In this section, BigHospitality rounds up the results of major national guides and awards across the restaurant, hotel and pub industries. From Michelin Stars through to the Good Beer Guide and the Great British Pub Awards to the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards - we've got it covered with exclusive interviews, photo galleries and award listings.

National Restaurant Awards 2014: in pictures

The seventh National Restaurant Awards, organised by Restaurant magazine and sponsored by Estrella Damm, took place at The Hurlingham Club, London on 30 June.

Interactive map: National Restaurant Awards 2014 top 10

Gymkhana stole the top spot at last night's National Restaurant Awards 2014, but what other venues made it into the top 10? Check out our interactive map for more details on the ten best restaurants in the UK.

National Restaurant Awards: Gymkhana takes 2014 title

Mayfair restaurant Gymkhana has been voted the UK’s best restaurant at the 2014 National Restaurant Awards, beating previous winners The Ledbury and The Hand & Flowers to the top spot.

With an estimated 236,000 extra jobs expected to be created in hospitality by 2015 there has never been a greater need to find the right people to fill them. Recruiting the right staff, developing their skills and retaining them is essential for a successful business, so it is important to know how to do it. Read about the latest trends in recruitment, top tips from experts and more here.

Recruitment: Improving staff retention through training and incentives

At 20 per cent, staff turnaround in hospitality is one of the highest in the UK. Though this is an improvement on the 30 per cent recorded in 2008, continued retention efforts are needed to relieve the sector’s recruitment burden.

Recruitment: Making hospitality an attractive career option

With the continued growth of the hospitality sector, combined with the lowest unemployment rate since 2008, finding new recruits is set to become more and more challenging. So where can restaurants, hotels and pubs find potential candidates, and what can they do to make the industry an attractive career prospect?

Recruitment: Selecting the right candidates

Once the challenge of attracting applicants has been overcome, hospitality recruiters find themselves with the task of selecting the right candidates for their brand - ultimately aiming for improved staff retention.

Our latest trends analysis and advice from industry experts 

London hotels lose out to regions in June

London hotels lost out to the regions last month, with East Midlands and Liverpool hotels enjoying particular growth, according to the latest HotStats UK Chain Hotels Market Review.

Banks are failing SMEs, finds competition watchdog

Banks are failing to provide the service and value that small and medium-sized (SME) businesses such as bars, restaurants and hotels need to thrive, according to a new report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Flat June sales for restaurants despite #WorldCup2014

Managed pub and restaurant groups’ collective like-for-like sales grew just 0.4 per cent in June, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Our latest interviews with the hospitality industry's leading lights and upcoming stars

Ian Daniels on City Marque and the evolution of serviced apartments

Founded in 2009, City Marque now runs nearly 200 serviced apartments across the capital. The company started outsourcing some of its front office operations in the Philippines three year ago and now has 60 per cent of its 80-strong staff based in Manila. Business development director Ian Daniels talks to BigHospitality about the evolution of the firm and the serviced apartment boom.

Scott Hallsworth to open late night venue in South Kensington

Ex-Nobu head chef and Kurobuta founder Scott Hallsworth is to open a new late night venue and restaurant in the former Brompton Club in South Kensington.

Alexander Salussolia on Silk & Grain, market niches and nurturing future talent

Managing director of Glendola Leisure Alexander Salussolia joined the company in 1992 as an area manager, before becoming its managing director in 2000. The company is about to open its first venture in the City of London, restaurant and aged cocktail concept Silk & Grain.

The Annual Hotel Conference, the major event for the UK's hotel industry, will take place in Manchester on the 16 and 17 October 2013 with speakers including Robert Cook of De Vere and Kevin Roberts of Saatchi & Saatchi. Here's our round-up of all the news pre and post-event. 

Location and business aspirations determine independent or branded focus for hoteliers

A hotel's location, it's owner's aspirations for the business and the type of guest it wants to attract are key elements to deciding whether it should be branded or remain independent. 

Aberdeen is new hotel hotspot says De Vere's Robert Cook

De Vere Hotels and Village Urban Resorts Robert Cook has urged hotel companies to consider Aberdeen as a city to expand to as its strong oil and gas industry has made it a ‘hot’ city for hotels.

Magnuson Worldwide launches CRS1 global reservation system

Magnuson Worldwide has launched the CRS1, a new a low-cost global hotel reservation system designed to help hoteliers cut their reservation transaction costs by up to 90 per cent.

A round-up of all the news from the second British Hospitality & Tourism Summit.

Arora Hotels to open hotel Crowne Plaza hotel at O2

Arora Hotels founder and chief executive Surinder Arora has confirmed plans to open its eighth hotel at The O2 in London.

Hospitality workers protest for higher pay before new job creation

Members of workers union Unite are calling for leaders within the hospitality industry to address issues over pay throughout the sector before creating another 300,000 jobs.

British Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2013: Government urged to take hospitality seriously

The Government is not taking the hospitality industry seriously enough and should take greater notice of the UK’s fourth largest industry to help drive economic growth.

A roundup of all the news from the British Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2014

In pictures: BHA Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2014

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2014 took place at the Novotel West London on 5 June, with some of the biggest names in UK hospitality gathering to share knowledge and discuss the future. 

Change your mindset to attract Generation Y, urges futurist

Attracting and retaining Generation Y as staff and customers will require a fundamental shift in the way hospitality businesses think and operate, according to futurist Dr Graeme Codrington.

Government sets up Tourism Council to boost growth

The government has announced the formation of a Tourism Council which will see regulators and industry work together for the growth of the UK hospitality and tourism trade.

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, this section has all the latest news and trends in hospitality finance to help you on your way.

Budget 2014: What can we expect from George Osborne?

The Chancellor George Osborne will today present 'a Budget for a resilient economy'. But with further calls for another beer duty cut and a reduction in VAT, hospitality professionals will undoubtedly be among those watching most closely.

VisitEngland launches Government-backed flood recovery campaign

VisitEngland is today (19 March) launching a £2m Government funded campaign to support businesses affected by the recent severe weather and to drive holiday bookings in England.

Work that experience: The changing face of customer loyalty

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 brand loyalty. But with this loyalty comes further expectations and the need for more than just greater value but also for an experience, a point that a number of operators are quickly picking up on.

The Restaurant Show, the trade show designed exclusively for the UK’s restaurant industry, returns once more to Earls Court 2 on 7-9 October 2013. Visitors will be able to source new products and suppliers, gain valuable business advice, observe leading industry competitions and share tips and recipes with leading chefs and restaurateurs.

Claude Bosi: Hibiscus must evolve to stay on top

Two-Michelin-starred chef Claude Bosi says he must not turn a blind eye to the increasing ‘casualisation’ of fine-dining as he looks to try and keep people flocking through the doors of his Mayfair establishment Hibiscus.

Chef collaboration: Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder on working together at Hartnett Holder & Co.

Can having two chefs' names above a restaurant door really work? That was one of the questions BigHospitality asked Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder in this exclusive video interview at the Restaurant Show earlier this month. 

VIDEO: The National Restaurant Awards 2013

The National Restaurant Awards 2013 took place in London last week, where 100 of the nation's top restaurants heard their place on the prestigious list and picked up a handful of special awards.  

The temporary or 'pop-up' restaurant is an emerging trend among restaurateurs and chefs looking to extend their brand or serve diners in a new location without having to endure the huge costs of setting up a permanent venue.

KERB partners with NCASS to increase street food safety

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 safety of food sold on the streets.

From start-up to global chain: Law firm provides hospitality checklist

Whether you are taking your restaurant from ‘pop-up to permanent’, starting an innovative new hotel concept or planning to open a new chain of destination bars, law firm Pitmans has provided seven top tips for entrepreneurs looking to avoid any legal pitfalls.

Pierre Koffmann plans Covent Garden ‘Kreperie’

Legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann has partnered with premium Champagne brand Krug for the launch of a pop-up ‘Kreperie’ in Covent Garden.

On 29 April 2014 the eyes of the world will once more fall on London as the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards take place. Organised by Restaurant Magazine, the awards aim to get people talking about restaurants, and to shine a bright light on excellence and innovation in an exciting industry.

World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014: in pictures

The world's best chefs and restaurateurs gathered at London's Guildhall on Monday (28 April) for the World's Best Restaurant Awards 2014, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

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

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 with BigHospitality on Facebook and Twitter for updates, photos and gossip as the evening unfolds.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Noma reclaims top spot

René Redzepi’s Danish restaurant Noma has dramatically reclaimed the title of S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant, with last year’s winner El Celler de Can Roca taking the number two spot.

The hospitality industry is under immense pressure from the Government to provide calorie information on its menus for the sake of the nation's expanding waistline, but doing so could mean even greater costs for the industry that is already feeling the burden of regulations and tax.

Dietary requirements: Catering for customers with allergies and intolerances

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 out for including an ‘N’ on the menu next to dishes containing nuts, while coeliac disease was virtually unheard of.

Fuller’s launches healthier kids menu

UK brewer and pub operator Fuller’s is rolling out a healthier kids menu in half of its managed pubs in response to calls from parents to provide better quality ingredients and more value for money.

Tackling obesity: Should restaurants be doing more?

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. 

In August 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to make Britain one of the top five tourist destinations in the world. But can the hospitality industry realise this goal in the face of budget cuts, growing international competition and burdensome regulations?

Happy Easter: Top 20 staycation destinations revealed

Hospitality businesses across the UK are set to benefit from a £2bn boost to the economy as British parents will fork out an average of £478.25 over the Easter holiday.

Positive tourism backdrop for new Culture Secretary

The hospitality and tourism sector has welcomed Sajid Javid into his new role as Culture Secretary, with Maria Miller’s replacement coming in at a time when the 'staycation' trend remains strong and international visitor spend has hit record levels. 

Travellers’ Choice: Top 10 UK tourism hotspots

London is the third-best travel destination in the world, according to TripAdvisor’s sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations. But which UK cities make up the top 10?

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal head chef Ashley Palmer-Watts is representing the hospitality industry on a trip to visit a Farm Africa fish farm project in Kenya and help the local community; everything you need to follow his Chef Africa challenge live and to find out why this project matters is in this section.

For more information on the work of Farm Africa and for details on how to show your support - visit their website.

Chefs with Altitude: Kilimanjaro climbers return with a story to tell

The team of chefs and restaurateurs that made it all the way to the summit of Kilimanjaro in aid of Farm Africa have described the climb as ‘extremely hard’ and ‘incredibly emotional’.

Going the distance: BigHospitality takes on the London Marathon

In less than 10 days thousands of people will be taking part in one of the biggest mass fundraising events in the world - the London Marathon - and our very own multimedia reporter will be among those taking on the 26.2 mile challenge.

Bruno Loubet and Paul Foster join Ashley Palmer-Watts to raise more than £25k for Farm Africa

Ashley Palmer-Watts has announced he is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Farm Africa and has challenged other chefs to join him as Bruno Loubet and Paul Foster joined the Dinner by Heston Blumenthal head chef last week to help raise more than £25k for the charity.

In January 2011 the Government introduced an increased VAT rate of 20 per cent, rocking the hospitality industry which was already struggling to cope with the effects of the recession. Now the industry is fighting back and calling for a reduced rate for restaurants, pubs and hotels of 5 per cent to bring it more into line with its EU neighbours.

David Cameron dismisses more calls for hospitality and tourism VAT cut

Prime Minister David Cameron has once again shunned the argument to reduce VAT for the hospitality and tourism sectors, claiming that bringing the taxes down to pre-recession levels ‘would be expensive’ for the UK economy.

South Lakes MP supports Cut Tourism VAT campaign

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has pledged his support of the Cut Tourism VAT campaign and is putting pressure on the Treasury to bring tax rates for hotels, restaurants and other hospitality and leisure businesses into line with those in other European countries. 

John Penrose Video Interview: Hospitality industry still needs to show Government why its VAT cut is different

In a wide-ranging, exclusive video interview for BigHospitality, Tourism Minister John Penrose has ruled out making a VAT cut for the hospitality industry a long-term ambition for the Government and has said businesses still need to show why a cut would be so beneficial.

A round-up of all the news from the 2014 British Hospitality & Tourism Summit.

Our latest interviews with the hospitality industry's finest as well as news of all the latest moves and new appointments across the hotel, restaurant and pub sectors. 

Mourad Mazouz: Pearls of Wisdom

The Algerian-born restaurateur behind London’s Sketch and Momo and a number of other restaurants and bars in Paris and the Middle East on pop-ups, seeking investment from friends, and why he objects to his restaurants being referred to as a mini empire. 

Will Ricker to launch juice bar concept

Will Ricker, founder of Ricker Restaurants, which owns and operates a number of successful restaurants in London and New York, has teamed up with author and filmmaker Joe Cross, to launch a new juice bar concept in London called The Juice Well.

Blumenthal takes The Fat Duck Down Under

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.

Riots across England have caused major damage to homes and businesses, with many restaurants and pubs getting caught in the crossfire. As the clean up continues, you can find all our news related to the riots here.

Malcolm John launches Phoenix apprenticeship to support youth following riots

Chef and restaurant owner Malcolm John is launching an apprenticeship scheme which will see four teenagers gain first-hand kitchen experience at each of his South London restaurants, in a bid to give them a “sense of respect” following the August riots.

London hotels bounce back after riots

Following the negative financial effects of the riots in August, London hotels have bounced back in September and are on track for a record-breaking year.

British tourism has ‘mixed’ August, report finds

A report from the Office for National Statistics has revealed ‘mixed’ tourism figures for the month of August, following the riots which hit many parts of London and other major cities.

Britain was ranked 14th in the world for its hospitality welcome recently, prompting the industry to take a hard look at its service standards, and whether it's doing enough to attract talent into front of house careers.

Customer-focused technology: High-tech hospitality in action

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 benefits of customer-focused technology.

Housekeeping Olympics: Celebrating the heart of hotels

Hotel housekeepers are the unsung heroes of the industry, but where would we be without them all? The Housekeeping Olympics, held last month in London, gave this labour-intensive and multi-skilled profession the recognition it deserves. 

Last orders? Pubs and clubs ‘routinely serving drunks’, research finds

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has hit back at a study which claims pubs and nightclubs are routinely breaking a law which prevents them serving alcohol to drunk people.

Wonder what 2011 has in store for hospitality? From dining trends to hotel occupancy forecasts, you can find all the industry predictions and essential information you need about the year ahead right here.

JD Wetherspoon reopens Woolwich pub following riots destruction

The Great Harry pub in Woolwich is set to reopen tomorrow (July 10) on the site of the original building which was burnt to the ground during last year’s riots.

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

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 for an increase in opportunities and transactions in 2012.

Hospitality industry suffers ‘worrying’ increase in insolvencies

The hospitality industry has felt the strain of the tough economic climate over the past year, with a significant increase in the number of restaurants, bars and hotels becoming insolvent.

The UK’s hospitality, leisure, tourism and travel industry could stand to generate £2bn from visitors around the 2012 Olympic Games. But much still needs to be done to make sure the sector achieves its potential during the games and benefits from the Olympics legacy afterwards. In this section, you can read all about the latest Olympics-related hospitality developments.

Olympics hailed as ‘saviour of 2012’ for London hotels as Provinces see further profit decline

The disparity between London and the Provinces when it comes to the profitability of hotels is continuing to increase as properties in the capital recorded a third successive year of growth but those in other regions slumped to a fifth consecutive year of decline.

Olympics catering stock up for sale

More than 600 lots of catering equipment used for the London 2012 Olympics is being put up for auction at the end of the month.

Questions over 2013 hotel demand grow as December prices drop

With 2012 marking the UK’s largest room supply increase from new developments in the past decade, PwC believes more new rooms to fill may be difficult in a comparatively ‘empty 2013’. Meanwhile hotel prices have fallen this month, to nearly the lowest point of 2012.

Keep up to date with all trends impacting the UK hotel market, including the latest data and statistics on hotel occupancy rates, RevPAR and performance forecasts. You’ll also find key insight on hotel trends to attract guests and grow business.

Food For Thought: Holiday Inn benefits from healthier conference menu

The new conference menus implemented across the Holiday Inn estate have been ‘the icing on the cake’ when it comes to the brand’s increased focus on the MICE market, with research revealing a significant increase in mental competence among delegates that ate the healthier food items.

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

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.

Jupiter takes five hotels out of administration

Hotel management firm Jupiter Hotels has today (25 March) won the management contracts for five hotels that were operated by Barinbrook Limited – formerly part of Akkeron Hotels – out of administration. 

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.

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

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 with BigHospitality on Facebook and Twitter for updates, photos and gossip as the evening unfolds.

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

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 de Can Roca hold off the likes of Noma and Osteria Francescana to stay at number one?

Attack of the TripAdvisors: Should review websites allow anonymity?

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 meal at one of his outlets.

We bring you all the latest pub trade trends and developments, from food and drink spend and alcohol prices through to business growth strategies in pubs and bars.

Community spirit: More local pubs saved from closure

With Community Pubs month in full swing, a number of residents’ associations across the country have stepped in to save their local from closure or conversion into commercial properties.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

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 sector. 

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

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.

A look at some of the latest trends in hotel, bar and restaurant design

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