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The Oxo Tower Brasserie and Tex Mex food top 2014 dining trends

14-Aug-2014 - Restaurant booking website Bookatable has released its Quarterly Dining Trends report on dining trends in Britain over the last year, which shows the most popular restaurant booked through the site...

Rock and Sole Plaice set to expand

14-Aug-2014 - Covent Garden’s Rock and Sole Plaice fish and chip shop, which claims to be London’s oldest, is set to expand and aims to open four new casual dining sites in...

Chaophraya owner reiterates London expansion focus

14-Aug-2014 - Thai Leisure Group (TLG), which operates the Chaophraya and Thaikhun brands, has reiterated plans to launch in London after a successful year of growth, with like-for-like sales up 9 per...

Pensions Regulator warns hospitality industry to act

13-Aug-2014 - The Pensions Regulator is urging hotels and restaurants to act now to ready themselves for automatic enrolment, following the publication of the regulator’s first quarterly compliance bulletin.

The Indian Platform opens second site in Scotland

13-Aug-2014 - The first Indian Platform restaurant opened four months ago in Glasgow’s West End, now the second site has opened in Newton Mearns, with the founders planning to expand the chain...

Investors back on UK hotel market

13-Aug-2014 - Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the UK hotel sector were up 65 per cent in the first half of 2014 compared to the previous six months, which bodes well for...

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Entries open for Young Highland Chef 2014

13-Aug-2014 - This year’s Young Highland Chef competition has opened, with cooks aged between 18 and 30 from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands being invited to enter by 31 August. 

3 reasons why restaurants should consider takeaway

12-Aug-2014 - As Just Eat just posted a 58 per cent increase in revenue for the first half of 2014, BigHospitality looks at reasons why traditionally dine-in venues should consider offering order...

Scotland’s first luxury ‘boatique’ hotel to open

12-Aug-2014 - The Royal Yacht Britannia has acquired heritage vessel MV Windsor Castle, and intends to convert the ship into a luxury hotel. 

VisitEngland’s star rating to appear on TripAdvisor

12-Aug-2014 - VisitEngland’s official star ratings will now be displayed on TripAdvisor’s property pages for participating hotels in England.

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Two new restaurants for John Lewis flagship store

12-Aug-2014 - Italian burger restaurant Ham Holy Burger and its sister company Neapolitan pizza restaurant Rossopomodoro have opened at John Lewis in London’s Oxford Street. 

Ask the experts

What to consider when choosing a hotel brand

11-Aug-2014 - There are many things to consider when deciding which hotel brand to work with, from increased distribution to contract duration. Here Hugh Taylor of hotel management consultancy Michels & Taylor ...

US investment firm buys 11 QMH hotels

11-Aug-2014 - Eleven QMH hotels operating under the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Best Western PLUS brands have been acquired by US investment firm Marathon Asset Management for an undisclosed sum.

Chilango extends Burrito Bond deadline

11-Aug-2014 - Chilango, the Mexican restaurant group, has extended its burrito bond fundraising initiative to midnight 26 August after it raised over £250k last week.

60-Second Skill with Nigel Haworth: finely chopped onion

08-Aug-2014 - Being able to chop finely is an essential skill if you want to make sauces or stocks with an onion base. Here Nigel Haworth, chef patron of the Michelin-starred Northcote...

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Andy Mackenzie on the Exclusive Chefs' Academy and the challenge of staff retention

07-Aug-2014 - Exclusive Hotels and Venues recently launched its Chefs' Academy , which offers aspiring junior chefs a two-year programme of intensive training to pave the way for a successful career in the...

Restaurant Associates appoints new managing director

07-Aug-2014 - Restaurant Associates, the restaurant management division of Compass Group, has appointed a new managing director to replace outgoing boss Andy Harris.

UK Group of Hotels placed into administration

07-Aug-2014 - UK Group of Hotels, The Hotel Collection’s parent company, has been placed into administration to restructure its banking facilities.

Five tips to cut the cost of regulatory compliance

07-Aug-2014 - The Forum for Private Business has published advice which could help small- and medium-sized hospitality businesses cut the cost of complying with regulatory changes.

Chatime to have at least 10 sites by year’s end

06-Aug-2014 - Bubble tea shop Chatime is currently franchising at a rapid rate. The brand has just opened its sixth site in Nottingham and its seventh will open in London by the...

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Café Rouge launches grab-and-go format at Victoria Place

06-Aug-2014 - Café Rouge has launched an experimental new format at its latest site in Victoria Place, with a focus on food-to-go to tempt commuters and shoppers.

Jamie’s Italian FY turnover passes £100m

06-Aug-2014 - Turnover for Jamie’s Italian passed the £100m milestone in the year to 5 January, although EBITDA fell 9% to £11.9m as the management invested in infrastructure for International expansion, as...

Manchester Corn Exchange to become dining hub

06-Aug-2014 - Aviva Investors Property Trust has announced plans with Queensberry Real Estate to renovate Machester’s Corn Exchange and turn it into a large independent dining facility.

Ask the Experts

How to serve great beer

06-Aug-2014 - Whether a hotel, restaurant or pub, the quality of beer served can have an impact on customer satisfaction, profits, sales and waste. Here, Steve Lakin of drinks dispense service Innserve gives...

Slow-cooked meat concept Pull’d comes to the City

05-Aug-2014 - A new pulled meat food-to-go concept, Pull’d, will be opening in the City of London at the end of September.