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Premiumisation key to boosting tea sales in coffee shops

16-Dec-2014 - Premium tea brands are crucial to tap into the growth potential for out-of-home tea sales, according to a report by Allegra World Coffee Portal.

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Ken Hom becomes GREAT Britain ambassador

16-Dec-2014 - Celebrity chef Ken Hom has become an ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign, promoting the country around the world for increased business and tourism.

Japanese restaurant Murakami to launch in January

16-Dec-2014 - Japanese restaurant Murakami will open on St Martin’s Lane on 5 January 2015.

Twr y Felin luxury hotel to open in Wales

16-Dec-2014 - The Retreats Group will open boutique hotel Twr y Felin in the UK’s smallest city, St David’s in Wales, in the summer of 2015.

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Development Chef Awards 2015 open for entries

15-Dec-2014 - Restaurant magazine is seeking entries from the UK's top multi-site chefs for its Farm Frites Development Chef Awards 2015.

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Charity campaign asks chefs for selfies

15-Dec-2014 - Maggi Real Chefs has launched a Christmas selfie campaign in partnership with Hospitality Action to raise money for charity.

Japanese-Peruvian concept Amaru to open in London

15-Dec-2014 - All-day Japanese and Peruvian restaurant and takeaway Amaru will open in London’s St Katharine Docks on 5 January 2015.

Travelodge completes £57m modernisation programme

15-Dec-2014 - Travelodge has completed its £57m nationwide hotel modernisation programme started in March 2013. 

Marriott to open second Residence Inn in Scotland

15-Dec-2014 - Marriott International has signed a deal to open its second Residence Inn hotel in Scotland at the Marischal Square development in Aberdeen.

Zinnia to open on Fulham Road this week

15-Dec-2014 - Elysium Group has released further details for its first London venue Zinnia, which will open in Chelsea on Thursday.

2% alcohol duty cut could give budget £1.5bn boost

15-Dec-2014 - A 2 per cent alcohol duty cut could boost public finances by £1.5bn in 2015, according to an Ernst & Young report launched alongside the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s...

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Grind & Co plans expansion

15-Dec-2014 - London-based craft coffee house and cocktail concept Grind & Co is planning to open two further London sites in the first half of 2015.

Allergen regulation: Time’s up

12-Dec-2014 - The much-anticipated EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation came into force on 13 December. BigHospitality looks at what is changing, and the impact of the new law on the industry.

Carousel announces 2015 guest chef series

12-Dec-2014 - Marylebone restaurant Carousel has announced the chefs participating in its guest chef series ‘Carousel presents...’ for the first quarter of 2015.

New website aims to solve hotel overbooking issue

12-Dec-2014 - Hotel-overbooking.com acts as a bidding platform between hotels with too many guests and hotels with empty rooms, aiming to save operators time when relocating customers.

CAU secures first central London site and plans to open more

12-Dec-2014 - Argentinian steakhouse concept CAU will open its first central London site in St Katharine Docks next year and intends to expand its presence in the capital.

BDO: Smokehouses and pop-ups to thrive in 2015

12-Dec-2014 - A boom in crowd-funding and the increasing popularity of smokehouses and pop-ups are among the predictions for 2015 from advisory firm BDO.

Pushy waiters deter diners from leaving tips

12-Dec-2014 - Over-attentive waiting staff has been named as the most irritating practice in British restaurants in a survey commissioned by restaurant critic Barry Verber.

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Even Frydenberg on Aloft and mid-scale hotels’ need for change

12-Dec-2014 - Even Frydenberg is senior vice president of operations for Western Europe and global initiatives at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He talks to BigHospitality about the Aloft brand and how mid-scale...

Barry Hilton launches Ceru pop-up restaurant

11-Dec-2014 - Restaurateur Barry Hilton launched Eastern Mediterranean street food restaurant Ceru in Fitzrovia at the beginning of December. 

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International visitor spend drops 3%

11-Dec-2014 - Overseas residents spent £6.3bn during their visits to the UK from August to October – a 3 per cent year-on-year drop despite growth in the number of visits.

The Queensbury Kitchen opens in west London

11-Dec-2014 - All-day bar and grill The Queensbury Kitchen opened in the Willesden area of London on 10 December.

Restaurant and pub sales up 3.4% in November

11-Dec-2014 - Pub and restaurant groups enjoyed a 3.4 per cent increase in like-for-like sales in November compared to the same month last year, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Hilton Garden Inn opens at Heathrow

11-Dec-2014 - Hilton has opened new mid-market hotel the Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport this month.

Whitbread MD Patrick Dempsey steps down

11-Dec-2014 - Managing director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants (WHR) Patrick Dempsey  will leave the company on 28 February 2015, ten years after joining.