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Ex-Noma chef Tom Sellers to open own restaurant, Story

08-Jan-2013 - Tom Sellers, the 25-year-old British chef who has racked up experience working with Tom Aikens, Thomas Keller and Rene Redzepi, is set to open his first restaurant on London's Tooley...

Punch Taverns presses on with pub disposals, 65 venues up for sale

08-Jan-2013 - Punch Taverns is continuing with its pub disposal programme after putting 65 sites across the country up for sale through specialist property agent Christie & Co. 

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Orient-Express Hotels launches associate support programme for luxury hotels

08-Jan-2013 - Orient-Express Hotels, the operator of the hotel attached to Raymond Blanc's Michelin-star restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, has launched an invitation-only associate member programme which offers support to luxury hotels.

Pressure mounts as Bocuse d'Or 2013 final moves closer

08-Jan-2013 - Pressure is mounting on the UK's Bocuse d'Or candidate Adam Bennett to lead the country to success as the date approaches for the final of the international competition. 

Travelodge appoints new chairman ahead of 'significant' room refurb programme

08-Jan-2013 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has unveiled former Hilton Group deputy chief executive Brian Wallace as its new chairman ahead of a busy period for the company which is planning a...

Foodservice consumer confidence and eating out spend expected to rise in 2013

08-Jan-2013 - Restaurant operators have become 'resigned' to the economic downturn and are focusing on survival rather than growth but 2013 could be the year that changes, according to foodservice consultancy Horizons.

Joule's Brewery to open more pubs following £1m investment

08-Jan-2013 - Joule's Brewery is planning to open a further six pubs this year and expand the brewery it re-opened in 2010 after receiving a funding boost of £1m from the Co-operative...

De Vere to open fish restaurant at revamped The Grand, Brighton

07-Jan-2013 - De Vere has unveiled plans to open a fish restaurant within The Grand Hotel in Brighton that will only serve fish and seafood caught from within a seven mile radius...

Hospitality businesses asked to share their food waste strategies for SRA Awards

07-Jan-2013 - Unilever Food Service (UFS) is encouraging all hospitality businesses to share their food waste strategies for the chance to become a 'sustainable champion' by entering the Sustainable Restaurant Association's (SRA)...

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How to turn emails into return visits

07-Jan-2013 - Matt McNeill, chief executive of email and mobile marketing platform Sign-Up.to, gives his top tips on how best to use email marketing to build repeat business at your restaurant, hotel...

St Ermin's hotel named small employer of the year by HOSPA

07-Jan-2013 - HOSPA, the organisation representing finance, revenue management and IT professionals in the hospitality industry, has revealed the winners of its annual awards with the St Ermin's hotel scooping SME Employer...

Hospitality Openings: November/December 2012

04-Jan-2013 - As 2012 drew to a close, some of the year's big trends - street food, chicken restaurants and food-led pubs - continued to dominate hospitality openings. In our latest photo...

Christmas trading results highlight importance of early planning and value for money

04-Jan-2013 - Restaurants and pubs across the UK have generally reported strong sales over the Christmas and New Year period, with the majority admitting that any festive successes were down to early...

The Hospitality Show 2013 preview

04-Jan-2013 - The hospitality industry’s 2013 events calendar kicks off with one of the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality exhibitions later this month as over 350 exhibitors descend upon the NEC Birmingham...

Embrace events: Hospitality operators give their 2013 event catering predictions

04-Jan-2013 - Following a year littered with event catering opportunities - from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to the London 2012 Olympic Games - 2013 can be as successful, if not more so, for...

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Annual Awards of Excellence 2013 open for entries

04-Jan-2013 - The Academy of Culinary Arts is now accepting entries for the 2013 Annual Awards of Excellence, which recognise and encourage the most talented and up-and-coming young chefs, pastry chefs and waiters.

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£2m extension to De Vere Venues hotel at Ricoh Arena nears completion

04-Jan-2013 - An extension to the De Vere Venues hotel at Coventry's Ricoh Arena, which will see an extra 41 bedrooms added to the property, is nearing completion with the venue due...

'Business as usual' for Admiral Taverns following acquisition by private investment firm

04-Jan-2013 - Admiral Taverns has been acquired from Lloyds Banking Group by an affiliate of private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management with the new owners keen to maintain the positive momentum of the...

Harrison’s restaurant closes for extensive refurb

04-Jan-2013 - Harrison’s restaurant in Balham has closed for a month to undergo a major refurbishment with the conversion of the basement area into a New York-style cocktail bar, a general refreshment...

St John Chinatown hotel and restaurant sold, administrators confirm

03-Jan-2013 - Unlisted Collection, the boutique hotel company behind the Town Hall Hotel and Nuno Mendes' Michelin-starred restaurant Viajante, has bought the St John Chinatown hotel and restaurant from administration, it has been...

'Hard work' pays off at Macdonald Hotels as 2012 profit rises to £1.9m

03-Jan-2013 - Business improved substantially for Macdonald Hotels last year with profit after tax reaching £1.9m for the year ending 29 March 2012, compared to a loss of £5.6m for the previous year. 

D&D London reveals details of restaurant concepts to launch in Trinity Leeds

03-Jan-2013 - D&D London has announced it will open Crafthouse and Angelica, its first restaurants and bars outside the capital, in the Trinity Leeds shopping centre on 21 March.

Paul Ainsworth: Career Profile

03-Jan-2013 - Paul Ainsworth recently picked up his first Michelin star at Number 6 in Padstow. Having worked under the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Marcus Wareing, the chef has...

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January sales: Cabana swaps discount vouchers for 2-for-1 deal

03-Jan-2013 - Jamie Barber's Brazilian barbecue restaurant Cabana is calling a strike on discount vouchers this January, offering diners two skewers for the price of one if they hand over discount vouchers...

Birchover Hotel Apartments eyes UK expansion under new owners

03-Jan-2013 - Birchover Hotel Apartments in the East Midlands has been acquired by the management team of Carl and Lisa Bridge as the couple hope to create the first national hotel apartment...