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Ask Italian: Business Profile

16-Jan-2013 - The competition may be fierce and its rivals more fashionable, but Steve Holmes has taken to the tough job of revitalising mainstream chain Ask Italian with gusto.

Business Outlook 2013: What’s next for hospitality?

16-Jan-2013 - Smaller, up-and-coming pub operators will have more opportunities to expand, restaurateurs will begin to divert away from the high street and more hoteliers will begin actively preparing for recovery.

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By royal approval: The Goring hotel receives Royal Warrant from The Queen

16-Jan-2013 - It was where the then Kate Middleton spent her last night as a commoner before becoming The Duchess of Cambridge and it is known as a favourite of the Royal...

Strong Christmas trading for Spirit and Wetherspoon as pubs outperform restaurants over festive period

16-Jan-2013 - Spirit Pub Company and JD Wetherspoon are the latest pub groups to report a very profitable Christmas and New Year as the latest industry sales barometer reveals that pubs outperformed...

Mitch Tonks takes RockFish concept to Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium

16-Jan-2013 - Fishmonger, chef and restaurateur Mitch Tonks is taking his RockFish seafood concept to Plymouth with plans submitted for the opening of a 200-cover restaurant in the building adjacent to the...

How to market your hospitality business better using photo and video

16-Jan-2013 - A picture might tell a thousand words but getting the right photo and video to market your hotel, restaurant, pub or bar is often not as simple as penning some...

Weaker 2013 predicted for London hotel market but Edinburgh bounce back expected

15-Jan-2013 - Hotels in London are expected to face a weaker trading market this year with an Olympics hangover combined with depressed occupancy levels and room rates coming together to temporarily hold...

Four AA Rosettes for 21212

15-Jan-2013 - Restaurant 21212 in Edinburgh is the only restaurant in the UK to be awarded four Rosettes, while 13 establishments have taken three Rosettes in the latest round of inspections by the AA.

Pod director to launch Notting Hill Kitchen with leading Portuguese chef

15-Jan-2013 - Notting Hill Kitchen, a Portuguese and Spanish restaurant which brings together Pod non-executive director James Paget and leading Portuguese chef Luís Baena, is set to open in March on the site of the former...

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World Travel Awards calls for nominations for 2013

15-Jan-2013 - Nominations have opened for the 2013 round of World Travel Awards (WTA) - the 20th anniversary of the awards described as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’ which recognise the best...

Airwave Europe to distribute platform allowing hotel guests to control bedroom using their mobile phone

15-Jan-2013 - Airwave Europe has chosen The Hospitality Show to introduce a mobile platform it will now be distributing in the UK which allows hotel guests to control everything in their bedroom...

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£25m investment to launch two Aberdeen hotels

15-Jan-2013 - Plans have been submitted for two new hotels to be built as part of a £25m investment in Aberdeen's ABZ Business Park near the city's airport.

Pesto reveals plans to open at least ten Pesto in a Pub restaurants in 2013

14-Jan-2013 - Pesto, the Italian restaurant and pub-restaurant chain founded by La Tasca creator Neil Gatt, has announced two key appointments to its board in order to support expansion plans which see...

Convivial Hotels founded, acquires two venues out of administration

14-Jan-2013 - Convivial Hotels, a newly-formed company, has purchased its first two hotels, acquiring the Rossett Hall Hotel near Wrexham and the Charnwood Hotel in Nottinghamshire out of administration.

Hospitality businesses to make new recruitment pledges at second BHA Summit

14-Jan-2013 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has revealed the second Hospitality & Tourism Summit will be held on Tuesday 11 June 2013 and will focus on promoting careers in the industry.

Christmas sales boost for Greene King

14-Jan-2013 - Greene King has posted a record set of results for the Christmas and New Year period, helping the group’s overall like-for-like sales increase by 3.7 per cent for the 36...

Clifton Food Range launches centrifuge for chefs at The Hospitality Show

14-Jan-2013 - In the first part of our week of product news stories featuring products set to launch next week at The Hospitality Show in Birmingham, we introduce readers to the Clifton Foodfuge,...

Former The Ivy executive chef Alan Bird to open restaurant

14-Jan-2013 - Alan Bird, the former executive chef at The Ivy, is to open his own restaurant at Smithfield in London this year.

Hall & Woodhouse reports surge in number of former management operators applying to become pub tenants

11-Jan-2013 - Dorset-based brewer and pub operator Hall & Woodhouse has reported a growth in the number of former managed pub operators who have successfully become tenants with the company.

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Jurys Inn unveils new look for Birmingham city centre hotel

11-Jan-2013 - The 445-bedroom Jurys Inn Birmingham has just completed a 16-month, £4.7m makeover as part of a £25m refurbishment programme across the budget hotel chain’s portfolio.

Life after the pub: 2012 sales figures reveal alternative uses after being sold

11-Jan-2013 - With 18 pubs closing every week across the UK, leisure property specialists Fleurets has released its Alternative Use Report, analysing 2012 sales figures to reveal what happens to these 'community...

The House Collection acquires Newmarket hotel, Paddocks House to open in Spring

11-Jan-2013 - Newly-formed boutique hotel group The House Collection has revealed details of its second property - the former Swynford Paddocks Hotel near Newmarket which is set to be relaunched as Paddocks House...

Restaurants must change attitude to food waste, says SRA

11-Jan-2013 - Restaurants should be serving smaller portion sizes and encouraging diners to take home leftovers in doggy boxes, according to the Sustainable Restaurant Assocation (SRA), which is urging all UK foodservice...

Simply The Guest: reveals best UK hotels as decided by customer reviews

11-Jan-2013 - has revealed the winners of its inaugural Simply The Guest awards - an annual event which will recognise the best UK hotels in a number of categories as decided by...

Bespoke Hotels acquires Sheffield Park Inn

11-Jan-2013 - Hotel management company Bespoke Hotels has taken over the ownership the Sheffield Park Inn which will now undergo a two-year renovation and has been rebranded as the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel. ...