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18-Jul-2012 - UK restaurants and pubs saw like-for-like sales edge up 1.3 per cent last month, but a combination of the unusually cold and wet weather, Euro 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee brought contrasting prosperities for the sector.
18-Jul-2012 - With the popularity for local produce and diner demand for provenance information showing no sign of slowing down, Renaissance Pubs has solved the problem of developing closer links and relationships with suppliers by investing in their own farm.
18-Jul-2012 - The bad weather across the UK so far this spring and summer has been blamed for a drop in sales across Fuller’s 360 pubs.
17-Jul-2012 - The UK on-trade drinks market is straining under the weight of the recession, with consumers now tending to react in one of two ways: trade up and buy less, or trade down and buy more, according to the 2012 First Drinks Market Report.
17-Jul-2012 - The 95-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel in Dundee is being marketed for sale at a guide price of around £4.4m.
17-Jul-2012 - Hoteliers are being encouraged to join London Hotelwatch, a new website set up by the Metropolitan Police and Facewatch, which the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) says will be open to hotels across the UK.
17-Jul-2012 - EPoS designer and manufacturer Bleep UK has teamed up with hospitality touch screen manufacturer Conceptic Touch UK to launch eMenu, an interactive touch screen menu and ordering app designed to replace traditional paper menus in restaurants.
17-Jul-2012 - Hotels across the capital are lowering the cost of their rooms in the run-up to the Olympics to lure in guests as recent figures show that 23 per cent of them are currently unreserved for the two weeks of the Olympics games.
17-Jul-2012 - Tax stamps on every bottle or can of beer would be 'extremely problematic' and the case for it is 'premature' when tax fraud enforcement options remain open to HMRC, according to a panel of MPs who reported to the Government yesterday.
16-Jul-2012 - Pizza Express, Wagamama and La Tasca are among the high street restaurant chains who have been voted best choices for healthy eaters by health food magazine Healthy Food Guide.
16-Jul-2012 - The owner of the St Michael's Hotel & Spa in Falmouth has acquired the former Cornwall Council headquarters in Truro with a view to transforming the property into a luxury four-star hotel, spa and restaurant.
16-Jul-2012 - This year’s Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) will focus on arming hoteliers with the skills they need to boost profit as well as give them a chance to network with industry peers, one of the event’s founders has announced.
16-Jul-2012 - Riverside Vegetaria in Kingston upon Thames has been named as the best vegetarian restaurant in the capital after topping a vote organised by Ethical Eats, the London Food Link network of restaurants which is part of Sustain.
16-Jul-2012 - The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the Government to abandon plans announced in the Budget for the introduction of tax stamps on every bottle and can of beer saying it will damage pubs and may be illegal.
16-Jul-2012 - In our new look Ideas from your Peers column, we evaluate the effectiveness of one of Whitbread’s marketing campaigns, The Reward Club, which it has been using to promote its Beefeater brand for the last four months and question if it is a worthwhile alternative to discounting in terms of bringing in more trade.
16-Jul-2012 - The continued growth and success of multi-cuisine buffet restaurants shows no sign of abating as another operator, Tops, enters the fray with a new restaurant in Manchester and two more sites planned.
13-Jul-2012 - Annabel Smith, one of the first two women to receive official beer sommelier accreditation from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) Beer Academy, has told BigHospitality changing glassware can significantly change the attitudes of women to beer.
13-Jul-2012 - The man behind Horsham restaurant Wabi says he believes he has created a brand that can rival established Japanese restaurant operators such as Nobu and Roka as he unveils plans to open a restaurant in London's Lincoln's Inn Fields this autumn.
13-Jul-2012 - American restaurant chain T.G.I. Friday's has joined businesses in the hospitality industry calling for a reduction in VAT by signing up to membership of Jacques Borel's VAT Club.
13-Jul-2012 - Hotels in Edinburgh have seen occupancy rates and revenues plummet for the third month in a row, with the downward trend looking set to continue in the Scottish capital for the rest of the year.
13-Jul-2012 - The issue of customer’s booking tables and not showing up has plagued the restaurant industry for years, but now bookingrid.com, a new marketing platform for restaurants which uses a demand-led pricing model, believes it has finally found a solution.
12-Jul-2012 - Today's news that inbound tourism to Britain has just delivered all-time record revenue to Britain over the past year has been hailed a ‘gold medal-winning performance’ by VisitBritain’s chairman, but he also warns that the industry must not get complacent ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.
12-Jul-2012 - Home Grown Hotels, the company behind The Pig hotel in the New Forest, is set to open a sister property in Dorset next year.
12-Jul-2012 - Many independent hotel owners could be in line for rebates on their business rates bills worth tens of thousands of pounds due to the impact of the recession, according to business rates specialist CVS.
12-Jul-2012 - The average price of a hotel room in London during the London 2012 Olympics is an increase of 26 per cent compared to the same period in 2011, with one night in the capital costing £210.
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