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MPs' pubco vote divides industry

19-Nov-2014 - MPs’ vote to allow ‘tied’ pub landlords to order beer from providers outside their brand is dividing the industry.

Redefine BDL Hotels increases portfolio by 22 properties

19-Nov-2014 - Redefine BDL Hotels has been appointed to manage a portfolio of 22 hotels, consisting of 19 Holiday Inns and three Crowne Plazas, on behalf of LRG Acquisition Limited.

Tourism Council defends decision not to tackle VAT

19-Nov-2014 - To the disappointment of Cut Tourism VAT campaigners, the Tourism Council has decided not to discuss a VAT cut, but instead focus on jobs and skills.

The Alford Arms takes top spot at UK’s first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

19-Nov-2014 - Hertfordshire pub The Alford Arms was the overall winner at the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards this week, crowned the ‘most allergen-aware’ eatery in the UK.  

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How to avoid hotel construction delays

18-Nov-2014 - 2015 is predicted to be an exciting year for the hospitality industry, with 10 major hotel projects set to open in London alone. However, these projects are increasingly facing delays due to...

Elysium Group reveals plans for first London venue

18-Nov-2014 - Essex-based bar and restaurant operator Elysium Group will open a Japanese fusion venture in the heart of Chelsea next month, with plans to roll the concept out across further sites.

Clevedon Hall to re-open as luxury event hotel

18-Nov-2014 - Victorian mansion Clevedon Hall in north Somerset will re-open next week as a ‘luxury hospitality destination’ following a £3m refurbishment.

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Chop’d to open tenth London site

18-Nov-2014 - Grab-and-go concept Chop’d will open its tenth London site in Moorgate’s landmark CityPoint building early this December. 

The World's End Market to open in Fulham

18-Nov-2014 - The Markets Group has confirmed it will open its second venture, The World’s End Market, on London's King’s Road this December.

Five restaurants confirmed for new Broadgate Circle

18-Nov-2014 - Hakkasan Group’s Yauatcha, ETM Group’s The Botanist, Aubaine, Shoryu Ramen and Comptoir Libanais have all secured a space at Broadgate Circle, which is due to re-open in spring 2015.

Diners increasingly concerned with seafood sustainability

17-Nov-2014 - A majority (60 per cent) of UK consumers believe restaurants should offer sustainable seafood options, according to a survey by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Government urged to regulate sharing economy

17-Nov-2014 - Pop-up marketplace Grub Club is urging the government to better regulate ‘sharing economy’ businesses like itself in order to ensure their protection.

Details released for Caring’s Ivy Market Grill

17-Nov-2014 - Details have been released for Richard Caring’s new restaurant The Ivy Market Grill, which opens in London’s Covent Garden next week.

Simmons opens third London bar

17-Nov-2014 - Simmons bar group will open its new cocktail bar Simmons Fitzrovia in central London on 20 November. 

Pesto secures lease on Marston’s pub in Lancashire

17-Nov-2014 - Pesto Restaurants has secured the lease of a Marston’s pub to open its first site in Lancashire.

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Honest Burgers launches eighth London site

17-Nov-2014 - Honest Burgers has acquired its eighth restaurant on Widegate Street in east London which opens to the public today (17 November).

New restaurant Seasons opens at Stoke Place hotel

14-Nov-2014 - New restaurant Seasons at Stoke Place opened at the Buckinghamshire country hotel last week, led by head chef James Duggan.

Thistle launches free ‘Choose Your Own Room’ service

14-Nov-2014 - Thistle Hotels is trialling a service allowing all guests to take a virtual tour of their room at the time of booking after finding out that almost half of Brits...

Watch out for specialist operators, says Horizons

14-Nov-2014 - Foodservice companies operating in niche markets are the fastest-growing ones, according to Horizons’ latest Ones To Watch survey.

Oddfellows to open second hotel in Cheadle

14-Nov-2014 - Boutique hotel Oddfellows in Chester has announced plans to acquire its second site, Bruntwood Hall in Cheadle, south Manchester.

Hotel RevPAR boosted by sports in Q3

14-Nov-2014 - Hotel RevPAR increased by 20 per cent across the UK in the third quarter of the year, according to the Zolfo Cooper, AM:PM and HVS Q3 2014 Hotel Bulletin.

Taylor St Baristas to double business size

13-Nov-2014 - Taylor St Baristas is hoping to raise between £1.5m and £3m through a mini-bond on Crowdcube to double the number of its venues in the next two years.

Oetker Collection to manage The Lanesborough

13-Nov-2014 - The Oetker Collection will manage The Lanesborough hotel in London when it re-opens in spring 2015, the group’s first hotel in the UK. 

Foodservice must adapt to changing customer needs, say experts

13-Nov-2014 - Foodservice operators can improve profits by responding to recent changes in customer needs and consumer trends, according to speakers at Horizons’ latest Thought Leadership Forum.

Cubitt House sister company to open all-day dining venue

13-Nov-2014 - The team behind Cubitt House have confirmed they will open a 200-cover all-day restaurant and bar at Fitzroy Place in March 2015.