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DCMS confirms 5% reduction in VisitBritain budget

05-Jul-2013 - The hospitality and tourism industries have welcomed news that VisitBritain's funding is to be cut by less than expected and VisitEngland's budget is to be frozen.

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs launch new hotel and restaurant business

04-Jul-2013 - Manchester United star Ryan Giggs and former United defender and pundit Gary Neville have together launched a football-themed hospitality company with a restaurant being launched in Westfield Stratford later this year and a hotel...

Norfolk restaurant chain Zaks plans 30 neighbourhood restaurants in five years

04-Jul-2013 - Zaks, the Norfolk-based American diner restaurant group, has revealed details of a franchise scheme which it hopes will see 30 new diner restaurants open in the next five years.

Intu to open Circle 360 Champagne & Cocktails bar at Lakeside

04-Jul-2013 - Shopping Centre owner Intu has announced plans to open a fourth Circle 360 Champagne & Cocktails bar at Lakeside shopping centre in Essex.

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JD Wetherspoon to open eight new pubs in July

04-Jul-2013 - Pub giant JD Wetherspoon is investing more than £12m in eight new pubs which will open throughout July.

Shake Shack's Danny Meyer denies a 'burger war', welcomes competition

04-Jul-2013 - New York restaurateur Danny Meyer, who opens the first branch of his burger restaurant Shake Shack outside of the US in London tomorrow, believes there is plenty of space within...

Editor's Picks: Top 10 hospitality stories in June 2013

04-Jul-2013 - What were the stories that you were clicking on and sharing with your colleagues in June? Find out in our editor's round-up which takes a look back at the month...

Huntapac launches root vegetable crisps

04-Jul-2013 - Lancashire-based root vegetable grower Huntapac has launched a packet of crisps using its vegetables which will be exclusively available to wholesale buyers. 

Independents v chains: Are big brands ‘ruining’ the high street?

03-Jul-2013 - The co-owner of a new restaurant in Watford has said the domination of branded restaurant chains and fast food outlets is making it increasingly difficult for independents to stay afloat...

CD Pub Co hits Worcestershire

03-Jul-2013 - Warwickshire-based business CD Pub Co has added a third venue to its portfolio of food-led pubs, having purchased the freehold of The Lygon Arms in Feckenham from Enterprise Inns. 

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Independent Hotel Show introduces Outstanding New Hotel of the Year Award 2013

03-Jul-2013 - The Independent Hotel Show, which takes place at the end of October, is launching a new award – the Outstanding New Hotel of the Year Award – to be given...

Maybourne Hotel Group: McKillen loses battle with Barclay brothers

03-Jul-2013 - Property developer Patrick McKillen has today suffered ‘a complete and total defeat’ at the hands of the billionaire Barclay brothers after losing his latest appeal in a two-year dispute over...

Pubs & Charity Month: Pint-sized fundraisers raise the profile of British pubs

03-Jul-2013 - Despite being continually battered by a perfect storm of high taxes, cheap supermarket alcohol and grim economic times, pubs across the UK remain resolute in their work with charities, raising...

DoubleTree continues UK growth with Hyde Park hotel opening

03-Jul-2013 - Less than a week after DoubleTree by Hilton entered Dundee, Hilton Worldwide’s upscale hotel brand has added the DoubleTree by Hilton London Hyde Park to its growing portfolio, following a...

Jamie turns to trattorias as Union Jacks fails to fly

03-Jul-2013 - “I still worry that it’s all going to come tumbling down. I still feel like I’m 17 and I’ve got it all to prove. I have to pinch myself when...

ALMR Late Night Awards 2013: Winners revealed

03-Jul-2013 - Hawksmoor, Be At One and Luminar were among the big winners of the inaugural ‘Late Night Awards’ from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), held at a special ‘Dusk...

Scott Hallsworth: Kurobuta expansion likely

03-Jul-2013 - Chef Scott Hallsworth, who announced new Japanese izykaya Kurobuta earlier this week , has said he plans to roll the concept out to other sites once the original is established.

Toasted Restaurant & Wine Shop opens in South London

02-Jul-2013 - A former Attica chef and Fifteen restaurant manager have partnered to launch Toasted, a new restaurant and wine shop in East Dulwich.

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Hospitality Guild opens nominations for Apprenticeship Awards 2013

02-Jul-2013 - The Hospitality Guild is inviting nominations for its second annual apprenticeship awards, which aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of apprentices, employers and mentors in the hospitality industry.

Hub by Premier Inn: Whitbread launches cheaper budget hotel brand

02-Jul-2013 - The battle for control over the budget hotel market has today taken another turn as Whitbread has announced the launch of ‘Hub by Premier Inn’, a new city centre brand...

Restaurant magazine: Bruno Loubet going against the grain

02-Jul-2013 - Chef Bruno Loubet's new restaurant Grain Store, which unusually places vegetables, instead of meat or fish at the heart of its dishes, is put under scrutiny in the July issue...

Ex-Wabi chef to open Japanese izakaya Kurobuta in London

01-Jul-2013 - Ex-Wabi chef Scott Hallsworth is to open a Japanese izakaya called Kurobuta at Connaught Village in London later this year. 

Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's holds last service as restaurant closes its doors for good

01-Jul-2013 - Staff at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's held their last service yesterday (Sunday 30 June) before the restaurant closed its doors for good after 12 years residing at the five-star London hotel. 

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Administrators put Hammer Horror hotel on the market

01-Jul-2013 - Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor, which served as a film set for a number of Hammer Horror films, has been placed on the market by its administrators. 

Boost for Nottingham's restaurants and pubs praised by Marco Pierre White

01-Jul-2013 - Marco Pierre White has given the thumbs up to an initiative in Nottingham which will see its restaurants, pubs and other eating-out venues placed centre stage as part of a...