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Whitbread to launch 'contemporary' Beefeater brand Bar & Block

09-Feb-2016 - Whitbread is launching an 'evolved, contemporary' version of its Beefeater brand to help it appeal to a younger demographic. 

Report: Pan-Asian restaurants driving oriental food growth

08-Feb-2016 - The increase in the number of pan-Asian restaurants is driving the growth of oriental food in the UK, according to report.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 01/02 - 05/02

05-Feb-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Make recruitment process more ‘youth friendly’ hospitality urged

04-Feb-2016 - Businesses in the hospitality sector are being advised to make their recruitment process more ‘youth friendly’ to help safeguard the industry’s future workforce after a survey of 18-24-year-olds found they faced barriers when applying for jobs.

62% of people think high street restaurant food is ‘basic’

04-Feb-2016 - A survey of 2,000 UK diners has found that 62 per cent think that the food offer in high street restaurant chains is ‘far too basic’.

UK tourism jobs growing faster than other sectors

03-Feb-2016 - Jobs in the UK’s tourism industry have grown by 12 per cent over five years to 2014, more than double the growth witnessed across other sectors of the economy.

The Alchemist to open in Newcastle

03-Feb-2016 - All-day dining restaurant The Alchemist is to open in Newcastle’s Intu Eldon Square’s catering development, Grey’s Quarter, marking the chain’s first opening in the North East.

Jonathan Downey: Streets ahead

03-Feb-2016 - His street food markets will attract more than one million visitors this year and his latest business, London Union, is backed by Jamie and Nigella. Now Jonathan Downey has his sights on creating the world’s best food and drink market.

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists revealed

03-Feb-2016 - VisitEngland, the national tourist board, has announced the finalists for its Awards for Excellence, paying tribute to businesses and individuals who are at the top of their game with customer service and practice.

Stars Pubs & Bars opens training pub

02-Feb-2016 - Pub and bar operator, Stars Pubs & Bars, has opened a training pub in Arnold Nottingham, which will provide on-site training for Star Personnel and prospective licensees once it is established.

Flood-hit York hotels urge PM to holiday in Northern England

02-Feb-2016 - The chief executive of managed hotel chain Best Western Great Britain is calling on David Cameron and George Osborne to holiday in the North of England this year to help boost trade at hospitality businesses affected by the recent floods. 

Entries for National Chef of the Year now open

02-Feb-2016 - The Craft Guild of Chefs have now opened entries to this year’s National Chef of the Year competition.

Hospitality Openings: December 2015 & January 2016

01-Feb-2016 - BigHospitality rounds up the biggest openings from December 2015 and January 2016, including House of Ho, Grain Store, Farmstand and Hilton.

Michelin Guide France 2016: Gordon Ramsay loses Versailles star

01-Feb-2016 - Gordon Ramsay has both gained and lost a star in this year’s French Michelin Guide, which saw 54 new stars awarded overall.

Liverpool takes action to tackle hospitality skills shortages

01-Feb-2016 - Young people in Liverpool are to take part in a Visitor Economy Week designed to tackle skills shortages in the city’s booming hospitality sector.

London’s Jazz Café to be renovated by new owners

01-Feb-2016 - London’s iconic Jazz Café has temporarily closed its doors for refurbishment and alterations, following its purchase by nightlife company The Columbo Group.

Welcome Break to pay ALL staff National Living Wage

01-Feb-2016 - Motorway service operator Welcome Break has said it will pay all its employees the National Living Wage from 1 April, regardless of their age to help 'attract the best people'. 

Ex-Duck & Waffle chef to head kitchen at new Fuller’s pub

01-Feb-2016 - A chef who previously worked at acclaimed London eatery Duck & Waffle has taken on the role of head chef at new Fuller’s pub the Sail Loft, Greenwich. 


How to value your hospitality business correctly

01-Feb-2016 - Darren Seward, hospitality specialist at commercial insurer, NFU Mutual, discusses the importance of valuing the business assets of a pub, hotel and restaurant correctly. 


Chris Knights of Young's Pubs on the importance of developing pub chefs

29-Jan-2016 - Chris Knights, group executive chef at Young's Pubs and Geronimo Inns, launched Young's Chef Academy last year. He feels strongly that developing and recognising chefs within the company will help address the skills shortage and retention. 

77% would lower drink-drive limit, survey reveals ahead of Lords debate

29-Jan-2016 - Doctors and health experts have urged the House of Lords to support a bill calling for the drink-driving limit to be lowered, bringing England, Wales and Northern Ireland in line with Scotland.

Bar Soba adopts Living Wage early to support 'relentless' expansion plans

28-Jan-2016 - Asian restaurant group Bar Soba is to pay its staff the National Living Wage two months early in order to support its ‘relentless’ expansion plans.

UK floods: Government help for tourism businesses branded 'totally inadequate'

28-Jan-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is among critics of a £15m Government funding package designed to help flood-hit tourism businesses in Cumbria.


Valentine's Day: Add sharing dishes to menu for right atmosphere

28-Jan-2016 - February 14 is always one of the busiest nights of the year for the foodservice industry, as couples look to treat loved ones to a special meal out-of-home. From creating the right atmosphere, to providing a romantic menu, it is important for outlets to be prepared in order not to miss out on serving up significant sales. 

TripAdvisor app to be pre-loaded on Windows 10 devices

28-Jan-2016 - TripAdvisor has launched a new app for Windows 10 allowing users to easily book hotels and restaurants using their smartphone.