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Park Inn Heathrow taps in to corporate business with major refurb

15-Nov-2012 - The Park Inn Heathrow hotel has become the Park Inn Hotel & Conference Centre in recognition of its new conference and meeting facilities which have been included as part of...

Imperial Hotels London makes UK debut with acquisition of Belgravia’s Tophams Hotel

15-Nov-2012 - The owners of Netherlands-based hotel group Marbella Club has purchased the historic Tophams Hotel in Belgravia through their newly launched UK acquisition vehicle, Imperial Hotels London.

Accor and Diageo named among World’s Best Multinational Workplaces

15-Nov-2012 - Global hotel operator Accor and UK-based drinks firm Diageo have been named on the list of the 25 best multinational workplaces in the World by The Great Place to Work Institute....

Nando's named best UK restaurant chain at 2012 R200 Awards

15-Nov-2012 - Nando's was named Best Overall Restaurant Chain at last night's R200 Awards where Geronimo Inns, Banana Tree and Byron were also rewarded for their work within the eating-out sector. 

Stonegate Pub Company opens restaurant, bar and nightclub in Solihull

15-Nov-2012 - Stonegate Pub Company has opened bar and restaurant Missoula and nightclub Luna following the major refurbishment of a High Street building in the West Midlands town of Solihull.

Hotel financing 'impossible' to secure outside of London

15-Nov-2012 - A majority of senior hospitality leaders believe it is now 'impossible' to secure financing for regional hotel projects, while 41 per cent are predicting hotels outside London could take up...

Seafood Pub Company acquires third pub in two years

14-Nov-2012 - Seafood Pub Company, the dining-led pub group set up by Jocelyn Neve and chef Antony Shirley last year, has acquired its third pub as it looks to expand its operation...

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...

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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...

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'...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...