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Pizza Express launches gluten-free range and refreshes children's menu

30-Apr-2013 - Italian restaurant chain Pizza Express is to offer customers gluten-free pizzas and beer for the first time. 

Culture Secretary outlines strategy to grow UK tourism by 29%

30-Apr-2013 - Culture Secretary Maria Miller has outlined a strategy to help grow tourism to the UK by 29 per cent over the next seven years.

Sustainable Restaurant Association launches global rating scheme

30-Apr-2013 - The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has announced the launch of a global rating scheme for restaurants following the unveiling of The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2013.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants: El Celler de Can Roca takes 2013 title

29-Apr-2013 - El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, has been named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine in its World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 list, snatching top...

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013: 1-50

29-Apr-2013 - The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 have been revealed and Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca has taken the top spot from Noma, meanwhile Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck has dropped...

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013: 51-100

29-Apr-2013 - While El Celler de Can Roca stole the headlines in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013, there were a number of interesting changes in the 51-100 part of the list including...

BIS admits misinterpretation of BII data in statutory code consultation

29-Apr-2013 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) have issued a joint statement clarifying 'a misinterpretation of BII data' after a Government paper claimed the...

Richoux targets five new restaurants in 2013

29-Apr-2013 - Announcing its financial results, Richoux Group has confirmed it has completed the restructure of its property portfolio and revealed it is now planning to open five new restaurants this year....

Pub beer sales fall by 50 million pints in Q1

29-Apr-2013 - The long winter has seemingly taken its toll on UK pubs with beer sales dropping by almost 50 million pints in the first quarter of 2012 and pub trade down 5.5 per cent.

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Café Spice Namaste named on Footprint Awards 2013 shortlist

29-Apr-2013 - The shortlist for the 2013 Footprint Awards has been revealed with Café Spice Namaste, Spirit Pub Company and Brakes named among the most sustainable hospitality businesses. 

Roux Scholar Adam Smith to head up The Devonshire Arms

29-Apr-2013 - Last year’s winner of the prestigious Roux Scholarship, Adam Smith, has been appointed as head chef of the Burlington restaurant at The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel in North Yorkshire....

Renaissance Pubs: 10 years and counting

29-Apr-2013 - Renaissance Pubs, the South London pub company set up by friends Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox will be 10 years old next month. BigHospitality met its founders to...

Snoozebox ‘disappointed’ by £4.4m loss

29-Apr-2013 - Snoozebox, the transportable modular accommodation concept, has reported a loss of £4.4m for 2012, with revenues also lower than expected at £3.8m.

Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay make Jurys Inn's most rewarding bosses list

29-Apr-2013 - Chefs and restaurateurs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay have appeared in a list of people deemed to be the most rewarding bosses in a poll by hotel group Jurys Inn...

Post-Olympic summer slump predicted for London hoteliers

29-Apr-2013 - London hotels should prepare themselves for a less busy than expected summer period despite the long-predicted boost from last year's Olympic Games, according to a new report.

Cycling café concept to be rolled out to 10 sites in five years

29-Apr-2013 - Velo, a new cycling café concept, is set to launch its first site in Brighton ahead of a planned nationwide roll-out which will see it open in at least ten locations...

Coffee Real launches Born Free espresso blend for foodservice customers

29-Apr-2013 - Coffee Real, the independent speciality coffee roastery based in West Sussex, has launched a new espresso blend for its foodservice customers which is helping to raise funds for the Born Free Foundation.  ...

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013: Will it be a fourth win for Noma?

26-Apr-2013 - The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, is taking place on Monday (29 April) and speculation is beginning to mount – will Danish restaurant Noma be...

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Pizza Express extends Leggera range with superfood salad

26-Apr-2013 - Pizza Express has extended its low-calorie Leggera range by adding a superfood salad and a raspberry sorbet to its menu. 

Dietary requirements: Catering for the health-conscious diner

26-Apr-2013 - Should restaurants be making more of an effort to make menus healthier and more nutritious? In the fourth and final part of our Dietary Requirements feature we look at what...

Under fire: UK ethnic restaurants are 'losing diners' to supermarkets

25-Apr-2013 - Restaurant operators have backed the findings of a new study which has claimed the UK's ethnic restaurants need to 'wake up' to the fact they are losing diners to supermarkets.

John Wood gets on-board with Dormy House re-opening

25-Apr-2013 - Michelin-starred chef John Wood has been appointed as food and beverage consultant at Dormy House ahead of the Cotswolds-based hotel’s re-opening in September, following a £10m refurbishment. 

FreeFrom Food Awards raise awareness of dietary requirements

25-Apr-2013 - In the same month as our Dietary Requirements special feature, the 2013 FreeFrom Food Awards were held in London last week, celebrating excellence in allergy and intolerance-friendly food and drink...

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Fat Cat Café Bars calls in the administrators

25-Apr-2013 - Fat Cat Café Bars, which operates 10 bars and gastropubs, has been placed into administration and a property agent has already been instructed to find buyers for six of the chain's sites....

BHA hits back at ‘British workers in British hotels’ comment

25-Apr-2013 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has condemned comments made earlier this week by senior Labour MP Chris Bryant that ‘it would be nice if British hotels had British receptionists’.