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National Waiters' Day: Fred Sirieix urges hospitality industry to celebrate waiting staff

28-Nov-2012 - Fred Sirieix, restaurant service expert and general manager of Galvin at Windows, is calling on the entire hospitality industry to back his latest initiative - National Waiters' Day - to...

MasterChef winner Tim Anderson to open southern Japanese restaurant Nanban London

28-Nov-2012 - Tim Anderson, the 2011 winner of MasterChef, is hoping to open his first restaurant - Nanban London - next year, specialising in authentic southern Japanese food mostly from Kyushu island.

Pub industry responds to Government's alcohol strategy consultation

28-Nov-2012 - Trade bodies representing the pub sector have given their views on the Government's alcohol strategy consultation, putting forward a positive response to plans to cut red tape for the licensed...

Argument for minimum alcohol pricing is 'flawed' says trade association

28-Nov-2012 - The model used by the Government as its basis for introducing a minimum price for alcohol is 'fatally flawed' the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said following the...

Luxury Knightsbridge hotel The Wellesley set to open in December

28-Nov-2012 - The Wellesley, a luxury 1920s-inspired townhouse hotel in Knightsbridge, is set to open on 14 December with Bespoke Hotels taking on the operation of the property on a 'white label basis'.

Bill's to open Horsham and Guildford restaurants before Christmas

27-Nov-2012 - The Richard Caring-backed restaurant group Bill's has confirmed it will open two more restaurants - in Horsham and Guildford - by Christmas.

All-day British restaurant launched in Mayfair by beauty entrepreneur and East Dulwich Deli founder

27-Nov-2012 - The GrEAT British restaurant, an all-day, informal dining bistro specialising in British classics, has launched in Mayfair.

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Jamie Oliver takes Jamie's Italian to Russia

27-Nov-2012 - Jamie Oliver has announced he is to take his expanding Jamie's Italian restaurant group to Russia with the opening of two restaurants in the country to be operated by Ginza Project....

Hilton Worldwide opens fifth UK Hampton by Hilton hotel in 2012

27-Nov-2012 - Hilton Worldwide has today opened a Hampton by Hilton property in Luton taking its number of UK openings under the company's value brand to five this year with up to...

Food sales drive 2% growth for Mitchells and Butlers

27-Nov-2012 - Sales across the Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) estate went up 2.1 per cent last year, a period during which the pub and restaurant operator initiated 'significant cultural change' by focusing on...

The Belfry appoints new managing director to oversee £30m refurb

26-Nov-2012 - The Belfry has appointed former City Inn operations director Lynn Hood its managing director to help oversee a £30m refurbishment of the famous golf resort, hotel and conferencing facility. 

Nina Basset reveals success of 10 in 8 does not rely solely on Michelin stars

26-Nov-2012 - Nina Basset, managing director of the 10 in 8 business founded by Michelin-star chef Alan Murchison, has revealed details of the two forthcoming restaurant projects for the group which she...

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How to sell more desserts

26-Nov-2012 - Sarah Frankland, head patissier at William Curley and winner of the 2012 inaugural Mövenpick Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year competition, shares her top tips on how to sell more desserts at...

Restaurants and pubs express caution as average spend per visit rises

26-Nov-2012 - Hospitality operators have given a lukewarm welcome to the news that the average spend per visit to restaurants and pubs has risen by warning that the total number of visits...

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Poncho 8 secures funding for expansion

26-Nov-2012 - Emerging Mexican restaurant chain Poncho 8 has secured funding from a small consortium of private investors in a bid to help it operate up to 20 new stores by the...

Pizza Express is favoured restaurant brand of 18 to 24-year-olds

26-Nov-2012 - Pizza Express has emerged as the favourite restaurant chain of 18 to 24-year-olds, beating Nando's, Wagamama, GBK and Prezzo as the youth market's top choice when eating out. 

De Vere Venues: Hotel operators to see upturn in corporate events market in 2013

23-Nov-2012 - Tony Dangerfield, the chief executive of De Vere Venues, has said he expects a positive change next year in the economy to lead to growth of the corporate events and...

Winners of HOSPA scholarships announced at HOSPACE 2012

23-Nov-2012 - HOSPA, the education organisation for hospitality professionals, revealed the winners of its Career Investment Development Scholarships during the HOSPACE 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition held yesterday at the Sofitel Hotel...

Fuller's shrugs off bad weather, new acquisitions see profits rise

23-Nov-2012 - London-based brewer and pub operator Fuller’s has delivered what it calls ‘a strong set of half-year results’ with both revenue and EBITDA up 8 per cent to £137.9m and £26.9m...

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BII teams up with Manchester Met uni to enhance hospitality degrees

23-Nov-2012 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has partnered with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to provide students with a range of BIIAB which will boost their employment credentials in the hospitality...

Hospitality employers urged to bid for slice of £150m Employer Ownership Fund

23-Nov-2012 - Hospitality skills organisation People 1st is urging industry employers across the country to make use of a new £150m Government fund which offers financial support to develop and deliver their...

Retaining staff is key for 2013 success, claims hotelier

23-Nov-2012 - Andrew Stembridge, managing director of Chewton Glen and Cliveden House hotels and chairman of the Master Innholders, is urging fellow hoteliers to continue to retain and invest in their staff,...

Robert Cook: Pearls of Wisdom

23-Nov-2012 - Robert Cook, chief executive of De Vere Village Urban Resorts and now De Vere Hotels, is the son of a hotelier and was born into the hospitality industry. A restaurant...

Custom-made pizza specialist GO Food targets London for expansion

23-Nov-2012 - GO Food, the custom-made pizza concept created by Tim Entwistle and James Hoole, will focus on expanding further across London next year after experiencing a positive response to its Spitalfields...

The Midday dip: Breakfast and early evening meals take bite out of lunchtime spend

22-Nov-2012 - Out-of-home visits for lunch and afternoon snacks have dropped by six per cent over the past two years as breakfast and early evening meals are proving more popular, up by...