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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week – 05/12/16 – 09/12/16

09-Dec-2016 - From Tom Kerridge's first London restaurant, a £24m investment from Accor, to warnings of scams, we round up the week's biggest news

Chef Adam Handling partners with Sodexo corporate services

09-Dec-2016 - Chef Adam Handling, of The Frog E1 in east London, has partnered with foodservice firm Sodexo to develop its Corporate Services business.

ETM Group’s Aviary opens at the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel

08-Dec-2016 - Aviary, the latest restaurant and bar from the ETM Group, has opened on the 10th floor of the 253-bedroom Montcalm Royal London House, after first being announced in August.

Restaurants warned against ‘Dan/Don’ scammer after PR raises alarm

08-Dec-2016 - Restaurants across the UK have been warned to watch out for a scammer seeking free food and drink in return for a ‘review’, after a scam email came to light this week.

The rise of the beer sommelier: Why it’s time to put beer on the same footing as wine

08-Dec-2016 - There’s no doubt that interest in beer, both from the trade and consumers, has grown markedly over the last few years, yet, as a match to food beer is still overshadowed by wine.

Use Christmas to boost long-term recruitment, urges The Change Group

07-Dec-2016 - The recruitment of temporary staff at Christmas could be used as a way for hospitality businesses to find and invest in future talent, new research has suggested.

UK one of Europe’s fastest-growing coffee markets, says report

06-Dec-2016 - The UK is among the countries with the fastest-growing coffee market, which is still thriving and innovating to stay ahead, according to new research.

'Fundamental' Brexit effect on food and drink prices expected

06-Dec-2016 - Brexit will have a fundamental impact on food and drink prices, with foodservice inflation expected to rise by 3.4 per cent in 2017 alone, David Read, chief executive of Prestige Purchasing has warned.

Stonegate buys Walkabout owner Intertain

06-Dec-2016 - Slug & Lettuce and Yates owner Stonegate Pub Company has acquired Intertain, operator of Australian bar brand Walkabout.

Hospitality warned of 'significant' cyber attack threat

05-Dec-2016 - Staff at hotels and restaurants in the UK have been warned to be on high alert against potential cyber attacks as a sophisticated crime group turns its attention to the hospitality sector.

The Coaching Inn Group secures £10m to aid expansion

05-Dec-2016 - The Coaching Inn Group has secured £10m from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) to support its planned £50m expansion across the UK. 

Prime Minister’s local pub sold to Chinese investor

05-Dec-2016 - A pub made famous when it was visited by David Cameron and the president of China has been sold to a Chinese company which aims to turn it into an international brand.

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How to create the perfect Christmas cheeseboard

05-Dec-2016 - Adam Robery, business director at The Rustic Cheese Company, gives his top tips for restaurants looking to put together a cheeseboard this Christmas, listing a range of options for different budgets. 

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 28/11 - 02/12

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

BrewDog launches £10m crowdfunding campaign

02-Dec-2016 - Scottish bar brand BrewDog has launched a fresh round of crowdfunding to support its 2017 expansion plans.

Gold Service Scholarship announces 2017 finalists

02-Dec-2016 - The Gold Service Scholarship has announced the eight finalists who will be competing to win the 2017 award.

Pidgin team open 'Hackney’s smallest wine bar'

01-Dec-2016 - The team behind London’s Pidgin restaurant, which won its first Michelin Star this year, are to open a new wine bar in Hackney from today (1 December).

Bookatable launches restaurant music festival to explore food-music link

30-Nov-2016 - Online restaurant booking platform Bookatable is to hold a festival exploring the links between food and music, as part of wider research into the subject.

Restaurants, pubs and hotels at front line of rising food inflation

30-Nov-2016 - Foodservice operators are on the front line of rising food inflation as they face paying 2 per cent more for supplies than they did last year, according to supply chain management company Prestige Purchasing. 

Campaign calls for standardised fish and chip portion sizes

29-Nov-2016 - A campaign has been launched by Seafish and AHDB to encourage fish and chip restaurants and takeaways to serve portions in standard sizes. 

Chichester College invests £3m in kitchens for catering students

29-Nov-2016 - They are often criticised for not equipping students with the right skills to work in the industry, but one catering college is helping to put its students 'at the cutting edge' by investing £3m in new kitchens and a training restaurant. 

UK has seen no post-Brexit tourism surge, says BHA

28-Nov-2016 - The number of leisure tourists visiting the UK dropped by almost 400,000 in the first nine months of 2016, according to the British Hospitality Association's (BHA) Travel Monitor report.

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How to cater for large groups during the festive season

28-Nov-2016 - Darron Bunn, executive chef at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex - home to events like The Festival of Speed, as well as restaurants, a hotel and private members’ club – gives his top tips for catering for large parties over the festive season.

Boom Burger diversifies with new Boom Shack concept in Brixton

25-Nov-2016 - Boom Burger, the Jamaican-style burger group, is diversifying its offer and seeking to expand, as it opens its long-awaited second site and cocktail concept Boom Shack, in London’s Brixton this weekend.

Springboard announces winners of Awards for Excellence 2016

25-Nov-2016 - Byron, QHotels and Peach Pubs were among the winners of Springboard's Awards for Excellence 2016.