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The Lucky Onion group adds third food-led pub to portfolio ahead of further expansion

08-Nov-2012 - Cotswolds-based hospitality group The Lucky Onion has this week opened The Chequers, a recently acquired food-led pub in Oxfordshire, ahead of further planned expansion for the company next year.

Rezidor's Kurt Ritter wins Lifetime Achievement Award at 2012 European Hospitality Awards

08-Nov-2012 - Rezidor’s president and chief executive Kurt Ritter picked up the Lifetime Achievement accolade at the 2012 European Hospitality Awards held at the Landmark hotel in London last week.

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BII 2013 Licensee of the Year Awards opens for entries

08-Nov-2012 - The search is on for the pub industry’s top licensee as the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has opened entries for the 28th Licensee of the Year Awards.

BrewDog sells 28% ABV beer Ghost Deer in 60ml bottles

08-Nov-2012 - Scottish brewer BrewDog is now selling its 28% ABV beer Ghost Deer in 60ml bottles in a bid to 'kill beer stereotypes' and teach drinkers that beer can be more than a 'pint of fizzy, apathetic, yellow lager’.

Northcote Group to increase hotel size and grow Ribble Valley Inns following investment

07-Nov-2012 - The Northcote Group is to add up to eight more pubs to its Ribble Valley Inns estate and increase the size of its flagship hotel and restaurant Northcote following investment from ex-Blackburn Rovers director Richard Matthewman and his wife Lynda. 

VisitEngland reveals new marketing campaigns ahead of English Tourism Week 2013

07-Nov-2012 - National tourist board VisitEngland yesterday announced plans to launch eight new marketing campaigns next year in its bid to boost domestic tourism, also calling on the hospitality industry to get involved in English Tourism Week 2013.

London's burger boom continues with BRGR.CO opening in Soho

07-Nov-2012 - BRGR.CO, which operates two ‘back to basics’ burger joints in Beirut, is bringing the concept to the UK next month with the opening of a 50-cover restaurant in Wardour Street, Soho.

New owners plan £2.5m overhaul of Falmouth's Green Lawns Hotel

07-Nov-2012 - Former Compass operations director Nick Rudlin and his wife Sioned Parry-Rudlin, former director of sales and marketing at Marriott County Hall, have announced plans to spend £2.5m refurbishing and re-launching the Green Lawns Hotel in Falmouth after acquiring it in a multi-million pound deal. 

Restaurant Mark Greenaway to move from No.12 Picardy Place further into Edinburgh city centre

07-Nov-2012 - Chef Mark Greenaway is moving his eponymous restaurant in Edinburgh from No.12 Picardy Place to a location closer to the city centre which will open in early December. 

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Chefs urged to vote for favourite product or supplier for chance to win dinner at The Ledbury

07-Nov-2012 - Restaurant magazine is looking for your views on the best suppliers, products, equipment and brands – from combis to condiments, butchers to EPoS suppliers, stocks to stemware – for its annual Chefs’ Choice awards.

TripAdvisor reveals positives for hoteliers responding to reviews

07-Nov-2012 - Hotel managers who respond personally to reviews posted on TripAdvisor guarantee more interest in their properties from those browsing the site compared to the hotels whose managers ignore comments, new research has shown.

Apprenticeships: Will 'urgent reform' help the hospitality industry?

07-Nov-2012 - Leading industry bodies have welcomed a review into the Government’s apprenticeships programme, but have warned that proposed reforms could in fact stunt the growth of hospitality apprenticeships and will not necessarily lead to developing the skilled workforce the sector requires.

Cupari Wines targets on-trade with UK launch of 19 Argentinian wines

07-Nov-2012 - Cupari Wines, a new importer specialising in boutique wines from family-run wineries in Argentina, has launched in the UK and is targeting the on-trade market with its selection of 19 wines from five wineries, none of which were previously available in the UK.

TooTooMoo restaurant founder aims to create leading Asian food brand

06-Nov-2012 - The founder of new pan Asian food and restaurant brand TooTooMoo has outlined his company's ambitions to be the leading Asian food brand in the UK in the next three years. 

Pop-up to permanent: The lasting legacy of temporary restaurants

06-Nov-2012 - Whether it’s a 30ft-long shipping container, a rooftop Jubilee-themed ‘clambake’ or a steak and cocktail project occupying the upstairs of a pub, the pop-up restaurant is fast-becoming the new weapon in securing a permanent site.

Darwin and Wallace makes London debut with The Ebury acquisition

06-Nov-2012 - Newly formed bar and restaurant group Darwin & Wallace has acquired The Ebury near London’s Victoria from restaurateur Tom Etridge as it looks to expand to up to nine sites over the next five years.

Restaurant magazine goes behind the scenes at The Ledbury

06-Nov-2012 - What is it like to work at the UK's best restaurant? That's the question Restaurant magazine asks in this month's issue as its editorial team spends a day with Brett Graham at the two Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller to praise UK tourism at World Travel Market

06-Nov-2012 - Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to highlight that tourism is a ‘cornerstone of growth’ in the UK economy in what will be her first keynote speech on the sector at the World Travel Market in London this evening.

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Kew Green Hotels grows portfolio to 26 with takeover of three Hilton hotels

06-Nov-2012 - Hotel operator Kew Green Hotels has grown its portfolio to 26 after taking over three Hampton By Hilton Hotels. 

Eco-burner introduces no fee, no lease option for its latest Chafo burner

06-Nov-2012 - Eco-burner has introduced a special incentive for caterers looking to use an alternative to traditional gel and wick burners by launching a no fee, no lease loan option for its latest Chafo burner with no minimum fuel purchase.

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Allergies, intolerances and dietary requirements - is your business getting it right?

05-Nov-2012 - With the hospitality industry missing out on an estimated £1m a year on the gluten-free market alone, it’s no surprise that more businesses are upping their F&B offerings to cater for customers with allergies, food intolerances and dietary requirements – so what’s the key to getting it right?

BrewDog appoints first operations director to spearhead expansion

05-Nov-2012 - Independent Scottish brewer and bar operator BrewDog has recruited its first operations director to help it focus more closely on the expansion of its bars.

Mexican restaurant Lupita doubles up with new site in Spitalfields

05-Nov-2012 - Lupita, a Mexican restaurant operated in the UK as part of a partnership with Mexico City-based taquería group El Farolito, has opened its second site in London with a venue in Spitalfields.

Restaurant magazine founder Edwina Lilley passes away

05-Nov-2012 - Edwina Lilley, hospitality entrepreneur and founder of Restaurant magazine, died last month after a short and unexpected illness, aged just 54.

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Hotel chains among winners at the 2012 British Travel Awards

05-Nov-2012 - Premier Inn was named as the Best Leisure Hotel Chain as the winners of the 2012 British Travel Awards were revealed last week.

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