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Hospitality openings: October 2014

31-Oct-2014 - Our latest roundup of the hottest openings in hospitality include Skye Gingell's first solo venture Spring, Des McDonald's Le Chalet, Peruvian restaurants Pachamama and Senor Ceviche, as well as the Crescent Turner hotel in Whitstable.

The Wild Rabbit crowned Michelin Pub of the Year

31-Oct-2014 - Kingham’s The Wild Rabbit has been named Pub of the Year in the 2015 edition of the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide.

Longshot to open sixth Bel & The Dragon site

30-Oct-2014 - Longshot Country Inns will open its sixth Bel & The Dragon site at The George in Hampshire on 10 November.

5cc launches fourth venue in Hoxton Square

30-Oct-2014 - Cocktail bar 5cc has opened its fourth venue in the basement of the Electricity Showrooms in Hoxton Square.

Former Tourism Minister calls for VisitEngland refocus

30-Oct-2014 - Former Tourism Minister and MP for Weston-super-Mare John Penrose has said VisitEngland should be independent from VisitBritain and gradually move away from government funding.

Back-of-house technology: Staff management without the spreadsheet

28-Oct-2014 - In the second part of our special feature on back-of-house technology, BigHospitality looks at how technology is transforming staff management.

Modern Slavery Campaign appeals to hospitality industry

27-Oct-2014 - The Home Office has launched the Modern Slavery Campaign to raise awareness of potential victims across a number of large industries, including hospitality.

Hospitality third biggest growth sector for jobs

27-Oct-2014 - The availability of hospitality jobs in the UK grew by 36 per cent between September 2013 and the same month in 2014, according to the latest data by job board Indeed.

Jamie Oliver to open new concept at King’s Cross

27-Oct-2014 - The celebrity chef has received planning consent from Camden Council to turn the historic Fish & Coal buildings and Wharf Road Arches into a new pub and restaurant, set to open in 2016.

Three new hospitality apprenticeship standards in development

24-Oct-2014 - Apprenticeship standards for commis chefs, chefs de partie and hospitality team members are being developed as part of phase three of the government’s apprenticeship trailblazer programme.

Positive outlook for foodservice operators as food sales rise

24-Oct-2014 - Over two thirds of operators have seen an increase in food sales year-on-year, according to the latest Eating Out-Look report by Horizons and JRA.

Inception Group to open seventh site

23-Oct-2014 - The Inception group will open themed-bar Beaver Lodge in London’s Chelsea in January 2015.

Demon Leisure to open Leeds sports bar

23-Oct-2014 - Demon Leisure will open The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes sports bar in Leeds city centre on 8 November.  

Brew to open fourth London site

22-Oct-2014 - All-day dining concept Brew will open its fourth London site in Putney on 10 November.

Concession on alcohol may be necessary in VAT fight, warns Borel

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has warned that it might be necessary to make some concessions on alcohol if the cut VAT campaign is to be successful.

Tom Sellers takes over The Lickfold Inn

20-Oct-2014 - Restaurant Story chef patron Tom Sellers hopes to bring new life to The Lickfold Inn in West Sussex from the end of November.

Young's acquires London pub operator 580

20-Oct-2014 - Young's has expanded its London portfolio with the acquisition of pub operator 580 Limited - which runs four pubs across the capital - for £10.4m.

News in brief

Café KaiZen cocktail lounge opens in Mayfair

17-Oct-2014 - Asian fusion dining and cocktail bar concept Café KaiZen opened in London’s Hanover Square at the start of this month. 

Restaurants and pubs enjoy rise in September sales

17-Oct-2014 - The eating and drinking out sector has enjoyed its 18th consecutive month of positive growth, according to Coffer Peach Business Tracker data.

News in brief

Truffle Hunting takes over The Lady Ottoline

17-Oct-2014 - Bar operator Truffle Hunting has taken over The Lady Ottoline pub in Bloomsbury from former operator Noble Inns.

UK Barista Champ to open craft beer and coffee venue in Bath

15-Oct-2014 - The UK's 2014 Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood will open a new craft beer and speciality coffee venture in Bath later this month.

Recruitment strategy change needed to tackle £2.7m turnover cost

14-Oct-2014 - The hospitality industry needs to change its recruitment and staff retention strategy in order to reduce turnover, which currently costs the sector £2.7m a year.

MSC updates sustainable fishing standards

14-Oct-2014 - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has overhauled its fishery certification standards to offer better protection to marine life and workers, with benefits for restaurants looking to source sustainable fish.

Protect pubs by freezing business rates, says BBPA

14-Oct-2014 - The community pub sector faces a £15m rise in business rate bills unless the government takes immediate action, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has warned.

Hospitality and tourism leads the field on customer satisfaction

14-Oct-2014 - Hospitality and tourism is outperforming other industries in terms of customer satisfaction and experience, according to the latest analysis.