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Friday Five: The week's top news

28-Apr-2017 - We round-up some of the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week.

Humble Grape to open third site as it smashes £1m crowdfund goal

28-Apr-2017 - Wine bar group Humble Grape has confirmed it will open its third site in Islington this summer, after smashing its most recent £1m crowdfunding goal.

Ed Balls to headline 2017 hospitality summit

27-Apr-2017 - Former shadow chancellor and Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls has been announced as keynote speaker at this year’s hospitality and tourism summit in London.

People On The Move: April 2017

27-Apr-2017 - From Simon Rogan leaving Claridge's, Neil Moffitt stepping down from Hakkasan, and new senior roles at The Principal Hotels Group and Hotel du Vin, it's been an eventful month. We round up the key movers

Calcutta Street to open second site, in Brixton

26-Apr-2017 - Bengali-style Fitzrovia restaurant Calcutta Street is to open a second site in Brixton this June. 

Cottons Caribbean restaurant to open two new sites

25-Apr-2017 - Caribbean restaurant group Cottons is to open two new sites, one in Shoreditch and one in Vauxhall.

Restaurants urged to apply for business rates relief

25-Apr-2017 - A £300m relief fund set up to help operators hit by rising business rates is now available for local councils to share out, the government has said.

MONTHLY COLUMN

Pub design? It’s no small beer

24-Apr-2017 - As pubs scramble to reposition themselves for the 21st century, too many are embracing ruinous interior design

Margarita cocktail contest comes to London’s Mexican restaurants

20-Apr-2017 - London restaurants and bars such as Wahaca, El Patron and DF/Mexico are to compete for the title of ‘best margarita in town’ in the city’s first ever ‘Margarita Rumble’ competition.

What does a 2017 general election mean for hospitality?

18-Apr-2017 - The hospitality industry has welcomed the announcement of a general election on 8 June as a chance to challenge politicians on the issues facing restaurants, hotels and pubs.

Ladies of Restaurants to host London debate

18-Apr-2017 - Women working in hospitality are being invited to attend a London talk with top industry professionals this spring.

Former Providores chef to head up new London gastropub

11-Apr-2017 - Karl Calvert, former head chef at Peter Gordon’s The Providores, is to head up the kitchen at a new London gastropub.

Spending on restaurants rises 12% in March

11-Apr-2017 - UK restaurants and pubs saw a double-digit rise in spending in March boosted by the warm weather, according to data from Barclaycard.

Third Back To The Floor event raises £92k for Hospitality Action

10-Apr-2017 - Industry charity Hospitality Action has raised £92,000 in its third annual Back to The Floor event.

Drake & Morgan reveals more on new site The Bothy

10-Apr-2017 - More details have been revealed about The Bothy, the new Drake & Morgan (D&M) restaurant and bar set to open in West India Quay, east London.

Californian-style Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar to open on Selfridges' rooftop

07-Apr-2017 - Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar, a Californian-inspired concept from the Des McDonald restaurant group, is to open on Selfridges' rooftop, with chefs from Soho House and The Ivy.

Restaurants urged to innovate on tea, as sales drop vs coffee

05-Apr-2017 - There are big opportunities for restaurants and food businesses to grow their tea and iced tea offers, as customers continue to choose coffee instead when eating and drinking out.

Licensing Act in need of 'radical overhaul'

04-Apr-2017 - The 2003 Licensing Act is ‘fundamentally flawed’ and in need of a complete overhaul, according to a House of Lords Committee.

Craft Guild launches Young National Chef of the Year 2018

04-Apr-2017 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has launched its annual search for the Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) 2018.

Restaurant Radar: Openings April 2017

03-Apr-2017 - From new tapas bar Little José, burger bars aplenty, and the much-awaited Lympstone Manor from Michael Caines, there's loads to look out for this April

Champagne Taittinger plants its first Kentish sparkling wine vines

03-Apr-2017 - French Champagne house Taittinger is to launch officially the planting stage of its English sparkling wine, in the fields of its vineyard project in Kent.

Seafood Pub Company announces second Yorkshire site

03-Apr-2017 - The Seafood Pub Company (SPC) is to open its second venue in Yorkshire, after acquiring The Fleece in Addingham village as part of its continued expansion push.

Baristas should be “as respected as top sommeliers” as demand booms

03-Apr-2017 - Baristas should be as respected as “top sommeliers at the finest restaurants”, the chief executive of the Allegra Group has said, as figures show 40,000 new baristas will be required by 2025 to keep up with demand.

Friday Five: The week's top news

31-Mar-2017 - We round-up some of the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week.

Cocktail demo: Chaophraya Newcastle’s gin with Thai-style kaffir lime

30-Mar-2017 - Ben Escobar, bar manager at Chaophraya Newcastle, demonstrates a Reverse Reviver cocktail, one of the restaurant-bar’s most popular and distinctive drinks.