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Interstate Hotels & Resorts to grow UK presence with Sanguine Hospitality acquisition

04-Mar-2013 - US hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts is aiming to grow its UK portfolio to 100 over the next five years following its acquisition of hotel development company Sanguine Hospitality...

Pentahotels to open five UK venues in 2013

04-Mar-2013 - German hotel chain Pentahotels has announced it plans to open five new properties in the UK this year, adding to its only existing venue in this country in Reading.

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Travelodge kicks off £57m bedroom makeover

04-Mar-2013 - Travelodge has started a £57m refurbishment programme that will see it upgrade 30,000 of its bedrooms in 18 months. 

House of St Barnabas partners with Benugo for 'not-for-profit' members' club

04-Mar-2013 - Charity venue The House of St Barnabas has partnered with café-deli chain Benugo for the opening of The Club – a new, not-for-profit members’ club – in autumn 2013.

Silvena Rowe quits Quince for TV and new restaurant project

04-Mar-2013 - Silvena Rowe has quit her role as chef-patron at Quince to focus on building her TV career and start up a new restaurant business. 

Alyn Williams: Career Profile

01-Mar-2013 - A Michelin star, 15th in the National Restaurant Awards and the National Chef of the Year title – 2012 was a remarkable year for Alyn Williams. In this exclusive interview,...

ALMR questions report claiming alcohol consumption is higher than previously thought

01-Mar-2013 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has questioned the conclusions of a University College London (UCL) report which claimed levels of binge drinking may be higher than previously thought. ...

Hospitality technology: Behind the scenes of the hotels, restaurants and pubs of the future

01-Mar-2013 - In the final part of our series of special articles on technology in hospitality, BigHospitality paid a visit to three of the most high-tech restaurants, hotels and pubs to investigate...

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Nominations open for 2013 Women 1st Shine Awards

01-Mar-2013 - The 2013 Women 1st Shine Awards, which recognises the outstanding achievements of women working in the UK’s hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism sectors, are now open for entries.

Ex-Petersham Nurseries chef officially launches first solo restaurant in Fulham

01-Mar-2013 - Claude Compton, ex-Petersham Nurseries and Club Gascon chef and founder of street food company Green Goat Food, has launched his first solo restaurant - Claude's Kitchen - in Fulham.

Restaurant and bar group Camm & Hooper makes London debut with Tanner & Co

01-Mar-2013 - Camm & Hooper, a new events-driven restaurant and bar group, is set to open its first site in Bermondsey Street in May with plans to expand to six sites across...

Hopes and fears: 2013 hotel outlook revealed

01-Mar-2013 - Three reports have further outlined the difficulties faced by UK hoteliers in 2013 as widespread agreement now predicts a fall in occupancy and hard work for regional hoteliers despite continued...

Talisyn introduces Ophelia Interactive to give hoteliers control of extra TV channels

01-Mar-2013 - Hospitality technology developer Talisyn has released Ophelia Interactive - an update to its system which allows hoteliers to directly control a number of information channels on their hotel room's TV...

Orchid to refresh entire Great British Carvery pub estate

28-Feb-2013 - Managed pub and restaurant operator The Orchid Group has revealed it has completed the first refurbishments of its Great British Carvery pubs as it looks to refresh the estate over...

Hospitality technology: Engaging the customer after departure

28-Feb-2013 - When a customer leaves your restaurant, hotel or pub your relationship doesn’t have to end there. Employ the right technology and you’ll not only have them returning, but potentially seeing...

Admiral reports ‘significant progress’ with debt pay-back

28-Feb-2013 - Two-and-a-half-years after Admiral Taverns was hit by the recession, the tenanted pub group has reported a ‘robust’ performance for the 52 weeks to May 2012, disposing of 259 sites for...

Hoxton Hotel brings disability facilities to life online

28-Feb-2013 - The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch has signed up to a new service that ‘gives peace of mind to people with mobility issues’ by offering a pictorial journey through the venue...

Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's to close June 2013

28-Feb-2013 - Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) is to close Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's restaurant this summer after a 12 year residency at the London hotel. 

Lifeline for UK pubs: SIBA Beer Report raises a glass to local brewers

28-Feb-2013 - Amidst the ‘perfect storm’ of a weak economy, lack of support from Government and low consumer confidence, locally brewed beer has offered a lifeline to Britain’s pubs, with volume sales...

Lima launches event catering service

28-Feb-2013 - Peruvian restaurant Lima is branching out into event catering by launching a special events service from its London base next month.

Starwood Capital Group acquires hotel and conference operator Principal Hayley

28-Feb-2013 - Private investment firm Starwood Capital Group is to expand its reach into the European hotel market after buying hotel, conference and training venue operator Principal Hayley. 

Call Systems Technology launches TrackSmart to eliminate table numbers

28-Feb-2013 - TrackSmart, launched by Call Systems Technology (CST) on 1 January this year, is a tag-based system which monitors a customer's location eliminating the need for table numbers or loud calling.

Hospitality technology expert launches cloud-based business tracker mylivehospitality

27-Feb-2013 - Hannah McIntyre, a hospitality technology expert, has launched mylivehospitality - a cloud-based system which allows operators to view and control all aspects of their businesses in one place.

Hospitality technology: Enhancing the customer’s experience during their visit

27-Feb-2013 - The world of technology is, by its very nature, driven by innovation and change. Ordering room service through smartphones, dining with on-table touchscreens and browsing drinks lists on iPads are...

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to invest £85m in Chancery Court Hotel revamp

27-Feb-2013 - US hotel company Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to invest £85m in a revamp of the Chancery Court Hotel in London after taking over the management contract of...