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The Restaurant Show to host the UK’s first sugar championship

23-Sep-2014 - Candidates have been announced for The Restaurant Show’s 1st UK Sugar Championship Junior Trophy, organised by the UK Pastry Club to develop sugar skills in the industry. 

Dirty Martini to open St Paul’s site

23-Sep-2014 - CG Restaurants-owned Dirty Martini has secured a site in London’s St Paul’s, due to open in November.

SRA launches sustainable café ratings

23-Sep-2014 - The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) is launching a rating scheme to assess the sustainability of the UK’s café operations.

Property: Finding the perfect pub

23-Sep-2014 - In the second part of our special feature on property, we discuss how to find the perfect pub and make sure it has a profitable future.

Labour's minimum wage pledge could hit hospitality businesses

22-Sep-2014 - Ed Miliband's pledge to increase  increase minimum wage by more than 25 per cent over five years if Labour wins the next general election could be potentially disastrous for hospitality businesses,...

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Macdonald Hotels £2m restaurant revamp

22-Sep-2014 - Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has announced a 25 per cent uplift in food and drink sales since beginning its a £2 million programme of restaurant refurbishments.

Property: Buying a restaurant

22-Sep-2014 - In the first part of our special feature on property, we look at some of the things to consider when buying a restaurant business, with advice from specialist agents.

Rugby World Cup 2015 hailed as big opportunity for hospitality

19-Sep-2014 - VistEngland has described the Rugby World Cup 2015 as a 'tremendous opportunity' for tourism and hospitality, with hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars in host cities set to benefit from a big...

Dorset cliff-top boarding house undergoes major revamp

19-Sep-2014 - The Seaside Boarding House Restaurant & Bar in Burton Bradstock will open under new ownership in the coming months after undergoing a total renovation.

Hospitality businesses urged to look forward after Scotland rejects independence

19-Sep-2014 - With Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence returning a 'no' vote, industry leaders have urged hospitality businesses in the country to look forward and make the most of the promised devolution...

Licensed trade warns against heavy handed measures to tackle binge drinking

19-Sep-2014 - As police chiefs call for tough new measures to tackle excessive drinking, the licensed on-trade has warned that ‘partnership, not punishment’ is the key to addressing alcohol harm.

Staycity to open in Covent Garden

19-Sep-2014 - Serviced apartment operator Staycity has signed a deal to open the first of its new luxury aparthotels in London’s Covent Garden.

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Mobile-optimised websites ‘crucial’ for restaurants

19-Sep-2014 - New consumer research suggests that the majority of diners are still frustrated with restaurant websites, with online menus causing the most annoyance.

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Charles Scudamore on HCP and the UK hotel market

18-Sep-2014 - Charles Scudamore is the principal and founder of Hetherley Capital Partners (HCP), a specialist hotel real estate investment and asset management firm, based in London. He talks BigHospitality about the current state...

Southampton City Council to implement late night levy

18-Sep-2014 - Southampton City Council has voted to implement a late night levy to pubs, bars and other venues in the city which serve alcohol past midnight.

Four Seasons hotel to open in Ten Trinity Square

18-Sep-2014 - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans with investor and developer Reignwood Group to transform London’s grade II listed Ten Trinity Square building into a luxury hotel and residential...

Sous-vide concept Suchef opens second site in Farringdon

18-Sep-2014 - Sous-vide cooking concept Suchef has opened its second London site in Farringdon, and plans to open more in quick succession.

Ex-Zafferano chef launches neighbourhood Italian restaurant

18-Sep-2014 - Former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham has launched his first solo project, L’Amorosa, on the site of the former Lola & Simón café in West London.

Data and technology may change how we ‘do’ hospitality

18-Sep-2014 - Advanced technology and new ways of gathering data on customers could help restaurants run in a more informed way, an industry expert has advised.

Will Ricker wins Westminster licensing battle

18-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Will Ricker has won an appeal against Westminster City Council to allow customers at his Soho restaurant, La Bodega Negra , to buy alcohol without food.

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Winners revealed: Women 1st Shine Awards 2014

17-Sep-2014 - Merlin Entertainments, Sally’s Cottages and VisitBritain’s former chief executive Sandie Dawe MBE were among the winners at the Women 1st Shine Awards 2014, which recognise female talent in the hospitality,...

August boom for London hotels

17-Sep-2014 - London hotels enjoyed the highest occupancy rates for 15 years in August, according to preliminary figures from advisory firm BDO LLP.

Heston Blumenthal to open The Fat Duck Melbourne in February

17-Sep-2014 - Heston Blumenthal has revealed further details of his plans for The Fat Duck in Melbourne, which is due to open on 3 February 2015.

#SocialRestaurant: 78% of negative tweets posted while customers are inside restaurants

17-Sep-2014 - Restaurants should regularly monitor Twitter because the vast majority of negative tweets are left while customers are still in the restaurant and could be sorted there and then, an expert...

Premiumisation drives on-trade drinks market

17-Sep-2014 - Sparkling wine sales have continued their impressive growth, with Champagne also showing strong upward movement, according to the latest market report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).