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Restaurant Trends

In this section you’ll find all the latest news and data on the UK restaurant market, including dining trends, food and beverage trends, eating-out spend, and restaurant marketing and technology trends.

Bao to open permanent site backed by Gymkhana owners

18-Dec-2014 - Taiwanese street food concept Bao will open its first restaurant in Soho next year after securing backing from Gymkhana founders Karam, Jyo and Sunaina Sethi.

Manchester design studio to launch new coffee concept

18-Dec-2014 - Manchester-based creative studio NoChintz will launch a new coffee concept in the Grade II listed Sevendale House next March.

New restaurant Jar Kitchen to open in central London

17-Dec-2014 - First time restaurateurs Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero will open their first restaurant, Jar Kitchen, on Drury Lane in February 2015.

Tapas Revolution to open third London site

17-Dec-2014 - Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy will open his third Tapas Revolution restaurant in Shoreditch in February 2015.

OpenTable names its top 100 UK restaurants

17-Dec-2014 - Chef Tom Seller’s Restaurant Story in London took the top spot on this year’s OpenTable Top 100 Best Restaurants list.

Chef Richard Allen joins Rockliffe Hall

16-Dec-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Richard Allen will take over the running of The Orangery restaurant at Rockliffe Hall hotel in Country Durham in January.  

News in brief

Charity campaign asks chefs for selfies

15-Dec-2014 - Maggi Real Chefs has launched a Christmas selfie campaign in partnership with Hospitality Action to raise money for charity.

Japanese-Peruvian concept Amaru to open in London

15-Dec-2014 - All-day Japanese and Peruvian restaurant and takeaway Amaru will open in London’s St Katharine Docks on 5 January 2015.

New restaurant The Richmond to launch in East London

15-Dec-2014 - The Richmond restaurant will open in spring 2015 in London, serving snacks and comfort foods in a relaxed atmosphere.

Allergen regulation: Time’s up

12-Dec-2014 - The much-anticipated EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation came into force on 13 December. BigHospitality looks at what is changing, and the impact of the new law on the industry.

Carousel announces 2015 guest chef series

12-Dec-2014 - Marylebone restaurant Carousel has announced the chefs participating in its guest chef series ‘Carousel presents...’ for the first quarter of 2015.

CAU secures first central London site and plans to open more

12-Dec-2014 - Argentinian steakhouse concept CAU will open its first central London site in St Katharine Docks next year and intends to expand its presence in the capital.

Pushy waiters deter diners from leaving tips

12-Dec-2014 - Over-attentive waiting staff has been named as the most irritating practice in British restaurants in a survey commissioned by restaurant critic Barry Verber.

Barry Hilton launches Ceru pop-up restaurant

11-Dec-2014 - Restaurateur Barry Hilton launched Eastern Mediterranean street food restaurant Ceru in Fitzrovia at the beginning of December. 

The Queensbury Kitchen opens in west London

11-Dec-2014 - All-day bar and grill The Queensbury Kitchen opened in the Willesden area of London on 10 December.

Restaurant and pub sales up 3.4% in November

11-Dec-2014 - Pub and restaurant groups enjoyed a 3.4 per cent increase in like-for-like sales in November compared to the same month last year, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Shake Shack to open second London venue at Westfield Stratford

11-Dec-2014 - Burger brand Shake Shack will open its second London restaurant at Westfield Stratford in mid-2015.

News in brief

Prescott & Conran broadens London portfolio

10-Dec-2014 - Prescott & Conran has acquired two new businesses in Shoreditch and is close to signing a further site in Clerkenwell, BigHospitality has learnt.

Brindisa Tapas Kitchens secures Soho site

10-Dec-2014 - Brindisa Tapas Kitchens has confirmed it will open its fifth London restaurant in Soho next February.

Finnish restaurant pops up in Soho

09-Dec-2014 - Pop-up restaurant Tënu has opened in London, aiming to immerse diners into Finnish mythology and folklore.

Half of operators still ‘uncertain’ about allergen legislation

09-Dec-2014 - Only one third of hospitality businesses feel 100 per cent ready for the legislation coming into force this Saturday (13 December), according to a survey commissioned by technology supplier Caternet.

Bocconcino Pizzeria opens in Mayfair

09-Dec-2014 - Restaurateur Michael Gokhner opened new Italian restaurant Bocconcino Pizzeria in London’s Mayfair on 1 December. 

Bright future for coffee shops

08-Dec-2014 - The coffee shop sector is expected to reach £16.5bn in turnover and 27,000 outlets by 2020, according to a report by World Coffee Portal.

Hospitality groups among Britain's fastest-growing firms

08-Dec-2014 - Bill's, Inception Group, Ed's Easy Diner and Loungers were among the hospitality firms to make it on this year’s Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table – which ranks Britain’s fastest-growing...

Pizza Rossa launches second crowdfunding campaign

08-Dec-2014 - Artisanal pizza-by-the-square-slice concept Pizza Rossa has launched a second crowdfunding campaign to raise £150,000 capital for further expansion.

Banh Mi Bay opens third London site

08-Dec-2014 - Vietnamese café and restaurant concept Banh Mi Bay has opened its third London site in St Paul’s, with plans to roll out the concept further.

The art of the Chinese cleaver: a conversation with Ken Hom

08-Dec-2014 - On 28 November, the London-based School of Wok welcomed culinary legend Ken Hom for a special masterclass to celebrate the launch of its professional school, The Oriental Culinary Institute  . BigHospitality caught...

All-day restaurant Portland set to launch in the New Year

08-Dec-2014 - Contemporary breakfast-to-dinner restaurant Portland will open its doors in London on 19 January.

News in brief

The Chef Stagiaire award 2015 looking for entries

08-Dec-2014 - The Chef Stagiaire award is looking for entrants for its 2015 competition.

Wahaca eyes D/F Mexico expansion

08-Dec-2014 - Wahaca, the Capricorn Ventures-backed Mexican concept, is eyeing two further openings under its eponymous brand in London and more sites for its fledgling D/F Mexico format, according to our sister...

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Pulia to open first UK deli

05-Dec-2014 - Southern Italian deli concept Pulia is set to launch its first site outside Italy on the edge of London’s Borough Market next year.

Business Profile: The One Group

05-Dec-2014 - With plans to roll out its female-friendly STK steakhouse in the UK, as well as its new sister STK Rebel brand, Jonathan Segal’s The One Group is eyeing a meaty...

Rosa's Thai Café hits North London

05-Dec-2014 - London Thai-café concept Rosa’s has opened its first North London restaurant in Angel.

Michelin-starred restaurant Sienna to close

05-Dec-2014 - Michelin-starred restaurant Sienna in Dorchester will close on 25 April 2015 when its current lease ends.

News in brief

Prescott & Conran takes over Les Deux Salons

04-Dec-2014 - Antony Demetre and Will Smith have sold their Covent Garden brasserie Les Deux Salons to Prescott & Conran.

'Ethical' chicken shop to open in Brighton

04-Dec-2014 - h.en - a new ethical chicken restaurant and takeaway - is set to open in Brighton next week.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw to move to Port Isaac

04-Dec-2014 - Nathan Outlaw has announced that his two Michelin-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw will be moving from its current home in Rock to new premises in Cornish fishing village Port Isaac.

Boom Burger secures Brixton site

04-Dec-2014 - Jamaican burger concept Boom Burger will open its second site in Brixton early next year.

Card payments continue to rise

04-Dec-2014 - Credit and debit card transactions rose by over 6 per cent in 2014, leaving hospitality operators that do not offer cashless payments ‘behind the curve’, according to payment processor Worldpay.

Korean brand Bibigo to launch second venue

04-Dec-2014 - Bibigo, the restaurant launched by South Korean food company CJ Food in 2012, will open its second site in London on 15 January.

London restaurants show record rate of growth

04-Dec-2014 - London has recorded its highest ever rate of net restaurant openings but there are concerns that the bubble may be about to burst.

Restaurants should boost meat-free offer, claims alliance

03-Dec-2014 - Campaigners have called on restaurants and pubs to offer more low meat and meat-free options as new research suggests that British consumers are eating less meat.

Second sustainable Henry’s restaurant opens in Surrey

03-Dec-2014 - Restaurateur Reza Amini has opened Henry’s Grill, his second eco-friendly and sustainable restaurant in Surrey. 

News in brief

Food inflation to reach 2% in 2015

03-Dec-2014 - Food inflation is predicted to grow to 2.03 per cent next year, after prices deflated in 2014 for the first time in 14 years, according to Prestige Purchasing.

Domestic hotel and restaurant spend down, but tourism shows strong growth

03-Dec-2014 - Domestic household spend at pubs, restaurants and hotels remains below pre-recession levels, but tourism has bounced back quicker than other sectors of the economy, giving a welcome boost to hospitality.

£4bn worth of restaurant visits a year driven by kids

03-Dec-2014 - Choosing a restaurant for the reason that ‘the kids like it there’ accounts for almost a quarter of family restaurant visits a year, according to new data released by the...

Former Kurobuta head chef joins Chisou Knightsbridge

03-Dec-2014 - Taish Tsunematsu, who used to head the kitchen at Kurobuta King’s Road, has been appointed head chef at Chisou Knightsbridge, starting 17 December 2014.

Josh Katz to launch Berber & Q in spring 2015

02-Dec-2014 - Former Ottolenghi chef Josh Katz will open his first restaurant in Haggerston next spring – a Middle Eastern and North African grill house inspired by his travels across London, Marrakesh, Istanbul,...

Indian restaurant Praza by Pushkar to open in Birmingham

02-Dec-2014 - Indian fine dining restaurant Pushkar has announced the launch of a sister venue called Praza by Pushkar in Birmingham in the New Year.

Bridgepoint buys ASK and Zizzi for £250m

02-Dec-2014 - Bridgepoint, the private equity backer of Pret A Manger, has secured a deal with the Gondola Group to buy ASK Italian and Zizzi for c£250m.

Temptations café kicks off large-scale expansion plans

01-Dec-2014 - Temptations, which already has two cafés in London, plans to open 20 more sites in the capital over the next five years, BigHospitality has learnt.

Shaun Rankin to open restaurant in exclusive Mayfair club

01-Dec-2014 - Chef Shaun Rankin is opening his first London restaurant as part of a new residency at exclusive Mayfair membership club 12 Hay Hill.

Oka completes Kingly Court food offering

01-Dec-2014 - Asian restaurant Oka Robata Grill and Sushi will be completing Kingly Court’s food and drink offering this December.

Udon restaurant 'den' prepares for UK launch

28-Nov-2014 - Japanese udon restaurant den will open its first UK location in London’s King’s Cross in December.

Wahaca Covent Garden to host Mexico's top chefs

25-Nov-2014 - Wahaca has announced plans to host a series of one night culinary showcases with some of Mexico’s top chefs at its Covent Garden restaurant next year. 

Final details released for Tom Kerridge’s The Coach

25-Nov-2014 - Chef Tom Kerridge will officially open new venture The Coach on 1 December, just minutes away from his two Michelin-starred pub The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.

Ex-Gaucho MD prepares to open M

24-Nov-2014 - Former Gaucho managing director Martin Williams has confirmed that his long-awaited first solo venture ‘M’, will open in the City of London this Friday.

First look: Dishoom King's Cross

20-Nov-2014 - Dishoom King's Cross opens today (20 November) on Stable Street, just off Granary Square. BigHospitality talks to owner Shamil Thakrar about the concept, the unique venue, and the Bombay Cafe's philosophy.

Watch out for specialist operators, says Horizons

14-Nov-2014 - Foodservice companies operating in niche markets are the fastest-growing ones, according to Horizons’ latest Ones To Watch survey.

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Frédéric Bau on why chefs should be more adventurous with chocolate

13-Nov-2014 - Pastry chef Frédéric Bau, principal founder of the Valrhona Chocolate School and author of Chocolate Fusion, recently hosted a five-course chocolate dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard. ...

Strong London economy boosts October restaurant and pub sales

12-Nov-2014 - The UK’s pub and restaurant groups enjoyed a sales boost in October with like-for-like sales up 2.2 per cent nationally, mostly driven by the strong London market.

Bocca di Lupo founders to open restaurant in London’s Seven Dials

10-Nov-2014 - Bocca di Lupo founders Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo will open a new affordable restaurant concept in Seven Dials in spring 2015.

Bill's wins Operator of the year at R200 Awards 2014

07-Nov-2014 - Casual all-day dining concept Bill’s was named Best Overall Restaurant Operator at the 2014 R200 Awards in Shoreditch last night.

Cereal Killer Café comes to London

05-Nov-2014 - The UK’s first cereal café will open in London’s Shoreditch in December.

New venture for The Dairy chef Robin Gill

05-Nov-2014 - Chef Robin Gill has told BigHospitality's sister magazine M&C Report that an open pastry kitchen will be the focal point of his new venture, The Manor.

Make the most of the slow-cooking trend, urges EBLEX

04-Nov-2014 - The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) is urging foodservice operators to surf on the slow-cooking trend and maximise meat value in its latest Focus on Foodservice report.

Goodman to open seafood restaurant Rex & Mariano in Soho

31-Oct-2014 - Goodman Restaurant Group will open Rex & Mariano, an ambitious new seafood restaurant located on the former Vodka Revolution site in Soho in late November.

Third restaurant for Martin Morales

29-Oct-2014 - Peruvian restaurateur Martin Morales has announced the opening of a new Ceviche in Old Street in March 2015.

Former Ottolenghi and Morito team takes on first venture

29-Oct-2014 - Born of the collaboration between former Ottolenghi head chef Louis Solley and ex Morito general manager Hugo Thurston, informal restaurant Jago will open in mid-November in London’s Brick Lane.

Positive outlook for foodservice operators as food sales rise

24-Oct-2014 - Over two thirds of operators have seen an increase in food sales year-on-year, according to the latest Eating Out-Look report by Horizons and JRA.

Adam Simmonds seeks funding for London restaurant

22-Oct-2014 - Chef Adam Simmonds is seeking to raise £1.1m through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to open his first solo restaurant in central London.

Mitch Tonks secures fourth Rockfish site

21-Oct-2014 - Mitch Tonks, the high-profile chef, is to open the fourth site under his Rockfish seafood brand in Brixham, Devon, as part of plans to grow the brand to 15 restaurants...

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Maine-inspired Lobster Kitchen arrives in London

20-Oct-2014 - Maine-inspired lobster and seafood concept Lobster Kitchen will open on London’s Great Russell Street later this month.

Restaurants and pubs enjoy rise in September sales

17-Oct-2014 - The eating and drinking out sector has enjoyed its 18th consecutive month of positive growth, according to Coffer Peach Business Tracker data.

Paleo and gluten-free restaurant to open in London

15-Oct-2014 - The UK’s first gluten-free and paleo restaurant Pure Taste will open in West London after securing the site of the former El Pirata Deptapas on Westbourne Grove.

Martin Wishart to open 2nd The Honours restaurant

10-Oct-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart will open his second The Honours restaurant at Malmaison Glasgow on 14 November.

Midsummer House named second best restaurant in world by TripAdvisor

07-Oct-2014 - Great British Menu chef Daniel Clifford’s Cambridge restaurant has been voted the second best fine dining restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor travellers. 

Heddon Street Kitchen opening date confirmed

06-Oct-2014 - Gordon Ramsay Group has announced that Heddon Street Kitchen will open next month, with Maria Tampakis appointed as the restaurant’s head chef.

Kochhar to take over at Compleat Angler

02-Oct-2014 - Atul Kochhar, the Michelin-starred chef/patron of the Benares restaurant in Mayfair, is to operate the fine-dining restaurant at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, according to BigHospitality's sister...

News in brief

Roka announces October launch for Aldwych venue

30-Sep-2014 - Japanese restaurant Roka will open its latest venue in Aldwych in the last week of October.

Michelin Guide 2015: Gymkhana among 14 new one-star restaurants

25-Sep-2014 - National Restaurant Awards 2014 winner Gymkhana was among 14 UK restaurants to win single stars in the latest edition of the Michelin guide, published today.

Nathan Outlaw crowned Chefs’ Chef of the Year at AA Hospitality Awards

23-Sep-2014 - Nathan Outlaw received the hospitality industry’s recognition last night, when he scooped the Chefs’ Chef of the Year title at the AA Hospitality Awards.

Ex-Zafferano chef launches neighbourhood Italian restaurant

18-Sep-2014 - Former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham has launched his first solo project, L’Amorosa, on the site of the former Lola & Simón café in West London.

Bodean's Blais teams up with Plateau's Pickett

17-Sep-2014 - Andre Blais, of Bodean’s BBQ restaurant group, is teaming up with Allan Pickett, head chef of London’s Plateau restaurant, to open a French restaurant called Piquet in early spring 2015....

Friends’ Central Perk coffee shop set for UK expansion

15-Sep-2014 - The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends, has just opened its third site in the UK in Liverpool and has ambitious expansion...

News in brief

Restaurants see steady growth in August

12-Sep-2014 - Despite the cooler weather, restaurants in the UK saw a 17th consecutive month of growth this August, according to Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Spending grows at restaurants, bars and hotels

09-Sep-2014 - Two new surveys have pointed to strong growth in the industry in August.

Battersea Power Station to become collective food hub

09-Sep-2014 - Battersea Power Station will welcome an eclectic mix of local and international street food vendors, pop-ups and permanent restaurants from 2016.

Peruvian trend continues with opening of Señor Ceviche

05-Sep-2014 - The owner of Peruvian pop-up Señor Ceviche is opening his first permanent venue in Kingly Court, London, this October. 

Marcus Wareing to open Tredwell's later this month

05-Sep-2014 - Chef and restaurateur Marcus Wareing has revealed details of his third restaurant - Tredwell’s - which will open on London’s Upper St Martin’s lane on 25 September.

Casamia’s Sanchez-Iglesias brothers crowned Good Food Guide’s Chefs of the Year

02-Sep-2014 - Chefs Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias of Bristol’s Casamia restaurant have been crowned Chefs of the Year by Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015.

News in brief

Chilango’s Burrito bond closes at over £2m

28-Aug-2014 - Mexican chain Chilango has closed its crowdfunded Burrito Bond after collecting £2.16m of investment – over twice its original goal of £1m.

Fewer burgers on menus as operators widen range of American-style foods

18-Aug-2014 - Burger popularity has peaked in the UK, with branded operators serving increasingly innovative American and street food inspired dishes, according to the latest Menurama study from Horizons.

Rock and Sole Plaice set to expand

14-Aug-2014 - Covent Garden’s Rock and Sole Plaice fish and chip shop, which claims to be London’s oldest, is set to expand and aims to open four new casual dining sites in...

Continued growth for pubs and restaurant chains

14-Aug-2014 - Average like-for-like sales for restaurant and pubs in July were up 2.2 per cent – the 16th consecutive month of growth for the sector.

Slow-cooked meat concept Pull’d comes to the City

05-Aug-2014 - A new pulled meat food-to-go concept, Pull’d, will be opening in the City of London at the end of September.

Rabbit ‘wild food’ restaurant to launch in Chelsea

31-Jul-2014 - The team behind The Shed restaurant in Notting Hill is launching Rabbit, a British ‘wild food’ restaurant concept in London’s Chelsea. 

Eating out up 4%

29-Jul-2014 - Consumers ate out more often this past June than in the same month in 2013, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Horizons.

Infographic: Menu trends 2014

28-Jul-2014 - Chicken dishes and gluten-free labelling are on the rise, while healthy options and calorie information remain limited. And while 76 per cent of casual dining venues still use classic starter/main/dessert...

Giorgio Locatelli to open Marylebone pizza pop-up

16-Jul-2014 - Renowned Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli is opening a pop-up pizza restaurant in Marylebone with his wife Plaxy this September.

Marco Pierre White to open 12 franchises this year

11-Jul-2014 - Sanguine Hospitality, the hotelier with a master franchise agreement with Marco Pierre White, is planning to open UK 12 restaurants under the Steakhouse Bar & Grill and New York Italian...

Ramen venue Kanada-Ya to open first UK location

10-Jul-2014 - Japanese ramen restaurant Kanada-Ya is launching its first UK location at 64 St. Giles High Street, London, at the start of August.

Fish Club owners take on first pub venture

08-Jul-2014 - Fish Club restaurant owners Steve Orme, James Thomson and Jack Sutton are opening their first pub, Shepperton’s Red Lion, in September.

Design: Restaurant design trends for 2014

23-Jun-2014 - In the first part of our special feature, we look at how restaurant design is finally moving away from American-inspired industrial chic and reflect on the next big trends for 2014.

Pub and restaurant sales growth slows down in May

18-Jun-2014 - Collective like-for-like sales in managed pubs and restaurants were up just 0.2 per cent in May and year-on-year growth of over 4 per cent in March and April .

Casual dining restaurants see continued growth

17-Jun-2014 - Foodservice industry figures from global information company The NPD Group show that casual dining establishments have attracted an extra 47m visits each year in comparison to five years ago.

Wahaca to open fast-casual format

06-Jun-2014 - Wahaca, the Mexican street food restaurant concept led by Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, is to launch a new fast-casual format called DF/Mexico next month in London’s Spitalfields.

New arrivals hit the Glasgow dining scene

02-Jun-2014 - Glasgow is seeing fresh life breathed into its dining scene this year, with the recent renovation to its Central station bringing new eateries, including the Glendola Leisure Group’s  Alston Bar...

Street food consumption on the up

20-May-2014 - The street food market is set to keep growing as 47 per cent of consumers plan to eat more of it in the next year, according to research conducted by...

Taking it to the streets: UK dining scene democratised by street food

16-May-2014 - Street food is democratising the UK dining scene and driving some of the hottest new restaurant openings in London and beyond, according to journalist and author Richard Johnson.

The future of London dining

16-May-2014 - As London's rents continue to climb, restaurateurs are finding innovative ways to open new venues.

New Japanese restaurants spring up across the capital

15-May-2014 - A number of Japanese restaurants have been arriving in London recently, including fine dining venue Yashin Ocean House in South Kensington and two new Japanese Canteen restaurants to open in...

Foodservice confidence grows on the back of increased sales

08-May-2014 - Confidence is rising in the eating out sector, with most restaurants, hotels and pubs expecting food sales to pick up over the next year, according to a new report from...

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Top chefs descend on London

28-Apr-2014 - Chefs and restaurateurs from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants are set to descend on London tonight (28 April) for the 12th annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Follow the action...

Attack of the TripAdvisors: Should review websites allow anonymity?

25-Apr-2014 - Review website TripAdvisor has reiterated that blackmail from customers is ‘strictly against guidelines’ after a Yorkshire-based restaurateur claimed reviewers were threatening to leave negative comments unless they received a free...

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Will El Celler de Can Roca retain top spot?

25-Apr-2014 - The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, takes place on Monday (28 April) and speculation is beginning to mount - will Spanish restaurant El Celler...

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

Ed's Easy Diner named fastest-growing restaurant group

16-Apr-2014 - Ed’s Easy Diner, the 24-strong 1950s-style American diner chain, has topped the 2014 Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - a list of the 50 fastest-growing restaurant and bar companies.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

16-Apr-2014 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the...

T.G.I Friday’s unveils new 'Fast Track' concept for transport hub expansion

15-Apr-2014 - ‘A new era is dawning’ for T.G.I Friday’s as the American restaurant chain today announced it will be opening its first outlet at a key transport hub under a newly...

All Bar One lands at Birmingham Airport

09-Apr-2014 - Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) is tapping into the business potential offered by high-footfall transport hubs, with two debut All Bar One sites soon to open in Birmingham Airport.

Prezzo FY EBITDA up 13%; plans 25-30 openings this year

09-Apr-2014 - Prezzo, the Jonathan Kaye-led restaurant group, has reported a 13 per cent rise in adjusted EBITDA to £28.9m in the year to 29 December on revenue up 15 per cent...

Tom Conran converts Notting Hill restaurant

04-Apr-2014 - After 24 years operating Tom’s Deli in Notting Hill, Tom Conran, the restaurateur and son of Sir Terrance Conran, is launching New Tom’s - a 12-month pop-up restaurant on the...

PizzaExpress focuses on lunch trade with new ‘Express’ menu

02-Apr-2014 - PizzaExpress is looking to grab an even bigger slice of the UK’s ever-growing lunch market with a major revamp of its menu to include cheaper ‘Express’ items available to take...

Blumenthal takes The Fat Duck Down Under

31-Mar-2014 - Heston Blumenthal is temporarily relocating his legendary three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck while carrying out a six-month refurbishment of the original site in Bray.

Pizza & Ice Cream concept hits Camden

21-Mar-2014 - A new pizza and ice cream concept has opened this week in the heart of Camden Town’s Stable Market. 

The Ambrette set for South East expansion

20-Mar-2014 - Dev Biswal, chef patron of The Ambrette which has restaurants in Margate and Rye, has revealed plans to expand across the South East, with two new sites opening in the...

Scotland’s first 'neo-bistro' to open in Edinburgh

17-Mar-2014 - New neo-bistro Aizle is opening in Edinburgh in April, the first restaurant of its kind to come to Scotland.

Marcus Wareing to open third London restaurant

17-Mar-2014 - Marcus Wareing Restaurants, led by the eponymous two-Michelin-starred chef, is opening a third London restaurant in Covent Garden which marks an 'exciting stage of growth' for the business.

Harry Ramsden's to open 50 new restaurants in Scotland

14-Mar-2014 - Fish & chip restaurant brand Harry Ramsden’s plans to open 50 sites in Scotland over the next five years after signing a major franchise deal with Sevenseas Ventures.

Restaurants and pubs have reason to cheer despite ‘flat February’

12-Mar-2014 - Sales for the nation’s pub, bar and restaurant groups evened out in February, with collective like-for-like sales up by just 0.2 per cent on the same month last year.

Vapiano looks past London

12-Mar-2014 - Fast-casual Italian restaurant chain Vapiano has announced it is looking for ‘entrepreneurial partners’ to support its UK expansion outside of London.

Alain Ducasse brings Rivea to London

12-Mar-2014 - Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse is set to launch Rivea – an informal Mediterranean restaurant situated within the five-star Bulgari Hotel in West London - in May.

Heston Blumenthal reveals details of new T2 restaurant

10-Mar-2014 - Heston Blumenthal’s new ‘nostalgic British restaurant’ will be called The Perfectionists’ Café and will open at Heathrow’s newly redeveloped Terminal 2 in June. 

National Apprenticeship Week 2014: Hospitality leads the way

07-Mar-2014 - As the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, BigHospitality has heard from an array of hotels, restaurants and pubs - and even Boris Johnson – all pledging...

Dindin hits Holborn

07-Mar-2014 - Dindin Kitchen, a new fast-casual Persian restaurant concept, is set to make its debut next month with a 30-cover restaurant opening in Holborn.

Foodilic eyes 30 London restaurants in five years

07-Mar-2014 - Restaurateur Peter Ilic is looking to take the London grab-and-go market by storm, with plans to open at least 30 outlets for his healthy fast food brand Foodilic over the...

Shoryu snaps up third site

05-Mar-2014 - The Japan Centre Group is continuing its expansion of restaurants in London with a third site for its Shoryu Ramen concept opening in the West End next month.

Singha beer brewer opens Asian restaurant in London

04-Mar-2014 - Boon Rawd Brewery, the Thailand-based company that produces Singha beer, has brought its Asian street food concept Pacata back to London with a new restaurant opening in Covent Garden....

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Entries open for MasterChef: The Professionals 2014

04-Mar-2014 - Chefs from across the UK are being urged to enter MasterChef: The Professionals 2014, with the deadline for applications closing on 4 April. 

Marco Pierre White to open 50 new restaurants

03-Mar-2014 - Marco Pierre White has signed a major deal with a hotel development company which will see the ‘godfather of modern cooking’ roll out 50 branded restaurants across the UK and...

National Apprenticeship Week: Hospitality industry unites

28-Feb-2014 - It's National Apprenticeship Week and hospitality businesses large and small have been pledging their support for the initiative which celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on the UK economy....

Former nightclub duo to open Jerusalem-themed restaurant in Soho

28-Feb-2014 - Layo and Zoe Paskin, the siblings behind London’s former The End and AKA nightclubs, are venturing back into hospitality together with the launch of a Jerusalem restaurant in Soho.

Out of touch: Contactless payment has ‘huge impact’ on customer service

28-Feb-2014 - Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés that don’t offer contactless payment technology are ‘out of touch’ with what customers want and risk losing out on additional business. 

Viajante closure paves way for new F&B offerings at Town Hall Hotel

27-Feb-2014 - As the Michelin-starred East End destination restaurant Viajante prepares for its last service, details of the replacement F&B offerings at the five-star Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green have been...

Marani brings a taste of Georgia to Mayfair

26-Feb-2014 - Khinkali dumpings, Khachapuri cheese bread and spiced broths will feature among the menu of Marani, a new family-run Georgian restaurant opening on Curzon Street next week.

Carluccio’s achieves top SRA rating

26-Feb-2014 - Carluccio’s, the all-day Italian café chain led by Simon Kossoff, has become the largest restaurant operator in the UK to achieve the highest accolade possible for its commitment to sustainability....

TRG targets 43 new restaurants in 2014 as profits rise

26-Feb-2014 - The Restaurant Group (TRG), owner of the Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito, Garfunkel’s and Coast to Coast restaurant brands, plans to open 36-43 new sites this year after delivering ‘another strong...

​Itsu targets nationwide expansion

26-Feb-2014 - Itsu, the oriental chain set up by Pret a Manger founder Julian Metcalfe and led by Gerard Loughran, has plans to go nationwide after the success of its first store...

Restaurants and pubs outperform retail at train stations

25-Feb-2014 - As the intense competition for prime, city-centre sites continues to spread into transport hubs across the UK, new figures released today reveal that restaurants, pubs and bars in Network Rail-owned...

Customer-focused technology: High-tech hospitality in action

25-Feb-2014 - For the final part of our technology special feature, BigHospitality checked in at one of the country’s most high-tech hotels to bring you an exclusive video report on the business...

Customer-focused technology: Complete control

24-Feb-2014 - So you’ve enticed your customer with an efficient mobile booking service and wowed them with portable EPoS devices and super-fast Wi-Fi. In the third part of this special feature, we...

Dabbous confirms second London restaurant

24-Feb-2014 - Barnyard, the second restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous and mixologist Oskar Kinberg, will open just a few minutes’ walk from their original site in Fitzrovia next month.   

​Panda Yummy ready for rollout

21-Feb-2014 - Panda Yummy, the noodle restaurant concept, has lined up its first eight openings of 2014 as it looks to grow to c40 sites by the end of the year, founder...

Camera shy: Should food photos be banned from restaurants?

21-Feb-2014 - Snap-happy foodies taking pictures of their meals with smartphones has become a common sight for restaurants worldwide, but for some chefs the practice has become a nuisance; disrupting the ambiance...

BrewDog and Honest Burger create ‘BrewBurger’

20-Feb-2014 - Scottish-based independent brewer BrewDog and London restaurant business Honest Burgers have joined forces to launch a new product which taps in on two of Britain’s biggest food and drink trends...

Work that experience: The changing face of customer loyalty

19-Feb-2014 - Consumers have become ‘value hunters’ and are increasingly willing to go extra lengths to get the best deal, making it more important than ever to build the relationship that will create...

Hospitality industry welcomes Government support for storm-struck businesses

18-Feb-2014 - Hotels, restaurants pubs and tourist attractions situated in areas affected by the extreme weather have welcomed the Government’s new £10m support scheme to help put businesses ‘back on their feet’....

UK floods: Hospitality & tourism businesses ‘struggling to cope’

17-Feb-2014 - Hotels, restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions have been battered by heavy rain and gale-force winds and the Government must 'act now' to set a path to recovery. 

Eating-out value growth to reach pre-recession levels

14-Feb-2014 - Emerging fast food concepts, coffee shops and the further proliferation of the street food movement are set to drive the UK’s eating-out sector in 2014, with the market forecast to...

Busaba ramps up UK expansion

13-Feb-2014 - Alan Yau's casual-dining Thai chain Busaba Eathai has confirmed plans to double its estate over the next three years, with two new London openings in 2014 and an extra focus...

Jamaican ‘patty’ concept hits London

13-Feb-2014 - Jamaica Patty Co, a new fast-casual concept offering traditional Jamaican patties, is set to launch in Covent Garden next month as ‘the first of many across Britain’. 

Ping Pong primed for national expansion

12-Feb-2014 - Ahead of opening its ninth outlet in London, dim sum restaurant chain Ping Pong has unveiled plans to open another 20 to 25 sites in and outside of the capital...

Jerk BBQ & rum shack concept unveiled by Adventure Bars

10-Feb-2014 - Dub Jam - a new, fast-casual jerk BBQ rum shack concept – is being launched in Covent Garden next month by London-based bar operator Adventure Bars. 

Energy price hikes: Restaurants feel the heat as costs soar

10-Feb-2014 - The inflation-busting price hikes announced by ‘the big six’ electricity and gas firms last year have hit hospitality businesses hard, with 90 per cent of restaurateurs claiming rising energy costs...

Tube strike: Travel chaos brings ‘mixed bag’ for London’s restaurants and pubs

07-Feb-2014 - The first of two strikes on the London Underground disrupted the journeys of millions of commuters this week, but for the capital’s restaurant and pubs, the business effects were varied,...

Rebecca Mascarenhas goes ahead with Italian restaurant in Putney

07-Feb-2014 - Restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas has renewed plans to open her modern Italian trattoria concept Bibo, having secured the site of what used to be Gregg Wallace’s Wallace & Co restaurant in...

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal temporarily closed after norovirus outbreak

03-Feb-2014 - Heston Blumenthal’s two-Michelin-starred London restaurant Dinner has shut up shop for a week following an outbreak of norovirus affecting members of staff and guests.

Consumer confidence setback puts restaurants in ‘stop-start mode’

31-Jan-2014 - With latest figures showing that consumer confidence suffered an unexpected dip in the final quarter of 2013, foodservice consultancy Horizons believes the eating-out sector will remain in ‘stop-start mode’ until...

Philippe Conticini opens ‘pastry shop of dreams’ in London

31-Jan-2014 - La Pâtisserie des Rêves, the Parisian boutique patisserie concept from pastry chef Philippe Conticini, is opening its first UK outlet today (31 January) with a site in Marylebone High Street....

Young hospitality entrepreneur to open butcher/restaurant concept in London

29-Jan-2014 - Luca Mathiszig-Lee, the young entrepreneur that BigHospitality profiled not too long ago, has stuck to his ambition of opening more hospitality businesses in London, having secured a site in Hackney...

Ryan Giggs opens new restaurant in Worsley

28-Jan-2014 - Fresh from opening his football-themed restaurant with former teammate Gary Neville, Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has launched a new, premium dining destination in Worsley.

You’re hired: Hospitality’s job creation drive continues into 2014

27-Jan-2014 - Last week’s revelations of unemployment dropping to a five-year low has been met by positive recruitment ambitions for the hospitality and leisure industries, with almost half of businesses pledging to...

Back in business: Hospitality property market outlook

22-Jan-2014 - As the new year gets rolling, now is the perfect time for hotels, restaurants and pubs to determine the key developments that will impact their business in 2014. This short...

The London Story: What makes the 'global capital' so hospitable?

17-Jan-2014 - With a record number of tourists continuing to flock to London, chef, TV personality and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is fronting a new video campaign to promote the capital’s food and...

Ning Restaurants exits York, looks to London for next opening

16-Jan-2014 - Malaysian chef Norman Musa is looking to bring his Manchester-based Ning Restaurants business to London with an upcoming food stall in Soho being used as a forerunner for a potential...

Business Outlook 2014: What’s in store for hospitality?

15-Jan-2014 - An increasing number of pubs will be sold for ongoing use; private equity will continue to pour into restaurants; and hotels in London and the provinces will look to consolidate...

Restaurants, pubs and coffee shops celebrate bumper festive period

08-Jan-2014 - The festive period appeared to be one of the strongest on record for many restaurant and pub groups across the UK, despite the recent challenges to footfall caused by the...

Food for thought: Should restaurants be forced to display hygiene ratings?

07-Jan-2014 - It is now compulsory in Wales and there are calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit. But opponents of the current system say it is inconsistent and...

Happy New Year: What's hot in hospitality for 2014

03-Jan-2014 - What does 2014 hold for the hospitality industry? We’ve looked into our crystal ball (and spoken to a few industry experts) to predict some of the big trends and developments...

Caffè Culture Show 2014: Artisan food focus reflects changing marketplace

03-Jan-2014 - Some of the brightest business minds from the café bar industry will descend on London's Olympia this May as the Caffè Culture Show returns for its ninth year.

BigHospitality’s 2013 review: What you told us

20-Dec-2013 - It was the year that the horsemeat scandal rocked the food chain, Noma was knocked off of top spot and the beer duty escalator was finally scrapped. But what did...

Former Red Hot World Buffet manager brings world cuisine concept to Oldham

18-Dec-2013 - A seasoned restaurant worker and former manager of Red Hot World Buffet in Manchester has embarked on his first solo venture with a new restaurant in Oldham offering his own...

In good spirits: Operators trade strongly in run-up to Christmas

18-Dec-2013 - Britains’s restaurant, pub and bar groups are in good stead in the run up to Christmas with like-for-likes up by 1.7 per cent in November compared to the same month...

Opportunity knocks for Greek restaurants in London

17-Dec-2013 - The owner of a new Greek restaurant and deli in London believes there is a gap in the market for a group of restaurants offering an ‘integrated Greek experience’ as...

Camino confirms UK expansion plans

16-Dec-2013 - The Spanish restaurant revolution in London is set to take another turn next year as Camino, the four-strong tapas restaurant and bar group, is embarking on an ambition expansion programme...

American focus to open new Avenue for D&D London

16-Dec-2013 - D&D London has become the latest hospitality operator to capitalise on the increased demand for more casual, American-inspired cuisine with the announcement that it is to re-launch its modern British...

Extra technology focus needed for pubs and restaurants in 2014

13-Dec-2013 - Pub and restaurant operators ‘must embrace new technologies’ in order to be profitable next year, as the pace of change and the use of smartphones and social media is set...

London’s ‘French revolution’ continues with Blanchette opening in Soho

12-Dec-2013 - The Salt Yard Group’s co-founder Simon Mullins and chef director Ben Tish have partnered with three brothers to open a new Parisian restaurant in Soho next week, capping off a...

Tamarind Collection to re-launch Zaika restaurant as One Kensington

12-Dec-2013 - Indian restaurant group the Tamarind Collection is to convert Zaika in Kensington High Street, which it acquired earlier this year, into ‘a new direction lifestyle concept’.

Absolute Taste heads to Fenwick

06-Dec-2013 - Bespoke catering and events company Absolute Taste has launched The Terrace, a new 220-cover restaurant and bar situated within the Fenwick department store in Royal Tunbridge Wells. 

Autumn Statement 2013: What it means for hospitality

05-Dec-2013 - "Britain's economic plan is working," proclaimed George Osborne in his Autumn Statement earlier today as the Chancellor pledged to support 'the hard-working values' of the nation's high street restaurants, cafés and pubs. ...

Ibérica eyes Farringdon and Manchester for next restaurant openings

04-Dec-2013 - Two weeks after revealing plans to expand to up to 10 sites across the UK in the next five years, Ibérica Restaurants says it hopes to be opening its fourth...

KERB partners with NCASS to increase street food safety

03-Dec-2013 - London-based street food organization KERB has announced that all of its members will become part of the Nationwide Caterer’s Association (NCASS) in a bid to improve public confidence in the...

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Food for Good: Farm Africa raises £500k in one year

02-Dec-2013 - A year after the launch of its ‘Food for Good’ campaign, the Farm Africa charity has raised an impressive £500k from leading restaurants and chefs across the UK.

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Places now available for study tour of Chicago

29-Nov-2013 - Restaurant operators are being encouraged to sign-up for an educational and feature-packed study tour of Chicago next May.

Five Guys strengthens pipeline

29-Nov-2013 - Five Guys, the popular US burger chain, has lined up a further three openings of for the start of next year, as it looks to open up to 30 new...

Tragus to open new brasserie concept at Heathrow’s T2

28-Nov-2013 - Tragus Group, owner of the Café Rouge, Bella Italia, Strada and Belgo brands, is launching a new concept at Heathrow’s new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, next year.

Alan Murchison Restaurants in liquidation

27-Nov-2013 - Alan Murchison Restaurants Ltd, which operated the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire, has been put into voluntary liquidation after running up debts of almost half a million pounds.

Hospitality Openings: November 2013

27-Nov-2013 - London is again the hub of all things new in our photo gallery for November, with Angela Hartnett's second solo venture, a Prohibition era-themed bar and a cocoa-based fine-dining restaurant all featuring among the...

Roka to open two new restaurants in London

27-Nov-2013 - Roka, Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant brand, is doubling its footprint in the UK with two new venues opening in London next year.

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Leon to double in size over the next year

26-Nov-2013 - Leon has this month opened the first of a planned twelve sites over the next year as the restaurant chain looks to 'create fast food as it might be in...

Chewton Glen chef to open first solo venture

21-Nov-2013 - The head chef of Chewton Glen hotel in Hampshire is going solo to pursue his lifelong dream of owning a Michelin-starred restaurant with the opening The Elderflower in nearby Lymington...

Ibérica reveals UK expansion plans

20-Nov-2013 - Ibérica Restaurants, the three-strong Spanish group led by two-Michelin-starred chef Nacho Manzano, is actively looking to expand outside of London with plans for up to 10 UK sites in the...

Peter Gorton backs new Restaurant Academy

18-Nov-2013 - Chef Peter Gorton is backing an innovative new Restaurant Academy in Plymouth designed to combine modern brasserie dining with a centre of excellence that will launch the careers of the...

More pubs for Brunning & Price as owner The Restaurant Group reports ‘good progress’

15-Nov-2013 - Brunning and Price, the Chester-based pub company owned by The Restaurant Group, is opening three more sites by the end of the year, with an ‘even busier’ pipeline next year.

Boris Johnson launches new scheme to help restaurants cut food waste

15-Nov-2013 - The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has this week launched ‘Foodsave’, a new scheme to help foodservice businesses maximise profits by reducing food waste and diverting surplus food away from...

The Mince Pie Project: Top chefs helping to fight food poverty

08-Nov-2013 - The Mince Pie Project, the annual mince pie auction and raffle featuring baked delights from some of the UK’s leading chefs, has re-launched for 2013 with Michel Roux Jr, Michael...

Mexican restaurant replaces Aurelia in Mayfair

08-Nov-2013 - Venture capitalist and highly successful London restaurateur Arjun Waney has opened Peyote - a modern Mexican restaurant and bar in Mayfair – in partnership with fellow businessman Tarun Mahrotri. 

Des McDonald to launch new BBQ concept

07-Nov-2013 - Fresh from opening the successful Fish & Chip concept in Islington earlier this year, Des McDonald is opening a new BBQ restaurant and bar in Camden.

Simon Rogan: ‘Replacing Ramsay will be a massive challenge’

04-Nov-2013 - Simon Rogan has admitted that there is a lot of pressure to emulate what Gordon Ramsay created at Claridge’s, but the chef is confident that he can deliver a long-lasting...

Simon Rogan to open restaurant at Claridge’s

04-Nov-2013 - Visionary chef and restaurateur Simon Rogan is opening a new restaurant at Claridge’s following Gordon Ramsay’s departure from the five-star hotel earlier this year.

Hospitality Openings: September/October 2013

30-Oct-2013 - New London restaurants including Merchants Tavern, Boulestin and Gymkhana domintate our Hospitality Openings gallery for September and October – although some innovative hotels and pubs also feature…

Restaurants confirmed for new Victoria developments

30-Oct-2013 - Land Securities is continuing its transformation of London’s Victoria with Spanish restaurant Ibérica secured for the property firm’s upcoming Zig Zag Building and two high street operators soon to open...

D&D London reports 'important year of growth'

28-Oct-2013 - Following a renewed period of expansion and the opening of a number of new venues, restaurant, bar and hotel operator D&D London has reported a strong year of trading, with...

Arnaud Stevens to open Sixtyone restaurant with Searcys

28-Oct-2013 - Arnaud Stevens, former executive chef of 40/30 at The Gherkin, is opening Sixtyone – a modern British restaurant in London’s West End. 

Big brands reserve restaurants at Newport shopping centre development

25-Oct-2013 - Shopping centre developer Queensbury Real Estate has revealed details of the first five restaurants to sign up to its 390,000 sq.ft Friars Walk development in Newport.

Hudson’s House joins VQ at St Giles Hotel

25-Oct-2013 - Hudson’s House, an ‘unselfconsciously hip’ bar and restaurant, has officially opened within the St Giles Hotel in central London after a soft launch period.

André Garrett wants ‘at least one Michelin star’ for new restaurant at Cliveden

24-Oct-2013 - Having recently assumed his position as executive chef of Cliveden House hotel, André Garrett will open his eponymous fine-dining restaurant at the five-star Berkshire property in just a few weeks’...

Will Holland reveals details of new Shropshire restaurant

22-Oct-2013 - Will Holland, the former chef-patron of Alan Murchison’s Shropshire restaurant La Bécasse, is staying in the county for the opening of his own restaurant early next year.

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Byron sold for £100m

21-Oct-2013 - Gondola Group has sold its fast-growing burger brand Byron to Hutton Collins in a surprise £100m deal.

Pizza and cocktail concept to open on reserved Covent Garden site

18-Oct-2013 - Chuck’s Clubhouse, the New York-style pizza restaurant that was set to open in Covent Garden this month, will instead open in another, ‘better suited’ location in London next year due...

Pizza Hut reveals multi-million pound restaurant makeover

18-Oct-2013 - Pizza Hut, the Rutland Partners-backed family restaurant chain, has today announced the start of a £60m refurbishment and restructuring programme which will see over 80 of its UK sites revamped...

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September sales slowdown for restaurants and pubs

17-Oct-2013 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw sales growth slow last month, with collective like-for-likes up by just 0.4 per cent year-on-year.

Hotel Chocolat brings cocoa restaurant to Borough Market

15-Oct-2013 - With National Chocolate Week taking place this week (14-20 October), renowned cocoa grower and chocolatier Hotel Chocolat has revealed details of a new, cocoa-based fine-dining restaurant opening in Borough Market...

French cooking: Outdated and overrated?

11-Oct-2013 - A panel debate at The Restaurant Show earlier this week got all the big chefs talking. France may have influenced and defined the terms of virtually all western cooking, but...

Trinity Leeds looks to revolutionise food retailing with new street food concept

10-Oct-2013 - Trinity Leeds, Land Securities’ £350m, city-centre shopping and leisure development, is pioneering ‘a new take on eating out’ with the launch of a new food hall, housing street food vendors,...

Survey reveals growing influence of restaurants on local property prices

10-Oct-2013 - High-quality restaurants in London can boost nearby residential property values by up to 20 per cent, while fast food outlets often have the reverse effect, causing a drop in property...

National Restaurant Awards: Hand & Flowers takes 2013 title

07-Oct-2013 - The Hand & Flowers, Tom Kerridge’s pub-restaurant in Marlow, has been voted the UK’s best restaurant at the 2013 National Restaurant Awards, snatching top spot from The Ledbury, which held...

Bill’s eyes 20 new sites in 2014

07-Oct-2013 - Bill’s Restaurants, the fast-growing Richard Caring-backed chain, is eyeing a further 20 openings next, which would include a concerted push into the North and take the group close to the...

Going mobile: Restaurants realise pop-up potential

04-Oct-2013 - As numerous restaurateurs would testify, the pop-up restaurant has fast-become the new weapon in securing a permanent site. But could we now be seeing a reversal of the trend, with...

Comptoir Libanais snaps up two more sites as UK expansion continues

03-Oct-2013 - Comptoir Libanais, the canteen and delicatessen concept created by Tony Kitous, is opening its sixth, seventh and eighth restaurants later this year, including its first site outside of London.

Michelin Guide 2014: Two stars for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Greenhouse

26-Sep-2013 - The Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2014 has awarded Heston Blumenthal's Dinner and Mayfair restaurant Greenhouse two Michelin stars, while 15 other establishments including including Lima, Jason Atherton's Social...

Digital restaurant: How to extend your reach with online innovations

25-Sep-2013 - The likes of social media, online advertising and mobile loyalty apps allow businesses large and small to reach out to increasingly digital-savvy consumers. But how can these ‘digital innovations’ be...

Operators 'must optimise food distribution and sourcing' as food inflation takes its toll

23-Sep-2013 - With rising food inflation and value-conscious customers continuing to squeeze margins, operators will need to take steps if they want to avoid a significant impact on their bottom line.

David Moore takes former Roganic site to trial new concept

20-Sep-2013 - David Moore, the man behind Michelin-starred London restaurants L’Autre Pied and Pied à Terre, is to open a pop-up restaurant on the former site of Simon Rogan’s Roganic in Marylebone. ...

Fleurets Rental Survey suggests ‘return to growth’ for restaurants and pubs

18-Sep-2013 - An increase in rent reviews among licenced retail premises and a flurry of transaction activity across the restaurant sector could mean that ‘we are at long last beginning to see an...

Chuck’s Clubhouse: New York-style pizza restaurant coming to Covent Garden

11-Sep-2013 - The restaurant resurgence of Covent Garden will take another turn next month with the addition of Chuck’s Clubhouse – a New York-style pizza restaurant from the team behind GO Food.

Spirit follows US route with new Fayre & Square food offering

06-Sep-2013 - Fayre & Square, the 157-strong family pub offering from Spirit Pub Company, is the latest brand to tap into the rising popularity of American food concepts with the launch of...

Sustainable Champions: SRA unveils new accreditation for dining destinations

06-Sep-2013 - The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has developed the first ever sustainability accreditation for food destinations, after its research found that 70 per cent of consumers would choose a sustainable restaurant...

ZaZa Bazaar to be the Gate’s next big star

05-Sep-2013 - ZaZa Bazaar, the world banquet and bar concept, has secured its second site in the Gate, Newcastle, and toldM&C Report that it has a pipeline in place for further openings next...

Counter service gains casual credibility

04-Sep-2013 - High-end operators are taking a leaf out of Nando’s book by adopting and tweaking counter ordering systems for new mid-market restaurant formats.

Fazenda hits Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham next

19-Aug-2013 - Fazenda, the Brazillian 'rodizio' restaurant concept with a single site in Leeds, is expanding into areas we’ve previously highlighted as upcoming ‘Hospitable Cities’, with a second site opening in Liverpool...

London’s burger boom continues as new Tommi’s restaurant reports ‘crazy’ week of sales

16-Aug-2013 - Tommi’s Burger Joint, the pop-up-to-permanent Icelandic burger restaurant which has just re-opened in Marylebone, reported 'fantastic’ sales in its first week, with director Robert Aron Magnusson claiming simplicity and quality...

Bunnychow parks up in Boxpark

15-Aug-2013 - After three months roaming London’s streets in its eponymous truck, South African street food vendor Bunnychow has secured its first semi-permanent site at one of the saught-after shipping containers within...

Summer sales up for London’s restaurants and pubs

14-Aug-2013 - A recent survey of BigHospitality readers revealed that 65 per cent of restaurant and pub owners saw increased bookings and sales as a result of the heatwave in July, and...

Blacks Burgers welcomes London's burger boom as it prepares to double up

06-Aug-2013 - The manager of an expanding burger business in Greater London says he welcomes the wave of burger joints flooding the capital in recent months, claiming there are still gaps in...

One-trick ponies: Are single-dish restaurants widening the industry skills gap?

24-Jul-2013 - The co-owner of a restaurant and bar in Notting Hill says the recent flurry of single and dual-dish restaurants is changing the skill set of up-and-coming chefs and making it...

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Big spenders: Young diners bolster eating out sector

22-Jul-2013 - Restaurants looking to increase revenues this summer and beyond should look no further than Generation Y, with diners under the age of 34 the most likely to eat out and...

AUDIO: Steve Holmes on why ASK Italian has ‘a right’ to try to become the market-leading Italian restaurant business

18-Jul-2013 - Steve Holmes, managing director of Gondola Holdings-owned ASK Italian, has said he has recently started to believe his transformation strategy for the business will produce the desired results.

Burger business: Why quality and traceable beef will prevail

17-Jul-2013 - With London’s burger boom showing no signs of abating, BigHospitality took a trip to a beef cattle farm in Scotland to find out how one of the newest burger joints...

Festivals to restaurants: Grillstock opens first permanent site

16-Jul-2013 - The team behind barbecue and music festival Grillstock have launched their first permanent restaurant in Bristol ahead of a planned rollout of the brand. 

How to set up a food business: Pop-up to host restaurants and advice clinics

12-Jul-2013 - The team behind food start-up business support programme Kitchenette are to launch a summer pop-up in Islington which will give potential entrepreneurs the chance to hear from some of the...

Harbour & Jones chef calls on event catering chefs to back his 'Real Food' campaign

11-Jul-2013 - Leo Rodley, executive chef at 76 Portland Place, has launched a campaign - Real Food - in order to encourage event catering chefs to showcase their use of quality, seasonal...

The Diner acquires Old Spitalfields Market site for seventh restaurant

11-Jul-2013 - Southern-inspired American restaurant group The Diner has acquired a site in Old Spitalfields Market for a seventh restaurant which is set to open this August. 

Cheltenham Café Rouge pair go it alone to open first restaurant

11-Jul-2013 - Sadek Ahmed and Tom Johnson, who met while working for Tragus Group at the Café Rouge in Cheltenham, have opened Tarragon - their first restaurant - in the town....

Independents v chains: Are big brands ‘ruining’ the high street?

03-Jul-2013 - The co-owner of a new restaurant in Watford has said the domination of branded restaurant chains and fast food outlets is making it increasingly difficult for independents to stay afloat...

Thinking small: London’s ‘intimate’ restaurant trend continues with 20-cover Bermondsey bistro

28-Jun-2013 - On the same day that we announced a former MasterChef: The Professionals finalist would be opening a 14-cover restaurant in Notting Hill, BigHospitality has heard from another London-based restaurateur who...

Hospitality Openings: May/June 2013

27-Jun-2013 - Long-awaited restaurants, including Bruno Loubet's The Grain Store and Hutong at The Shard, dominate this month's hospitality openings photo gallery which also documents concept launches, refurbs and re-brands carried out...

Prezzo taps in on burger and chicken restaurant trends with new brand

26-Jun-2013 - Restaurant group Prezzo, the operator of the eponymous Italian chain and Mexican concept Chimichanga, has launched a new brand specialising in chicken, burger and ribs, with a debut site having...

A Steak in the Economy: Government warned not to overlook food start-up businesses

20-Jun-2013 - The Government is in danger of stifling and overlooking food and restaurant start-up businesses which could hold the key to economic growth, a new report has claimed.   

Tipping Point: Should UK restaurants ban tipping?

20-Jun-2013 - UK restaurateurs and front-of-house staff have slammed the decision of a New York restaurant to outlaw tipping, calling the move 'ridiculous' and one that should not be adopted by venues...

Optimism in the eating-out sector hits a six-year high

06-Jun-2013 - Increased spending in the eating-out sector will provide some welcome relief for restaurateurs this year and could help pave the way for an economic recovery, according to figures released by the CBI....

Bone Daddies owner brings ‘Flesh and Buns’ to Covent Garden

04-Jun-2013 - Ross Shonhan, the man behind ramen restaurant Bone Daddies, is doubling up in London with the opening of Flesh and Buns – another Japanese concept, this time specializing in  ‘hirata’...

CAU takes third site, more on the horizon

31-May-2013 - Charlie McLean’s Argentinian steakhouse concept CAU has secured its third restaurant in London’s Blackheath, with another site expected to open later this year and four to five more planned in...

Eighty sites in seven years: Giggling Squid ramps up expansion plans

31-May-2013 - Thai restaurant group Giggling Squid is sticking to its bold ambitions to become the first major national Thai chain with the appointment of a property director who will oversee its...

Honky Tonk heads to Clapham, London expansion begins

30-May-2013 - The owner of Honky Tonk, the American diner concept which launched in Chelsea last year, has secured a second site in Clapham Common as part of ambitious plans to roll out...

Restaurant 1701 brings Jewish fine dining to the City

28-May-2013 - Gourmet kosher food brand Adafina has launched Restaurant 1701 - a new fine-dining venue celebrating the world of Jewish cuisine – within the grounds of Britain’s oldest synagogue in the...

Four new restaurant signings for Gloucester Quays’ extension

28-May-2013 - Ed’s Easy Diner, Zizzi, Chimichanga and Loungers are the latest restaurant and bar operators to secure units at Quayside - the new £60 million extension to the Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre....

Breaking the bind: Restaurants replace discount dining with apps and loyalty schemes

28-May-2013 - Deep discounts, special offers and the use of daily deal websites are showing no sign of abating in the casual dining restaurant sector, but a number of recent promotion indicate...

Bath’s Hole in the Wall restaurant to re-open as The Stable

24-May-2013 - Long-standing Bath restaurant The Hole in the Wall looks set to re-open under new ownership after being closed for over a year.

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EU scraps olive oil ban after industry outrage

24-May-2013 - The EU has withdrawn its plans to ban restaurants from serving olive oil in refillable jugs and dipping bowls, less than a week after they emerged.

Olive oil ban: Refillable jugs and dipping bowls can remain on restaurant tables

22-May-2013 - The European Union ban on the use of olive oil jugs and dipping bowls in restaurants should be taken with a pinch of salt according to the Sustainable Restaurant Association...

Prezzo, Richoux and The Restaurant Group increase shopping centre footprint

22-May-2013 - Prezzo, Chimichanga, Dean’s Diner and Frankie & Benny’s are among the restaurant operators that have secured units alongside each other at a new shopping centre which opens in Fareham tomorrow (23 May)....

New British restaurant group snaps up two London sites

21-May-2013 - The Markets Group, which looks to create ‘farmers markets’ housed within the same space as new restaurants in London, has just opened its first site in Crystal Palace and is...

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Salt Yard owners to showcase Basque cuisine with new restaurant

21-May-2013 - Salt Yard group, which operates three modern tapas restaurants in central London, has secured a fourth site in Soho, BigHospitality can reveal.

Restaurants hit back at ‘stupid’ EU olive oil law

20-May-2013 - A new ban on restaurants serving olive oil in refillable jugs and dipping bowls has today been lambasted by UK restaurants as an unnecessary interference by the EU which will...

The Five Fields restaurant to open in Chelsea

16-May-2013 - American chef Taylor Bonnyman is all set to launch The Five Fields restaurant in Chelsea next week, having assembled a team which includes former staff members of Marcus Wareing at...

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Bumpkin opens fourth restaurant in Chelsea

16-May-2013 - British restaurant group Bumpkin is sticking with its plans to expand to 20 venues across the UK within the next five years, having acquired a fourth restaurant in Chelsea which...

#SocialRestaurant: How to use Twitter effectively

15-May-2013 - They’re all on it. Big national chains, high-profile chefs and small emerging brands across the UK have realised the power of Twitter. But in the fast-moving world of social media,...

Restaurant sales recover in April following March snow

15-May-2013 - Restaurants and pubs returned to a marginal sales growth in April following the devastating effects of the snow and freezing temperatures in March.

Former Arbutus team to open Picture restaurant in London’s West End

13-May-2013 - Three former Arbutus Group employees have teamed up to launch Picture, modern European restaurant situated opposite the BBC’s Broadcasting House on Great Portland Street.

Andrew Pern to open second restaurant in York

10-May-2013 - Andrew Pern, chef-proprietor of the 90-cover Star Inn in North Yorkshire, is set to open a second venue – the Star Inn The City – in York’s Museum Gardens this autumn.

Supermarket sweep: How to beat the meal deals

10-May-2013 - As supermarkets begin to take a bigger bite of the foodservice sector, many restaurant operators are left struggling to compete. Could an extra emphasis on lunchtime offerings and more seating...

Chabrot Bistrot owners open new restaurant in Smithfield

08-May-2013 - The team behind Chabrot Bistrot d'Amis restaurant in Knightsbridge has this week launched a second restaurant - Chabrot Bistrot des Halles in Smithfield - with hopes to open up to...

The Cinnamon Group turns to lunch trade as business growth slows

07-May-2013 - The new operations manager of The Cinnamon Group has admitted that the business has seen little growth over the past year, but insists there is still room to expand across...

Benito's Hat secures £1.4m private investment deal for accelerated roll-out

07-May-2013 - Private equity investor Calculus Capital has invested the majority share of £1.4m into Benito’s Hat, with the fast-casual Mexican chain planning to grow from four to 10 sites by the end of...

Soaring food prices leave restaurants fighting for profit

03-May-2013 - Food prices have overtaken rent and business rates in the list of major overheads facing UK restaurants and are now second only to staff wages, according to a new industry-wide...

Peruvian stars of World's 50 Best to open new restaurant in London

03-May-2013 - Peruvian chefs Gastón Acurio and Virgilio Martínez, whose Lima-based restaurants both featured on this year’s World’s 50 Best list, have joined forces to launch a new restaurant in London later...

Lording it up in London?

02-May-2013 - Shifts in landlord behaviour are making it harder for smaller players to get on the property ladder in the capital, writes Restaurant magazine's Joe Lutrario.

Hope on the Horizon: Five steps forward for foodservice

02-May-2013 - Following the annual Breakfast Briefing by foodservice consultancy Horizons yesterday morning (1 May), BigHospitality has picked out five of the big trends and forecasts for the eating-out sector to help...

World’s 50 Best Restaurants: El Celler de Can Roca takes 2013 title

29-Apr-2013 - El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, has been named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine in its World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 list, snatching top...

John Wood gets on-board with Dormy House re-opening

25-Apr-2013 - Michelin-starred chef John Wood has been appointed as food and beverage consultant at Dormy House ahead of the Cotswolds-based hotel’s re-opening in September, following a £10m refurbishment. 

Dietary requirements: Catering for customers with allergies and intolerances

23-Apr-2013 - In the world of dietary requirements, allergies and food intolerances, the UK hospitality industry has come on leaps and bounds. Go back just 10 years and a restaurant would stand...

Goodman Restaurants follows Burger & Lobster success with new steak and crab concept

19-Apr-2013 - Russian steakhouse group Goodman Restaurants, which operates three eponymous restaurants and the thriving Burger & Lobster chain in London, is set to launch a new ‘premium’ concept in November, having...

Little Chef for sale: Business timeline

15-Apr-2013 - Roadside restaurant chain Little Chef has been put up for sale, as turnaround firm RCapital – which bought the business out of administration in 2007 – claims ‘it’s time to...

Rossopomodoro hits Wandsworth, eyes 30 London restaurants

12-Apr-2013 - Rossopomodoro, the Italian restaurant chain which stakes claim to spearheading the arrival of authentic Neapolitan pizza and pasta to the UK, has revealed ambitious plans to expand to up to...

Video: A pizza the action... how hard can it be?

10-Apr-2013 - With Restaurant magazine recently reporting on the capital’s booming pizza market, BigHospitality headed down to the final of Giropizza – the largest pizza competition in Europe – to get some...

Profitable Prezzo prepares for more openings, Chimichanga takes spotlight

10-Apr-2013 - Following a strong set of sales results in 2012 for Italian restaurant chain Prezzo, chief executive Jonathan Kaye has reported a ‘good start’ to 2013 and is keen to expand...

‘Everything but a Michelin star’: Artisan restaurant in East Yorkshire to close

09-Apr-2013 - The head chef and co-owner of the 16-cover Artisan restaurant in Hessle has claimed that a Michelin star could have potentially changed the fate of the fine-dining restaurant which is...

Posh pizza pushes on: Trendy and authentic specialists swap wheels for bricks ’n’ mortar

05-Apr-2013 - Two high-profile mobile pizza vendors are taking permanent premises in London, becoming the latest outfits to join the capital’s booming premium pizza market.

Fishy business: Could fish mislabelling be the next horsemeat scandal?

03-Apr-2013 - Foodservice businesses across the UK are being urged to take more responsibility for serving the right type of fish after a survey has found that seven per cent of cod...

Hakkasan closes Chrysan Japanese restaurant

03-Apr-2013 - International restaurant group Hakkasan has closed its fine-dining Japanese restaurant concept Chrysan just six months after opening the site on Broadgate West.

Happy Easter: What's your business doing?

28-Mar-2013 - In spite of what is expected to be the coldest Easter since 1910, hotels, restaurants and pubs are gearing up for the ‘eggs-tended’ weekend with as over 2.5m Brits plan...

Heaton, Butler & Bayne joins Covent Garden’s restaurant revolution

22-Mar-2013 - Just days after BigHospitality reported on the recent flurry of restaurant launches in Covent Garden, Heaton, Butler & Bayne – a modern British all-day dining concept from London-based restaurateur Robert...

How confident are you? Economic uncertainty provides 'new opportunities' for hospitality businesses

22-Mar-2013 - While there will inevitably be winners and losers from this year’s Budget announcement, the hospitality industry remains confident and defiant against a tough economic backdrop, with almost 50 per cent...

The gastropub revolution: Pub-restaurants begin to dominate eating-out market

15-Mar-2013 - Food sales in managed pubs are outperforming the rest of the UK’s eating-out sector on the back of keen pricing, effective marketing and a broadening of their offering to appeal...

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February sales turnaround for restaurants and pubs

14-Mar-2013 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups enjoyed a welcome sales boost in February after poor trading in January.

Former National Chef of the Year to help launch 'calorie-neutral' pop-up restaurant

08-Mar-2013 - Frederick Forster, the 2011 winner of the National Chef of the Year contest, has joined forces with Miele to launch a pop-up restaurant which, it is claimed, is totally 'calorie-neutral'.

Curtain's up: Carrara at St. James restaurant targets theatregoers

07-Mar-2013 - A new restaurant - Carrara at St. James - has officially opened within the first theatre complex to be built in central London for 30 years.

Hospitality industry warms to digital marketing as technology drives business confidence

06-Mar-2013 - ‘Technology is driving everything’, according to a recent report based on a survey of company bosses across the eating and drinking out sector, which discovered that two-thirds of businesses will...

Sam Metcalfe seeks tenant for soon-to-close Sam’s of Sevendials restaurant

05-Mar-2013 - Brighton chef and restaurateur Sam Metcalfe has blamed rising food costs for the imminent closure of his renowned restaurant Sam’s of Sevendials and has revealed he is now looking for...

Michelin partners with Livebookings for new restaurant booking service

05-Mar-2013 - Michelin has today announced a major strategic partnership with online reservations company Livebookings which will see the restaurant guide create a new UK website, offering diners instant table bookings at...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Whitbread to boost food standards after horsemeat scandal as sales growth slows

26-Feb-2013 - Whitbread, which owns the Premier Inn, Beefeater and Costa Coffee chains, saw a 12.9 per cent sales growth in the 50 weeks to 14 February 2013, and the company is...

Horsemeat Scandal spreads to Sodexo & Burger Manufacturing Company

22-Feb-2013 - Catering giant Sodexo and restaurant and pub supplier Burger Manufacturing Company (BMC) are the latest businesses to fall foul of the horsemeat scandal after some of their products have tested...

Foodservice 2025: Report predicts restaurant industry’s robotic future

22-Feb-2013 - The restaurant industry in 2025 will have to face lower profit margins and greater technological challenges, although robotics will help improve efficiency, according to a new report.

Tragus reveals plans to refurbish entire Café Rouge estate within three years

19-Feb-2013 - John Derkach, the chief executive of Tragus, has revealed he hopes to have completed an ambitious project to refurbish the ‘vast bulk’ of the Café Rouge estate within three years...

Isaac McHale to open 'crowdfunded' restaurant The Clove Club in March

13-Feb-2013 - The Clove Club Restaurant & Bar, the business from chef Isaac McHale which has been partly funded by investors using a crowdfunding website, is set to open in Shoreditch Town...

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Snow business: Bad weather ‘not wholly responsible’ for drop in January trade

13-Feb-2013 - Leading restaurant and pub groups collectively saw a 2.4 per cent drop in like-for-likes in January, but the heavy snow across the country 'was not wholly responsible' and year-on-year sales...

The A-Z of Restaurants

28-Jan-2013 - The restaurant sector is a busy place, full of operators large and small, formal and casual, corporate and independent, high-end and mainstream, which can make it hard to define. Here...

Whitbread changes suppliers over horsemeat concerns

22-Jan-2013 - The UK’s largest hotel and restaurant operator, Whitbread, has been forced to remove thousands of burgers from some of its menus after a supplier embroiled in the horsemeat scandal couldn't...

In the pipeline: Planning application research reveals big appetite for new restaurants

18-Jan-2013 - Despite recent reports suggesting the high street is losing its appeal for acquisitive restaurant operators, the demand for new sites across the UK is actually higher than ever, with new...

Business Outlook 2013: What’s next for hospitality?

16-Jan-2013 - Smaller, up-and-coming pub operators will have more opportunities to expand, restaurateurs will begin to divert away from the high street and more hoteliers will begin actively preparing for recovery.

Strong Christmas trading for Spirit and Wetherspoon as pubs outperform restaurants over festive period

16-Jan-2013 - Spirit Pub Company and JD Wetherspoon are the latest pub groups to report a very profitable Christmas and New Year as the latest industry sales barometer reveals that pubs outperformed...

Restaurants must change attitude to food waste, says SRA

11-Jan-2013 - Restaurants should be serving smaller portion sizes and encouraging diners to take home leftovers in doggy boxes, according to the Sustainable Restaurant Assocation (SRA), which is urging all UK foodservice...

Bad staff attitudes account for more complaints than quality of product, report finds

09-Jan-2013 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are being urged to focus on improving staff attitudes in 2013 after a report has found that the majority of problems eliciting a complaint were...

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...

Happy New Year: Why hospitality businesses should be confident about 2013

02-Jan-2013 - Despite fears of an uneventful 2013 being a dead year for business, a number of leading hospitality and tourism bodies have given reasons for restaurant, hotel and bar operators to...

Burger controversy: Rare meat crackdown could break the wave of West End burger joints

11-Dec-2012 - Foodservice businesses are being warned about the potentially fatal risks of selling rare and medium-rare burgers that haven't been prepared correctly after Westminster Council served notice against Davy’s Wine Bar...

Service standards hold the key to profitable Christmas for restaurants

07-Dec-2012 - Restaurants across the UK are being urged to focus on providing first-class customer service and nurturing customer relationships throughout the festive period after a survey found that December is seen...

Luke Johnson reveals top tips for success at Arena Christmas Lunch

04-Dec-2012 - The future of the restaurant industry belongs to optimists who constantly try to innovate while focusing on good service and the development of young people within their business, according to...

Hakkasan to launch Chinese tasting menu restaurant HKK in December

30-Nov-2012 - HKK, a banquet-inspired, tasting menu restaurant concept from Chinese fine dining experts Hakkasan Group, is set to open on Broadgate West on 5 December.

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...

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Desk deliveries and power lunches: How to boost your lunchtime trade

19-Nov-2012 - The UK’s lunch market, already worth £14.9bn to the foodservice sector, looks set to occupy a growing share of overall sales in the next 12 months as consumers are looking...

Brasserie Blanc operator insists lamb's liver is safe following ban on dish

14-Nov-2012 - Brasserie Bar Co, the group behind the Raymond Blanc-founded casual dining chain Brasserie Blanc, maintains the view that its rare lamb's liver dish does not pose a health risk to...

Restaurant and pub groups hit by later school half-term

14-Nov-2012 - Britain’s leading restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales down 1.7 per cent in October compared with the same month last year, caused in part by the later school...

Ramen revolution: Shoryu Ramen taps in on West End noodle trend

13-Nov-2012 - Japan Centre Group, which owns the eponymous food shop on Regent Street, have opened the nearby Shoryu Ramen, specialising in authentic tonkotsu ramen noodles from the Hakata district of Fukuoka...

Innovation and sustainability: What the hospitality industry can learn from Steve Jobs

08-Nov-2012 - The UK’s leading food and beverage companies could learn a lot from the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs when it comes to innovation and sustainability, a roundtable discussion has concluded....

London's burger boom continues with BRGR.CO opening in Soho

07-Nov-2012 - BRGR.CO, which operates two ‘back to basics’ burger joints in Beirut, is bringing the concept to the UK next month with the opening of a 50-cover restaurant in Wardour Street,...

Pop-up to permanent: The lasting legacy of temporary restaurants

06-Nov-2012 - Whether it’s a 30ft-long shipping container, a rooftop Jubilee-themed ‘clambake’ or a steak and cocktail project occupying the upstairs of a pub, the pop-up restaurant is fast-becoming the new weapon...

Patty and Bun completes ‘golden triangle’ of West End burger joints

30-Oct-2012 - Patty and Bun, the burger joint which has been running pop-up venues in London's Battersea and Soho, is set to open its first permanent site on James Street later this...

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...

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...

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Clockjack Oven chicken restaurant hits Soho with more to come

23-Oct-2012 - Clockjack Oven, a new rotisserie chicken restaurant group, has secured its first site on Denman Street in London’s Soho, with plans to create a chain of up to 15 sites.

Exclusive: UK restaurants serving world cuisines facing danger of 'slow death'

23-Oct-2012 - The future UK growth of leading world cuisine restaurant brands such as Zuma, Roka and Busaba Eathai could be in real danger of stalling if the Government decides to remove...

The Flat Chicken takes poultry craze outside of London

22-Oct-2012 - The recent flurry of chicken-led restaurants in London is now spreading outside of the capital with The Flat Chicken coming to roost in Stratford-upon-Avon next month.

Claire Clark: The Great British Bake Off should encourage investors to ‘take a gamble’ on UK pastry chefs

19-Oct-2012 - Claire Clark, former pastry chef at three Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry, has expressed her wish that the success of The Great British Bake Off will change perceptions of dessert...

Wake up and smell the coffee: Surveys reveal importance of coffee to restaurants and pubs

18-Oct-2012 - According to two surveys, hospitality operators are increasingly realising the importance of coffee to their businesses with national pub chains now selling more cups of the beverage than their coffee...

Pickles pledges more support for Indian chefs of the future with new scholarship

18-Oct-2012 - Communities Secretary Eric Pickles this week joined Britain’s leading Indian chefs and restaurateurs to launch a new scholarship programme for students to develop their careers in high-end Asian cuisine and...

Are all-day dining and diversification the answers to restaurant's problems?

17-Oct-2012 - The successful future of the restaurant sector may lie with longer opening hours and multi-concept operations in one site, according to industry experts and operators.

Green Paper 2012: How sustainable is the UK hospitality industry?

15-Oct-2012 - The 2012 Gram Green Paper – a study into the hospitality industry’s attitudes towards sustainability – has been released, providing a comprehensive review of the sustainable attitudes and behaviours within...

The Restaurant Show Top 10: Chicken, bricks and Michelin stars - what we learnt at the trade show

12-Oct-2012 - The annual three-day restaurant extravaganza has finished for another year and, with tonnes of chef interviews, restaurateur panels, product launches and competitions, it's easy to feel you missed something, so...

Eric Chavot returns to UK for new London restaurant

12-Oct-2012 - Chef Eric Chavot has returned to the UK from his two-year stint in America to launch his own restaurant – Brasserie Chavot – adjacent to the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair next year.

Restaurants begin phasing out 2-for-1 deals in bid to break discount bind

12-Oct-2012 - High street restaurants are moving away from two-for-one discount deals in favour of vouchers offering smaller reductions available for more limited periods – could this be the first sign of...

Philip Howard: Chef's Chef of the Year Award a vindication of The Square's 'pure, proper' cooking

11-Oct-2012 - Philip Howard, head chef and co-owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant The Square, has described being named as the Chef's Chef of the Year as a 'humbling' experience and a pleasing...

Prezzo and Pizza Hut add gluten-free options, is the industry doing enough?

04-Oct-2012 - With Prezzo and Pizza Hut the latest branded national operators to up their gluten-free offerings, the rest of the industry needs to ‘get up to speed’ when it comes to...

Hen party: London goes chicken crazy

03-Oct-2012 - The recent flurry of new chicken-led restaurants shows no signs of abating with more set to launch in the capital in the coming months.

Arjun Waney turns to Peruvian cuisine for opening of Coya in November

28-Sep-2012 - Arjun Waney, the man behind Le Petite Maison, The Arts Club and one half of the duo behind Zuma and Roka, is set to launch Coya – a contemporary Peruvian...

Off the menu? How the global pork shortage could affect your business

27-Sep-2012 - Chefs and restaurateurs across the country are being forced to reconsider the meat options on their menus after a global shortage of pork and bacon has been deemed ‘unavoidable’ next...

Red Tractor Week highlights increasing importance of food quality assurance on menus

27-Sep-2012 - With Red Tractor Week currently underway, a new survey from the not-for-profit organisation has revealed that over half of diners (56 per cent) now look for its symbol when eating out.

Lunch sales set to outperform rest of foodservice sector, says Horizons

21-Sep-2012 - The UK’s lunch market, already worth £14.9bn to the foodservice sector, looks set to occupy a growing share of overall sales in the next 12 months as more consumers are...

All aboard: Network Rail’s sales results show growing business potential of railway stations for restaurants

20-Sep-2012 - With branded national restaurant chains increasingly recognising the potential of high-footfall transport hubs, Network Rail’s latest train station F&B sales results prove that the areas are now becoming eating, drinking...

Taste of the Future: Foodservice not taking sustainability seriously enough

13-Sep-2012 - The majority of foodservice consultants believe that hospitality businesses are only 'paying lip service to sustainability', forecasting that the issue will have the greatest impact on the sector in the...

Restaurant and pub groups see London sales boost in August

12-Sep-2012 - Combined like-for-like sales for pub and restaurant groups inside the M25 increased by 5 per cent in August, but businesses outside of London saw a much more modest uplift of...

Tackling obesity: Should restaurants be doing more?

12-Sep-2012 - The majority of UK adults believe that obesity has become a ‘major problem’ in Britain and that restaurant and pub chains should be doing more to promote healthy eating. 

Service standards remain the ‘weak link’ for London restaurants

11-Sep-2012 - Service standards in London’s restaurants have been labelled as a ‘weak link’ by Tim Zagat, with his eponymous restaurant guide revealing that 73 per cent of all customer complaints relate...

Zagat 2013: The Wolseley, Wagamama and Roganic among winners

10-Sep-2012 - The Wolseley all-day café-restaurant in London’s Piccadilly has been named the capital's most popular restaurant for the second year running by eating-out guide Zagat.

Gourmet food-on-the-go concepts the Ones to Watch, says Horizons

07-Sep-2012 - Quality ‘food-on-the-go’ has become the key area of growth for the UK’s eating out market, with concepts consistently emerging in transport hubs, shopping centres and busy high street locations as...

Scotland’s £1m food and drink boost provides ‘golden opportunity’ to showcase Scottish hospitality

07-Sep-2012 - The injection of one million pounds of Scottish Government money into food and drink firms has been welcomed by hospitality industry bodies and businesses as the nation gears up for...

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers the best meal in London, according to Harden's

30-Aug-2012 - The capital's dining scene has experienced a 'rapid rebound' in the last year with a jump in the number of openings of 25 per cent, according to the latest Harden's...

The Young Turks chef set to 'crowdfund' Shoreditch Town Hall restaurant

16-Aug-2012 - Isaac McHale, one half of The Young Turks chef collective, is preparing to jointly launch a set-menu restaurant in Shoreditch Town Hall, financed in part by 'crowdfunding' with the aim...

Damp July and Olympics Opening Ceremony hit restaurant and pub sales

15-Aug-2012 - The week running up to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics was the worst performing week of July for the UK’s leading restaurant, pub and bar groups, pushing...

Simon Rogan: Perfect rating in 2013 Good Food Guide ‘the icing on the cake’

13-Aug-2012 - Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume has scored the perfect 10 in The Good Food Guide 2013, joining The Fat Duck as one of only two restaurants in the UK to...

Big restaurant chains see turnover rise, tough outlook for smaller businesses

08-Aug-2012 - The top 100 restaurant chains saw turnover increase by 5.6 per cent last year, a big improvement on the 2.6 per cent increase of 2010. But the market isn't becoming...

Funding hospitality: Private investment

03-Aug-2012 - In the final part of our special feature on securing investment for your hospitality business our focus turns to private investment: from love money courtesy of friends and family to...

Steve Easterbrook leaves Pizza Express to join Wagamama

02-Aug-2012 - Steve Easterbrook has left Pizza Express after less than a year as chief executive, joining fast-casual noodle chain Wagamama as successor to Steve Hill. 

Funding hospitality: The banks

01-Aug-2012 - Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur with a bold idea for a new restaurant concept or a successful hotelier with plans to expand an already popular business, there’s one thing you’ll...

How to run a successful banquet or develop event catering

27-Jul-2012 - TV shows like Great British Menu have led to a resurgence in popularity among chefs for cooking banquets or developing event catering, so BigHospitality went behind the scenes at a fine-dining three-course...

Behind the scenes at a dinner for 2,000 at the Royal Albert Hall

27-Jul-2012 - To accompany a special audio podcast investigating top tips for chefs and restaurants on developing an event catering or banquet dining arm, BigHospitality took an exclusive look at how Rhubarb...

'Star Chamber' set to convene to tackle hospitality red tape and regulation

24-Jul-2012 - A cross-Whitehall committee or 'Star Chamber' is set to meet in the next few weeks to consider hospitality industry proposals to cut red tape and regulation, Tourism Minister John Penrose...

Breaking the discount bind: Loyalty schemes provide effective alternative for restaurants

20-Jul-2012 - Deep discounts, special offers and the use of daily deal websites could soon become a thing of the past for restaurants and pubs as customers are becoming more attracted to...

Heavy rain, Diamond Jubilee and Euro 2012 bring ‘mixed fortunes’ for eating out sector

18-Jul-2012 - UK restaurants and pubs saw like-for-like sales edge up 1.3 per cent last month, but a combination of the unusually cold and wet weather, Euro 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond...

How to develop closer links and relationships with food suppliers

18-Jul-2012 - With the popularity for local produce and diner demand for provenance information showing no sign of slowing down, Renaissance Pubs has solved the problem of developing closer links and relationships...

An end to restaurant no-shows? New marketing platform reveals potential solution

13-Jul-2012 - The issue of customer’s booking tables and not showing up has plagued the restaurant industry for years, but now bookingrid.com, a new marketing platform for restaurants which uses a demand-led...

Rain and recession blamed for Le Bouchon Breton closure

06-Jul-2012 - Le Bouchon Breton restaurant in Spitalfields Market has ceased trading blaming rain and the recession on the closure just months after declaring a rebranding and cheaper menu had helped business...

Food Trends 2012: Top 10 restaurant predictions

04-Jul-2012 - In the fourth and final part of our feature on food trends in 2012 we asked 10 leading chefs, restaurateurs and food critics including Heston Blumenthal, Simon Rogan and Richard...

Generation Y: Eating out becomes ‘lifestyle’ for young people, finds Taste of the Nation survey

04-Jul-2012 - Consumers from ‘Generation Y’ (18-34 year-olds) are continuing to defy the recession by going out to eat and drink 29 per cent more often than last year, a survey has found.

Food trends 2012: Natural & subtle

03-Jul-2012 - The ‘Rene Redzepi factor’ is set to take the UK by storm, with an increasing number of chefs and restaurants taking a more natural approach to food, using less meat...

Hospitality industry surviving recession with ‘quick action and determination’, says BHA

28-Jun-2012 - With today’s release of revised gross domestic product (GDP) figures showing that the double-dip recession is deeper than originally feared, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) believes the hospitality industry can...

Bite-size Britain: Tapas-style restaurants sweep the nation

28-Jun-2012 - As Koh Thai Tapas prepares to open its third restaurant in the South East, a number of other new tapas-style concepts are springing up around the country, with sharing dishes...

Hospitality industry unites to support new food waste reduction initiative

27-Jun-2012 - Sixty-nine British hospitality businesses, ranging from hotels, pubs, restaurants, contract caterers and industry bodies, have today signed up to a new, voluntary agreement which aims to cut food waste by...

Discount dining: Help or hindrance for the restaurant sector?

27-Jun-2012 - Discount vouchers have traditionally proved an effective tactic by some operators in encouraging consumers to eat in their outlets and have risen in popularity since the recession. But the popularity...

Restaurants and pubs see sales pick-up in May

20-Jun-2012 - Restaurant and pub groups across the UK saw a welcome 2.6 per cent increase in collective like-for-like sales in May, with total sales up 6.5 per cent on the same...

Food quality in the premium casual market: 10 tips to success

19-Jun-2012 - Alex Scrimgeour, joint managing director of Côte Brasserie, has given fellow UK restaurant operators some of his top tips on maintaining or enhancing food quality in the premium casual dining...

Nando’s revealed as Britain’s most popular casual dining concept

15-Jun-2012 - Nando’s, the fast-casual Portuguese chicken restaurant chain, has topped the eating-out popularity stakes, with more people choosing to eat at one of its sites than at any other major restaurant...

Mobile restaurant ordering app using customer's own smartphone launched in UK

07-Jun-2012 - QikServe, an app that allows diners to view a restaurant menu, order food and drinks for their specific table and pay the bill using their own iPhone, iPad or Android...

Digital Innovation Forum: How to make your restaurant stand out from the crowd

06-Jun-2012 - BigHospitality’s sister title Restaurant magazine launched a new industry event last week – the Digital Innovation Forum - which presented operators with the very latest developments, products and thinking in...

Breed recognition: Majority of chefs don't know which chicken breed they serve

06-Jun-2012 - The majority of chefs do not know which breed of chicken is on their menu or the provenance of the meat despite its continued popularity over pork or beef, according...

Robert Cook claims hotel brasserie is 'dead' as he relaunches De Vere Village Hotels

05-Jun-2012 - Village Hotels has been relaunched as De Vere Village Urban Resorts by newly-appointed chief executive Robert Cook, who has revealed target locations for the expanding brand and created a new restaurant concept, declaring the hotel...

Sharp's Brewery launches range of bottled beers to match food

24-May-2012 - Cornwall-based Sharp's Brewery has launched Connoisseurs Choice, a range of bottled beers designed to be matched with different ingredients and food.

Cold and wet April hits pub and restaurant sales

17-May-2012 - April proved to be a washout for the eating and drinking-out market as unusually cold and wet weather hit like-for-like sales, according to this month’s Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Alain Roux on three Michelin stars: Things are never for life

16-May-2012 - Alain Roux took over as chef patron of Bray's The Waterside Inn in 2002 and as the restaurant nears its fortieth birthday BigHospitality caught up with him to talk about...

René Redzepi reignites restaurant no-shows debate

11-May-2012 - Following last month’s restaurant no-shows podcast and follow-up news article, Noma's René Redzepi has told BigHospitality that it is still a ‘mega problem’ for the industry, and that diners should ‘respect a restaurant reservation like...

Sustainability no longer a 'buzzword' but an 'insurance' for restaurants

11-May-2012 - Silla Bjerrum, the co-founder of Japanese restaurant and takeaway chain Feng Sushi and one of the restaurant industry's biggest sustainability champions, has told BigHospitality attitudes towards sustainability have changed beyond...

Restaurants leave customers playing the waiting game

11-May-2012 - More than half of UK diners believe that speed of payment is now a more important issue for a restaurant to address than the quality of food, with 89 per...

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Merseyside hotel doubles capacity using renewable energy specialist

10-May-2012 - Merseyside's Mere Brook House Hotel, near Thornton Hough in the Wirral, has opened a new cottage conversion with a design aided by a renewable energy specialist; doubling the capacity of the venue....

Manchester restaurateur behind Southern Eleven announces second concept

08-May-2012 - James Hitchen, the restaurateur behind Manchester's Southern Eleven restaurant, is to open a second concept, Neighbourhood, in the city's Spinningfields development less than a year after his first project.

Average price of three-course meal breaks £20 barrier

03-May-2012 - The average price of a three-course meal in a UK restaurant has risen by 7.1 per cent to £20.90 - up from £19.52 last year, while the average price of...

Branded chains and fast food concepts to lead eating out sector growth

30-Apr-2012 - The branded restaurant sector is to grow by more than 20 per cent in three years and fast food operators are to spearhead growth in the eating out industry, according...

Restaurants have ‘work cut out’ as discount voucher use still rising

30-Apr-2012 - Almost half of UK restaurant-goers – equating to some 15 million people - rate discount vouchers as ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ important when deciding where to dine out, with the number...

Light at the end of the tunnel for restaurants, says Horizons

19-Apr-2012 - The UK restaurant industry is weathering the financial storm, with increased consumer spend and on-going innovation in the foodservice market providing a solid foundation for post-recession recovery over the next 18...

World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards: What makes a restaurant world class?

18-Apr-2012 - In the ten years since the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards was launched a wide variety of gastronomic and dining styles have been represented in the top 50 so as...

Restaurant no-shows: are booking websites to blame?

17-Apr-2012 - A number of high-end restaurateurs and industry experts have condemned the use of online reservation systems, claiming booking websites are contributing to the growing number of people booking tables and...

Food and drink matching trends: Spirits/Cocktails

22-Mar-2012 - As we have seen in previous parts of this feature, food and drink can be a marriage made in heaven for restaurants and pubs. But cocktails, apéritifs and spirits are...

Byron and Union Jacks to open restaurants at Bluewater

16-Mar-2012 - Byron and Union Jacks are the latest restaurants to recognise the business potential of high-footfall shopping centre locations, with the opening of two new sites at Bluewater in the coming...

Food and drink matching trends: Beer

08-Mar-2012 - When it comes to maximising drinks sales, beer has always stood in the shadow of higher GP wine and there has been little faith that diners would ever choose grape...

Shopping centres emerge as must-have locations for expanding restaurant concepts

02-Mar-2012 - The intense competition for prime city-centre restaurant sites is spreading rapidly into shopping centres across the UK, as landlords, established food concepts and emerging brands are increasingly recognising the potential...

Business Outlook 2012: What’s in store for hospitality?

18-Jan-2012 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs had mixed fortunes in 2011, with all three hospitality sectors suffering a decline in property prices. But there is hope on the horizon, with the potential...

Pubs and restaurants see major sales boost after snowless December

17-Jan-2012 - Britain’s pubs and restaurants saw a major sales boost over the Christmas and New Year period, with like-for-like sales for December up 9.9 per cent from 2010.

Restaurant magazine’s 2012 predictions

12-Jan-2012 - With a year packed full of national and restaurant-related events, BigHospitality’s sister publication Restaurant magazine has published its own series of sage predictions for 2012. The crystal ball goes into...

Food for Thought: Richard Vines leads discussion on key restaurant industry trends

05-Jan-2012 - A panel of restaurant industry experts headed up by renowned food critic Richard Vines have given their insights into key issues affecting the sector, shedding some light on current trends...

Restaurants and pubs show resilience as UK consumers eat out more

05-Dec-2011 - In spite of the current economic crisis, UK consumers are going out to eat and drink and restaurants and pubs even more than before, according to the latest Taste of...

Hospitality entrepreneurs on the rise

28-Nov-2011 - The numbers of young entrepreneurs starting up businesses in the hospitality industry is on the increase, according to a recent report, which defined the sector as ‘vulnerable’ due to short-term...

BCA announces nominees for annual awards

24-Nov-2011 - The Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA) has announced the nominees for its ‘Chef of the Year’ award, ahead of its annual awards ceremony for the UK’s curry house industry in London...

Sizzling September boosts pub and restaurant sales

18-Oct-2011 - Following the warmest September since 2006 and the equal-sixth warmest in the last 100 years, Britains leading pub and restaurant groups saw a significant boost in sales.

Start-up restaurants proving successful, despite decline in foodservice sector

26-Sep-2011 - As sales in the UK’s foodservice sector are beginning to decline, restaurant, bar and café operators are keeping customers eating out by introducing new brands, changing their menus and broadening...

Diners eat out more despite rising restaurant prices

14-Sep-2011 - Diners are eating out more often each week and having better experience, despite the price of an average meal in London rising by 6.3 per cent in the past year.

Northern restaurant chains confident despite tough trading conditions

07-Sep-2011 - Most restaurant chain operators are confident that northern UK cities still offer growth potential, despite trading conditions remaining tough in the region.

Pizza Express begins 'biggest rebrand' in company history

07-Sep-2011 - Pizza Express is undergoing the biggest brand makeover in the company’s 46-year history in homage to its ‘pizzaiolos’ and their striped shirts.

The Ledbury serves best food in London, claims Harden's

31-Aug-2011 - Notting Hill restaurant The Ledbury has been named as serving the best food in London, according to restaurant guide Harden’s, after topping the publication’s over £85 category.

Pollen Street Social named best new UK restaurant in Good Food Guide awards

11-Aug-2011 - Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social has been named the best new UK restaurant by the Good Food Guide 2012 (GFG), entering its list of the UK’s Top 50 Restaurants at...

Investor interest in fast-casual restaurant chains set to soar

01-Aug-2011 - A fresh round of investment is expected in the hospitality industry over the next 12 months, in particular in small-to-medium fast casual restaurant chains, with private equity companies and investors...

More business failures expected for hospitality SMEs

01-Aug-2011 - Small businesses in the hospitality sector should be particularly vigilant of their business strategies over the years ahead, as corporate financial analysts warn that the worst is still to come.

Vouchers are losing influence on diners’ eating habits

29-Jul-2011 - Restaurant vouchers and discounts are losing their influence on diners’ decisions on where to eat, a survey has found.

Premium brands driving on-trade spirits growth

26-Jul-2011 - A growth in cocktails, premium drinking venues and the rise of the Weekend Millionaire has fuelled growth of the spirits market, which is largely driven by premium brands.

UK leads in holidays for seniors

20-Jul-2011 - The UK is the largest single source of over 55 year-old holidaymakers, a population group that makes up more than a quarter of all holiday travel in Europe.

Eating out market continues to grow despite economic pressure

11-Jul-2011 - The UK eating out market is expected to grow by 2.8 per cent in 2011 to £42bn, with the low-mid value sector and lunchtimes showing the greatest signs of growth.

Hospitality execs plan investment as optimism increases

08-Jul-2011 - Senior executives in the hospitality sector worldwide are more optimistic than their peers in other industries about the prospects of the economy, with many of them gearing up for growth...

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Diners willing to pay more for steak in restaurants and hotels than pubs

29-Jun-2011 - Consumers are happy to pay more for a steak in a restaurant or hotel than in a pub, with almost half prepared to fork out up to £17.

Pubs outpace restaurants in value food sales

22-Jun-2011 - The economical food offering in pubs is helping the sector attract consumers while traditional full-service restaurants continue to struggle, according to new market research.

Red Hot World Buffet plans expansion to 80 UK venues

20-Jun-2011 - Red Hot World Buffet (RHWB), the north-based buffet restaurant operator, has revealed plans to grow its estate up to 80 venues as it launches Europe’s largest buffet in Manchester.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes now account for a third of high street shops

17-Jun-2011 - Restaurants, pubs and cafes now account for a third of independent high street shops in the UK, a study of 75,000 businesses has found.

Learning from abroad: Restaurants

09-Jun-2011 - The British restaurant industry can often be short-sighted; concentrating too much on what’s happening in their local neighbourhood rather than focusing on the bigger picture.

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Learning from abroad

07-Jun-2011 - With the hospitality industry becoming increasingly competitive, operators should be drawing inspiration from those that are performing ahead of the market in order to run their business more effectively.

Tourists spent £114bn in UK in 2008, says ONS

26-May-2011 - Domestic and foreign tourists spent a total of £114bn in the UK in 2008, with more money forked out on food than on hotels, according to a new set of...

Alcohol prices see record hikes in April as inflation rises

18-May-2011 - The UK’s latest inflation hike is likely to cause further damage to the hospitality sector, both in terms of sales and staffing, say sector trade groups.

April pub and restaurant sales up, but analysts urge caution

18-May-2011 - The Royal Wedding, Easter Holidays and record sunshine all contributed to higher sales in pubs and restaurants this year, but market analysts warn that they also created new challenges for...

Cost of eating out rising faster than inflation

27-Apr-2011 - The cost of eating out in the UK is rising faster than inflation, with an average three-course meal eaten out of home now costing almost £19.

Restaurant and pub sales increase while retail sales fall

18-Apr-2011 - The UK’s major pub and restaurant groups have recorded a slight increase in sales last month, demonstrating that consumers are still eating out despite spending less at the supermarket.

Predictions for next generation of celebrity chefs

18-Mar-2011 - Jason Atherton, Nathan Outlaw and Tommi Miers are amongst the chefs most likely to become the next big celebrity chefs, predicts the retail sector’s leading publication, The Grocer.

Graduate interest in hospitality jobs soars following Michel Roux’s Service

10-Mar-2011 - TV show Michel Roux’s Service may have inspired a growth in student and graduate interest in hospitality jobs of almost 200 per cent, signalling a shift in the perception of...

Subway overtakes McDonald’s as largest restaurant chain

08-Mar-2011 - Fresh sandwich chain Subway claims it has now overtaken McDonald’s as the largest restaurant chain in the world, with a 1,000-venue lead.

Scottish restaurants lead list of top diner-rated venues

08-Mar-2011 - Scottish restaurants Restaurant Martin Wishart and Piccolo Mondo have led a list of the UK’s Top 100 restaurants, based on the ratings of Toptable users.

Restaurants and pubs invest in gaining market share, finds survey

07-Mar-2011 - Leading casual dining and pub brands plan to invest more in marketing, branding and customer feedback in an effort to gain market share in 2011, reveals a survey of top...

Fast food gains market share from traditional restaurants, finds report

03-Mar-2011 - The restaurant sector is showing some signs of recovery, although full service restaurants continue to suffer in favour of fast food options, finds a new study.

Restaurants abusing ‘local’ claims, investigation reveals

28-Feb-2011 - Restaurants across England and Wales are using false ‘local’ claims on some of their products, a Local Government Regulation investigation has revealed.

CBI: Consumer service firms continue to struggle

24-Feb-2011 - Consumer service firms, such as restaurants and hotels, continued to struggle in the three months to February, as the gap in sentiment between firms that rely on consumer spending and...

‘Facebook Factor’ inspires 52% to make travel bookings

24-Feb-2011 - A new survey has found that the social networking site Facebook has a powerful influence over people’s holiday plans, with over half of users saying that photos on the site...

Wine drinkers spend more but go out less, finds research

17-Feb-2011 - Restaurants are the most popular destination for British adult drinkers when they go out, according to new research by the Wilson Drinks Report (WDR).

Warmer weather saw January sales rise for operators

14-Feb-2011 - The UK’s leading pub and restaurant operators witnessed a 10.7 per cent like for like sales rise in January compared to last year, when snow hampered trade for much of...

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Valentine’s Day restaurant bookings increase

14-Feb-2011 - Diners are more confident about eating out this Valentine’s Day than last year, as restaurant bookings for 14 February have soared by 25 per cent.

Quarter of operators fail to upsell wines

14-Feb-2011 - A quarter of hospitality operators are missing out on potential revenue by failing to encourage their staff to upsell wines, research has found.

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Consumers to spend less on eating out

07-Feb-2011 - Almost two-thirds of consumers plan to cut back on eating out this year, according to new research.

Highlight healthier menu options before calorie counting, says expert

02-Feb-2011 - Restaurants should add a “healthy eating” section to menus before fully calorie counting every dish, an expert has advised.

Pret A Manger remains most admired brand

01-Feb-2011 - Pret A Manger and McDonald’s are the UK’s most admired food and beverage brands by people in the industry, according to a new survey released today.

Food Trends 2011: Dining Trends

31-Jan-2011 - Vouchers and discounts have meant big business for restaurants over the last year, but with consumers increasingly looking for value in more than just their wallets, and with warnings that...

Restaurants not online are ‘invisible’, says research

27-Jan-2011 - A worrying number of restaurants are not embracing technology and the internet to promote their businesses, research from online reservations and marketing service Livebookings has found.

Food trends 2011: Top ingredients

24-Jan-2011 - BigHospitality brings you an exclusive insight into which ingredients will be top of the agenda for some of the UK’s top chefs this year.

Hospitality property prices stabilise as buyer confidence returns

19-Jan-2011 - Restaurant, hotel and pub property prices have stabilised over the past year, although the restaurants sector was the only one of the three to show any significant increase in average...

Food trends 2011: Popular flavours and food pairings

17-Jan-2011 - In the second week of BigHospitality’s food trend feature, some of the country’s top chefs tell us which popular flavours and food pairings they think will be big in 2011....

Restaurant and pub sales plummet in December

17-Jan-2011 - Pub and restaurant operators have seen sales plummet in December compared to last year, after the heavy snow encouraged consumers to stay indoors at home.

Food trends 2011: Popular cuisines

10-Jan-2011 - British diners have become more aware than ever of their expanding waistline and shrinking pockets, shifting their taste for out-of-home dining towards lighter, healthier meals that give value for money.

Special feature: 2011 food trends

05-Jan-2011 - Will this be the year Chinese food regains its place in the nation’s hearts? Or will Indian and Mexican cuisine continue to dominate the market?

Leading restaurateurs predict 2011 dining trends

05-Jan-2011 - Hospitality operators this past year have been pitted against ash clouds, torrential snow and a consumer reliance on discount vouchers, and while many may welcome 2011 with open arms and...

Review of the Year 2010: The future

23-Dec-2010 - With 2010 almost over its time to look ahead to what the future brings. We’ve spoken to some of the industry’s key players to find out what they believe 2011...

British tourism set to rise in 2011

22-Dec-2010 - Britain is on target to attract 300,000 more visitors next year as confidence amongst overseas travellers returns.

Review of the Year 2010: Restaurants

20-Dec-2010 - As 2010 draws to a close, we take a look back at how the restaurant sector has evolved in the past 12 months.

Pub/restaurant wine sales outstripping off-trade

17-Dec-2010 - Wine sales are growing more strongly in pubs and restaurants than they are in the off-trade, according to the latest quarterly report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

Linking food preparation to flavour is key, finds diner survey

16-Dec-2010 - As we look to the dining trends that are likely to pick up in the new year, a recent survey of UK diners suggests that people are especially interested in...

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Eating out is top activity of tourists to Britain, finds report

16-Dec-2010 - Eating out in restaurants when visiting Britain has been flagged up as the top priority of most holiday-makers to the country, according to a new study published by VisitBritain.

White Christmas could be “disastrous” for hospitality

15-Dec-2010 - Hospitality businesses are expected to suffer over the next few weeks, as a second wave of freezing weather hits the UK in the run-up to Christmas.

Hospitality SMEs living ‘on the breadline’, finds study

14-Dec-2010 - Small and medium-sized businesses in the hospitality sector are struggling to make ends meet, with many having no cash flow flexibility to cope in case of emergency, finds a new...

Pub and restaurant sales slow as Christmas approaches

13-Dec-2010 - Pub and restaurant operators will likely face a tough trading environment as we head towards Christmas, as analysts say the latest sector sales figures reveal a challenging time ahead.

Restaurant brands facing discount voucher “treadmill”

07-Dec-2010 - Restaurants brands may be forced to permanently lower prices as consumers become accustomed to discount voucher spending, a food service analyst has warned.

Poli's open their second Italian

17-Sep-2006 - WHO? | Sarah and Lino Poli open their second Italian, Boboli – sister of Firenze in Kibworth Beauchamp. Similarly Florence-inspired Boboli – named after the Tuscan city’s Giardini di Boboli...

Fuchs buys first restaurant on Glamorgan Heritage Coast

17-Sep-2006 - Former Savoy Chef George Fuchs has bought his first restaurant on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast in Wales. Fuchs and his wife Einar, who will look after front of house, have...