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Shaun Rankin teams up with Blue Islands airline

24-Apr-2014 - High profile chef Sean Rankin has teamed up with Channel Island airline Blue Islands to offer a local seasonal menu to passengers this summer.

Carl Clarke oversees new bar and restaurant offering at Hertford House

24-Apr-2014 - Chef Carl Clarke is currently overseeing the new food and beverage offering at Hertford House Hotel, re-launching the restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge. 

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Bistrot Pierre launches new site in the South West

23-Apr-2014 - French restaurant group Bistrot Pierre is opening a new site at the sea front in Torquay within the Abbey Sands development and is recruiting up to 60 new staff members for the venture. 

Think.Eat.Drink ethically-sourced restaurant to open in King’s Cross

23-Apr-2014 - New bar and restaurant Think.Eat.Drink (T.E.D) will open in King’s Cross in June, serving ethically-sourced British food in an environmentally-friendly setting. 

Tube strike: London's hospitality businesses face further disruption

23-Apr-2014 - London’s hospitality businesses are facing further disruption as a result of transport disputes, with two more tube strikes and a 48-hour walkout on Heathrow Express planned over the next two months.

Top 10 things to do and see at Hotelympia 2014

23-Apr-2014 - Hotelympia is fast approaching and the hospitality industry getting ready to descend on the ExCel centre in London on 28 April - 1 May for the biennial event.

New restaurant concept Pavilion to open in Kensington

22-Apr-2014 - Chef Adam Simmonds, who held a Michelin star at his previous site, is overseeing a new restaurant concept opening on London’s Kensington High Street on 31 May. 

American diner trend continues: Zaks announces first franchise

22-Apr-2014 - Blue Sky Leisure’s Norfolk-based American diner chain Zaks is opening a fourth restaurant in the south west of the county under its first franchise partnership.

Gusto undertakes MBO from Living Ventures

22-Apr-2014 - Restaurant and bar group Gusto has completed a management buyout from Living Ventures, the Tim Bacon-led premium operator, with funding from private equity group Palatine as it looks to add about 15 sites over the next four years, including a move into the London area, M&C Report has learnt.

Greek-inspired dining comes to Marylebone

17-Apr-2014 - Opso, an all-day dining Greek restaurant and bar, is opening in the heart of Marylebone next month. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: April 2014

17-Apr-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including Gravetye Manor, Giraffe and The Garrison.

Roux Scholarship 2014: In Pictures

16-Apr-2014 - Tom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship. Relive the hotly contested final with BigHospitality in our exclusive photo gallery. 

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Coal Grill & Bar commences expansion

16-Apr-2014 - Coal Grill & Bar will commence its next phase of expansion after securing additional growth funding from Beringea and Octopus Investments.  

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

Ed's Easy Diner named fastest-growing restaurant group

16-Apr-2014 - Ed’s Easy Diner, the 24-strong 1950s-style American diner chain, has topped the 2014 Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - a list of the 50 fastest-growing restaurant and bar companies.

MeatLiquor acquires fried chicken restaurant Wishbone

16-Apr-2014 - Meatailer, the company behind MeatLiquor, have purchased the fried chicken restaurant Wishbone in London’s Brixton.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

16-Apr-2014 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector. 

Ox and Finch restaurant to open in Glasgow

15-Apr-2014 - Former head chef of the McLaren Formula One team Jonathan MacDonald is launching new restaurant Ox and Finch in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove next month.

Hakkasan partners with MGM to launch international hotel company

15-Apr-2014 - Restaurant group Hakkasan has today announced the formation of a joint-venture with gaming and hospitality company MGM Resorts International, to create a new international hotel management company - MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

What’s Cooking? takes on restaurant at boutique Liverpool hotel

15-Apr-2014 - Liverpool restaurant What’s Cooking? has taken on the running of the food and drink operation at the nearby 62 Castle Street hotel. 

T.G.I Friday’s unveils new 'Fast Track' concept for transport hub expansion

15-Apr-2014 - ‘A new era is dawning’ for T.G.I Friday’s as the American restaurant chain today announced it will be opening its first outlet at a key transport hub under a newly created quick-service format.

Into the mainstream: are restaurants catering for gluten-free growth?

14-Apr-2014 - According to a new report from Innova Market Insights, free-from foods are moving into the mainstream, with people now opting to avoid gluten and dairy for lifestyle reasons as well as food intolerances and allergies. 

East London enjoys two new street food events

14-Apr-2014 - A new pop-up from the founder of Street Feast opened its doors for the first time Saturday, bringing food, drinks and festival fun to Haggerston.

Charterhouse targets expansion as FY EBITDA grows 13.2%

14-Apr-2014 - Charterhouse Leisure, operator of the Coal Grill & Bar brand, has reported a 13.2% rise in company EBITDA to £727,000 for the year to the end of February and said it plans to grow from six to about 24 sites over the next three years.

Late Night London’s new venture Core opens in the City

11-Apr-2014 - Late Night London’s latest bar and restaurant Core opened in the City last week, combining the company’s new take on day-time eating and drinking with a late night offering. 

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