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Xavier Rousset to open first solo restaurant Blandford Comptoir

05-May-2016 - Sommelier and restaurateur Xavier Rousset is set to open his first solo venture this month, a relaxed Mediterranean restaurant with a 250-strong wine list. 

Raw and plant-based café Rawligion to open in London

05-May-2016 - Rawligion, a fast-casual café focusing on vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, raw, plant-based food is to open in London’s Tottenham Court Road in early June.

Michael O'Hare: The man behind the hype

05-May-2016 - Michael O'Hare burst onto the scene a few years back with his Leeds restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain, followed last year by a barnstorming performance on BBC Two's Great British Menu and a Michelin star. Now - and with a new haircut - he's about to shake up the north's dining scene even more with three new restaurants in Manchester

Atherton to open first restaurant in the Philippines with Filipino wife Irha

05-May-2016 - Chef Jason Atherton is to open the Pig and Palm, his first restaurant in the Philippines, in his wife Irha’s hometown of Cebu.

The Wesley Hotel to open eco-friendly bar and restaurant Savannah

05-May-2016 - The Wesley Hotel in London's Euston will re-open its food and beverage space as an eco-friendly bar and restaurant The Savannah next week. 

Costa launches in-store 'selfie zones'

05-May-2016 - Customers at Costa are being encouraged to pout for the camera with the launch of new 'selfie zones' in selected stores.

Tate Modern opening new restaurants in £260m extension

05-May-2016 - The Tate Modern is seeking 120 staff to work in five bars and restaurants as part of its new £260m extension.

The Chestnut Group launches training academy as business grows

04-May-2016 - The Chestnut Group, the owner of the Packhorse Inn in Moulton and The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, has launched an in-house training academy to help equip staff with the skills they need to help the business grow.  

Ex-Bistrotheque chef to open 'moveable' Margate restaurant

04-May-2016 - Two former Bistrotheque colleagues are to open a ‘moveable’ restaurant constructed from scaffolding poles minutes from Margate seafront this summer.

Whitbread enters food-to-go sector with 49% stake in Pure

04-May-2016 - Whitbread has made a move into the UK’s food­-to-­go sector with the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in London based company, Healthy Retail Ltd, trading as ‘Pure’, for £6.8m.

Franco Manca lines up London and Brighton openings

04-May-2016 - Pizza chain Franco Manca has outlined plans to open seven more restaurants across London and the South East after launching its twentieth site in Guildford this year.

Ashford Borough Council to fund £75m hotel and leisure scheme

04-May-2016 - Councillors in Ashford, Kent have agreed to fund a £75m town centre leisure complex with space for a hotel, restaurants, retail units and cinema. 

Michelin restaurants face exposure over poor food hygiene

03-May-2016 - Michelin-starred restaurants in England should be forced to display food hygiene ratings or face a fine, councils have warned.

Leicester City win scores a boost for football tourism

03-May-2016 - Leicester City’s historic Premier League win could provide a boost for hospitality businesses in the area with a surge in international ‘football tourists’.

Hospitality industry urged to be 'decent' over tipping report

03-May-2016 - Trade Union Unite has urged the hospitality industry to ‘do the decent thing’ and accept that staff should take home 100 per cent of their tips.

Government tipping report cautiously welcomed by hospitality groups

03-May-2016 - Hospitality groups have welcomed the Government recommendations that restaurants and bars should not take deductions from staff tips, and that all tips left by customers should be collected directly by staff.

Industry pays tribute to Tim Bacon

03-May-2016 - Members of the industry have made tributes to 'vibrant, honourable and generous' Tim Bacon, chairman of Living Ventures Group, who died on Friday (29 April).

American invasion: US-style restaurants on the cusp of UK boom

29-Apr-2016 - American-style smokehouses, barbecue pits and burger bars are on track to replace Mexican outlets as the biggest area of growth in the UK restaurant scene over the next few years.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 25/04 - 29/04

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

Edible insects: Why chefs should embrace 'nature's best kept secret'

29-Apr-2016 - The owners of a new business selling edible insects in the UK are encouraging chefs to embrace one of ‘natures best kept secrets’ and add them to their dishes.


Kevin Viner on his new restaurant Neo and the shortage of UK chef talent

29-Apr-2016 - Former National Chef of the Year Kevin Viner ran Michelin-starred Pennypots until 2000 and Viners in Cornwall until 2010. After a stint abroad he has returned to the UK as executive chef of new Bournemouth restaurant Neo.

Brits find phones in restaurants ‘rude’…but still post food photos and demand Wi-Fi

29-Apr-2016 - The majority of Brits would welcome a ‘no phone zone’ in restaurants, and find it rude when others use phones during a meal, despite widely using them to post photos and updates themselves, according to a new poll.

Report: Restaurant staff not taking allergy requests seriously enough

28-Apr-2016 - Restaurant owners are being urged to do more to educate their staff on the subject of food allergens after a survey of diners with allergies found that a quarter had suffered a reaction when eating out since allergen legislation was introduced in 2014. 

The Fork Awakens: Star Wars restaurant opening in London

27-Apr-2016 - While Londoners have been getting excited about the city’s first naked restaurant, a new pop-up is asking guests to don their Jedi robes and Wookie suits to enter.

Mexican 'social eating' restaurant Cielo Blanco opening in London

27-Apr-2016 - Mexican restaurant Cielo Blanco is opening its first London site.