Sectors > Restaurants

Food and drink matching trends: Spirits/Cocktails

22-Mar-2012 - As we have seen in previous parts of this feature, food and drink can be a marriage made in heaven for restaurants and pubs. But cocktails, apéritifs and spirits are not products that tend to be associated with food and they are rarely even advertised or upsold.

Ilia owner sells Chelsea restaurant to Obikà

22-Mar-2012 - Jessen & Co, the owner of Chelsea's Italian restaurant Ilia, has sold the site to the restaurant chain Obikà Mozzarella Bar blaming rising rent and rates in a small venue for the closure of the high-end establishment.

Adam Bennett leads UK team to Bocuse d'Or World final

22-Mar-2012 - The UK team led by Adam Bennett, head chef at Simpsons in Edgbaston, Birmingham, has taken sixth place in the European final of the Bocuse d'Or and also collected the best meat prize and will now progress to the grand final in Lyon next year.

Budget 2012: Osborne refuses to budge on alcohol duty or reduce VAT for hospitality, but does offer to back business

21-Mar-2012 - The Chancellor George Osborne has refused to budge on the alcohol duty escalator or reduce VAT for the hospitality industry, but did outline other plans to help business as a whole in this year's Budget. 

Budget 2012: The restaurant industry's reaction

21-Mar-2012 - Members of the restaurant industry have expressed their disappointment at the Chancellor's lack of help for the sector in today's Budget, saying his claim that he will 'unashamedly back business' means nothing if he doesn't cut VAT.

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WSTA appoints DEFRA deputy director new chief executive

21-Mar-2012 - The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has appointed Miles Beales, DEFRA's deputy director for EU and international agriculture policy, its new chief executive. 

Airport restaurants: the changing face of airside dining

21-Mar-2012 - With up to 30,000 people departing from Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 every day, established food concepts and emerging brands are increasingly recognising the potential of such high-footfall transport hubs.

Vintellect launches plug and play wine preservation system

21-Mar-2012 - Vintellect has launched Vinoglass Elite, a plug and play wine preservation system it says cuts down on installation requirements and costs while maintaining the benefits of a system that ensures the best measure, temperature and quality of wine served.


How to play music effectively and legally in your hospitality business

21-Mar-2012 - Dharmendra Patel, managing director of PlayNetwork talks about the benefits of playing music in a pub, restaurant or hotel and advises on how to ensure it is being played legally. 

Hospitality industry echoes business calls for utilities and fuel help in the Budget

20-Mar-2012 - The hospitality industry has echoed calls from the Forum of Private Business for Government to give more support on utilities and fuel costs to small businesses in the Budget this week.

Nose-to-tail cookery and thoughtful meat use crucial for sustainability

20-Mar-2012 - Whole-animal butchery, nose-to-tail cookery and more thoughtful meat use are all crucial in ensuring sustainability in food production and to help the environment, according to Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming.

BHA welcomes bank lending scheme for hospitality businesses

20-Mar-2012 - A £20bn government scheme to boost bank lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been welcomed by the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Terroirs, Brawn and Soif duo to open fourth restaurant

20-Mar-2012 - Oli Barker and Ed Wilson, the duo behind Terroirs, Brawn and Soif, are set to open their fourth restaurant in September. 

Charbrew tea launches first range for food service trade

20-Mar-2012 - Charbrew, a range of teas aimed at the younger tea drinker launched last year, has unveiled its first individually-wrapped range designed for the food service trade. 

National Minimum Wage: Springboard expresses disappointment at freeze for under-21s

19-Mar-2012 - The Government has announced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise for adults and apprentices but will be frozen for 16-20 year-olds in a move that the hospitality careers charity Springboard described as disappointing.

St. James's Market development to create 45,000sq.ft of restaurant, retail and leisure space

19-Mar-2012 - The Crown Estate has launched plans for a £400m redevelopment of three sites in St. James's which will create 45,000sq.ft of restaurant, retail and leisure space in the area between Regent Street and Haymarket in central London.

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Qype reveals restaurant nominees in first UK Business Awards

19-Mar-2012 - Reviews website Qype has revealed the ten restaurants vying for Restaurant of the Year award in its first UK Business Awards which are based on comments and reviews posted on the site over the past year.

Resident DJ to launch Meter Bar & Eatery at CAMP in Shoreditch

19-Mar-2012 - This Wednesday (21 March) sees the opening of Meter Bar & Eatery – a new pizzeria and bar concept from acclaimed DJ James Priestley, aiming to offer 'a slice of Naples in urban Shoreditch'.

Temporary Event Notices: Hospitality lawyers advise licensees to apply before law change and Olympics

19-Mar-2012 - Hospitality licensees considering applying for future Temporary Event Notices (TENs) for events including those during the London 2012 Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations have been advised to apply now before the system becomes more restrictive after 6 April.

Groupon forced to change trading practices by OFT

16-Mar-2012 - Voucher website Groupon has been forced to change some of its trading practices and how it interacts with merchants and businesses after an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading found 'widespread' examples of breached consumer regulations.

New Italian restaurant Blummyz not ‘too expensive’, insists owner

16-Mar-2012 - Blummyz, a new fine dining Italian restaurant and bar on the border of Chelsea and South Kensington, opened its doors last month, but the owner has already had to fight off claims from the restaurant’s executive head chef that it is ‘too expensive’ and ‘under-filled’.

Byron and Union Jacks to open restaurants at Bluewater

16-Mar-2012 - Byron and Union Jacks are the latest restaurants to recognise the business potential of high-footfall shopping centre locations, with the opening of two new sites at Bluewater in the coming months. 

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Jamie Oliver honours Kevin Boyle at ten-year anniversary of London Fifteen

16-Mar-2012 - Jamie Oliver has paid tribute to Kevin Boyle, one of the first apprentices at the original Fifteen restaurant who was found dead in January, in a supper club event to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the project.

Pearls of Wisdom: Gerard Basset

16-Mar-2012 - The owner of Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest and co-founder of Hotel du Vin discusses wine, cheffing and his conversion into a true Brit.


Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Hilton and St Patrick's Day Menu at the RIBA

16-Mar-2012 - In this special edition of Ideas from you Peers, hotels, restaurants and bars including the Waldorf Hilton, Vinopolis, the RIBA and the Chophouse brasserie, tell BigHospitality what they're doing to attract more customers this weekend.