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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 16/01 - 20/01

20-Jan-2017 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Wine industry launches push for duty cut

20-Jan-2017 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is stepping up its efforts to encourage the Chancellor to reduce wine duty this year.

Angus Deayton takes over from Tom Kerridge as host of professional Bake Off

20-Jan-2017 - Television presenter Angus Deayton is to take over from chef Tom Kerridge as the host of professional pastry chef show Bake Off: Crème de la Crème.

Restaurant chains' sustainable fish use rises but diners still unsure

20-Jan-2017 - High street restaurant chains have been commended for their increasing use of sustainable fish and seafood, but still need to increase information given to diners, a new report has concluded.

Deliveroo launches subscription service

20-Jan-2017 - Deliveroo, the online restaurant delivery service, has launched a subscription service aimed at regular users.

SMALL TALK

Matin Miah on the rise of Jamaican food, expansion and that Caribbean vibe

20-Jan-2017 - As co-founder of “real jerk” Dalston restaurant Rudie’s, Matin Miah knows a thing or two about the rise of Jamaican food. As the brand looks to expand its bar and confirms its second site, we talk “elevated” Caribbean cuisine, cocktails, and plans to roll out the concept further

NRB Top 50 hospitality powerlist opens for entries

19-Jan-2017 - Hospitality operators in the North of England are being urged to enter the NRB Top Fifty Awards 2017.

New appointments at British Tourist Authority and VisitEngland

19-Jan-2017 - Culture secretary Karen Bradley MP has appointed new chairs of the British Tourist Authority and VisitEngland.

Ashley Palmer-Watts returns to Kenya with Farm Africa

19-Jan-2017 - Ashley Palmer-Watts, executive head chef at the Fat Duck Group, has returned to Kenya to launch Nairobi Restaurant Week in partnership with charity Farm Africa. 

Cinnamon Collection launches chef training scheme

19-Jan-2017 - Vivek Singh, executive chef at The Cinnamon Collection, has launched a chef de partie training programme across the group’s four London restaurants.

Balans Soho Society to open in Clapham

19-Jan-2017 - Balans Soho Society is to launch a new restaurant and bar in Clapham, London to mark its 30th anniversary later this year.

Chain restaurants and pubs given festive uplift

19-Jan-2017 - Like-for-like sales across 34 of the UK's largest restaurant and pub groups rose 2 per cent over the last festive season figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker have shown. 

S. Pellegrino Young Chef competition returns for 2017

18-Jan-2017 - The S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition is returning this year with an additional region and taking place over an extended period of time. 

Urban Leisure Group to open 70s-inspired bar Bobby Fitzpatrick

18-Jan-2017 - Urban Leisure Group, operator of London bars Coin Laundry and Alice House, is to open a 70s-inspired bar in West Hampstead this week. 

Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts to open Indian restaurant at Hibiscus site

18-Jan-2017 - Indian hotel group Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is to open an Indian restaurant on the site of Claude Bosi's former restaurant Hibiscus. 

Industry to Theresa May: make immigration system flexible

18-Jan-2017 - Tourism trade association UKinbound is urging Prime Minister Theresa May to create an immigration system that is ‘flexible’ to the needs of the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors as well as create ‘the best possible trading environment for goods and services’ to help safeguard the industry’s future.

Roux Scholarship 2017: Anne-Sophie Pic named honorary president of judges

18-Jan-2017 - Chef Anne-Sophie Pic has been named honorary president of judges for the Roux Scholarship 2017. 

Dirty Bones to open first restaurant outside London

17-Jan-2017 - Dirty Bones is to open its first restaurant outside of London later this year at the new Westgate Oxford development. 

Borough Market opens restaurant using traders' produce

17-Jan-2017 - Borough Market has opened its own restaurant serving dishes created entirely from produce sold by its resident traders. 

Jamie Oliver's second Barbecoa to open in Piccadilly next month

17-Jan-2017 - The second London location for Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa will open in Piccadilly next month. 

Restaurant from Hambleton Hall chef and “The Mafia’s Banker” opens in London

17-Jan-2017 - 108 Garage, a new contemporary-style restaurant from a former Hambleton Hall chef and a one-time notorious international banker, has opened in London’s Notting Hill.

Tickets available for 2017 hospitality Summit

17-Jan-2017 - Some of the industry’s key leaders will gather in London this summer to debate the sector’s future at the annual hospitality and tourism Summit.

Gidleigh Park restaurant and chef Michael Wignall awarded five AA Rosettes

17-Jan-2017 - The two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the 24-bedroom, luxury Gidleigh Park hotel, which saw Michael Wignall join as executive head chef in January 2016, has been awarded the top accolade of five AA Rosettes.

Elior teams up with The Urban Rajah

17-Jan-2017 - Contract catering giant Elior UK has teamed up with TV chef and author Ivor Peters – aka The Urban Rajah – to create a new Indian street food concept.

Restaurant Eats Out: Anzu

17-Jan-2017 - As part of its inaugural Restaurant Eats Out food tour Restaurant takes a group of operators to some of London's hottest Asian dining spots.