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Allergies, intolerances and dietary requirements - is your business getting it right?

05-Nov-2012 - With the hospitality industry missing out on an estimated £1m a year on the gluten-free market alone, it’s no surprise that more businesses are upping their F&B offerings to cater for customers with allergies, food intolerances and dietary requirements – so what’s the key to getting it right?

Mexican restaurant Lupita doubles up with new site in Spitalfields

05-Nov-2012 - Lupita, a Mexican restaurant operated in the UK as part of a partnership with Mexico City-based taquería group El Farolito, has opened its second site in London with a venue in Spitalfields.

Restaurant magazine founder Edwina Lilley passes away

05-Nov-2012 - Edwina Lilley, hospitality entrepreneur and founder of Restaurant magazine, died last month after a short and unexpected illness, aged just 54.

Pop-up restaurant 'veteran' Carl Clarke to open Disco Bistro in the city

05-Nov-2012 - Pop-up restaurant 'veteran' Carl Clarke is planning to bring some 'East End cool' to the city by taking up residency at The Rising Sun pub in St Paul's for the next six months. 

New Forest Ice Cream launches mulled wine sorbet

05-Nov-2012 - New Forest Ice Cream has launched a mulled wine sorbet for caterers looking to add a seasonal dish with colour to their autumn, winter and Christmas menus.

Il Calcio to open flagship London restaurant as UK expansion begins

02-Nov-2012 - Romania-based Italian restaurant chain Il Calcio is set to open its first London site in Mayfair this month as the brand looks to expand in the capital.

Jesse Dunford Wood heads up Kensal Green gastropub relaunch

02-Nov-2012 - The Regent in Kensal Green has been relaunched by chef Jesse Dunford Wood and the team at Perritt & Perritt as gastropub Parlour; the first of two venues under the same brand following the recent purchase of The Hope in Richmond. 

Peter McAlister: Career Profile

02-Nov-2012 - Peter McAlister from the Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast was last month crowned the 2012 UK Restaurant Manager of the Year by the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS). He previously spent six years working with Malmaison and now hopes to use his accolade as a means of helping more young people break into hospitality.

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K10 Sushi rolls out second restaurant in the City

02-Nov-2012 - Modern Japanese restaurant K10 Sushi is to open a second site in the City of London after acquiring the former Ping Pong unit in Broadgate.

Rib eyes and L’Italiano: Hotel chains up food offerings based on customer feedback

01-Nov-2012 - Hotel chains are enhancing their food operations based on customer feedback as Jurys Inn launches a new restaurant menu across its entire estate and Park Plaza is opening a new restaurant at County Hall and introducing a revamped dessert menu.

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Luke Johnson confirmed to speak at Arena Christmas Lunch

01-Nov-2012 - Serial restaurant investor Luke Johnson has been confirmed as guest speaker at hospitality networking association Arena's Christmas Lunch. 

Ash Mair to open first UK restaurant for Spanish group Bilbao Berria

01-Nov-2012 - Ash Mair, the winner of Masterchef: The Professionals 2011, has revealed details of his first UK restaurant project; a London outpost for Spanish pintxos restaurant group Bilbao Berria.

Flat Iron goes permanent with new Soho restaurant

01-Nov-2012 - Following a short-term residency above the Owl and Pussycat pub in Shoreditch, new steak concept Flat Iron is to move to a permanent site in the heart of Soho in December.

New UK sustainable palm oil targets welcomed by industry bodies and businesses

01-Nov-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has welcomed the Government’s recent commitment to achieve 100 per cent sourcing of credibly sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015, despite many charities and retailers labelling the target as ‘weak’.

Hospitality Management apprenticeship launched to take professionals higher

31-Oct-2012 - People 1st has launched the first ever Level 4 apprenticeship framework for the hospitality industry to bridge the gap between the supervisory skills gained in an apprentice’s early career and the strategic management skills required to work at a senior level.

Recession-proof? How Jamie Oliver's restaurants are dealing with the downturn

31-Oct-2012 - In a special audio report recorded at The Restaurant Show, Jacques Dejardin, head of operations at Jamie Oliver, reveals how the group is looking to retail, takeaway and collection, event catering and possibly all-day dining to protect its restaurants from the continuing downturn.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen ramps up its expansion plans

30-Oct-2012 - Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has revealed plans to open another five restaurants before February 2013 as the brand steps up its expansion and acknowledges the explosion in diner demand for premium burgers since it first launched.

Patty and Bun completes ‘golden triangle’ of West End burger joints

30-Oct-2012 - Patty and Bun, the burger joint which has been running pop-up venues in London's Battersea and Soho, is set to open its first permanent site on James Street later this month with plans to use the concept as a springboard for future projects.

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Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants scoops independent restaurant prize at RSPCA Good Business Awards

30-Oct-2012 - Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants, which operates two sites in St Albans and Hertford, has won the independent restaurant prize at the 2012 RSPCA Good Business Awards which celebrates high standards of animal welfare.

Jason Atherton to open second London restaurant in partnership with Paul Hood

30-Oct-2012 - Jason Atherton is to open a second restaurant in London after signing the lease on a site in Soho’s Poland Street.

Licensed coffee bar and restaurant at heart of former Dundee Royal Exchange development

30-Oct-2012 - Caffe Borsa, a licensed coffee bar and eatery, is set to open early next month on the ground floor of a new event and office space following a £500k refurb of the former Royal Exchange building in Dundee.

Redditch and Bluewater developments continue restaurants' growing relationship with shopping centres

29-Oct-2012 - Restaurant operators are being sought for a new shopping centre in the Midlands and Bluewater has reopened its Wintergarden dining area as the potential of high-footfall shopping centres continues to be recognised by restaurant businesses.

Nando’s swings to profit as chicken restaurant craze shows no sign of abating

29-Oct-2012 - Nando’s, the fast-casual Portuguese chicken restaurant chain, made a £14.7m pre-tax profit in the year to 26 February 2012, marking a strong turnaround from a loss of £7.1m the previous year and bolstering the group’s reported plans to open up to another 100 sites in the UK.

Are we moving forward? Hospitality business confidence falls but it's not all doom and gloom

29-Oct-2012 - Almost half of hospitality and leisure companies in the UK will not reach profit targets this quarter with an increasing number of business owners feeling pessimistic in outlook due to the lack of any bounce in spending during the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics.

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BHA workshop to help hospitality industry better campaign for VAT reduction

29-Oct-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) will be giving its restaurant, hotel and pub members some tips on how they can join the campaign to reduce VAT to 5 per cent for the hospitality sector at a special workshop next week.