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DoubleTree by Hilton opens Marble Arch hotel, seventh London property

29-Oct-2012 - Upscale hotel brand DoubleTree by Hilton has announced it has opened its seventh London property with the launch of the DoubleTree by Hilton London – Marble Arch.

Nando’s swings to profit as chicken restaurant craze shows no sign of abating

29-Oct-2012 - Nando’s, the fast-casual Portuguese chicken restaurant chain, made a £14.7m pre-tax profit in the year to 26 February 2012, marking a strong turnaround from a loss of £7.1m the previous year and bolstering the group’s reported plans to open up to another 100 sites in the UK.

Are we moving forward? Hospitality business confidence falls but it's not all doom and gloom

29-Oct-2012 - Almost half of hospitality and leisure companies in the UK will not reach profit targets this quarter with an increasing number of business owners feeling pessimistic in outlook due to the lack of any bounce in spending during the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics.

Barony Castle set to re-open as Mercure property following sale by De Vere Group

29-Oct-2012 - Barony Castle near Edinburgh will later this month be re-opened as the Mercure Eddleston Barony Castle Hotel and Spa following the sale of the property to Prestige Hotel Management.

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Indian Hotels plans to operate Orient-Express as separate company if takeover succeeds

29-Oct-2012 - Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces owner Indian Hotels has written again to Orient-Express Hotels, reiterating its desire to takeover the Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons owner and revealing it would operate the business as a separate company if successful. 

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BHA workshop to help hospitality industry better campaign for VAT reduction

29-Oct-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) will be giving its restaurant, hotel and pub members some tips on how they can join the campaign to reduce VAT to 5 per cent for the hospitality sector at a special workshop next week. 

Facewatch joins forces with Crimestoppers and ACPO to better tackle crime

29-Oct-2012 - Facewatch, the crime prevention scheme set up by Gordon's Wine Bar managing director Simon Gordon, has formed a partnership with charity Crimestoppers and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to better tackle crime.

Joseph Holt acquires two Greater Manchester pubs

29-Oct-2012 - Manchester brewer Joseph Holt has announced it has acquired two Greater Manchester pubs within the last three months as its plans to expand its estate in the North West continue.

Locatel acquires Docomo and partners with Hoist to improve hotel technology services

26-Oct-2012 - Hotel multi-media supplier Locatel has acquired technology company Docomo Intertouch Europe following a partnership deal with Hoist, which it says will allow it to offer a greater number of services to its customers. 

Heathrow Terminal 5 restaurant operators join together for pop-up dining concept

26-Oct-2012 - Heathrow Airport has brought together a number of its restaurant operators, including Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food and Giraffe, to design a bespoke menu for a pop-up dining area which may become a permanent feature as the airport continues to update its F&B offer.

St John Chinatown hotel and restaurant placed into administration

26-Oct-2012 - St John Chinatown Limited, the company which operates the St John hotel, restaurant and bar in Leicester Street, London, has entered administration, it has been confirmed.

Admiralty Arch to become luxury hotel complete with public restaurant and bar areas

26-Oct-2012 - Historic London landmark Admiralty Arch is set to be transformed into a luxury hotel with public restaurant and bar areas after the Government announced it had leased the building out to property developers Prime Investors Capital Limited (PIC).

Daniel Clifford on Midsummer House, The Cube and why he's going back to Great British Menu

25-Oct-2012 - Daniel Clifford, chef-patron of the two Michelin-starred Midsummer House is to return to our TV screens next year for the next series of Great British Menu.

Jersey Pottery to open fourth restaurant Banjo in former Gentlemen's Club

25-Oct-2012 - Jersey's family-run restaurant and catering business Jersey Pottery has confirmed plans to open its fourth restaurant on the island this year following the £4m conversion of a former Gentlemen's Club in St Helier. 

Browns launches £150k apprenticeship scheme

25-Oct-2012 - Mitchells & Butlers restaurant brand Browns has invested £150k in launching an apprenticeship scheme in a bid to help address the staff shortage across the sector and better develop its staff for the future. 

Food Roots plans network of educational, protected-product restaurants following In Parma launch

25-Oct-2012 - Christian Pero, the founder of Food Roots, has revealed he plans to open a group of cuisine-specific, 'educational' restaurants in London following the successful launch of In Parma which showcases protected origin products. 

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Cargo owner takes over Duke's Bar in City of London

25-Oct-2012 - Cargo owner Shoreditch Bars Group is to take over the former Duke's Bar in the City of London with plans to turn into a cocktail bar and gourmet pizza restaurant. 

Cozy Pubs expands hunt for new sites beyond Essex

25-Oct-2012 - Cozy Pub Company has announced it achieved record sales growth in the third quarter of the year and revealed it is looking for new sites sites in locations beyond its Essex base to achieve its expansion plans.

Brazilian steakhouse chain Viva Brazil plans expansion to eight restaurants by 2015

25-Oct-2012 - Viva Brazil, the Brazilian steakhouse restaurant chain founded in Liverpool in 2010, is preparing to open its third venue in Cardiff as part of expansion plans that see it operating eight sites by 2015.

Punch Taverns reveals restructuring talks as profits drop

24-Oct-2012 - Punch Taverns has announced a drop in its pre-tax profits for the last year and revealed it has begun discussions about possible restructuring options for the business.

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Wear Inns acquires two pubs from Orchid

24-Oct-2012 - Wear Inns, the Northern managed community pub operator, has continued its rapid expansion strategy with the acquisition of two sites from Orchid Pub Group.

UK hotels report no evidence of post-Olympics hangover in September

24-Oct-2012 - Despite fears of a post-Games slump, latest performance figures indicate UK hotels are adjusting to life after the Olympics and did not experience any significant downturn in revenue per available room (RevPAR) last month.

Tom Aikens Restaurant Group to open Tom's Kitchen at Canary Wharf

24-Oct-2012 - Tom Aikens Restaurant Group has announced plans to open a third Tom's Kitchen, Deli and Bar in Canary Wharf next year as part of major expansion plans for the brand. 

Daniel Clifford: "I still have a love affair with Midsummer House"

24-Oct-2012 - Michelin-starred chef Daniel Clifford says he would prefer to support his chefs in opening their own restaurants rather than launch another business under his name because he would not want his two Michelin-starred restaurant Midsummer House to suffer.

Beer tax escalator to be debated and voted on by MPs on 1 November

24-Oct-2012 - The controversial beer tax escalator is to receive a Parliamentary debate on 1 November after a House of Commons committee agreed to let MPs discuss and vote on a motion calling for a review of the policy.

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