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Jean-Christophe Novelli to open Liverpool restaurant

23-Jan-2015 - Jean-Christophe Novelli will make a return to the UK restaurant industry with the launch of his own brasserie in Liverpool city centre this spring.

Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck owner to open third hotel

23-Jan-2015 - Andrew Wildsmith, the owner of Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck hotels in Cumbria, will open a third hotel in the county this summer after acquiring a former walkers’ hostel.

Sandra Kelly of Whitbread on plugging the skills gap in hospitality

23-Jan-2015 - Sandra Kelly, head of education at Whitbread, suggests ways the hospitality sector can best address its skills shortage.

Feeling valued is top priority for third of hospitality workers

22-Jan-2015 - Two thirds of hospitality workers believe it is important to feel passionate about a job while a third think feeling valued is a top priority, a survey looking into employee...

Bulldog Hotel Group set for expansion following Commer Group investment

22-Jan-2015 - Independent hotel operator Bulldog Hotel Group has outlined plans to double the size of its business after gaining investment from the Commer Group.

Hampton by Hilton to open hotel at Humberside Airport

22-Jan-2015 - Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to open a Hampton by Hilton hotel at Humberside Airport. 

UK regions feel benefit of overseas visitor growth

22-Jan-2015 - UK regions saw faster growth in overseas visits than London last year, although the capital enjoyed the biggest uplift in tourism spend, according to new analysis from VisitBritain.

First look: Ealing Park Tavern

22-Jan-2015 - ETM Group opened its latest venture, Ealing Park Tavern, in South Ealing yesterday – BigHospitality takes a first glimpse inside.

Haymarket Hotel tops TripAdvisor's 2015 Travellers' Choice Awards

21-Jan-2015 - Haymarket Hotel in London has been voted the UK's top hotel for 2015 by users of reviews website TripAdvisor. 

Auction house Bonhams opens restaurant with chef Tom Kemble

21-Jan-2015 - International auction house Bonhams has opened its first restaurant with ex-Hedone chef Tom Kemble in the kitchen. 

News in brief

Simon Rogan appoints MD for Umbel Restaurant Group

21-Jan-2015 - Chef Simon Rogan has appointed David Simms managing director of his Umbel Restaurant Group. 

Hotel Indigo implements neighbourhood food policy to broaden F&B appeal

21-Jan-2015 - InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) boutique brand Hotel Indigo has introduced a new neighbourhood food policy to its F&B offering to help broaden its appeal to guests and local customers....

Connect and communicate: AHC 2015 aims to inspire and engage independent hoteliers

21-Jan-2015 - The organisers of the Annual Hotel Conference have said this year's event will aim to provide more relevant advice and networking opportunities than ever for the independent hotelier. 

Consumer trust is key to building brands, says IHG

20-Jan-2015 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has highlighted building consumer trust as a key challenge for hospitality brands in the year ahead.

Second Brighton restaurant from The Coal Shed founder

20-Jan-2015 - Razak Helalat, the restaurateur behind The Coal Shed in Brighton, is opening a second venue in the seaside town.

Village London founder to open European brasserie

20-Jan-2015 - Village London co-founder Clive Watson will open European brasserie Blixen in Spitalfields next month.

Active Private Equity takes stake in Honest Burgers

19-Jan-2015 - Active Private Equity, the backer of Leon and Evans Cycles, has taken a 50 per cent stake in Honest Burgers, the London-based better burger concept.

News in brief

Hilton signs Jamie's Italian for Tooley Street hotel

19-Jan-2015 - Hilton has signed a deal with Jamie's Italian for the restaurant group to open a flagship site beneath its London Tower Bridge hotel on London's Tooley Street.

Noho Hotel Group to open first Urban Villa hotel in Brentford

19-Jan-2015 - Noho Hotel Group is to open Urban Villa, a 100 all-suite bedrooms hotel in Brentford this week. 

Cordon Bleu-trained chef to open healthy takeaway and juice bar Maple & Fitz

19-Jan-2015 - Le Cordon Bleu London graduate Adria Wu has unveiled plans to open a new takeaway and cold-pressed juice bar in London’s Fitzrovia where she aims to serve ‘delicious food that...

European hotel prices show downward trend

19-Jan-2015 - Hotel prices in key European cities have hit their lowest level in four years, according to the latest trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI).

Blackpool hotel offers midnight marriages after obtaining 24-hour wedding licence

19-Jan-2015 - The Hotel Collection’s Imperial Hotel in Blackpool has launched a ‘midnight marriage’ package to its guests after gaining a 24-hour wedding licence from the council.

SMALL TALK

Ana and Sanja Morris on Le Coq and rotisserie chicken restaurants

19-Jan-2015 - Sisters Ana and Sanja Morris talk about starting London's chicken restaurant trend and growing the Le Coq brand. 

Amandine Chaignot joins Rosewood London as executive chef

19-Jan-2015 - French chef Amandine Chaignot has joined Rosewood London as executive chef where she will oversee the hotel's kitchens and restaurants, including the Mirror Room.

Labour children's food plan: Concerns of additional bureaucracy for hospitality

19-Jan-2015 - Industry bodies have warned politicians against creating additional bureaucracy for the hospitality sector after Labour outlined plans to make high levels of fat, sugar and salt in children’s food illegal...