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Black & Blue acquires Waterloo restaurant as part of a change in strategy

22-Jan-2013 - Independently-owned steak and burger restaurant chain Black & Blue has announced it has acquired a site near London Waterloo and is to sell two of its other venues as part...

Edinburgh's Home Bistro relaunched as Field restaurant

22-Jan-2013 - Richard Conway and Gordon Craig, who met and worked together at former Michelin-starred restaurant Plumed Horse, have opened their first venture together - relaunching the Home Bistro in Edinburgh as...

Peyton and Byrne wins catering contract for Brighton Dome and the Royal Pavilion

22-Jan-2013 - Restaurant group, retail bakery and events business Peyton and Byrne has made its first move outside of London having secured a new contract to operate all restaurants, cafés and bars...

Choice Hotels to rebrand nine Akkeron hotels

22-Jan-2013 - Akkeron, operator of 21 hotels across the UK, has struck an agreement with the US based Choice Hotels to re-brand nine of its properties under the Quality and Clarion Collection brands.

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Gold Service Scholarship 2013 finalists revealed

21-Jan-2013 - The six people to make it to the finals of the first Gold Service Scholarship have been revealed ahead of the final at Westminster Kingsway College and an awards ceremony...

The 10-point action plan: Travelodge calls on Cable to back UK tourism

21-Jan-2013 - Travelodge chief executive Grant Hearn has today written to Business Secretary Vince Cable, urging the Government to give more support for tourism by moving it from the Department of Culture...

Wet-led ethos 'pays dividend' for Amber Taverns after profitable Christmas

21-Jan-2013 - The founder of Amber Taverns believes the shift of focus towards food by rival pub operators has paved the way for his wet-led community pub group’s success, with sales across...

Peter Borg-Neal reveals 2013 plans for Oakman Inns and The British Larder

21-Jan-2013 - Peter Borg-Neal, the chief executive of Oakman Inns & Restaurants, has outlined his 2013 plans for the company and declared his intention to remain as chairman of The British Larder...

Accor reveals 'record' 2012, 266 new hotels opened

21-Jan-2013 - Global hotel operator Accor has revealed it opened a record 266 new hotels in 2012 as the company's move to managed and franchised venues helped grow gross revenue by 11 per cent.

Every hospitality business must make job creation pledge, says Ufi Ibrahim

21-Jan-2013 - Ufi Ibrahim has told hospitality businesses across the UK that they must ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to job creation by making more opportunities available to young people if...

Russell Brown: Career Profile

18-Jan-2013 - Russell Brown is chef-owner of Sienna, Dorset's only Michelin-starred restaurant. He was recently made head of the Dorset Panel of the South West-based Chef's Forum and later this year will...

In the pipeline: Planning application research reveals big appetite for new restaurants

18-Jan-2013 - Despite recent reports suggesting the high street is losing its appeal for acquisitive restaurant operators, the demand for new sites across the UK is actually higher than ever, with new...

Supply and demand growth predicted for UK hotels in 2013

18-Jan-2013 - A number of hotel industry experts have already outlined their pessimism for the year ahead, with some predicting a distinct lack of consumers and investment. But a new forecast from...

Welcome Break successfully completes £350m refinancing

18-Jan-2013 - Motorway service area operator Welcome Break has announced it has successfully completed a £350m refinancing of its debt facilities allowing the company to continue the development of the brand. ...

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Hotel prices drop to lowest in two years

18-Jan-2013 - UK hotel prices have plummeted to their lowest level in two years with one night in a standard double room now averaging just £77 - nine per cent lower than...

Planglow launches range of deli-style packaging and labelling

18-Jan-2013 - Product details:Label and packaging provider Planglow has launched a new compostable collection – Gastro - which showcases a range of premium deli-style packaging and labelling...

Richmond Luxury Living to open Liverpool serviced apartments, Manchester opening planned

17-Jan-2013 - The Richmond, a venue containing 51 serviced apartments, is set to open in Liverpool in March with the team behind the venture also planning a Manchester opening in the near...

Shaun Hill joins forces with Elior for National Welsh Museums contract

17-Jan-2013 - The Walnut Tree chef-owner Shaun Hill has joined forces with contract caterer Elior to help create new menus for its events at three National Welsh Museums. 

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Horse meat burgers: Wholesaler withdraws number of frozen beef products from sale

17-Jan-2013 - In the wake of the growing scandal surrounding the sale by supermarkets of beef burgers containing traces of horse meat, catering wholesaler Makro has revealed it has withdrawn a number...

World’s Best Hotel for Service reveals secrets to success

17-Jan-2013 - The co-owner of Lauriston Court Hotel in North Wales has advised fellow hoteliers they should engage more with their guests if they want to encourage positive reviews and repeat custom, after her...

QHotels refinances, original holding company placed into administration

17-Jan-2013 - QHotels, the owner and operator of 21 venues across the UK including The Midland in Manchester, has announced it has successfully secured a refinancing agreement for the business and has placed...

Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker to open Oblix restaurant in The Shard

17-Jan-2013 - Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker have revealed details of their latest restaurant venture - Oblix will open in The Shard tower development in London this spring and will combine a...

UK tourism outperforms GDP during recession but visitor numbers fall

17-Jan-2013 - As the UK continues to endure the longest double-dip recession since the 1950, the tourism industry has been ‘resilient’, outperforming the general economy and leading the way in terms of...

Long-awaited Gary Rhodes restaurant now ready to open in Plymouth

16-Jan-2013 - Rhodes @ The Dome, celebrity chef Gary Rhodes' latest restaurant project located at the Plymouth Dome site on Plymouth Hoe, is set to open on 25 January after a delay...

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Alastair Storey to present 2013 Savoy Lecture

16-Jan-2013 - Alastair Storey, chairman and chief executive of independent catering group Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), has been unveiled as the presenter of this year’s Savoy Lecture taking place at the Savoy...