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Motorway service station receives first five-star rating for locally-sourced food

11-Jun-2012 - Tebay South in Cumbria has become the first motorway service station to receive a five-star rating from VisitEngland with the family-run business praised in particular for its quality food using locally-sourced produce.

Duelling Pianos live entertainment concept launches in the UK

11-Jun-2012 - A new entertainment service aimed at helping pubs, restaurants, hotels and events venues provide customers with something different and help boost revenue has launched in the UK.  

Oliver Peyton to open second Peyton and Byrne restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts

11-Jun-2012 - Restaurateur and Great British Menu judge Oliver Peyton has announced his business, Peyton and Byrne, is to open a second restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London; a restaurant Peyton says will 'push the boundaries' of dining.

Italian restaurant owner's 12-year-old son wins award for sustainable pork business

11-Jun-2012 - Charlie Hird, the 12-year-old son of restaurateur and Tavistock Leisure managing director Mark Hird, has won a radio station’s Junior Entrepreneur of the Year award for setting up a business which supplies his father’s restaurant with meat.

Young Chef and Young Sommelier of the Year finalists revealed

08-Jun-2012 - The finalists competing in the 2012 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs' Young Chef and Young Sommelier of the Year competitions have been revealed.

Whitbread considers London living wage; urges hospitality industry to join jobs conversation

08-Jun-2012 - Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants managing director Patrick Dempsey has revealed the Premier Inn operator is considering introducing a London living wage and urged fellow hospitality employers to join The Big Conversation to talk about jobs and apprentices in the industry.

Giorgio Locatelli: Pearls of Wisdom

08-Jun-2012 - One of the UK’s most respected Italian chefs, Giorgio Locatelli is chef patron at Locanda Locatelli in London’s Mayfair and a second restaurant in Dubai. He has featured in three major TV series and has published two books with a third in the works.

Mobile restaurant ordering app using customer's own smartphone launched in UK

07-Jun-2012 - QikServe, an app that allows diners to view a restaurant menu, order food and drinks for their specific table and pay the bill using their own iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone, has been launched in the UK.

Hakkasan to open Japanese and Chinese restaurants in city of London

07-Jun-2012 - International restaurant company Hakkasan Group has announced plans to open two new restaurants in the city of London this autumn. 

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee brings trade boost to pubs, restaurants and hotels

07-Jun-2012 - The majority of pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK experienced a welcomed boost in trade over the course of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend with businesses located close to organised events, or holding their own, benefiting the most.

Carluccio's and Corney & Barrow confirmed for London Waterloo

07-Jun-2012 - Carluccio's and Corney & Barrow have been confirmed as the first food and beverage operators to become future tenants at London Waterloo train station when a £10m project to build a new balcony there is completed.

BHA Hospitality & Tourism Summit: Industry should work with Government, not just complain

07-Jun-2012 - The first British Hospitality Association (BHA) Hospitality & Tourism Summit has been held with the gathered audience of industry experts encouraged to lobby and work with Government instead of simply complaining about issues such as tourist visas and VAT.

Jus-Rol Professional launches reduced fat pastry range

07-Jun-2012 - Jus-Rol Professional is making it easier for chefs to serve healthier pies, quiches and desserts to diners by launching a reduced fat pastry range. 

News in brief

Tortilla founder to talk about finding the right site at Restaurant’s R200 event

07-Jun-2012 - Brandon Stephens, founder of the Mexican restaurant chain Tortilla, will be discussing the challenges involved in searching for the right site for a restaurant at Restaurant magazine’s R200 Business Seminar later this month.

Digital Innovation Forum: How to make your restaurant stand out from the crowd

06-Jun-2012 - BigHospitality’s sister title Restaurant magazine launched a new industry event last week – the Digital Innovation Forum - which presented operators with the very latest developments, products and thinking in restaurant technology.

Breed recognition: Majority of chefs don't know which chicken breed they serve

06-Jun-2012 - The majority of chefs do not know which breed of chicken is on their menu or the provenance of the meat despite its continued popularity over pork or beef, according to a number of industry experts, including Mark Hix and the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

Wagamama pitches itself against Yo! Sushi by offering new sushi menu

06-Jun-2012 - Wagamama is to present a major challenge to Yo! Sushi’s status as the UK’s only national branded sushi operator after deciding to serve sushi in all its restaurants. 

Welsh chef returns home to open restaurant championing regional produce

06-Jun-2012 - Welsh chef Adam Gaunt-Evans has returned to his homeland after years working in kitchens across the globe to open a restaurant that champions Welsh seasonal produce.

Tom Kitchin: Increasing role as 'fanatical ambassador' of Scottish cooking

06-Jun-2012 - Michelin-starred Edinburgh chef Tom Kitchin has told BigHospitality he views the unofficial role he has taken on as an ambassador for Scottish food and the restaurant industry in Scotland as increasingly important as he begins to branch out a little from just working in The Kitchin day-to-day.

Monin adds Black Forest gateau syrup to range

06-Jun-2012 - Monin, producer of syrups and flavourings for coffees, cocktails and smoothies, has added a Black Forest gateau-inspired syrup to its range. 

Robert Cook claims hotel brasserie is 'dead' as he relaunches De Vere Village Hotels

05-Jun-2012 - Village Hotels has been relaunched as De Vere Village Urban Resorts by newly-appointed chief executive Robert Cook, who has revealed target locations for the expanding brand and created a new restaurant concept, declaring the hotel brasserie 'dead'. 

Caravan Restaurant & Bar to open second site in Kings Cross

01-Jun-2012 - Caravan Restaurant & Bar, which currently has a site in in Exmouth Market, is heading into the capital for the opening of a second site in Kings Cross in August.

Hospitality & Tourism Summit: Britain ‘deterring’ tourists, UK hotels ‘losing out’

01-Jun-2012 - Complications and difficulties obtaining a tourist visa are a ‘major deterrent’ for potential visitors to the UK, reducing the impact of tourism as an engine for growth in the UK economy.

Thasanee Robinson: Career Profile

01-Jun-2012 - Thasanee Robinson, originally from Thailand, began her hospitality career as a trainee chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation and remained in the kitchen for several years before deciding to switch to front-of-house. She is currently general manager at Theo Randall at the InterContinental in London.

Hospitality set to benefit from Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

31-May-2012 - The UK’s hospitality industry is set to benefit from the double bank holiday weekend afforded by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as the majority of Brits plan to remain on home soil to celebrate.