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Yates's prime Leicester Square site on the market

31-Mar-2015 - A prime Leicester Square site has come on the market for the first time in 15 years, as wine bar Yates moves out.

Grains-based café 26 Grains to open in Covent Garden

31-Mar-2015 - Alex Hely-Hutchinson, the founder of grains-based food venture 26 Grains, is to open a permanent café at Neal's Yard in Covent Garden after running a number of pop-up venues. 

Thai Leisure Group secures £10m for expansion

31-Mar-2015 - Thai Leisure Group (TLG), operator of fine dining brand Chaophraya and street-food brand Thaikhun, has secured £10m of new funding from Santander to aid its expansion plans.

Ian Scaramuzza of Hibiscus wins Roux Scholarship 2015

31-Mar-2015 - Ian Scaramuzza, head chef at Hibiscus in London has won the Roux Scholarship 2015. 

Camino to open tapas bar at Bankside

30-Mar-2015 - Spanish restaurant and bar group Camino is to open a new site at Bankside in Southwark. 

Kenny Atkinson to increase capacity at House of Tides

30-Mar-2015 - Chef Kenny Atkinson has started work to increase the capacity of his House of Tides restaurant to enable him to keep up with customer demand. 

London restaurant introducing ticketing system to combat no-shows

30-Mar-2015 - The Clove Club in Shoreditch is to become the first restaurant in the UK to introduce a ticketing system where diners pay for their meal in advance.


Daniele Quattromini of ClubLounge39 on delivering top quality service

30-Mar-2015 - Daniele Quattromini, manager at ClubLounge39 at Canary Wharf and winner of the Gold Service Scholarship 2015, shares his top tips for providing quality service. 

Wine remains diners' top choice of drink

27-Mar-2015 - White and red wine remain the most popular drinks for restaurant goers, new figures have revealed.  

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Good Fry-Day: Easter pop-up serving deep fried menu

27-Mar-2015 - A new pop-up serving over 100 deep fried sweet and savoury dishes is launching at BOXPARK Shoreditch on 2 April.

Consumers spend more on eating out for the seventh consecutive month

27-Mar-2015 - Consumer spending on eating out grew for the seventh consecutive month in February, while drinking out saw a sharp month-on-month rise, according to Greene King’s monthly Leisure Spend Tracker.

Busaba Eathai expanding in the North of England

27-Mar-2015 - Alan Yau's Busaba Eathai has announced plans to expand in the North of England after securing a site in Manchester, followed closely by one in Leeds.

James Martin opens restaurant at Stansted Airport as part of £80m redevelopment

26-Mar-2015 - A raft of restaurants, including the first ever James Martin Kitchen and new concept Halo Fizz Bar from The Restaurant Group (TRG) have opened as part of phase two of an £80m redevelopment of Stansted Airport.

Beany Green opening flagship site in The City

26-Mar-2015 - Independent Australian coffee specialist Beany Green is opening its first flagship café in the Broadgate Circle. 

Cut food and tourism VAT and improve hospitality staff training, Select Committee tells Government

26-Mar-2015 - The Government must cut tourism VAT and give the hospitality sector greater support, according to a report published today (26 March) by Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

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Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust made food tech partner at Alder Hey

26-Mar-2015 - The Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust is to become food technology partner at the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Kenny Atkinson urges fellow chefs to work with students to help fill future vacancies

26-Mar-2015 - Established chefs can help fix the industry's skills shortage problem by working more closely with colleges and their students, says House of Tides chef-owner Kenny Atkinson. 

Smith & Wollensky UK: plenty of room in London for another steakhouse

26-Mar-2015 - There is ‘plenty of room’ in London for another steakhouse and burger operator to make their mark, according to Smith & Wollensky’s operations director Nathan Evans, who is gearing up to open the company’s first site outside the US on the Strand in June.

Jason Atherton to open sixth London restaurant - Social Wine & Tapas

26-Mar-2015 - Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is to open his sixth London restaurant  - Social Wine & Tapas  - on James Street, Marylebone, in June.

Costas Spiliadis to bring restaurant Estiatorio Milos to London

25-Mar-2015 - Acclaimed international chef Costas Spiliadis is to open a branch of his Greek fish restaurant Estiatorio Milos in London in June.

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Frankie & Benny's among winners at Development Chef Awards 2015

25-Mar-2015 - Chefs at Frankie & Benny's and the Seafood Pub Company were among the winners at the Farm Frites Development Chef Awards last night (24 March). 

Gourmet grilled cheese cafe opening in London, planning local delivery service

25-Mar-2015 - Melt Room, London’s first gourmet grilled cheese cafe, is opening in Soho in May.

The Barbican re-launching restaurants and catering services

25-Mar-2015 - The Barbican Centre has announced new catering contracts with Searcy’s and high street brand Benugo. 

Levy Restaurants UK creates culinary director roles

25-Mar-2015 - Compass Group UK & Ireland's sports, leisure and hospitality business Levy restaurants has created four culinary director roles to help it better manage its operations across its different types of venues. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: March 2015

24-Mar-2015 - It's been a busy month for the hospitality industry once again, with new appointments at Welcome Break, Hampton by Hilton and Paradise by way of Kensal Green.