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Simply Indian opens in Wadhurst promoting use of seafood in British curry scene

18-Sep-2012 - Simply Indian, a new 60-cover restaurant and bar serving traditional curry house favourites along with a strong fish and seafood offering, is opening in Wadhurst,  East Sussex, today. 

Rumble in the Kitchen: How a boxing match plans to give future hospitality talent a chance

18-Sep-2012 - Twenty-two members of the industry are set to battle it out in the boxing ring later this week for Rumble in the Kitchen, a charity event designed to raise funds for the into work programme Galvin's Chance.

Cloche Hat becomes Stovell’s, taking inspiration from Asador Etxebarri

17-Sep-2012 - Fernando and Kristy Stovell, the former joint head chefs of London's Cuckoo Club, have transformed the Cloche Hat restaurant on the rural outskirts of Chobham into Stovell’s, a new contemporary European restaurant and bar taking inspiration from world-renowned Spanish restaurant Asador Etxebarri.

Annual Awards of Excellence 2012 winners revealed

17-Sep-2012 - The leading lights of the hospitality industry came together this month to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Academy of Culinary Arts’ Annual Awards of Excellence, with winners revealed in the kitchen, pastry and service categories.

Encouraging year-end trading for D&D London on day Old Bengal Warehouse opens

17-Sep-2012 - D&D London's chairman and chief executive Des Gunewardena today reported an 'encouraging' performance at his London restaurants after profit across the group rose 4 per cent to £4.2m despite a 'continuing backdrop of economic uncertainty'. 

Olympic shrines, medal count boards and Going for Gold cocktails: Making the most of national events

17-Sep-2012 - With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games now over, hospitality businesses in the capital have had time to reflect on event's financial repercussions. BigHospitality has spoken to three of these businesses to find out how successful their special Olympic-themed offers and promotions were.

The British Larder named Best Food Pub at the Great British Pub Awards 2012

14-Sep-2012 - The British Larder in Bromeswell, Suffolk has been named Best Food Pub in the Great British Pub Awards 2012 and co-founder Ross Pike has revealed the award has helped drive interest from potential investors in the business.

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Coeliac UK in search for Gluten-free Chef of the Year 2012

14-Sep-2012 - Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is encouraging chefs from across the UK to enter its Gluten-free Chef of the Year competition.

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Prezzo becomes latest restaurant group to join industry VAT club

14-Sep-2012 - Prezzo chief executive Jonathan Kaye has declared the issue of VAT is 'vital' for the industry as the restaurant operator joins the industry lobbying organisation VAT Club JB.

Alvin Leung: Pearls of Wisdom

14-Sep-2012 - The chef-patron of two-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong and self-styled ‘Demon Chef’ is launching a sibling restaurant, Bo London, in Mayfair later this year.

Galvin’s Chance helps 14 more young people get jobs in hospitality

13-Sep-2012 - Galvin’s Chance, the into-work initiative which trains disadvantaged young people such as ex-offenders and those at risk of getting caught up in gang culture to work in hospitality, has seen the latest set of trainees complete its programme.

Taste of the Future: Foodservice not taking sustainability seriously enough

13-Sep-2012 - The majority of foodservice consultants believe that hospitality businesses are only 'paying lip service to sustainability', forecasting that the issue will have the greatest impact on the sector in the near future.

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BHA offers expert business tips through regional focus groups

12-Sep-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is to hold a series of focus groups around England this autumn to help members of the industry pick up tips from experts and discuss latest business issues with their peers. 

Restaurant and pub groups see London sales boost in August

12-Sep-2012 - Combined like-for-like sales for pub and restaurant groups inside the M25 increased by 5 per cent in August, but businesses outside of London saw a much more modest uplift of just 1 per cent compared with the same month last year. 

UK Asian and Oriental chef training centres struggling to find apprentices

12-Sep-2012 - A Government-funded scheme set up to train UK nationals to work as chefs in Asian and Oriental restaurants is struggling to find enough people to take up the apprenticeships it offers, despite the fact that almost a third of young people say they would consider working in the sector.

Tackling obesity: Should restaurants be doing more?

12-Sep-2012 - The majority of UK adults believe that obesity has become a ‘major problem’ in Britain and that restaurant and pub chains should be doing more to promote healthy eating. 

Gourmet Gadgetry releases new generation chocolate fountains

12-Sep-2012 - Gourmet Gadgetry, makers of gadgets such as chocolate fountains and popcorn machines for catering and home use, has launched a new generation of chocolate fountains which feature magnetic components to help prevent blockages.

Le Bistrot Pierre reveals five target cities as it prepares to open 10th restaurant in Plymouth

12-Sep-2012 - French restaurant chain Le Bistrot Pierre is set to open its first in the south when it opens a venue in Plymouth next year and has revealed a list of target cities with three openings planned next year.

The BHA's Ufi Ibrahim: What the Government must do for hospitality businesses

12-Sep-2012 - With Hugh Robertson promoted to the role of Minister for Sport and Tourism in last week’s Cabinet reshuffle, the British Hospitality Association’s chief executive Ufi Ibrahim insists there are still ‘critical barriers to growth’ which must be removed by Government in order for the industry to prosper.

Restaurant Manager of the Year 2012: finalists revealed

12-Sep-2012 - The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) has revealed the names of those who have made it through to the final of this year's Restaurant Manager of the Year competition.

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen rated UK's most sustainable restaurant

11-Sep-2012 - River Cottage Canteen in Plymouth, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's newest restaurant, has been awarded the highest rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). 

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Hawksmoor teams up with Mitch Tonks for seafood element of latest restaurant

11-Sep-2012 - Will Beckett and Huw Gott have revealed they have teamed up with renowned fish chef and restaurateur Mitch Tonks for the seafood element of the next Hawksmoor restaurant which will give equal precedence to fish and beef.

Hospitality operators fear 'Empty 2013' as business confidence plummets to lowest level for 20 years

11-Sep-2012 - A number of restaurant, bar and hotel operators are warning of difficult trading conditions ahead as the focus moves away from Britain and the packed 2012 events calendar.

Service standards remain the ‘weak link’ for London restaurants

11-Sep-2012 - Service standards in London’s restaurants have been labelled as a ‘weak link’ by Tim Zagat, with his eponymous restaurant guide revealing that 73 per cent of all customer complaints relate to the front-of-house. 

Pubs, restaurants and hotels to be made exempt from health and safety inspections

11-Sep-2012 - Pubs and clubs were among the firms listed as those who could be exempt from health and safety inspections in the future as part of plans by the Government to ease the burden of red tape on small businesses.