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


Graham Corfield on Just Eat and allergen labelling

27-Nov-2014 - Graham Corfield is the UK managing director of Just Eat. He tells BigHospitality what impact the upcoming allergen labelling regulations are having on restaurants.

Gold Service Scholarship 2015: finalists revealed

27-Nov-2014 - The eight finalists for this year’s Gold Service Scholarship have been revealed ahead of the national final, which will take place at The Connaught in London’s Mayfair on 2 February...

People on the Move in Hospitality: November 2014

27-Nov-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by Menzies Hotels, ASAP, QHotels, and The Lucky Onion.

Wahaca Covent Garden to host Mexico's top chefs

25-Nov-2014 - Wahaca has announced plans to host a series of one night culinary showcases with some of Mexico’s top chefs at its Covent Garden restaurant next year. 

Laine Pub Co to open new Brighton pub in early 2015

25-Nov-2014 - The delayed conversion of the former Life nightclub site on Brighton seafront into a pub is due to be completed early next year, according to our sister publication M&C Report....

News in brief

Le Chateaubriand team to open Le Chabanais in London

25-Nov-2014 - The team behind Paris restaurant Le Chateaubriand, currently ranked 27th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and forerunner of the city’s growing ‘bistronomy’ movement, is crossing the Channel to...

Final details released for Tom Kerridge’s The Coach

25-Nov-2014 - Chef Tom Kerridge will officially open new venture The Coach on 1 December, just minutes away from his two Michelin-starred pub The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.

Wright Brothers Spitalfields appoints new head chef

25-Nov-2014 - Richard Kirkwood has been appointed head chef at Wright Brothers Spitalfields, the latest venture from seafood restaurateurs Ben Wright and Robin Hancock.

Chef Claude Compton to open Fulham pub

24-Nov-2014 - Former Petersham Nurseries chef Claude Compton has told BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report he would look to open more pubs if his initial site in Fulham is a success....

Ex-Gaucho MD prepares to open M

24-Nov-2014 - Former Gaucho managing director Martin Williams has confirmed that his long-awaited first solo venture ‘M’, will open in the City of London this Friday.

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.

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 &...

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.