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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.

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.

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.

MPs' pubco vote divides industry

19-Nov-2014 - MPs’ vote to allow ‘tied’ pub landlords to order beer from providers outside their brand is dividing the industry.

Tourism Council defends decision not to tackle VAT

19-Nov-2014 - To the disappointment of Cut Tourism VAT campaigners, the Tourism Council has decided not to discuss a VAT cut, but instead focus on jobs and skills.

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.  

Elysium Group reveals plans for first London venue

18-Nov-2014 - Essex-based bar and restaurant operator Elysium Group will open a Japanese fusion venture in the heart of Chelsea next month, with plans to roll the concept out across further sites.

Five restaurants confirmed for new Broadgate Circle

18-Nov-2014 - Hakkasan Group’s Yauatcha, ETM Group’s The Botanist, Aubaine, Shoryu Ramen and Comptoir Libanais have all secured a space at Broadgate Circle, which is due to re-open in spring 2015.

Government urged to regulate sharing economy

17-Nov-2014 - Pop-up marketplace Grub Club is urging the government to better regulate ‘sharing economy’ businesses like itself in order to ensure their protection.

Simmons opens third London bar

17-Nov-2014 - Simmons bar group will open its new cocktail bar Simmons Fitzrovia in central London on 20 November. 

Pesto secures lease on Marston’s pub in Lancashire

17-Nov-2014 - Pesto Restaurants has secured the lease of a Marston’s pub to open its first site in Lancashire.

Watch out for specialist operators, says Horizons

14-Nov-2014 - Foodservice companies operating in niche markets are the fastest-growing ones, according to Horizons’ latest Ones To Watch survey.

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel eyes Michelin star

14-Nov-2014 - Two years after its complete refurbishment, Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is aiming for Michelin standard food for its pub with rooms.

Taylor St Baristas to double business size

13-Nov-2014 - Taylor St Baristas is hoping to raise between £1.5m and £3m through a mini-bond on Crowdcube to double the number of its venues in the next two years.

Cubitt House sister company to open all-day dining venue

13-Nov-2014 - The team behind Cubitt House have confirmed they will open a 200-cover all-day restaurant and bar at Fitzroy Place in March 2015.  

Gallery: New design for Scoff & Banter

12-Nov-2014 - Edwardian Group London has opened the first of its revamped Scoff & Banter restaurants on Cromwell Road, Kensington.

Strong London economy boosts October restaurant and pub sales

12-Nov-2014 - The UK’s pub and restaurant groups enjoyed a sales boost in October with like-for-like sales up 2.2 per cent nationally, mostly driven by the strong London market.

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.

Foodservice failing on gluten-free, finds survey

10-Nov-2014 - Pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants are still falling short when it comes to catering for gluten intolerances, according to a new survey.

Comment: Talking about a generational shift

10-Nov-2014 - Over the last few years there has been a generational shift in food awareness, a move that the New York Times recently referred to this phenomenon as a ‘gastronomic youthquake’. Food is the new rock ’n’ roll and chefs are the new rock stars.

Pubs and bars still a hit with UK adults

10-Nov-2014 - Pubs and bars are still the number one out-of-home leisure destinations for adults, according to a new report from Carlsberg UK.

FSA urges consumers to check food hygiene ratings this Christmas

06-Nov-2014 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is using the festive period to boost public awareness about food hygiene ratings after research revealed that four in ten UK diners never check the ratings of restaurants they eat in.

Cost saving remains biggest draw for loyalty scheme users

05-Nov-2014 - The majority of consumers that sign up to loyalty schemes are drawn to cost savings, as opposed to location or mobile accessibility of offers, according to data marketing firm GI Insight.

News in brief

Langley’s Yard bar to launch in east London

05-Nov-2014 - Langley’s Yard bar, a collaboration between The Crown & Shuttle and Langley’s No.8 Gin, will launch in east London on 12 November.

Hospitality jobs fall short of Living Wage

04-Nov-2014 - Hospitality jobs are some of the lowest paid in the UK, with the majority of bar staff, waiting staff and kitchen assistants currently earning less than the Living Wage, according to new research from KPMG.