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Jesse Dunford Wood heads up Kensal Green gastropub relaunch

02-Nov-2012 - The Regent in Kensal Green has been relaunched by chef Jesse Dunford Wood and the team at Perritt & Perritt as gastropub Parlour; the first of two venues under the same brand following the recent purchase of The Hope in Richmond. 

One step forward, two steps back for campaigners seeking planning law protection for pubs

02-Nov-2012 - A Parliamentary Bill which would have prevented the demolition or change of use of local pubs has been stalled, while the legality of new guidance from Cambridge City Council, also designed to protect pubs through planning laws, has been called into question.

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Young's taps into chicken trend with menu in latest pub opening

02-Nov-2012 - London-based brewer and pub operator Young's has this week opened it latest pub, the King's Head in Roehampton, with a menu focused on chicken.

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K10 Sushi rolls out second restaurant in the City

02-Nov-2012 - Modern Japanese restaurant K10 Sushi is to open a second site in the City of London after acquiring the former Ping Pong unit in Broadgate.


How to keep beer fresh

01-Nov-2012 - With cask ales back in growth , publicans will be looking to stock more of them, but what is the best way to keep beer? Conrad Boucher of automated beer line cleaning system Beer Piper , underlines the importance of keeping beer lines clean to ensure pubs can serve the perfect pint.

Beer Tax Debate: MPs unanimously back calls for a Government review of the duty escalator

01-Nov-2012 - Backbench MPs have voted unanimously to support a motion calling on the Government to launch a review of the controversial beer duty escalator ahead of next year's Budget, following a House of Commons debate on the beer tax.

Rib eyes and L’Italiano: Hotel chains up food offerings based on customer feedback

01-Nov-2012 - Hotel chains are enhancing their food operations based on customer feedback as Jurys Inn launches a new restaurant menu across its entire estate and Park Plaza is opening a new restaurant at County Hall and introducing a revamped dessert menu.

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Luke Johnson confirmed to speak at Arena Christmas Lunch

01-Nov-2012 - Serial restaurant investor Luke Johnson has been confirmed as guest speaker at hospitality networking association Arena's Christmas Lunch. 

Ash Mair to open first UK restaurant for Spanish group Bilbao Berria

01-Nov-2012 - Ash Mair, the winner of Masterchef: The Professionals 2011, has revealed details of his first UK restaurant project; a London outpost for Spanish pintxos restaurant group Bilbao Berria.

Flat Iron goes permanent with new Soho restaurant

01-Nov-2012 - Following a short-term residency above the Owl and Pussycat pub in Shoreditch, new steak concept Flat Iron is to move to a permanent site in the heart of Soho in December.

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin owner suspends shares to work out debt repayment

01-Nov-2012 - MWB Group Holdings, owner of the boutique hotel chains Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, has suspended its shares from the London Stock Exchange to enable it to discuss how it will repay debts owed to its subsidiary company MWB Business Exchange. 

Michelin names Norfolk pub The Gunton Arms its Pub of the Year 2013

01-Nov-2012 - Michelin has named the Mark Hix-inspired Gunton Arms in Thorpe Market, Norfolk, its Pub of the Year with the release of its Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2013. 

Beer Tax: Parliamentary debate - Live

01-Nov-2012 - MPs will today debate the controversial beer tax escalator in Parliament for the first time; with Camra demanding 'urgent action' as the UK pub closure rate soars again, you can follow what is said in this crucial debate using our live blog.

New UK sustainable palm oil targets welcomed by industry bodies and businesses

01-Nov-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has welcomed the Government’s recent commitment to achieve 100 per cent sourcing of credibly sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015, despite many charities and retailers labelling the target as ‘weak’.

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BII launch Jeremy Allen Award to celebrate excellence in training

31-Oct-2012 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is celebrating the memory of one of the pub industry’s leading figures with the creation of a new award to recognise excellence in training and staff development in the licensed trade.

Which? reports significant divide between best and worst rated hotel chains in the UK

31-Oct-2012 - Warner Leisure Hotels has topped a list of the best hotel chains operating in the UK with Which? members praising its child-free, luxury offer. 

Latin American Barrio Bars aiming for five London sites by 2013

31-Oct-2012 - The team behind Latin American-inspired bar concept Barrio Bars is aiming to increase its reach across the capital with plans to add sites in Clapham, south London and Notting Hill, west London to its estate by the end of next year.

Menzies' Prince Regent hotel in Chigwell undergoes £1m refurbishment

31-Oct-2012 - Independent hotel group Menzies Hotels has started a major renovation of the Prince Regent hotel in Chigwell as part of a £7m redevelopment programme across its 15-strong estate. 

Hospitality Management apprenticeship launched to take professionals higher

31-Oct-2012 - People 1st has launched the first ever Level 4 apprenticeship framework for the hospitality industry to bridge the gap between the supervisory skills gained in an apprentice’s early career and the strategic management skills required to work at a senior level.

Recession-proof? How Jamie Oliver's restaurants are dealing with the downturn

31-Oct-2012 - In a special audio report recorded at The Restaurant Show, Jacques Dejardin, head of operations at Jamie Oliver, reveals how the group is looking to retail, takeaway and collection, event catering and possibly all-day dining to protect its restaurants from the continuing downturn.

Laverstoke Park Farm ordered to change 'childish' ale and lager labels

31-Oct-2012 - An independent complaints panel has ordered producer Laverstoke Park Farm to change the labels on its bottles of ale and lager because it thinks the images on them could appeal to children.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen ramps up its expansion plans

30-Oct-2012 - Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has revealed plans to open another five restaurants before February 2013 as the brand steps up its expansion and acknowledges the explosion in diner demand for premium burgers since it first launched.

Patty and Bun completes ‘golden triangle’ of West End burger joints

30-Oct-2012 - Patty and Bun, the burger joint which has been running pop-up venues in London's Battersea and Soho, is set to open its first permanent site on James Street later this month with plans to use the concept as a springboard for future projects.

Jason Atherton to open second London restaurant in partnership with Paul Hood

30-Oct-2012 - Jason Atherton is to open a second restaurant in London after signing the lease on a site in Soho’s Poland Street.

Licensed coffee bar and restaurant at heart of former Dundee Royal Exchange development

30-Oct-2012 - Caffe Borsa, a licensed coffee bar and eatery, is set to open early next month on the ground floor of a new event and office space following a £500k refurb of the former Royal Exchange building in Dundee.

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