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

Restaurant and pub bosses take bleak view of Brexit

25-Jul-2016 - Confidence among the leaders of the UK’s restaurant, pub and bar groups has nose-dived since the Brexit vote, according to CGA Peach research.

Arora Group's executive director John Donaldson retires

25-Jul-2016 - Arora Group's John Donaldson, the man responsible for opening Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5, is retiring after more than 45 years in the hospitality industry. 

Star invests £24k to tackle pub chef skills 'crisis'

25-Jul-2016 - Star Pubs & Bars is spending £24,000 on food training workshops to counter the shortage of skilled kitchen staff in the pub industry.

SMALL TALK

Josh Littman of Hard Rock Hotels on UK expansion and updating the brand

22-Jul-2016 - As Hard Rock Hotels announces its entry into the UK with a renovation of the 900-bedroom former Cumberland Hotel in central London by 2018, we speak to Josh Littman, EMEA director...

Fuller's Inns boss to speak at next Arena networking event

21-Jul-2016 - Hospitality networking association Arena will place its focus on pubs at its next event with Fuller's Inns managing director Jonathon Swaine talking about the sector's changing landscape.

Westminster Kingsway students to work at El Celler de Can Roca's London pop-up

21-Jul-2016 - Ten students from Westminster Kingsway College are being given the chance to work with the Roca brothers at their pop-up at the Café Royal in London this summer. ...

People On The Move In Hospitality: July 2016

21-Jul-2016 - This month's round up includes many group appointments, with a range of new positions announced at The Devonshire Arms, at Mercure Hotels, and Exclusive Hotels and Venues. Other top roles...

M Restaurants launches ‘post-Brexit’ M Social and postpones third M

20-Jul-2016 - The M Restaurants group is to launch M Social, a new brand aiming for the districts in and around London, in what it has called a ‘reaction’ to the ‘post-Brexit...

Chef James Martin to co-present ITV’s This Morning

20-Jul-2016 - Chef and TV presenter James Martin is to appear back on the nation’s screens as Friday co-presenter of ITV’s This Morning during the summer, four months after he left BBC’s...

First Look: Adam Handling’s The Frog

20-Jul-2016 - Adam Handling, the 27-year-old chef previously at his eponymous restaurant at Caxton at London’s St Ermin’s Hotel, has launched his first genuinely solo venture, The Frog, in London’s Shoreditch....

Hospitality paying staff more than NLW survey finds

19-Jul-2016 - The hospitality industry is paying workers over 25 an average of 27p above the National Living Wage (NLW) a wage survey has reveal

Martha Ortiz to open restaurant at InterContinental Park Lane

19-Jul-2016 - Mexican chef Martha Ortiz has announced plans to open a restaurant at the InterContinental London Park Lane next year. 

Enterprise Inns and Marylebone Leisure Group create new Marmalade Pub Co

19-Jul-2016 - Enterprise Inns and the Marylebone Leisure Group (MLG) have teamed up to launch new venture, the Marmalade Pub Company.

Charlotte's Group founder Alex Wrethman on how he built his growing business

18-Jul-2016 - It might only operate three London sites, but Charlotte’s Group is proving to be one of the capital’s most progressive restaurant operations thanks to its forward-thinking, young owner Alex Wrethman. ...

Ten finalists of Young National Chef of the Year 2017 named

15-Jul-2016 - The ten finalists in the 2017 Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) contest have been confirmed, after chefs Ruth Hansom and Arthur Bridgeman-Quin won their heats.

TripAdvisor CEO denies the site is full of 'fakes and idiots'

15-Jul-2016 - TripAdvisor CEO Steven Kaufer has hit back at critics of his site by defending its policies and users. 

Seafood Pub Company set to expand after £18m capital deal

15-Jul-2016 - The Seafood Pub Company is set to expand after announcing an £18m majority stake deal from Penta Capital, former backer of La Tasca, EAT, and Geronimo Inns.

BHA welcomes new culture secretary appointment

15-Jul-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has welcomed the news that Karen Bradley, the daughter of a pub and hotel owner, is to take over from John Whittingdale as culture secretary.

SMALL TALK

David Eyre on 15 years at Eyre Brothers and Shoreditch's restaurant scene

15-Jul-2016 - David Eyre's Shoreditch restaurant Eyre Brothers celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The 55-year-old chef talks about the evolution of Shoreditch, perceptions of Portuguese food and why you'll still find...

Happiness Forgets owner to push ahead with expansion following Petit Pois restaurant opening

14-Jul-2016 - Alastair Burgess, the owner of bars Happiness Forgets and Original Sin has ramped up plans to expand his business following the successful opening of his first restaurant Petit Pois bistro.

Rude Health Café could expand, as it develops 'balanced health' ethos

14-Jul-2016 - Rude Health, the food and drink brand known for its healthy cereals, has launched the Rude Health Café in London’s Fulham, with hopes to expand if its ‘healthy balance’ message...

Tom Aikens to open first restaurant in Birmingham

14-Jul-2016 - Michelin chef Tom Aikens is the latest big name to announce plans to join Birmingham’s booming food scene.

Sudbury House GM’s Interesting Hotels Group acquires Ely hotel

14-Jul-2016 - The Interesting Hotels Group, from Sudbury House general manager Ulrike Le Roux, has acquired the Grade II listed Poet’s House hotel in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Bill's restructures management team

14-Jul-2016 - Bill’s Restaurants, the Richard Caring-­backed chain, has carried out a restructuring of its management team, which has seen chief operating officer Roberto Moretti and managing director Scott Macdonald leave the...

Winners announced: Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence 2016

13-Jul-2016 - The winners of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2016 have been announced, including the best young chef, pastry chef, and waiter of the year.