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Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2013: Winners revealed

16-Sep-2013 - Tramshed, Kitchen Table and the Atrium Champagne Bar were among the UK winners of the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, held last week in London.

Ollie Dabbous trademarks Barnyard name and considers Somerset House for second restaurant

16-Sep-2013 - Ollie Dabbous, whose eponymous restaurant won its first Michelin star eight months after opening last year, is believed to have picked the name Barnyard for his mooted second site, which is thought will be located at London's cultural and arts centre Somerset House.

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Brindisa brings Food Rooms to Brixton

13-Sep-2013 - Brindisa Spanish Foods, sister company to Brindisa Tapas Kitchens, is launching a new bar and shop in Brixton this autumn.

Stevie Parle: Pearls of Wisdom

13-Sep-2013 - The chef-owner of Dock Kitchen in west London and star of Channel 4’s six-part TV series Spice Trip talks about the importance of travel, being fleet-of-foot, and why he dislikes concept restaurants.

Cote Restaurants acquired by CBPE

13-Sep-2013 - Cote Restaurants, the 45-strong French bistro chain founded by Andy Bassadone and Chris Benians, has been acquired by private equity firm CBPE Capital in a deal reportedly worth £100m. 

K10 to trial ramen concept before launching permanent site

12-Sep-2013 - Japanese restaurant K10 is to trial a ramen concept at its Appold Street branch with a view to opening permanent units under a separate brand next year. 

Robson brothers to open Austrian 'schnitzel & spritz' restaurant Boopshi's in London

12-Sep-2013 - Brothers Ed and Ben Robson are set to open their first hospitality business in London this autumn, a Viennese inspired restaurant called Boopshi's that will specialise in schnitzels and spritz cocktails. 

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The Palace Southend owners seek restaurant and bar owners to take up leisure space

12-Sep-2013 - Restaurant and bar operators are being given the chance to open sites within a redevelopment of The Palace hotel in Southend-on-Sea. 

Chuck’s Clubhouse: New York-style pizza restaurant coming to Covent Garden

11-Sep-2013 - The restaurant resurgence of Covent Garden will take another turn next month with the addition of Chuck’s Clubhouse – a New York-style pizza restaurant from the team behind GO Food.

Benugo wins £20m contract to run restaurants and cafes at Regent's Park

11-Sep-2013 - Restaurant, cafe and contract catering group Benugo has won a £20m contract to run restaurants, cafes and refreshment kiosks at Regent's Park in London. 

Bryn Williams returns home for new restaurant

11-Sep-2013 - Bryn Williams is planning to return to his native North Wales as the celebrity chef confirmed he would be opening a bistro at a multi-million-pound development in Colwyn Bay.

2013's hot summer continued to boost food sales at restaurants and pubs

11-Sep-2013 - The hot summer weather continued to boost trade at the UK's restaurants and pubs according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker, which shows a like-for-like growth of 1.9 per cent in August compared to the same month the previous year.

Whitbread sales growth slows, Premier Inn boosted by London demand

10-Sep-2013 - The UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, Whitbread, has today reported ‘another good performance’ in its half-year results, with total and like-for-like sales increasing by 12.4 and 2.6 per cent respectively.

Tortilla secures seven sites for restaurants inside and outside London

10-Sep-2013 - Tortilla, the Quilvest-backed fast casual Mexican chain, has secured another seven sites both inside and outside London, which it hopes to bring online over the next 12 months, including four that will open before the end of the year.

Aparthotel and rooftop restaurant planned for Whitechapel in £16m development

09-Sep-2013 - Black Lion House, a 75,000 sq.ft office block in London’s East End, is to be converted into a 220-bedroom boutique hotel and rooftop restaurant in a £16m development from Union Hanover Securities and Southern Grove. 

Hot summer becomes 'long dry drought' for pubs and restaurants

09-Sep-2013 - The hot summer turned into a 'long dry drought' for the on-trade according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's (WSTA) latest Market Report, which shows that alcohol sales at restaurants and pubs have fallen six per cent in the last three months. 

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Third London opening for Vanilla Black and Orchard team

09-Sep-2013 - Andrew Dargue and Donna Conroy, the duo behind London vegetarian restaurants Vanilla Black and Orchard, are launching a smaller, takeaway-focussed offshoot of the latter casual dining concept.

Lussmanns hits Harpenden for third Fish & Grill restaurant

09-Sep-2013 - Independent brasserie group Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants has just opened a third venue in Hertfordshire after a 10-year search for the right location.  

Tea 42 café-bar concept launches in Manchester with nationwide expansion plans

06-Sep-2013 - The team behind Blue Rainbow Aparthotels, a collection of serviced apartments in Manchester and Edinburgh, are investing heavily in Tea 42 Restaurants – a new, ‘alternative’ café and tearoom experience which it hopes to grow to more than 20 sites in two years. 

Spirit follows US route with new Fayre & Square food offering

06-Sep-2013 - Fayre & Square, the 157-strong family pub offering from Spirit Pub Company, is the latest brand to tap into the rising popularity of American food concepts with the launch of its new autumn menu.

Pont St. seafood restaurant replaces Hix Belgravia at Belgraves hotel

06-Sep-2013 - Sophie Michell, one of the youngest female executive chefs in Britain, is heading up Pont St. – a contemporary seafood restaurant opening on the former site of Hix Belgravia within Thompson’s five-star Belgraves hotel in London.

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British Sausage Week: Bisto searches for the perfect sausage and gravy

06-Sep-2013 - Caterers from across the UK are being encouraged to ‘add some sizzle’ to their menus and celebrate British Sausage Week, running from 4-10 November. 

Jonny Boud: Career Profile

06-Sep-2013 - By his own admission, Jonny Boud prefers to be the organiser of an event than to attend one as a guest. This ethos is reflected in his hospitality businesses, with PING, The Rum Kitchen and Love Brunch all focused on offering customers an all-night ‘experience’. So what’s next for this budding entrepreneur and his business partners?

Sustainable Champions: SRA unveils new accreditation for dining destinations

06-Sep-2013 - The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has developed the first ever sustainability accreditation for food destinations, after its research found that 70 per cent of consumers would choose a sustainable restaurant given the option, and more than half would pay more for the dining experience there. 

VQ to open second 24-hour restaurant in London

05-Sep-2013 - VQ, the 24-hour café and diner on London’s Fulham Road, is opening a second venue in the capital after almost 18 years, having acquired the ground-floor unit of the St Giles Hotel in Bloomsbury.