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Peter Gordon: Pearls of Wisdom

16-Aug-2013 - The godfather of fusion cuisine and co-owner of The Providores and Tapa Room and Kopapa restaurants in London has just opened The Sugar Club on Level 53 of the Sky Tower in...

Liverpool’s first Michelin star? Paul Askew wants to ‘raise the bar’ with new restaurant

16-Aug-2013 - Paul Askew, chef director of London Carriage Works and the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool, is planning to open a smaller fine-dining restaurant in the city, BigHospitality can reveal.

Chameleon’s change of colours pays dividend

16-Aug-2013 - Chameleon Bar & Dining, which operates six pubs across Yorkshire and Lancashire, has reported healthy annual accounts in the year to 31 March, with turnover up and margins improved following...

Hospitable Cities: Spotlight on Leeds

15-Aug-2013 - While it doesn’t have the same historical and cultural pull of yesterday’s hospitable city Edinburgh , the North Eastern city of Leeds is nevertheless fast becoming a hospitality hotspot with a...

FSA commissions research to help set sous vide cooking guidelines

15-Aug-2013 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has commissioned research into sous vide cooking to help produce official guidelines for its use.

Intu to start work on Lakeside's 'innovative' dining quarter

15-Aug-2013 - Shopping centre owner Intu is to start work on an 'innovative' new dining quarter at Lakeside shopping centre this month which will see 13 new food operators take up space...

Edinburgh Tourism Showcase helps hospitality businesses warm up for winter

15-Aug-2013 - As yesterday’s ‘Spotlight on Edinburgh’ showed, tourism in the Scottish capital has been booming of late. But a brand new industry event - the Edinburgh Tourism Showcase – has been launched...

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Chef Aaron Craze to open pub in Berkshire

15-Aug-2013 - TV chef and former Fifteen graduate Aaron Craze is to open his second pub after taking on a site in Berkshire, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report.

Bunnychow parks up in Boxpark

15-Aug-2013 - After three months roaming London’s streets in its eponymous truck, South African street food vendor Bunnychow has secured its first semi-permanent site at one of the saught-after shipping containers within...

The Imperial loses its ‘Arms’ as new owners focus on food

15-Aug-2013 - The ‘Arms’ are being removed from the Imperial Arms in Chelsea as the new owners of the popular King’s Road venue want to transform it from pub to restaurant. ...

Professor Green to open West End nightclub with Gerry Calabrese

15-Aug-2013 - British rapper Professor Green, Hoxton Pony owner Gerry Calabrese and his brother Jon are to open a nightclub called INK in London's West End next month. 

LeCoq rotisserie restaurant hits Islington

14-Aug-2013 - Two sisters – the co-founder and a former chef of the Salt Yard Group – are opening their first business together: LeCoq, a neighbourhood rotisserie chicken restaurant in Islington. 

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London's Reform Social & Grill to open in Dubai

14-Aug-2013 - Reform Social & Grill, the British restaurant which opened at the Mandeville Hotel in London last year, will open an outpost in Dubai in October.

Welsh businessman buys former Rugby league star's hotel

14-Aug-2013 - Llanwenarth Hotel, the hotel outside Abergavenny owned by former Welsh rugby league star Richard Wallace, has been bought by a local businessman after a year and a half of being...

Summer sales up for London’s restaurants and pubs

14-Aug-2013 - A recent survey of BigHospitality readers revealed that 65 per cent of restaurant and pub owners saw increased bookings and sales as a result of the heatwave in July, and...

Hospitable cities: Spotlight on Edinburgh

14-Aug-2013 - What better time to write about the Scottish capital than when the world’s biggest arts festival is in full swing? The Edinburgh Fringe brings in thousands of performers and tourists...

Travelodge invests £18m in opening sixth Cambridge hotel

13-Aug-2013 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has today become the largest hotel operator in Cambridge following an investment of £18m to open its sixth hotel in the city.  

Brewing up a storm: Craft beer sales continue to climb

13-Aug-2013 - While many drinks categories in the UK on-trade are declining in sales, craft beer is bucking the trend, with a sales growth of 79 per cent in the past year...

Great British Beer Festival 2013: 'An extra pint a month could save UK pubs'

13-Aug-2013 - More than 800 real ales, ciders and perries will be on offer to 55,000 people this week with the start of the Great British Beer Festival, but the Campaign for...

Stonegate acquires The Living Room from Premium Bars & Restaurants

13-Aug-2013 - Stonegate Pub Company has acquired 13 Living Rooms sites from Premium Bars & Restaurants. 

Premier Inn beats Hilton to best-known hotel brand in Britain

12-Aug-2013 - Premier Inn has beaten Hilton to the title of best-known hotel brand among business travellers in Britain for the first time in 17 years.

The Shilling Group opens another food-led pub in Edinburgh

12-Aug-2013 - Edinburgh-based independent pub operator The Shilling Group has opened the doors of its sixth freehold establishment, The Cross & Corner, in the city centre. 

Raymond Blanc-trained chef Chris Harrod takes over The Crown at Whitebrook

12-Aug-2013 - Raymond Blanc-trained chef Chris Harrod has taken over The Crown at Whitebrook, the former Michelin-starred restaurant in Monmouthshire forced to close in March after it went into administration. 

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Richoux secures fifth Dean’s Diner restaurant

12-Aug-2013 - Richoux Group is to open its fifth Dean’s Diner restaurant within the Pioneer Centre development in Bicester, Oxfordshire, in October.  

Beds and Bars launches online check-in service at St Christopher's Inns

12-Aug-2013 - Beds and Bars, the UK-based hostel and bar group, has launched an online check-in and payment service across its St Christopher's Inns business to help 'transform the customer experience.'