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Darwin & Wallace snaps up The Frog as London expansion continues

05-Feb-2014 - Darwin & Wallace has taken The Frog in Clapham as the second in a series of London acquisitions for the Imbiba Partnership-backed bar and restaurant group.

Travelodge to open 15 new hotels in 2014

05-Feb-2014 - Travelodge has revealed plans to open 15 new hotels and create 1,000 new hospitality jobs in 2014.

New UK hotels for Radisson Blu brand

04-Feb-2014 - Luxury global hotel brand Radisson Blu will make further inroads into the UK market with the development of a new hotel in Hull and the possible addition of a new...

Scotland's Crieff Hydro to acquire two McMillan Hotels

04-Feb-2014 - Scottish hotel resort Crieff Hydro has announced plans to acquire two hotels from McMillan Hotels and launch a joint venture to manage four Freedom Hotels properties, adding more than 400...

Singapore-based Sushi Tei seeks partners for UK launch

04-Feb-2014 - Sushi Tei, the Singapore-based restaurant operator is looking for partners and investors to help the Japanese restaurant brand launch into the UK. 

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Young's buys its first pub in Guildford

04-Feb-2014 - Pub chain Young’s will open its first pub in Guildford after buying popular riverside venue The Boatman.

Hyatt Place to make UK debut

04-Feb-2014 - Hyatt Place, the upscale select-service brand from the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, is entering the UK with the opening of a new hotel close to London Heathrow Airport next year.

UK coffee company puts camel milk on the menu

04-Feb-2014 - UK coffee company Taylor Street Baristas will be serving up camel milk coffee this week as part of a fundraising drive for Farm Africa.

TGI's takes two shopping centre sites

04-Feb-2014 - American restaurant chain TGI Friday’s is ploughing on with its expansion across the UK, having secured two new units at shopping centre developments in Glasgow and Liverpool.

Government does U-turn on World Cup licensing

03-Feb-2014 - The government has made a U-turn on World Cup licensing, and will consult on whether to extend pub opening hours during the football tournament this summer.

Restaurant magazine: How to find the perfect property

03-Feb-2014 - As competition for good space intensifies, restaurateurs are having to become increasingly bricks and mortar-savvy, writes Joe Lutrario in the February issue of Restaurant magazine.

London's serviced apartments drive sector's 2013 growth

03-Feb-2014 - The UK's serviced apartment sector experienced an average occupancy rate of 80 per cent in 2013 with those based in London responsible for driving most of the growth. 

Tiger Bills eyes London rollout

03-Feb-2014 - Lifestyle Hospitality Group (LHG) has signed a contract with a new master franchisee to roll out its ‘East meets West’ casual dining concept Tiger Bills across London.

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glh launches free 'one-click' Wi-Fi across its hotel portfolio

03-Feb-2014 - London hotel group glh has launched free, unlimited, ‘one-click’ BT Wi-Fi in its properties across the UK.

Admiral announces new CEO and chairman

03-Feb-2014 - Jonathan Paveley has stepped down as executive chairman of Admiral Taverns; to be replaced by John Sands as non-executive chairman, with Kevin Georgel promoted to chief executive officer.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal temporarily closed after norovirus outbreak

03-Feb-2014 - Heston Blumenthal’s two-Michelin-starred London restaurant Dinner has shut up shop for a week following an outbreak of norovirus affecting members of staff and guests.

New boutique hotel & restaurant set to capitalise on Nottingham’s business boost

31-Jan-2014 - A historic building in Nottingham has undergone a £1.5 million transformation into a new boutique hotel, bar and restaurant, at a time when business in the East Midlands city is...

Consumer confidence setback puts restaurants in ‘stop-start mode’

31-Jan-2014 - With latest figures showing that consumer confidence suffered an unexpected dip in the final quarter of 2013, foodservice consultancy Horizons believes the eating-out sector will remain in ‘stop-start mode’ until...

Philippe Conticini opens ‘pastry shop of dreams’ in London

31-Jan-2014 - La Pâtisserie des Rêves, the Parisian boutique patisserie concept from pastry chef Philippe Conticini, is opening its first UK outlet today (31 January) with a site in Marylebone High Street....

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Survey seeks young people's views on pub and bar careers

31-Jan-2014 - The Pub & Bars Careers programme has launched a survey to gather young people's views on working in the pub and bar sector.

OFT clears way for cheaper hotel room discounts

31-Jan-2014 - Online travel agents (OTAs) and hotels will now be able to offer greater discounts on online bookings after an investigation from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into competition practices.

Premier League prosecutes pub over foreign satellite football screening

31-Jan-2014 - The Premier league has begun its crackdown on foreign football broadcasts in pubs, with one landlord forced to pay out £65,000 in legal costs after a ruling in the High Court.

Starwood's keyless mobile check-in not the end for human interaction

31-Jan-2014 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts has unveiled new smartphone key technology, enabling guests to bypass the front desk altogether, but experts say it is not the beginning of the end for...

Five Hilton hotels and the Lowry up for sale

30-Jan-2014 - With analysts pointing to a resurgence in UK hotel investment, six major properties have been put up for sale.

Equipping your kitchen: The latest products in pictures

30-Jan-2014 - From large bespoke oven ranges to small salamander grills, chefs' requirements' for their perfect kitchen are often as varied and fanciful as they are mind-blowingly expensive. But hopefully this picture...