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

Election 2016: BHA calls on politicians to scrap hotel 'bed tax'

06-May-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has called on the new Scottish Government to dismiss plans for a controversial ‘bed tax’ on hotels.

SMALL TALK

Barry Hirst on Open House and improving the pub industry

06-May-2016 - The property developer turned restaurateur sold his four-strong pub business last year to concentrate on ambitious new-build projects in iconic London locations, of which the latest is the newly opened The Lighterman...

Tate Modern opening new restaurants in £260m extension

05-May-2016 - The Tate Modern is seeking 120 staff to work in five bars and restaurants as part of its new £260m extension.

Xavier Rousset to open first solo restaurant Blandford Comptoir

05-May-2016 - Sommelier and restaurateur Xavier Rousset is set to open his first solo venture this month, a relaxed Mediterranean restaurant with a 250-strong wine list. 

Michael O'Hare: The man behind the hype

05-May-2016 - Michael O'Hare burst onto the scene a few years back with his Leeds restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain, followed last year by a barnstorming performance on BBC Two's Great...

Atherton to open first restaurant in the Philippines with Filipino wife Irha

05-May-2016 - Chef Jason Atherton is to open the Pig and Palm, his first restaurant in the Philippines, in his wife Irha’s hometown of Cebu.

Costa launches in-store 'selfie zones'

05-May-2016 - Customers at Costa are being encouraged to pout for the camera with the launch of new 'selfie zones' in selected stores.

The Chestnut Group launches training academy as business grows

04-May-2016 - The Chestnut Group, the owner of the Packhorse Inn in Moulton and The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, has launched an in-house training academy to help equip staff with the skills...

Hospitality industry urged to be 'decent' over tipping report

03-May-2016 - Trade Union Unite has urged the hospitality industry to ‘do the decent thing’ and accept that staff should take home 100 per cent of their tips.

Industry pays tribute to Tim Bacon

03-May-2016 - Members of the industry have made tributes to 'vibrant, honourable and generous' Tim Bacon, chairman of Living Ventures Group, who died on Friday (29 April).

Accor extends National Living Wage to all employees

29-Apr-2016 - Accor is the latest hospitality firm to extend the National Living Wage (NLW) to all staff regardless of age.

SMALL TALK

Kevin Viner on his new restaurant Neo and the shortage of UK chef talent

29-Apr-2016 - Former National Chef of the Year Kevin Viner ran Michelin-starred Pennypots until 2000 and Viners in Cornwall until 2010. After a stint abroad he has returned to the UK as...

Life-changing story of Alex Lewis, of Greyhound on the Test pub, to air on Channel 4

28-Apr-2016 - A documentary featuring the story of Alex Lewis, the fiancé of Lucy Townsend ‒ owner of Michelin-recommended pub the Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge ‒ who suffered a quadruple...

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts reveals Annual Awards of Excellence 2016 finalists

27-Apr-2016 - The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts has announced 59 finalists for its 2016 Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE).

Ashley Palmer-Watts, Tom Kerridge and John Freeman dinner raises £135k for Farm Africa

27-Apr-2016 - A gala event which saw chefs Ashley Palmer-Watts, Tom Kerridge and John Freeman cook dinner for 200 guests has raised £135k for international development charity Farm Africa. 

Peter Gordon and Adam Wills' fusion restaurant Kopapa to close

26-Apr-2016 - Kopapa, Peter Gordon and Adam Wills' fusion restaurant in London's Seven Dials, is set to close its doors at the end of this week. 

Restaurant chains cut staff perks to meet National Living Wage

26-Apr-2016 - Restaurant chains including Zizzi, EAT and Café Nero have faced criticism for appearing to cut staff perks following the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW).

Cyrus Todiwala shares competition success tips as Zest Quest Asia 2017 opens

26-Apr-2016 - Chef Cyrus Todiwala's annual industry competition Zest Quest Asia has opened for entries giving students the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime culinary trip to Asia and hone their cooking skills.

Simon Hulstone closes The Room in The Elephant

26-Apr-2016 - Simon Hulstone is closing his upstairs Michelin-starred restaurant The Room at The Elephant in Torquay to create a more casual single-storey venue.

BrewDog to open beer-themed hotel after crowdfunding £19m

25-Apr-2016 - BrewDog is set to move forward with its plans to open a craft beer-themed hotel despite falling £6m short of its crowdfunding target.

MEATliquor and Fergus Henderson create the Brain Burger

25-Apr-2016 - MEATliquor has teamed up with St John owner Fergus Henderson to create a Brain Burger, which it will be selling to raise money for Parkinson’s research.

Bosi brothers to open Esher pub

25-Apr-2016 - Michelin-starred chef Claude Bosi and his brother Cedric have bought The Swan Inn pub in Esher, Surrey, which they plan to open next month. 

Prince's Trust launches hospitality training scheme

25-Apr-2016 - Pub chain Greene King has partnered with The Prince’s Trust to launch a scheme helping unemployed young people in to jobs in hospitality.

Michelin chef Kevin Viner to open Bournemouth restaurant Neo

22-Apr-2016 - Michelin chef Kevin Viner is to fulfill a ‘lifelong dream’ by launching his first restaurant in Bournemouth.

VIEWPOINT

Harry Cragoe of The Gallivant on why banning tips is good for business

22-Apr-2016 - Harry Cragoe, owner of The Gallivant restaurant with rooms in Camber, pays all his staff a minimum of £9 per hour and has launched the #toohiptotip campaign to ban service...