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Seafood Pub Company appoints operations director to aid growth

10-Apr-2013 - The Seafood Pub Company, the Lancashire-based pub group set up by Jocelyn Neve two years ago, has appointed an operations director to help grow the business.

Profitable Prezzo prepares for more openings, Chimichanga takes spotlight

10-Apr-2013 - Following a strong set of sales results in 2012 for Italian restaurant chain Prezzo, chief executive Jonathan Kaye has reported a ‘good start’ to 2013 and is keen to expand the business along with the group’s Mexican concept, Chimichanga.

Tony Hussain plans major Papa Tony's roll-out

10-Apr-2013 - Scottish restaurateur Tony Hussain has revealed major expansion plans for his Italian restaurant brand Papa Tony's which could see up to 23 new sites open in Scotland by 2018 and the brand reach England for the first time. 

Discovering the Great British Truffle: Book launch celebrates 'nature's secret'

10-Apr-2013 - A new book has been launched by two truffle enthusiasts highlighting the culinary benefits of nature's best kept secret' - the British truffle.

Tiger Bills restaurant reveals 24 target cities for expansion

09-Apr-2013 - Tiger Bills, the restaurant concept launched by Lifestyle Hospitality Group (LHG) in 2007, has signed its first regional, multiple franchisee in the Midlands and has revealed a target list of 24 cities in which it wishes to operate. 

The Goring: Best place for afternoon tea in London says The Tea Guild

09-Apr-2013 - The Goring has been awarded The Tea Guild's 2013 Top London Afternoon Tea Award after gaining a 'near perfect' score from the guild's anonymous judges. 

‘Everything but a Michelin star’: Artisan restaurant in East Yorkshire to close

09-Apr-2013 - The head chef and co-owner of the 16-cover Artisan restaurant in Hessle has claimed that a Michelin star could have potentially changed the fate of the fine-dining restaurant which is now set to close at the end of the month.

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Facewatch gets thumbs up from Business Improvement Districts

09-Apr-2013 - Facewatch, the crime reporting database service for hospitality and retail businesses, has been recommended for use across all Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) after a successful trial in Victoria in London. 

Sodexo Prestige to open bar at HMS Belfast after café launch

09-Apr-2013 - Sodexo Prestige is to open a riverside bar on the upper deck of museum ship HMS Belfast this summer following the opening of a café bar next to the main entrance.

North West restaurateur launches City Wine Bar in Liverpool ahead of rollout

09-Apr-2013 - North West entrepreneur and restaurateur Jaf Siddiqi has launched a new bar and restaurant concept in Liverpool which he is hoping to use as the blueprint for a number of new venues in the area.

The London Distillery Company releases Dodd's Gin

09-Apr-2013 - The London Distillery Company has launched Dodd's Gin, a new small batch London gin which is inspired by 18th century distiller and entrepreneur Ralph Dodd.

Business Profile: Oakman Inns & Restaurants

08-Apr-2013 - Peter Borg-Neal’s entrepreneurial spirit ensures Oakman Inns & Restaurants never stands still – not least in challenging pub-sector norms

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P&G Professional launches Virtual Academy for hospitality businesses

08-Apr-2013 - P&G Professional has today announced the launch of a new ‘Virtual Academy’ website, designed to support hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK in their quest to run profitable businesses.

Food inflation forces restaurant and pubs to put up menu prices by 6%

08-Apr-2013 - The rising cost of food has forced restaurants and pubs to push up the price of dishes on their menus by 6 per cent over the last six months with the average price of a dish now up to £6.69 from £6.29 

Valrhona launches Grand Cru cooking chocolate from Grenada

08-Apr-2013 - French chocolate firm Valrhona has expanded its range of Grand Cru cooking chocolates with the launch of Kalingo, a 65 per cent cocoa solid chocolate from Grenada. 

Coeliac UK launches Gluten-free Chef of the Year 2013

05-Apr-2013 - Coeliac UK, the national charity for people suffering with coeliac disease, is encouraging chefs from across the UK to enter its Gluten-free Chef of the Year competition.

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Poncho 8 to open two more City sites as London expansion continues

05-Apr-2013 - Expanding London-based Mexican burrito restaurant group Poncho 8 is continuing its ambitious growth plans with the opening of two new sites in the City within the next month.

Posh pizza pushes on: Trendy and authentic specialists swap wheels for bricks ’n’ mortar

05-Apr-2013 - Two high-profile mobile pizza vendors are taking permanent premises in London, becoming the latest outfits to join the capital’s booming premium pizza market.

Vivek Singh: Pearls of Wisdom

05-Apr-2013 - The executive chef and chief executive of The Cinnamon Club on expanding the London-based group, reinventing Indian cuisine and hitting the Big Apple. 

LivingSocial highlights importance of online marketing for restaurants

04-Apr-2013 - LivingSocial, the social e-commerce platform that helps restaurants find and retain customers, has released research which reveals that 89 per cent of British consumers now go online to discover new businesses.

Jamie Oliver to re-launch Fifteen as a more relaxed, neighbourhood restaurant

04-Apr-2013 - Jamie Oliver has announced his original Fifteen restaurant will be re-launched at the end of April with a more relaxed, neighbourhood restaurant feel following a full refurbishment.

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Sports stadium hospitality provider The Lindley Group acquired by Centerplate

04-Apr-2013 - Sports stadium and tourist attraction hospitality provider The Lindley Group has been bought by US event hospitality provider Centerplate. 

Hospitality Action Week 2013: Industry urged to support charity's fifth Action Week

04-Apr-2013 - The Hospitality Action charity (HA) is calling on organisations and professionals from all sectors of the hospitality industry to unite for the fifth annual Hospitality Action Week which takes place from 13-19 May.

Editor's Picks: Top 10 hospitality stories in March 2013

04-Apr-2013 - What were the biggest stories in hospitality in March? Find out in our editor's round-up which takes a look-back at the month in pictures.

Fishy business: Could fish mislabelling be the next horsemeat scandal?

03-Apr-2013 - Foodservice businesses across the UK are being urged to take more responsibility for serving the right type of fish after a survey has found that seven per cent of cod and haddock sold in restaurants was actually another species.