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James Martin and Vineet Bhatia restaurants close as Alea Leeds ceases trading

06-Mar-2013 - Alea Leeds, the casino and entertainment venue which houses restaurants run by chefs James Martin and Vineet Bhatia, has closed with immediate effect with owners London Clubs International (LCI) citing...

Hospitality industry warms to digital marketing as technology drives business confidence

06-Mar-2013 - ‘Technology is driving everything’, according to a recent report based on a survey of company bosses across the eating and drinking out sector, which discovered that two-thirds of businesses will...

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Simon Rogan and San Carlo Group among winners in NRB Top 50 Awards

06-Mar-2013 - Chef Simon Rogan, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester general manager Stephen Miles and San Carlo Group's Carlo and Marcello Distefano were awarded for their 'exceptional achievements' at a ceremony at the...

Restaurant magazine meets Balthazar's 'reluctant restaurateur' Keith McNally

05-Mar-2013 - Keith McNally, the man behind hot new London restaurant Balthazar, talks about his fears of failing in the capital and how he gained a reputation as an unlikely hero of...

Young's becomes first pub company to trial Meantime's Brewery Fresh tank beer

05-Mar-2013 - London brewer Meantime Brewing Company has launched Brewery Fresh, the UK's first tank beer, in three Young's pubs in the capital and is hoping to introduce the system it calls...

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Tom Kerridge to create menu for Royal Ascot restaurant

05-Mar-2013 - Hand & Flowers chef-patron Tom Kerridge has become the latest chef to help create a menu for the Panoramic Restaurant at Royal Ascot. 

Sam Metcalfe seeks tenant for soon-to-close Sam’s of Sevendials restaurant

05-Mar-2013 - Brighton chef and restaurateur Sam Metcalfe has blamed rising food costs for the imminent closure of his renowned restaurant Sam’s of Sevendials and has revealed he is now looking for...

Marriott teams up with Inter Ikea on launch of economy brand Moxy Hotels

05-Mar-2013 - Marriott International has teamed up with Inter Hospitality, a division of the Inter Ikea Group which owns the famous Ikea trademark, to launch economy brand Moxy Hotels which the operator...

Michelin partners with Livebookings for new restaurant booking service

05-Mar-2013 - Michelin has today announced a major strategic partnership with online reservations company Livebookings which will see the restaurant guide create a new UK website, offering diners instant table bookings at...

London hotels make job creation pledge following Big Hospitality Conversation

05-Mar-2013 - Some of London’s top hotels have today united to pledge over 1,000 new job opportunities for young people by 2015, as part of the Big Hospitality Conversation organised by the...

Unlisted Collection to reopen St John Chinatown as One Leicester Street

04-Mar-2013 - Boutique hotel and restaurant operator Unlisted Collection has announced it is to reopen the former St John Chinatown hotel and restaurant as One Leicester Street in May.

Sunday Times 100 Best Companies list: Hotels, restaurants, pubs and caterers recognised

04-Mar-2013 - Thirteen hospitality businesses have made it onto the 2013 Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list, with TGI Friday’s (3), Hawksmoor (5) and Living Ventures (9) all taking spots in the top 10.

Dukebox duo to open new restaurant, bar and club 3 Cromwell Road

04-Mar-2013 - Howard Spooner and Dipak Panchal, the duo behind London nightclubs Dukebox and Mahiki will open a new bar, restaurant and club in South Kensington later this month called 3 Cromwell Road. ...

Interstate Hotels & Resorts to grow UK presence with Sanguine Hospitality acquisition

04-Mar-2013 - US hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts is aiming to grow its UK portfolio to 100 over the next five years following its acquisition of hotel development company Sanguine Hospitality...

Pentahotels to open five UK venues in 2013

04-Mar-2013 - German hotel chain Pentahotels has announced it plans to open five new properties in the UK this year, adding to its only existing venue in this country in Reading.

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Travelodge kicks off £57m bedroom makeover

04-Mar-2013 - Travelodge has started a £57m refurbishment programme that will see it upgrade 30,000 of its bedrooms in 18 months. 

House of St Barnabas partners with Benugo for 'not-for-profit' members' club

04-Mar-2013 - Charity venue The House of St Barnabas has partnered with café-deli chain Benugo for the opening of The Club – a new, not-for-profit members’ club – in autumn 2013.

Silvena Rowe quits Quince for TV and new restaurant project

04-Mar-2013 - Silvena Rowe has quit her role as chef-patron at Quince to focus on building her TV career and start up a new restaurant business. 

Alyn Williams: Career Profile

01-Mar-2013 - A Michelin star, 15th in the National Restaurant Awards and the National Chef of the Year title – 2012 was a remarkable year for Alyn Williams. In this exclusive interview,...

ALMR questions report claiming alcohol consumption is higher than previously thought

01-Mar-2013 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has questioned the conclusions of a University College London (UCL) report which claimed levels of binge drinking may be higher than previously thought. ...

Hospitality technology: Behind the scenes of the hotels, restaurants and pubs of the future

01-Mar-2013 - In the final part of our series of special articles on technology in hospitality, BigHospitality paid a visit to three of the most high-tech restaurants, hotels and pubs to investigate...

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Nominations open for 2013 Women 1st Shine Awards

01-Mar-2013 - The 2013 Women 1st Shine Awards, which recognises the outstanding achievements of women working in the UK’s hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism sectors, are now open for entries.

Ex-Petersham Nurseries chef officially launches first solo restaurant in Fulham

01-Mar-2013 - Claude Compton, ex-Petersham Nurseries and Club Gascon chef and founder of street food company Green Goat Food, has launched his first solo restaurant - Claude's Kitchen - in Fulham.

Restaurant and bar group Camm & Hooper makes London debut with Tanner & Co

01-Mar-2013 - Camm & Hooper, a new events-driven restaurant and bar group, is set to open its first site in Bermondsey Street in May with plans to expand to six sites across...

Hopes and fears: 2013 hotel outlook revealed

01-Mar-2013 - Three reports have further outlined the difficulties faced by UK hoteliers in 2013 as widespread agreement now predicts a fall in occupancy and hard work for regional hoteliers despite continued...