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Turners introduce pre-paid ticketing to make Michelin dining more accessible

09-Apr-2015 - A Michelin starred restaurant is offering guests who book through a pre-paid ticketing service up to 20 per cent off in an attempt to reduce no-shows and make Michelin level...

Simon Rimmer and Richard Johnson bring street food to The Grand National

08-Apr-2015 - Street food traders will be bringing sushi wraps, ‘untraditional’ fish and chips, and gourmet waffles to race-goers at the Crabbie’s Grand National this week (9-11 April).

Pret A Manger trials evening service

08-Apr-2015 - Pret A Manger is trialling an evening service at its branch on The Strand following requests from customers for an early evening menu. 

UK hotel investment up 47 per cent year-on-year

08-Apr-2015 - Investment in the UK hotel market reached £1.89bn in the first quarter of 2015, up 47 per cent year-on-year, property expert Savills has reported. 

New business-focused diploma tackling chef skills shortage

08-Apr-2015 - Tante Marie Culinary Academy has launched the UK's first business focused culinary qualification to tackle the shortage of skilled chefs in the industry.

Simon Hulstone takes over tea rooms in Torquay

08-Apr-2015 - Simon Hulstone, chef-owner of Michelin-starred Torquay restaurant The Elephant, has taken over Burridge's Cafe Tearooms in the seaside town. 

Benugo to open wine bar and café at London Coliseum

08-Apr-2015 - Benugo is planning to open a wine bar and café at the London Coliseum as part of a £1.2m renovation of the building's foyer. 

VisitEngland reveals finalists of 2015 Awards for Excellence

08-Apr-2015 - VisitEngland has revealed the list of finalists for the 2015 Awards for Excellence. 

Value conscious consumers shunning independent outlets in favour of chains

08-Apr-2015 - Diners are shunning independent restaurants in favour of better perceived value and quality of food at larger casual dining chains, according to new research by NPD Group.

Restaurant start-up project The Kitchens to launch at Manchester's Spinningfields

07-Apr-2015 - New restaurant start-up venture The Kitchens will launch at Spinningfields in Manchester next month, giving six new food and drink entrepreneurs the chance to test their concepts out on the...

Burger & Lobster turns to technology to manage customer journey at Cardiff

07-Apr-2015 - Burger & Lobster has installed guest management technology at its Cardiff restaurant to allow it to better manage its reservations and give customers more accurate wait times. 

Valentina Fine Foods to open flagship site at Tower Bridge

07-Apr-2015 - Valentina Fine Foods has confirmed it will open its eighth restaurant and delicatessen at Tower Bridge next month. 

Beyond maple syrup: Why more Canadian food could be making it onto UK menus

07-Apr-2015 - While their American cousins have enjoyed a broadening popularity on UK menus , Canada’s cuisine has remained largely off the mainstream radar.

Hospitality named one of the most sociable industries to work in

07-Apr-2015 - The hospitality industry has been named as one of the most sociable industries to work in with almost half (49 per cent) of those surveyed saying they see colleagues socially...

Business Profile: The Seafood Pub Company

07-Apr-2015 - The Seafood Pub Company is on track to grow to 20 sites in the coming years. Founder Joycelyn Neve talks about how she is making waves with her fish-led group.

Travelodge opens second Wembley hotel

07-Apr-2015 - Travelodge has opened a second hotel in Wembley as part of a £90m redevelopment of Wembley Central train station. 

Center Parcs UK plans opening of first park in Ireland

02-Apr-2015 - Center Parcs UK has announced plans to open its first holiday village in Ireland after signing an option agreement with state forestry company Coillte. 

Jam Tree group to launch dim sum and cocktail bar Fu Manchu

02-Apr-2015 - Gastropub group The Jam Tree is opening a late night dim sum and cocktail bar which takes inspiration from Sax Rohmer's Chinese master criminal Fu Manchu.

Jason Atherton to open three new London sites and update Pollen Street Social

02-Apr-2015 - Jason Atherton is set to shake up the London restaurant scene with three new venues in the coming years as well as an overhaul of his flagship dining room Pollen...

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Costa to trial coffee and kip service

01-Apr-2015 - Costa is trialling a new service in its coffee shops which offers customers the chance to have an afternoon nap before drinking their coffee. 

Modern Greece: New wave of Greek restaurants casting aside ‘dated perceptions’

01-Apr-2015 - Over the last year it seems that we have reported on the arrival of more Greek restaurants in the UK than any other type.

More autonomy for restaurant GMs helps Ping Pong sales rise 10%

01-Apr-2015 - Giving more autonomy to the general managers of its eight restaurants and investing in staff training helped make 2014 a ‘transformational’ year for dim sum restaurant chain Ping Pong, according...

Pizza Express to recruit 2,500 people and boost apprenticeship scheme

31-Mar-2015 - Pizza Express has announced plans to recruit 2,500 staff over the next five years and expand its apprenticeship scheme to ensure there is at least one apprentice in each of...

Hotelier turns to crowdfunding to raise refurbishment funds

31-Mar-2015 - The owner of Glen Rothay hotel in the Lake District has turned to crowdfunding to help raise funds for bedroom refurbishments and a restaurant re-launch. 

Grains-based café 26 Grains to open in Covent Garden

31-Mar-2015 - Alex Hely-Hutchinson, the founder of grains-based food venture 26 Grains, is to open a permanent café at Neal's Yard in Covent Garden after running a number of pop-up venues. ...