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London no longer most expensive place to stay in Europe

03-May-2016 - A 2 per cent drop in the average room rate across London’s hotels in the last year means the capital has lost its status as the ‘most expensive place to...

Leicester City win scores a boost for football tourism

03-May-2016 - Leicester City’s historic Premier League win could provide a boost for hospitality businesses in the area with a surge in international ‘football tourists’.

Hospitality industry urged to be 'decent' over tipping report

03-May-2016 - Trade Union Unite has urged the hospitality industry to ‘do the decent thing’ and accept that staff should take home 100 per cent of their tips.

Cheltenham's Montpellier Chapter hotel to become a Malmaison

03-May-2016 - Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group is to rebrand the Montpellier Chapter hotel in Cheltenham as a Malmaison. 

The Olive Tree Brasserie launches £100,000 crowdfund in new third site bid

03-May-2016 - Greek-style restaurant group the Olive Tree Brasserie has launched a crowdfunding campaign for £100,000 in a renewed bid to open its third site in Chester.

Michelin restaurants face exposure over poor food hygiene

03-May-2016 - Michelin-starred restaurants in England should be forced to display food hygiene ratings or face a fine, councils have warned.

Government tipping report cautiously welcomed by hospitality groups

03-May-2016 - Hospitality groups have welcomed the Government recommendations that restaurants and bars should not take deductions from staff tips, and that all tips left by customers should be collected directly by...

Industry pays tribute to Tim Bacon

03-May-2016 - Members of the industry have made tributes to 'vibrant, honourable and generous' Tim Bacon, chairman of Living Ventures Group, who died on Friday (29 April).

Accor extends National Living Wage to all employees

29-Apr-2016 - Accor is the latest hospitality firm to extend the National Living Wage (NLW) to all staff regardless of age.

Qatar-Singapore fund Ascott acquires London Islington serviced apartment scheme for £52m

29-Apr-2016 - A new luxury apartment scheme under the Citadines Islington London brand has been acquired for £52m by Ascott, the Singapore-Qatar based CapitaLand serviced-resi business and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).

Lone Star sells Atlas Hotels for £575m

29-Apr-2016 - Lone Star is to sell Atlas Hotels to London & Regional for £575m.

Star Pubs & Bars to invest over £2m in 100 pubs’ outdoor areas

29-Apr-2016 - Pub company Star Pubs & Bars is to invest £2.4m in external areas at 100 pubs this year, in a bid to allow licensees to satisfy demand for outside dining.

Edible insects: Why chefs should embrace 'nature's best kept secret'

29-Apr-2016 - The owners of a new business selling edible insects in the UK are encouraging chefs to embrace one of ‘natures best kept secrets’ and add them to their dishes.

Brits find phones in restaurants ‘rude’…but still post food photos and demand Wi-Fi

29-Apr-2016 - The majority of Brits would welcome a ‘no phone zone’ in restaurants, and find it rude when others use phones during a meal, despite widely using them to post photos...

Ceviche’s Martin Morales creates new British Airways menu to be served at 35,000ft

28-Apr-2016 - Martin Morales (pictured), executive chef and founder at London restaurants Ceviche and Andina, has teamed up with British Airways to create a Peruvian-style menu for its new London Gatwick to...

Hilton named world's most valuable hotel brand

28-Apr-2016 - Hilton has topped a list of the 50 most powerful and valuable hotel brands in the world. 

Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Ours to open with chef Daniel Phippard and top operations team

28-Apr-2016 - Restaurant Ours, the latest opening from chef Tom Sellers, is to open officially on 19 May for dinner, with a menu created with head chef Daniel Phippard.

Report: Restaurant staff not taking allergy requests seriously enough

28-Apr-2016 - Restaurant owners are being urged to do more to educate their staff on the subject of food allergens after a survey of diners with allergies found that a quarter had...

Coaching Inn Group acquires Golden Lion St Ives for £2m in £20m expansion plan

27-Apr-2016 - The Coaching Inn Group has acquired the 25-bedroom Golden Lion in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, in a £2m deal as part of its £20m expansion programme.

The Four Sisters to double up

27-Apr-2016 - Simon Bastable and Andrew Green, owners of The Four Sisters Bar in Islington, are to double the size of their portfolio with the opening of a new bar in the...

Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016: Low Pay Commission chair to discuss National Living Wage impact

27-Apr-2016 - Sir David Norgrove, chair of the Low Pay Commission, will talk about the impact the National Living Wage is having on the hospitality industry at this year's Hospitality & Tourism...

Peter Gordon and Adam Wills' fusion restaurant Kopapa to close

26-Apr-2016 - Kopapa, Peter Gordon and Adam Wills' fusion restaurant in London's Seven Dials, is set to close its doors at the end of this week. 

South Africa's Leeu Collection acquires Linthwaite House Hotel

26-Apr-2016 - South African-based hotel owner and operator Leeu Collection has kick-started its international expansion plans with the acquisition of Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District. 

Restaurants already make tap water freely available

26-Apr-2016 - Restaurateurs have responded to demands from the Local Government Association (LGA) to make tap water more freely available to diners by saying it already is. 

Restaurant chains cut staff perks to meet National Living Wage

26-Apr-2016 - Restaurant chains including Zizzi, EAT and Café Nero have faced criticism for appearing to cut staff perks following the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW).