06-Mar-2012 - Volume sales of wine at restaurants, hotels and pubs fell 6 per cent in 2011, according to the latest Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) Market Report with spirit sales down slightly less at 2 per cent.
06-Mar-2012 - Simon Rogan, Nathan Outlaw and Aiden Byrne are among 24 of the UK’s top chefs preparing to take part in what is expected to be the last series of BBC Two’s Great British Menu this Spring.
06-Mar-2012 - Independently-owned steak and burger restaurant chain Black and Blue has reopened its site on Kings’ Road in Chelsea, London after an interior refurbishment that marks a year since the purchase of the restaurant by the company.
06-Mar-2012 - The campaign set-up to lobby for a cut in VAT charged in hospitality businesses on drink, food and accommodation to 5% has redesigned its logo to represent a refocus for the campaign on the employment benefits a VAT boost to the industry could give the economy as a whole.
06-Mar-2012 - Electrolux Professional has launched ecostore, a new range of refrigerated cabinets, which it said offer greater capacity and are 65 per cent more efficient at consuming energy than equivalent products available.
06-Mar-2012 - Hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars including Park Plaza County Hall, The Bingham, PizzaExpress and Holiday Inn have told BigHospitality about special events and promotions they’re running to attract new customers.
05-Mar-2012 - Gordon Ramsay has partnered with his Gordon Ramsay Holdings corporate executive US chef Andi Van Willigan to launch The Fat Cow, set to open this summer in Los Angeles.
05-Mar-2012 - Lily Brierley, training manager at Enotria, explains how hospitality business owners can make their staff more aware of wine lists and encourage them to openly talk about wine with customers in a bid to maximise drinks sales.
05-Mar-2012 - The Clink Charity has announced plans to expand and open a second prison restaurant before the end of the year with discussions ongoing between the charity and HMP Cardiff and HMP Prescoed, South Wales.
05-Mar-2012 - The Quilon restaurant in London’s Westminster is set to unveil the all-new Q Bar at Quilon upon the completion of a major, three-month refurbishment of the site at the end of the month.
05-Mar-2012 - A survey of UK consumers has found that restaurant service remains a more important factor than food pricing to drive whether diners make recommendations to friends and family or leave a restaurant early.
02-Mar-2012 - Rapidly-expanding gourmet burger chain Byron has been hailed as the fastest growing restaurant concept of the past six months having more than trebled its portfolio in the past three years.
02-Mar-2012 - The intense competition for prime city-centre restaurant sites is spreading rapidly into shopping centres across the UK, as landlords, established food concepts and emerging brands are increasingly recognising the potential of such high-footfall locations.
01-Mar-2012 - Hawksmoor Spitafields, the original steakhouse in London’s Commercial Street, is to open a new, 60-cover bar this week.
01-Mar-2012 - Baffito’s Bar & Pizzeria has opened the doors of its first venue - a 140-cover site in Warrington - as the new brand plans to expand to 10 sites within the next three years.
01-Mar-2012 - Coeliac UK has today launched this year’s Gluten-Free Chef of the Year competition at Hotelympia.
01-Mar-2012 - Simon Vincent, president Europe of Hilton Worldwide, has been tasked with leading the Hospitality Guild, a new umbrella organisation set up to champion skills development within the hospitality industry.
01-Mar-2012 - Aiden Byrne has decided to change The Church Green, the pub he bought in Lymm three and a half years ago, into a British Grill because it was no longer financially viable to run it as a fine dining restaurant.
29-Feb-2012 - Work experience has hit the headlines as Government talks with businesses concerned about the scheme to get unemployed youngsters on placements continue; BigHospitality asked hospitality industry leaders at Hotelympia, including Raymond Blanc, for their views on restaurant, hotel or pub and bar work experience.
29-Feb-2012 - A new interactive reservation experience, voiced by actor John Hurt, has been created by Heston Blumenthal for The Fat Duck which allows diners to enter a secret online sweetshop and view an animated version of the menu.
29-Feb-2012 - Richard Harden, co-founder of the Harden’s Restaurant Guide, has slammed rival guide book Michelin, claiming the business is only involved in the restaurant industry for publicity and that The Michelin Guide ‘falls in love with the chefs it creates’.
29-Feb-2012 - Restaurants and pubs across the UK may need to consider revising their menus due to the continuing spread of the Schmallenberg virus, which could dramatically reduce supplies of lamb and increase its costs.
29-Feb-2012 - Nestle Toque d'Or, the culinary competition for catering colleges, has taken on a new format for 2012, doing away with the first round paper entries and putting more emphasis on exposing students to 'real life' hospitality scenarios.
28-Feb-2012 - Meantime London, the Greenwich-based craft beer brewing company, has launched Yakima Red, a limited edition seasonal beer, to the trade market as the latest addition to the range of craft beers from the company.
28-Feb-2012 - The British Culinary Federation (BCF) Chef of the Year competition reached its climax at Hotelympia last night with Simon Webb from Restaurant Associates, Merrill Lynch, taking the prize after impressing judges including Raymond Blanc and Ashley Palmer-Watts.