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CAU snaps up restaurants in Cambridge and Kingston as UK expansion begins

14-Nov-2012 - CAU, Charlie McLean’s Argentinian steak concept which opened its first restaurant in Guildford last year, is set to launch a second site in Cambridge in January followed by a third in Kingston later in 2013.

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Hospitality Guild reveals shortlist for first apprenticeship awards

14-Nov-2012 - The Hospitality Guild has unveiled a shortlist of nominees for its first ever apprenticeship awards, designed to honour apprentices, employers and training providers. 

Brasserie Blanc operator insists lamb's liver is safe following ban on dish

14-Nov-2012 - Brasserie Bar Co, the group behind the Raymond Blanc-founded casual dining chain Brasserie Blanc, maintains the view that its rare lamb's liver dish does not pose a health risk to customers, despite having been banned from serving it at all of its restaurants.

Fire-struck Terre à Terre to remain shut for Christmas

14-Nov-2012 - Brighton's vegetarian restaurant Terre à Terre, which closed in October after a fire broke out in the kitchen, has been forced to remain shut over Christmas due to 'red tape delays' and a long wait for new equipment. 

Keg Watch: Romanian pair convicted of theft of beer kegs worth £76k

14-Nov-2012 - A Romanian pair were this week convicted of theft after police, working with trade association Keg Watch, seized 888 stolen beer kegs worth £76k.

Former Paternoster Chop House head chef Peter Weeden to launch Newman Street Tavern

14-Nov-2012 - Peter Weeden, formerly the head chef at The Boundary and Paternoster Chop House, is set to go it alone for the first time with the launch of a Fitzrovia bar and restaurant - Newman Street Tavern.

Restaurant and pub groups hit by later school half-term

14-Nov-2012 - Britain’s leading restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales down 1.7 per cent in October compared with the same month last year, caused in part by the later school half-term holidays, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

HOSPACE 2012: How to take hotel investment forward

13-Nov-2012 - How the hotel sector can gain investment and then take it forward will be put under discussion at this year's HOSPACE, the annual conference and exhibition for hospitality finance, IT, revenue management and commercial professionals. 

New-look Twelve Picardy Place hotel opening next month

13-Nov-2012 - No.12 Picardy Place in Edinburgh, former home to Mark Greenaway’s eponymous restaurant, is re-launching as a boutique hotel, bar and terrace under new branding and with new directors The Edinburgh New Town Company.

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Guoman Hotels introduces unlimited, free Wi-Fi in all its venues

13-Nov-2012 - Luxury hotel operator Guoman Hotels has become the latest hospitality company to introduce a free Wi-Fi service across its entire estate.

Apex Hotels launches Modern Apprenticeship training programme

13-Nov-2012 - Apex Hotels has launched the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme and is calling on school on college leavers from Edinburgh and Dundee to work in its properties in these areas as their first step on the hospitality ladder.

Ramen revolution: Shoryu Ramen taps in on West End noodle trend

13-Nov-2012 - Japan Centre Group, which owns the eponymous food shop on Regent Street, have opened the nearby Shoryu Ramen, specialising in authentic tonkotsu ramen noodles from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city.

Burrito restaurant chain Poncho 8 to open third London restaurant ahead of ambitious expansion plans

13-Nov-2012 - London-based burrito restaurant group Poncho 8 has revealed details of its third restaurant in the capital ahead of 'several' new sites next year as the chain looks to meet an ambitious expansion target.

Award-winning pub chef Justin Brown joins team at The Palmer Arms in Windsor

12-Nov-2012 - Award-winning pub chef and former MasterChef: The Professionals contestant Justin Brown has revealed details of his latest project - heading up the kitchen at The Palmer Arms in Windsor as he helps position the venue as a gastropub ahead of possible group expansion.

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Webinar to advise Asian and Oriental restaurateurs about changes to shortage occupation list

12-Nov-2012 - Immigration lawyers Newland Chase will be holding a free webinar this week to advise and inform restaurateurs in the Asian and Oriental restaurant sectors who may be affected by changes to the shortage occupation list. 

Travelodge looks for more hotel sites with The Gym Group

12-Nov-2012 - Budget hotel operator Travelodge has said it intends to open a further 10 hotels with low-cost fitness chain The Gym Group in the next five years. 

Business Profile: Las Iguanas

12-Nov-2012 - Back in 1991 Eren Ali bought a failed Italian restaurant on a Bristol back street. Two decades later, Las Iguanas is the biggest player in the South American space. 

YUM! Brands sells UK Pizza Hut restaurants to Rutland Partners

12-Nov-2012 - The owner of Pizza Hut's global business, YUM! Brands, has sold its UK Pizza Hut restaurants to specialist restructuring investor Rutland Partners which it says will help it complete a turnaround of the business. 

Eat@ smartphone app provides 'complete' mobile marketing solution for restaurants

12-Nov-2012 - Experienced app developer Appdragon has launched a smartphone application for enables restaurants to take complete mobile marketing control by allowing them to send bespoke offers to customers and potential customers by text message.

The Churchill Bar and Terrace to open at Hyatt Regency London

09-Nov-2012 - The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is set to open The Churchill Bar and Terrace later this month, paying homage to the former British Prime Minister and national hero.

BHA urges Government clarification on new licensing regulations

09-Nov-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has written to the Government claiming it has ignored industry concerns on incoming regulations - the Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs) and the Late Night Levy.

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Vivek Singh relaunches Cinnamon Kitchen’s Anise as a destination bar

09-Nov-2012 - Anise, the cocktail bar attached to Vivek Singh's Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen, has been relaunched with a new dedicated entrance in order to position the venue as a destination cocktail bar in its own right.

Meliá’s ME London hotel all set for opening

09-Nov-2012 - Spanish-based hotel chain Meliá Hotels International is set to launch the flagship property under its ME by Meliá brand in London next month, featuring 157 rooms, two restaurants and a rooftop lounge and bar.  

Lamb Weston expands cheese appetiser bar snack range

09-Nov-2012 - Frozen food and potato product manufacturer and supplier Lamb Weston has refreshed its range of cheese-based appetisers which it says are perfect for bar snacks.

Orient-Express Hotels rejects 'deeply unattractive' takeover bid by Indian Hotels

09-Nov-2012 - Orient-Express Hotels, the owner of Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, has revealed its board has unanimously rejected an unsolicited takeover bid launched by minor shareholder Indian Hotels, declaring it as financially 'deeply unattractive'.

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