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Viajante closure paves way for new F&B offerings at Town Hall Hotel

27-Feb-2014 - As the Michelin-starred East End destination restaurant Viajante prepares for its last service, details of the replacement F&B offerings at the five-star Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green have been revealed. 

Burger chains to drive growth in branded restaurant sector

27-Feb-2014 - Growth in the branded restaurant sector is set to accelerate this year, driven by dynamic new fast food brands and improved market confidence.

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Sommelier of the Year competition open for entries

27-Feb-2014 - Wine waiters and sommeliers from across the hospitality industry are being encouraged to enter the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) 2014 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition.

Premier Inn and Costa drive up sales for Whitbread

27-Feb-2014 - Strong performance by Premier Inn and Costa helped Whitbread achieve double digit sales growth over the past year.

Marani brings a taste of Georgia to Mayfair

26-Feb-2014 - Khinkali dumpings, Khachapuri cheese bread and spiced broths will feature among the menu of Marani, a new family-run Georgian restaurant opening on Curzon Street next week.

Carluccio’s achieves top SRA rating

26-Feb-2014 - Carluccio’s, the all-day Italian café chain led by Simon Kossoff, has become the largest restaurant operator in the UK to achieve the highest accolade possible for its commitment to sustainability.

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3663's Alex Fisher to present 2014 Savoy Lecture

26-Feb-2014 - Bidvest 3663 group managing director Alex Fisher will present this year’s Savoy Lecture, taking place in London on 24 March.

TRG targets 43 new restaurants in 2014 as profits rise

26-Feb-2014 - The Restaurant Group (TRG), owner of the Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito, Garfunkel’s and Coast to Coast restaurant brands, plans to open 36-43 new sites this year after delivering ‘another strong performance’ across its estate in 2013.

​Itsu targets nationwide expansion

26-Feb-2014 - Itsu, the oriental chain set up by Pret a Manger founder Julian Metcalfe and led by Gerard Loughran, has plans to go nationwide after the success of its first store outside London.

Orient-Express Hotels re-branded as Belmond

25-Feb-2014 - Orient-Express Hotels is re-branding its portfolio of luxury hotels, including Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred Oxfordshire establishment Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Restaurants and pubs outperform retail at train stations

25-Feb-2014 - As the intense competition for prime, city-centre sites continues to spread into transport hubs across the UK, new figures released today reveal that restaurants, pubs and bars in Network Rail-owned train stations are now outperforming retail units. 

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Roux Scholarship 2014: Finalists revealed

25-Feb-2014 - Chefs from the likes of L’Enclume, Murano and Midsummer House are among the 18 regional finalists set to compete for the Roux Scholarship.

Customer-focused technology: High-tech hospitality in action

25-Feb-2014 - For the final part of our technology special feature, BigHospitality checked in at one of the country’s most high-tech hotels to bring you an exclusive video report on the business benefits of customer-focused technology.

Pubs and restaurants continue to rely on discounting

24-Feb-2014 - There was a ‘new high’ in discounting by pubs and restaurants this winter, according to Horizon’s latest Menurama survey.

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How to maximise trade from overseas visitors

24-Feb-2014 - More overseas visitors are coming to the UK than ever before, and their rich new cultures are changing the shape of the UK events calendar. Here, Dave Hobday, managing director of WorldPay UK , argues that the hospitality industry must up its game, offering practical advice on attracting new overseas customers into outlets throughout the year.

Customer-focused technology: Complete control

24-Feb-2014 - So you’ve enticed your customer with an efficient mobile booking service and wowed them with portable EPoS devices and super-fast Wi-Fi. In the third part of this special feature, we look at how you can use technology to encourage that customer to visit again.

Customer-focused technology: Smart experiences

24-Feb-2014 - In the second of our three-part focus on technology in hospitality, we look at how mobile technology can be used to improve customer experience from the moment they walk in the door.

Hot Talent 2014 seeks rising stars of hospitality

24-Feb-2014 - BigHospitality has once again teamed up with Hotelympia to celebrate the achievements of the under-30s and crown hospitality’s brightest young stars.

Customer focused technology: Going mobile

24-Feb-2014 - Mobile technology offers the chance to completely revolutionise the customer experience, with clear benefits for business. In the first of this three-part focus on technology in hospitality, we look at the meteoric rise of mobile, and how operators can harness the latest technology to boost bookings.

Dabbous confirms second London restaurant

24-Feb-2014 - Barnyard, the second restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous and mixologist Oskar Kinberg, will open just a few minutes’ walk from their original site in Fitzrovia next month.   

Taste of Bradford: event aims to attract new restaurants to the city

24-Feb-2014 - Bradford business organisations are holding an event to encourage UK restaurateurs to set up in the city.

2014 confidence boost for UK restaurants and pubs

24-Feb-2014 - The UK casual dining and pub sectors are brimming with confidence, with nine out of 10 business executives either ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ optimistic for the year ahead. 

​Panda Yummy ready for rollout

21-Feb-2014 - Panda Yummy, the noodle restaurant concept, has lined up its first eight openings of 2014 as it looks to grow to c40 sites by the end of the year, founder Ian MacDonald has told our sister title M&C Report.

Camera shy: Should food photos be banned from restaurants?

21-Feb-2014 - Snap-happy foodies taking pictures of their meals with smartphones has become a common sight for restaurants worldwide, but for some chefs the practice has become a nuisance; disrupting the ambiance and often doing the presentation of the food an injustice. 

Bunnychow set for London expansion

21-Feb-2014 - South African street food vendor Bunnychow is set for an aggressive rollout across London, with a target of opening 19 permanent sites over the next five years.