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Compulsory Living Wage could put over 200,000 hospitality jobs at risk

19-Nov-2014 - Making the Living Wage compulsory could cost UK businesses £4bn, the equivalent of 213,247 jobs in the hospitality sector, according to a Greater London Assembly (GLA) member.

Tourism Council defends decision not to tackle VAT

19-Nov-2014 - To the disappointment of Cut Tourism VAT campaigners, the Tourism Council has decided not to discuss a VAT cut, but instead focus on jobs and skills.

The Alford Arms takes top spot at UK’s first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

19-Nov-2014 - Hertfordshire pub The Alford Arms was the overall winner at the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards this week, crowned the ‘most allergen-aware’ eatery in the UK.  

Elysium Group reveals plans for first London venue

18-Nov-2014 - Essex-based bar and restaurant operator Elysium Group will open a Japanese fusion venture in the heart of Chelsea next month, with plans to roll the concept out across further sites.

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Chop’d to open tenth London site

18-Nov-2014 - Grab-and-go concept Chop’d will open its tenth London site in Moorgate’s landmark CityPoint building early this December. 

Alper Zan named UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2014

18-Nov-2014 - Alper Zan of Café Rouge in Cheshire Oaks has been named the Academy of Food & Wine Service’s (AFWS) UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2014.

The World's End Market to open in Fulham

18-Nov-2014 - The Markets Group has confirmed it will open its second venture, The World’s End Market, on London's King’s Road this December.

Five restaurants confirmed for new Broadgate Circle

18-Nov-2014 - Hakkasan Group’s Yauatcha, ETM Group’s The Botanist, Aubaine, Shoryu Ramen and Comptoir Libanais have all secured a space at Broadgate Circle, which is due to re-open in spring 2015.

Diners increasingly concerned with seafood sustainability

17-Nov-2014 - A majority (60 per cent) of UK consumers believe restaurants should offer sustainable seafood options, according to a survey by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Government urged to regulate sharing economy

17-Nov-2014 - Pop-up marketplace Grub Club is urging the government to better regulate ‘sharing economy’ businesses like itself in order to ensure their protection.

Details released for Caring’s Ivy Market Grill

17-Nov-2014 - Details have been released for Richard Caring’s new restaurant The Ivy Market Grill, which opens in London’s Covent Garden next week.

Pesto secures lease on Marston’s pub in Lancashire

17-Nov-2014 - Pesto Restaurants has secured the lease of a Marston’s pub to open its first site in Lancashire.

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Honest Burgers launches eighth London site

17-Nov-2014 - Honest Burgers has acquired its eighth restaurant on Widegate Street in east London which opens to the public today (17 November).

New restaurant Seasons opens at Stoke Place hotel

14-Nov-2014 - New restaurant Seasons at Stoke Place opened at the Buckinghamshire country hotel last week, led by head chef James Duggan.

Watch out for specialist operators, says Horizons

14-Nov-2014 - Foodservice companies operating in niche markets are the fastest-growing ones, according to Horizons’ latest Ones To Watch survey.

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel eyes Michelin star

14-Nov-2014 - Two years after its complete refurbishment, Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is aiming for Michelin standard food for its pub with rooms.

Taylor St Baristas to double business size

13-Nov-2014 - Taylor St Baristas is hoping to raise between £1.5m and £3m through a mini-bond on Crowdcube to double the number of its venues in the next two years.

Chai Wu to open at Harrods next year

13-Nov-2014 - Restaurateur Eddie Lim will open a new modern Chinese restaurant at Harrods next January.


Frédéric Bau on why chefs should be more adventurous with chocolate

13-Nov-2014 - Pastry chef Frédéric Bau, principal founder of the Valrhona Chocolate School and author of Chocolate Fusion, recently hosted a five-course chocolate dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard. 

Foodservice must adapt to changing customer needs, say experts

13-Nov-2014 - Foodservice operators can improve profits by responding to recent changes in customer needs and consumer trends, according to speakers at Horizons’ latest Thought Leadership Forum.

Cubitt House sister company to open all-day dining venue

13-Nov-2014 - The team behind Cubitt House have confirmed they will open a 200-cover all-day restaurant and bar at Fitzroy Place in March 2015.  

VQ 24-hour diner plans roll-out

12-Nov-2014 - 24-hour café and diner VQ will expand throughout London and the rest of the UK since securing new funding after its rebrand.  

Gallery: New design for Scoff & Banter

12-Nov-2014 - Edwardian Group London has opened the first of its revamped Scoff & Banter restaurants on Cromwell Road, Kensington.

Ask the Experts

Don’t fall at the festive hurdle – how restaurants can keep standards high

12-Nov-2014 - Christmas is an important time for restaurants, which are under pressure to deliver a festive experience that will live long in the memory for the right reasons. Jason Burnett, technical director at Cristal International Standards offers some top tips to help operators maintain the highest standards during this busy period.

Strong London economy boosts October restaurant and pub sales

12-Nov-2014 - The UK’s pub and restaurant groups enjoyed a sales boost in October with like-for-like sales up 2.2 per cent nationally, mostly driven by the strong London market.