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The latest news and interviews from the movers and shakers in the industry, including appointments, promotions, insights and achievements.

Cozy Pubs acquires The Angel in Lavenham

21-Nov-2014 - Cozy Pubs has added Marco Pierre White’s former Suffolk pub with rooms - The Angel in Lavenham - to its growing portfolio.

Small Talk

James Walters on taking Arabica from the streets to a successful restaurant

21-Nov-2014 - James Walters has spent the last 14 years selling food and produce from the Levant at food markets and festivals across London and beyond. He opened his restaurant, Arabica Bar &...

Master Innholders releases details for 2015 conference

21-Nov-2014 - The Master Innholders’ 22nd Annual Hotel General Managers’ Conference will focus on a theme of ‘People and Places’ with presentations and discussions on what motivates customers in a globalised marketplace...

Leeds hotels join industry mentoring scheme

21-Nov-2014 - The Leeds Hotels and Venues Association (LHVA) has partnered with the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University to run a new mentoring programme.  

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.

Compulsory Living Wage could put over 200,000 hospitality jobs at risk

19-Nov-2014 - Making the Living Wage compulsory could cost UK businesses £4bn, the equivalent of 213,247 jobs in the hospitality sector, according to a Greater London Assembly (GLA) member.

Three hospitality companies make Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list

19-Nov-2014 - KFC GB LTD, Mitchells & Butlers Retail Ltd, and River Cottage Limited all placed in this year’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

The Alford Arms takes top spot at UK’s first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

19-Nov-2014 - Hertfordshire pub The Alford Arms was the overall winner at the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards this week, crowned the ‘most allergen-aware’ eatery in the UK.  

Details released for Caring’s Ivy Market Grill

17-Nov-2014 - Details have been released for Richard Caring’s new restaurant The Ivy Market Grill, which opens in London’s Covent Garden next week.


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. ...

Foodservice must adapt to changing customer needs, say experts

13-Nov-2014 - Foodservice operators can improve profits by responding to recent changes in customer needs and consumer trends, according to speakers at Horizons’ latest Thought Leadership Forum.

Glasgow private members club opens public restaurant

11-Nov-2014 - Glasgow’s The Western Club opened The Western Club Restaurant in Royal Exchange Square to the public this month.

BHA appoints Merlin CEO as chairman

11-Nov-2014 - Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainments will be taking over from Alan Parker CBE as chairman of the British Hospitality Association (BHA) on 1 January 2015.

Farm Frites Development Chef Club

Scott Hallsworth: Beef tataki with onion ponzu and garlic crisps

11-Nov-2014 - In the second of our videos from the Farm Frites Development Chef Food Forum, Scott Hallsworth demonstrates a favourite on the Kurobuta menu – beef fillet tataki with onion ponzu...

News in brief

Rosewood London named overall winner at European Hospitality Awards

10-Nov-2014 - UK hotel the Rosewood London scooped two titles including Outstanding Hotel of the Year at the 2015 European Hospitality Awards.

Business profile: Five Guys

10-Nov-2014 - A year or so on from landing on British soil, US burger phenomenon Five Guys is on the cusp of becoming a national player. UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel...

Thornton Hall names Matt Worswick executive chef

07-Nov-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Matt Worswick has been appointed executive chef of Thornton Hall.

Korallus steps down from The Hotel Collection after restructuring

07-Nov-2014 - The Hotel Collection chief executive Fredrik Korallus has stepped down from his function and left the recently-restructured company in the hands of chairman Grant Hearn, effective immediately.

Chefs join forces for Action Against Hunger

06-Nov-2014 - Chefs Angela Hartnett, Nathan Outlaw, Simon Rogan and Gizzi Erskine will join forces with artist Tracy Emin in support of Action Against Hunger’s annual fine wine auction and dinner next weekend....

Government pledges £10m to promote tourism in the north of England

06-Nov-2014 - Hospitality bodies have welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s announcement that the government will give £10m through the Regional Growth Fund to boost tourism in the North of England.

Small Talk

Andy Kerr on The Sun Tavern and the importance of investing in staff

06-Nov-2014 - Andy Kerr, co-founder of bar group The Umbrella Project, has just opened the company's second venue, The Sun Tavern. 

News in brief

World Chocolate Masters 2015: UK finalists named

06-Nov-2014 - Cacao Barry has named the four chefs that will battle it out for the chance to represent the UK at the 2015 World Chocolate Masters.

Gold Service Scholarship 2015: 29 contestants through to regional finals

06-Nov-2014 - The Gold Service Scholarship 2015 has selected 29 regional front-of-house finalists who will compete to win a year’s worth of mentoring in the industry. 

Phil Howard and Michael Caines to headline at Royal Ascot 2015

05-Nov-2014 - Michelin-starred chefs Philip Howard and Michael Caines have been announced as headliners for the fine dining offer at Royal Ascot in 2015.

Tribunal ruling on holiday pay gets mixed reactions from industry

05-Nov-2014 - A ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal to include overtime in holiday pay has left experts unsure of the effect it will have on the hospitality industry.