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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 22/08 - 26/08

26-Aug-2016 - From high-profile restaurant lists to chefs writing to the Mayor of London, it was eventful this week. Here’s some of the top stories

UK restaurants help raise money for Italian Red Cross after earthquake

26-Aug-2016 - Restaurants across the UK are helping to raise money for the victims of the Italian earthquake, via the Italian Red Cross.

National Dog Day 2016

The doggy dollar: How hospitality is recognising our love of dogs

26-Aug-2016 - It’s no secret that Brits love their dogs, and recent trends suggest that hospitality is starting to wake up to the business benefits of catering to customers' canine friends.  

Maxwell's to open Covent Garden bar in £1m investment

25-Aug-2016 - Maxwell’s Restaurants Group has revealed plans to open a new Covent Garden venue as part of a wider £1m investment across its late-night estate.

L'Enclume named UK's best restaurant in 2017 Good Food Guide

25-Aug-2016 - Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume has been named the UK’s best restaurant for the fourth year running in the 2017 Waitrose Good Food Guide


Restaurants sell more cool climate wines

24-Aug-2016 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs are stocking more wines from cool climate regions to help fuel diner demand for lighter, fresher and food-friendly styles.

More Britons to holiday at home this Bank Holiday

24-Aug-2016 - The number of people planning UK staycations over the August Bank Holiday has risen by 300,000 year-on-year, according to a VisitBritain survey.

Chefs call on London Mayor to ban polystyrene food packaging

24-Aug-2016 - A group of chefs and food writers including Ed Baines, Mark Hix and Theo Randall have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban polystyrene packaging - "the scourge of Soho" - in the capital city.

National Waiters' Day returns to celebrate front-of-house staff

23-Aug-2016 - Hard working front-of-house staff are set to be celebrated at this year’s National Waiters' Day on 20 October.

The Chestnut Group secures another £2.5m funding for expansion

23-Aug-2016 - Suffolk-based hospitality business The Chestnut Group has raised £2.5m through the Government's Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to help with its plans to expand to 10 sites by the end of 2018. 

Former Geronimo Inns director opens first of planned regional pubs

23-Aug-2016 - Former Geronimo Inns managing director Ed Turner, and his wife Buffy, have re-opened The Old Ale & Coffee House pub near Salisbury Cathedral, with plans for more across the UK under the Buff and Bear Saloons brand.

Hospitality industry welcomes Night Tube, despite staff concerns

22-Aug-2016 - The launch of the Night Tube in London could be a major boost for restaurants and bars, but many staff are concerned they could be left working longer hours, according to new research.

Mexican cheese and edible insects at this year's Speciality and Fine Food Fair

22-Aug-2016 - A Mexican cheese, edible insects and a riddled beer are among the products available to try and source at this year's Speciality and Fine Food Fair. 

The Breakfast Group to open 200-strong rum bar

19-Aug-2016 - London bar and restaurant operator The Breakfast Group is to open a new Mayfair bar which it claims will be one of the UK’s largest rum houses.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 15/08 - 19/08

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

Admiral Taverns confirms £750,000 investment in Yorkshire estate

19-Aug-2016 - Pub group Admiral Taverns has confirmed a series of significant investments in three of its Yorkshire pubs, including £250,000 in soon-to-open The Albert in Hebden Bridge.

The Craft Beer Co secures eighth site, in London’s Limehouse

19-Aug-2016 - The Craft Beer Co, which currently operates six sites in London and one in Brighton, has secured its eighth site, in east London’s Limehouse.

A-level students urged to take up hospitality careers

18-Aug-2016 - Hospitality firms are urging young people to choose apprenticeships over going to university, as students receive their A-level results this week.

Columbo Group and Lucky Chip to open Camden music venue

18-Aug-2016 - The Blues Kitchen owner The Columbo Group is teaming up with London burger bar Lucky Chip to launch its latest food and music venue The Camden Assembly next month.

Employing hospitality staff legally: What you need to know about the Immigration Act 2016

18-Aug-2016 - Byron received unwanted media attention last month after it helped the Home Office organise an immigration raid on some of its staff who were found to be working illegally in the UK. 

Punch freezes spirit prices until 2017

17-Aug-2016 - Punch has announced that it is freezing the prices on its spirits for the second year in a row to help support publicans.

Troia owner opens new restaurant Westminster Kitchen

17-Aug-2016 - Westminster Kitchen, a new British-European style restaurant and bar from restaurateur and Troia owner Ibrahim Dogus, has opened near London’s Westminster Bridge.

Wadworth brewery opens first London pub

17-Aug-2016 - Wadworth – the South West brewer and pub operator – has opened the doors of its first London site, The King’s Arms in Fulham.

Brexit vote impact fails to curb eating and drinking out

17-Aug-2016 - The impact of the 'out' vote in June's EU Referendum failed to impact July sales in the UK's pub and restaurant chains, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. 

Bartenders invited to help create new single malt whisky

16-Aug-2016 - Scotch whisky brand Auchentoshan is searching for creative bartenders to become part of its New Malt Order and help create a limited edition single malt whisky.