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M&B appoints Marston's chief operating officer as new chief executive

10-Sep-2012 - Mitchells & Butlers has announced it has completed its long-running search for a chief executive by appointing Marston's chief operating officer Alistair Darby to the role.

Hoxton Gin created by mixologist to attract non-gin drinkers

10-Sep-2012 - A mixologist has created a gin with a smoother than average taste for the category that he says could entice more drinkers into the gin market. 

Gourmet food-on-the-go concepts the Ones to Watch, says Horizons

07-Sep-2012 - Quality ‘food-on-the-go’ has become the key area of growth for the UK’s eating out market, with concepts consistently emerging in transport hubs, shopping centres and busy high street locations as consumers are looking to eat where they want, when they want.

Simon Rogan set to open pub in same Cumbrian village as L'Enclume and Rogan & Company

07-Sep-2012 - Simon Rogan has revealed he is to take over the running of his local pub - The Pig & Whistle in Cartmel - which is located within walking distance of his flagship restaurant L'Enclume and sister venue Rogan & Company.

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Nominations open for inaugural Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Awards

07-Sep-2012 - The Hospitality Guild has launched its first Apprenticeship Awards programme and is inviting apprentices and employers to submit nominations to recognise the contribution of apprenticeships to the industry.

Clarenco plans development of 52 bedroom suites at Stanbrook Abbey

07-Sep-2012 - Following the completion of the first phase of development, Clarenco now plans to open 52 new bedroom suites in Stanbrook Abbey by autumn of next year as part of ambitious plans for the former monastery and the entire portfolio of hotels and exclusive retreats.

Scotland’s £1m food and drink boost provides ‘golden opportunity’ to showcase Scottish hospitality

07-Sep-2012 - The injection of one million pounds of Scottish Government money into food and drink firms has been welcomed by hospitality industry bodies and businesses as the nation gears up for a series of showcase events in 2014.

Gideon Joffe: Career Profile

07-Sep-2012 - Gideon Joffe, the 32-year-old son of Giraffe founders Russel and Juliette Joffe opened his first restaurant – MonkeyNuts – in Crouch End, North London nine years ago. The restaurateur went on to open Chez Bob in Belsize Park seven years later and he will open his third restaurant, a chicken shop called Chooks, later this month in Muswell Hill.

Valrhona creates Dulcey: World's first blonde chocolate

07-Sep-2012 - French chocolate maker Valrhona has created, developed and launched Dulcey - a product described as the world's first blonde chocolate which it says is perfect for moulding or making ganache.

Hugh Robertson promoted to take on Government tourism role

06-Sep-2012 - Hugh Robertson has been promoted to the role of Minister for Sport and Tourism within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and will now be the main contact in Government for the hospitality and tourism industries following the departure of John Penrose.

Prezzo chief executive: Openings focus moving to Chimichanga

06-Sep-2012 - Jonathan Kaye, chief executive of the Prezzo restaurant group, has told BigHospitality an increasing percentage of its future openings will be under the Chimichanga Mexican restaurant brand.

Relaxation of planning rules provides ‘window of opportunity’ for high street restaurants

06-Sep-2012 - Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a deregulation of planning laws which will allow businesses to extend their premises without the need for planning permission. 

Hospitality business owners urged to make use of bank loan appeals process

06-Sep-2012 - Small business owners in the hospitality industry refused lending by the banks are being urged to make use of the appeals process after it was revealed that almost half of all small businesses have had loan applications rejected in the last two years.

Northern Ireland-produced Moyallon guanciale named Supreme Champion in Great Taste 2012 awards

06-Sep-2012 - Moyallon guanciale, an un-smoked, dry-cured pig's cheek popular in Italian cooking, produced by Northern Ireland-based butcher Hannan Meats has been named Supreme Champion in the Great Taste 2012 awards.

Rumble in the Kitchen: Chefs and restaurateurs to enter the boxing ring for charity

05-Sep-2012 - Chefs and restaurant managers, including Marcus Wareing, Will Holland, Fred Sirieix and Michele Caggianese are among those who will be entering the boxing ring later this month in a bid to raise money for industry charitable programme Galvin's Chance.

John Penrose stands down as Tourism Minister as DCMS is reduced in size

05-Sep-2012 - John Penrose has stood down from his position as Tourism and Heritage Minister following David Cameron's decision to reduce the size of the Culture, Media and Sports department (DCMS) after the London 2012 Olympics.

Immigration laws cause Masala World to scrap UK expansion plans

05-Sep-2012 - Masala World, one of the world's most respected Indian restaurant groups, has scrapped its UK expansion plans and shifted its focus to overseas because current immigration legislation prevents it from employing skilled Indian chefs.

Turtle Bay and Red Hot World Buffet to open in Nottingham’s Cornerhouse development

05-Sep-2012 - Nottingham’s retail and leisure complex The Cornerhouse is set to welcome the 13th and 14th businesses to its food and beverage portfolio with the openings of Turtle Bay and Red Hot World Buffet restaurants.

Hospitality industry veteran launches second Heritage Inns venue - Baroque Café Bar & Grill

05-Sep-2012 - Andrew Marler, the businessman behind the refurb and launch of the Shepherd's Bush Empire and several pub businesses, has opened Baroque Café Bar & Grill; the second venue in his Hertfordshire-based Heritage Inns company.

Ruth Hinks becomes first woman to win UK Chocolate Masters

05-Sep-2012 - Ruth Hinks, owner of Edinburgh chocolate shop and patisserie school Cocoa Blacks, has been named UK Chocolate Master 2012 following a gruelling three-day final in London. 

TripAdvisor launches online tool to allow hospitality businesses to collect reviews through their own website

05-Sep-2012 - Online review website TripAdvisor has launched a new online tool which allows restaurants, hotels and pubs and bars to collect reviews through the businesses own website making it easier to reply to feedback and gain extra custom through good reviews.

Restaurant magazine: Liquid Assets

04-Sep-2012 - The hottest trends in the drinks industry, from premium flavoured vodkas to small batch gins, new wine brands to recent developments in the world of coffee, is the focus of the September issue of Restaurant magazine.

Dr Oetker taps into The Great British Bake Off trend with refreshed range of icing, marzipan and coverings

04-Sep-2012 - Dr Oetker Foodservice has refreshed its range of icings, marzipan and coverings for caterers and hospitality buyers looking to take advantage of the growing popularity of cakes and baking as a result of the Royal Wedding and The Great British Bake Off TV show.

Christoffer Hruskova on North Road departure: 'I will come back stronger with new restaurant'

03-Sep-2012 - Denmark-born chef Christoffer Hruskova, who won the North Road Restaurant its first Michelin star 10 months after it opened, has announced he has left the venue and is no longer involved in the business after a disagreement with co-owner Viviane Lorans. 

Restaurateur Gideon Joffe to open chicken restaurant Chooks

03-Sep-2012 - Gideon Joffe, the restaurateur son of Giraffe founders Russel and Juliette Joffe, has unveiled plans to open his latest concept, a casual-dining chicken restaurant in Muswell Hill, north London.