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HOSPA names Career Investment Development Scholarship winners

28-Nov-2013 - HOSPA has announced the winners of its 2013 Career Investment Development Scholarships.

Benugo to open two new sites in London

28-Nov-2013 - Restaurant, café and catering company Benugo is launching two new cafés in London next month, in Mayfair’s Hanover Street and within Victoria’s new mixed-use development, 62 Buckingham Gate. 

Alan Murchison Restaurants in liquidation

27-Nov-2013 - Alan Murchison Restaurants Ltd, which operated the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire, has been put into voluntary liquidation after running up debts of almost half a million pounds.

Hospitality Openings: November 2013

27-Nov-2013 - London is again the hub of all things new in our photo gallery for November, with Angela Hartnett's second solo venture, a Prohibition era-themed bar and a cocoa-based fine-dining restaurant all featuring among the latest hospitality openings. 

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Gluten-free Chef of the Year competition winners named

27-Nov-2013 - The winners of the 2013 Coeliac UK’s Gluten-free Chef of the Year competition have been announced following a cook off by six finalists.

Roka to open two new restaurants in London

27-Nov-2013 - Roka, Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant brand, is doubling its footprint in the UK with two new venues opening in London next year.

David Cameron promises to ease immigration rules for ethnic restaurants

26-Nov-2013 - David Cameron has vowed to support upcoming young chefs in the UK’s ethnic restaurant sector, but the Prime Minister admitted that the difficulties importing skilled chefs from the Indian subcontinent will take some time to solve. 

Iqbal Wahhab receives Honorary Degree

26-Nov-2013 - Iqbal Wahhab, the founder of successful London restaurants Cinnamon Club and Roast, has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of West London for his services to the hospitality industry.

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Leon to double in size over the next year

26-Nov-2013 - Leon has this month opened the first of a planned twelve sites over the next year as the restaurant chain looks to 'create fast food as it might be in heaven'. 

Simon Rogan invests in future development of L’Enclume

25-Nov-2013 - Having recently been announced as the chef replacing Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, Simon Rogan is not taking his eyes off of his flagship L’Enclume, with the completion of a major investment into the restaurant’s adjacent test kitchen, Aulis.

Institute of Hospitality announces 75th anniversary award winners

25-Nov-2013 - The best managers in the industry have been honoured at the Institute of Hospitality’s 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner, held last week at The Westbury in London

La Sala set for UK rollout

25-Nov-2013 - La Sala, the famous restaurant and bar in Marbella, Spain, is planning to launch and roll out in the UK with serial restaurant entrepreneur James Horler on-board as the new company’s chairman.

Clutch chicken restaurant hatches in Hoxton

22-Nov-2013 - Clutch, a ‘new breed of chicken restaurant’ is coming to roost in London's East End next month, capping off a year that has seen a host of poultry-led concepts flocking into the capital.

Hospitality industry welcomes ‘Night Tube’ announcement

22-Nov-2013 - The recent announcement that London Underground trains are to run for 24 hours at weekends has been hailed as ‘excellent news’ for the capital's hospitality businesses.

Indian Summer Kitchen targets expansion

22-Nov-2013 - Indian Summer Kitchen, the Brighton-based Indian restaurant operator, plans to become the UK’s largest Indian restaurant chain and has revealed target areas for expansion to our sister title M&C Report.

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MasterChef's Dhruv Baker to speak at HMA Christmas lunch

22-Nov-2013 - Former MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker has been announced as guest speaker at this year's Hotel Marketing Association (HMA) Christmas lunch.

Energy price hikes: What can hospitality businesses do now?

21-Nov-2013 - The inflation-busting price rises announced by ‘the big six’ electricity and gas firms are set to hit the hospitality industry hard this winter, with 67 per cent of business owners claiming they will no longer meet their growth targets due to the punitive energy costs.

Hospitality food waste bill could reach £3bn by 2016, warns WRAP

21-Nov-2013 - The hospitality industry's food waste bill could reach as much as £3bn by 2016 if businesses fail to take action, a new report by the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has found.

Strada aims to broaden appeal with menu and design changes

21-Nov-2013 - Italian restaurant chain Strada is aiming to broaden its appeal through a number of changes to its menu and the design of its restaurants.

Big Easy heads to Covent Garden

21-Nov-2013 - Long-standing London restaurant Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Crabshack is doubling up in the capital with a second venue opening in Covent Garden next year.

Chewton Glen chef to open first solo venture

21-Nov-2013 - The head chef of Chewton Glen hotel in Hampshire is going solo to pursue his lifelong dream of owning a Michelin-starred restaurant with the opening The Elderflower in nearby Lymington next year.

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Greenwich restaurant The High Chaparral fined for alcohol licence breaches

21-Nov-2013 - Restaurant The High Chapparal in Greenwich has been fined more than £12k for two breaches of the Licensing Act. 

Creativevents and The Fine Food Company win Hampton Court Flower Show catering contract

20-Nov-2013 - Creativevents and The Fine Food Company have won a five year contract worth more than £4m to supply catering to visitors of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Hampton Court Flower Show. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: November 2013

20-Nov-2013 - BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the industry with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including and Travelodge, The Savoy and The Cadogan Arms.

Ibérica reveals UK expansion plans

20-Nov-2013 - Ibérica Restaurants, the three-strong Spanish group led by two-Michelin-starred chef Nacho Manzano, is actively looking to expand outside of London with plans for up to 10 UK sites in the next five years.