels to open second UK site in Edinburgh

29-Sep-2016 - Leonardo Hotels – the European arm of the Israeli Fattal Hotels Group – is to open its second UK property in Edinburgh next month.

M Restaurants launches £1.5m crowdfunding push to aid expansion

29-Sep-2016 - The M Restaurants group in London is looking to raise £1.5m in crowdfunding via the Seedrs online investment website, to aid the expansion of offshoot brand M Social.

Night Tube causes surge in late-night restaurant bookings

29-Sep-2016 - Bookings for late-night restaurant tables have risen steadily in the first month since the launch of the Night Tube.

Healthy food concept Food Yard to debut in London

29-Sep-2016 - Healthy dining concept Food Yard will open its first site on Fulham Road next month.

Jamavar Indian restaurant with former Gymkhana chef comes to London

29-Sep-2016 - Jamavar, a fine-dining Indian restaurant headed up by Rohit Ghai, former group executive chef at Michelin-starred sites Gymkhana and Trishna, is to open in London’s Mayfair in mid-November.  

Spanish hotel group Room Mate outlines UK plans

28-Sep-2016 - Spanish hotel group Room Mate is planning to launch in the UK with central London its first target. 

Ceru to open permanent restaurant following London pop-ups

28-Sep-2016 - Levantine restaurant concept Ceru is to open its first permanent site after holding a series of pop-ups in London and catering at summer festivals. 

Four Holiday Inn hotels to be rebranded to Crowne Plaza brand

28-Sep-2016 - Four Holiday Inn hotels are undergoing refurbishment work to become Crowne Plaza hotels, including upgraded bedrooms, new communal areas, meeting spaces, and a new restaurant.

James Durrant now executive chef of the Stafford London hotel

28-Sep-2016 - James Durrant, former executive chef at Jason Atherton’s Maze and Maze Grill, is now executive chef at the five-star, 105-bedroom Stafford London hotel in St James.

British hospitality workers earn 18% more than EU counterparts

28-Sep-2016 - British restaurant employees are earning on average 18 per cent more than those from other EU countries and 20 per cent more than people from non-­EU countries, according to new...

In Operation with...Dishoom

28-Sep-2016 - In this latest video from our In Operation with... series we visit Indian restaurant group Dishoom to find out about its origins, its people focus and future plans. 

AccorHotels launches Jo&Joe brand to appeal to Millennials

27-Sep-2016 - Hotels giant AccorHotels is to launch new brand, Jo&Joe, in a bid to combine the traditional hotel format with the newer, more disruptive hostel and private-rental concepts.

LOBOS meat and tapas bar to open second London site

27-Sep-2016 - London meat and tapas bar LOBOS is to open its second site, in Soho’s Frith Street, in mid-November.

Springboard plans first Front-of-House Festival to raise service profile

27-Sep-2016 - Industry charity Springboard is calling for hospitality businesses to support its first Front-of-House festival.

Rita's team to open Genovese Argentinian Canteen Quilombero

27-Sep-2016 - Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce of Hackney bar and restaurant Rita's are to open a new canteen-style restaurant at workspace campus Republic at East India Dock. 

Ivy Collection to open Guildford restaurant

27-Sep-2016 - The Ivy Collection, the Richard Caring­-backed group, has confirmed it will open a site in Guildford next year at the Tunsgate Quarter development, according to BigHospitality's sister site MCA.

The Clove Club to host Franco-Japanese event with stellar Paris chef line-up

26-Sep-2016 - The Clove Club's Isaac McHale is to hold a collaborative tasting menu event with Franco-Japanese chefs Atsushi Tanaka, Hideki Nishi, and Ryuji Teshima.

Flagship Cha Cha Moon restaurant on the market

26-Sep-2016 - Cha Cha Moon - the restaurant opened by Alan Yau in Soho’s Kingly Court - has been put on the market eight years after it first launched.

Choice Hotels ramps up UK expansion plans

26-Sep-2016 - Choice Hotels International is preparing to ramp up its UK expansion plans as part of an ‘aggressive’ European growth strategy.