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The Restaurant Show 2014 preview

29-Sep-2014 - The Restaurant Show 2014 will take place at Earls Court in London from 6-8 October. 

Strada sold to Sun Capital Partners for £37m

29-Sep-2014 - Tragus Group has sold 43 Strada restaurants to Sun Capital Partners (SCP) for £37m, claiming to have ‘secured a sustainable future for the business’.

Heritage Estates acquires second Nottinghamshire hotel

29-Sep-2014 - Independent hotel group Heritage Estates has acquired Cockliffe Country House Hotel in a deal worth around £1m.

'Informed but informal' dominates dining trends

29-Sep-2014 - The increase in eating out and higher customer expectations are driving the continued growth of ‘informed but informal’ dining experiences.

Grub Club to launch crowdfunding campaign

26-Sep-2014 - Food start-up Grub Club will launch a crowdfunding campaign on 29 September to raise £250,000 to further the business.

Tourism employment grows twice as fast as rest of market

26-Sep-2014 - Employment grew twice as fast in the tourism industry as in other UK sectors between 2009 and 2013, according to figures released Friday (26 September) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Apex to open first hotel in Bath

26-Sep-2014 - Apex Hotels has purchased a site in central Bath with the intent to open a 177-bedroom full service hotel.

#TaxEqualityDay: Sales boost for operators

26-Sep-2014 - Participants to Wednesday’s (24 September) Tax Equality Day reported sales increases of 10 to 20 per cent for the day, supporting their argument for VAT cut from 20 to 5 per cent.

#Socialchef: Storytelling key to enticing diners in

25-Sep-2014 - Complementing food pictures with stories about dishes and their provenance improves social media users’ perception of food and amplifies their emotions, according to new research by Digital Blonde and Artizian...

Independent Hotel Show 2014 preview

25-Sep-2014 - This year’s Independent Hotel Show will take place on 21 – 22 October at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London.

Small Talk

Harwood Warrington on Macdonald Hotels and the importance of food

25-Sep-2014 - Harwood Warrington recently took over as Macdonald Hotels’ restaurant operations director and has begun a multi-million pound redevelopment of the group's food and beverage offering.

News in brief

Apple Apartments opens in Hyde Park

25-Sep-2014 - Apple Apartments Hyde Park has opened on Westbourne Crescent in line with the group’s London expansion plans.

Independents thrive on London lunch trade

25-Sep-2014 - London is a ‘boomtown’ for independent cafes and restaurants selling lunch-to-go, according to a new report from the NPD Group.

Details released for Dishoom King’s Cross

25-Sep-2014 - Indian restaurant Dishoom’s third site will open in London’s King’s Cross this November, a 9000sq.ft restaurant spread over three floors.

News in brief

Peel Leisure Hotels re-brands as Tower Hotel Management

25-Sep-2014 - Peel Leisure Hotels has re-branded its hotel operations division as Tower Hotel Management as it begins to offer hotel management services to external investors.

Hotels should connect with guests by providing more local information

25-Sep-2014 - UK hotels could boost relationships with business and leisure guests by providing more local information and travel tips prior to their stay, according to two new studies.

Hospitality openings: September 2014

24-Sep-2014 - Our latest roundup of the hottest openings in hospitality include Marcus Wareing's new restaurant Tredwell's, former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham's L'Amorosa, the new Hoxton hotel in Holborn, River Cottage's...

6,000 new hospitality jobs available for 16-24 year olds by year end

24-Sep-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has announced the creation of 6,000 new jobs in the industry for 16 to 24 year olds by the end of 2014.

#TaxEqualityDay: Pubs and restaurants unite for VAT cut

24-Sep-2014 - Over 15,000 pubs and restaurants across the UK cut their prices by at least 7.5 per cent on 24 September to show the positive impact reducing VAT to 5 per...

Operator sought for Belfast hotel development

24-Sep-2014 - Belfast Harbour has invited hotel operators to submit expressions of interest for a proposed ‘upscale’ hotel in its £250m City Quays development.

Brewdog to launch Dog Eat Dog in Islington

24-Sep-2014 - BrewDog has revealed plans to launch a new hotdog and craft beer concept at its fifth site in London.

Starbucks unveils POD tie-in

24-Sep-2014 - Starbucks has announced a tie-in with POD, the healthy fast food concept, to sell selected items from its breakfast and lunch ranges at three Starbucks stores in central London under...

Property: Buying a hotel

24-Sep-2014 - In the third part of our special feature on property, we ask experts for their tips on hunting for a hotel and calculating the future profitability of any potential property.

Ramen concept Bone Daddies expands across London

23-Sep-2014 - Ross Shonhan will open a second Bone Daddies in Kensington’s Whole Foods Market in early November, with ambitions to open further sites in Soho, Bermondsey and Shoreditch.

David Loewi on heading up the BHA Restaurant Association's re-launch

23-Sep-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has re-launched the Restaurant Association (RA) and appointed D&D London managing director David Loewi as its chairman, to reflect the growth and raise the profile...