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Chop Chop seeks investment for expansion

21-Oct-2014 - Chinese dumping concept Chop Chop has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its UK expansion plans.

Old Tom & English to open in Soho

21-Oct-2014 - Old Tom & English, a new British restaurant offering small plates, cocktails and wine, will open in the heart of Soho next month.

Mitch Tonks secures fourth Rockfish site

21-Oct-2014 - Mitch Tonks, the high-profile chef, is to open the fourth site under his Rockfish seafood brand in Brixham, Devon, as part of plans to grow the brand to 15 restaurants in coastal towns.

‘Bleisure’ travel sees spike in popularity

21-Oct-2014 - More and more business travellers are adding leisure activities and holiday days to their work trips, according to a survey by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality.

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.

National Chef of the Year Award 2014

20-Oct-2014 - Organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs, the National Chef of the Year competition took place during the Restaurant Show.

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.

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Maine-inspired Lobster Kitchen arrives in London

20-Oct-2014 - Maine-inspired lobster and seafood concept Lobster Kitchen will open on London’s Great Russell Street later this month.

Piper takes stake in Hickory’s Smokehouse

20-Oct-2014 - Piper, the private equity backer of Loungers and Be At One, has acquired a stake in Hickory’s Smokehouse, the north west-based American BBQ restaurant chain.

Som saa Thai pop-up to open in east London

17-Oct-2014 - Pop-up Thai restaurant Som saa will open at Climpsons Arch in London Fields on 25 October.

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.

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Richard Caring to launch Ivy Market Grill

16-Oct-2014 - Richard Caring, the sector investor, will open the first site under a new all-day dining format, the Ivy Market Grill, in London’s Covent Garden, in December.

Small Talk

James Sommerin on the highs and lows of going it alone

16-Oct-2014 - James Sommerin, former head chef of the Michelin-starred Crown at Whitebrook in South East Wales, opened restaurant with rooms Restaurant James Sommerin  on the Esplanade in Pernarth earlier this year.

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Soho House development planned for Brighton seafront

16-Oct-2014 - Plans have been submitted for a Soho House development on Brighton seafront, incorporating Dirty Burger, Chicken Shop and Pizza East restaurants and a private members club.

Atul Kochhar will open Sindhu at Compleat Angler

15-Oct-2014 - Details have been released for Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar’s new Indian restaurant Sindhu, which will open at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow. 

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Cabbages & Condoms to open in Cheltenham

15-Oct-2014 - Cabbages & Condoms –the restaurant chain offering Thai food and sexual health advice – will open its second UK restaurant in Cheltenham next month.

Paleo and gluten-free restaurant to open in London

15-Oct-2014 - The UK’s first gluten-free and paleo restaurant Pure Taste will open in West London after securing the site of the former El Pirata Deptapas on Westbourne Grove.

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.

Adam Bennett: 'We can make a dent in the Bocuse d'Or'

14-Oct-2014 - Speaking to BigHospitality at The Restaurant Show, Adam Bennett, who is representing the UK in the Bocuse d'Or 2015 and recently won his first Michelin Star as chef director of The Cross, spoke about how he prepares for high-profile competition, and British cuisine's status on the world food scene.

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Sake Sommelier of the Year: 2 UK competitors in semi-final

14-Oct-2014 - Two UK sommeliers have made it through to the semi-final of the 2014 Sake Sommelier of the Year competition

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.

Fourth Middletons Steakhouse & Grill to open in Colchester

13-Oct-2014 - Restaurateur Stephen Hutton will open a fourth Middletons Steakhouse & Grill restaurant in Colchester at the end of this month, with further expansion imminent.

Obesity experts call for crack down on eating out sector

13-Oct-2014 - Health experts have called for tough new pressures on fast food outlets and restaurant chains to tackle the obesity epidemic in the UK.

Regulators in Wales propose new food hygiene rating rules for takeaways

13-Oct-2014 - The Welsh government wants to force restaurants to print a statement encouraging consumers to find out their food hygiene rating on all takeaway and catering menus.