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


Charles Scudamore on HCP and the UK hotel market

18-Sep-2014 - Charles Scudamore is the principal and founder of Hetherley Capital Partners (HCP), a specialist hotel real estate investment and asset management firm, based in London. He talks BigHospitality about the current state...

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.

Will Ricker wins Westminster licensing battle

18-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Will Ricker has won an appeal against Westminster City Council to allow customers at his Soho restaurant, La Bodega Negra , to buy alcohol without food.

People on the Move in Hospitality: September 2014

17-Sep-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by Giraffe and Marston’s, as well as venues including...

Heston Blumenthal to open The Fat Duck Melbourne in February

17-Sep-2014 - Heston Blumenthal has revealed further details of his plans for The Fat Duck in Melbourne, which is due to open on 3 February 2015.

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....

More work needed to improve customer service, says People 1st

16-Sep-2014 - Hospitality employees are still falling short when it comes to customer service, according to new research from People 1st.

News in brief

Hospitality Action's York to London Cycle Challenge raises £30,000

16-Sep-2014 - Twenty industry members have raised £30,000 for Hospitality Action in the charity's York to London Cycle Challenge.

Top chefs prepare to take the stage at the Restaurant Show 2014

15-Sep-2014 - Tom Kerridge, Phillip Howard, Brett Graham and Clare Smyth MBE are among the chefs that will take to the stage at the Restaurant Show 2014.

Tom Kerridge's latest TV show hits screens next month

15-Sep-2014 - BBC Two has released further details of Tom Kerridge’s latest TV series, which will see him travel around the UK to cook up innovative versions of some of Britain’s favourite...

Small Talk

James Robson on Cartizze and making it in Mayfair

11-Sep-2014 - Investor and entrepreneur James Robson has established a portfolio of exclusive venues in London, including Mews of Mayfair, La Cave, Mayfair Pizza Co and his latest venture, Cartizze.  ...

Kate Nicholls steps up as ALMR chief executive

11-Sep-2014 - Kate Nicholls has been appointed new chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) after David McHattie stepped down from the role to concentrate on his pub operation.

Protect hospitality employees with new laws on tips, urges MP

10-Sep-2014 - An MP has called for new legislation to ensure hospitality employers pass on tips and service charges to their staff.

Corner Room appoints new head chef

09-Sep-2014 - Corner Room, the brasserie at London’s Town Hall Hotel, has appointed John Christie as its new head chef.

Business Profile: Loch Fyne

08-Sep-2014 - Liz Williams, director and general manager of the UK’s biggest seafood restaurant group Loch Fyne, talks discounting, the competition and chasing the grey pound.

Travelodge returns to profit and creates 206 jobs

08-Sep-2014 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge made a £5.6m operating profit in 2013 – its first positive result since its financial restructuring in 2012 – and is creating 206 jobs in the run-up to Christmas.

Young British Foodie 2014 winners announced

05-Sep-2014 - Climpson’s Arch head chef Tomos Parry and Dishoom bar manager Carl Brown were among the winners at this year’s Young British Foodie (YBF) awards, announced at the Tate Britain on...

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.


Will Thompson on Vivo and the rise of all-day dining

05-Sep-2014 - Will Thompson opened Italian café and bar Vivo on Islington's Upper Street with his brother Ben. He talks to BigHospitality about Italian food culture, the rise of all-day dining in London,...

Tom Kerridge named GQ Chef of the Year

03-Sep-2014 - The Hand & Flowers patron Tom Kerridge was named GQ Chef of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014 in London yesterday.

Restaurant Magazine: Marcus Wareing on MasterChef and his successful business empire

03-Sep-2014 - Notoriously tough and unashamedly ambitious chef Marcus Wareing reveals his mellow side in the September issue of Restaurant Magazine, out today.

Small Talk

Josh Eggleton on Salt & Malt and being a young entrepreneur

02-Sep-2014 - Josh Eggleton, the chef behind the Michelin-starred The Pony & Trap in Chew, is preparing to open a new seafood café down the road from his award-winning pub.

Business profile: Yo! Sushi

29-Aug-2014 - Yo! Sushi’s new chief executive Vanessa Hall is hoping to take the chain to the next level of growth.

Small Talk

Emil Minev on high-rise dining and making people happy

28-Aug-2014 - The Bulgarian-born executive chef of the recently opened Shangri-La at The Shard oversees all food and wine at the luxurious – and somewhat elevated - London hotel.

Former Gaucho director secures first M site

27-Aug-2014 - Martin Williams, who stepped down as managing director of Gaucho earlier this year, has secured the first site for his new restaurant and bar venture M in the heart of...