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Vegetarian burgers the most popular veggie item on pub menus

07-Jun-2013 - Vegetarian pub goers are more likely to choose a vegetarian burger from a venue's menu than any other meat-free option, according to a new report by on trade consultancy firm CGA Strategy. 

Focus on wine: Sommeliers share their restaurant's top food and wine pairings

07-Jun-2013 - We've seen which regions are top of the wine list, now to find the food to go with them. Concluding this week's focus on wine, we ask sommeliers to suggest some top wine and food pairings. 

First UK Noodle House to be prototype for new concept

07-Jun-2013 - Casual-dining chain The Noodle House will open its first UK restaurant under a set of new brand guidelines - 'The Noodle House 2020 Vision' - in London by the end of the year, BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report has learnt.  

Bramwell Pub Company to launch Wild Lime Bar & Kitchen concept in Southampton

07-Jun-2013 - The Bramwell Pub Company is to launch a new casual dining concept - Wild Lime Bar & Kitchen - at a former Varsity venue in Southampton.

Rhubarb to open three restaurant and bar concepts at 20 Fenchurch Street

06-Jun-2013 - Event contract caterer and restaurant operator Rhubarb has announced it will create two new restaurants and a canapé & champagne bar as part of the Sky Garden events space in the 20 Fenchurch Street skyscraper development.

Jamie Oliver to launch smaller format Jamie's Italian Trattoria restaurants

06-Jun-2013 - Jamie Oliver is to launch a smaller format brand extension to his Jamie's Italian restaurant concept - Jamie's Italian Trattoria will launch in Richmond next month.

Bjorn van der Horst to oversee F&B at Rosewood London

06-Jun-2013 - Chef Bjorn van der Horst is to return to London to oversee all food and beverage operations at the Rosewood London hotel when it opens its doors later this year. 

Focus on wine: The most exciting wine regions of 2013

06-Jun-2013 - While including popular wines such as a Pinot Grigio from Italy or a Merlot from France on your wine list is a sensible idea, there are times when you might just want to head out of your viticultural comfort zone and add something a little different.

Optimism in the eating-out sector hits a six-year high

06-Jun-2013 - Increased spending in the eating-out sector will provide some welcome relief for restaurateurs this year and could help pave the way for an economic recovery, according to figures released by the CBI.

Capitalising on coffee: Hotels and pubs boost beverage offering as demand increases

05-Jun-2013 - A hotel group and two village pubs are among the businesses who have turned their attention to coffee in a bid to capitalise on the UK consumer's increasing interest in the hot beverage. 

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ASK Italian's Steve Holmes to speak at Arena event

05-Jun-2013 - ASK Italian's managing director Steve Holmes has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at Arena's next foodservice and hospitality networking event. 

Northern Ireland's South West College team wins Nestle Toque d'Or 2013

05-Jun-2013 - A team from South West College in Northern Ireland has won the 2013 Nestle Toque d'Or competition after a challenging four day final. 

Focus on wine: What it takes to be a top sommelier

05-Jun-2013 - The Moet UK Sommelier of the Year competition took place in London last week with Clement Robert of Medlar in Chelsea, finally taking the title after five attempts. 

Diners ask restaurants to offer different portion sizes to help cut food waste

04-Jun-2013 - Diners would like to see a wider range of portion sizes offered to them in restaurants, hotels and pubs as research revealed by WRAP shows that more than a quarter regularly leave food on their plates at the end of a meal.  

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The Beagle hands control of restaurant to Manchester street food collective Guerilla Eats

04-Jun-2013 - South Manchester-based restaurant The Beagle has announced it is rethinking its food offer and has teamed up with local street food collective Guerilla Eats whose traders will take turns to supply the venue's menus and food.

Jamie's Italian revenue surges by more than 30% in 2012

04-Jun-2013 - Jamie Oliver's chain of Italian restaurants had a successful 2012 according to the company's latest financial results, which show that revenue surged to nearly £94m last year, helping to drive a 7.5 per cent increase in net profits.

Bone Daddies owner brings ‘Flesh and Buns’ to Covent Garden

04-Jun-2013 - Ross Shonhan, the man behind ramen restaurant Bone Daddies, is doubling up in London with the opening of Flesh and Buns – another Japanese concept, this time specializing in  ‘hirata’ steamed buns – in Covent Garden next month.

Texans sign up former Lima manager to open The Lockhart restaurant

03-Jun-2013 - Bunmi Okolosi, former manager of Peruvian restaurant Lima, has taken the helm of a new restaurant in Marylebone - The Lockhart - which will be inspired by the cuisine of the American Southwest and is the brainchild of two Texan couples now living in the UK.

First-time restaurateurs use 'cook-off' to employ Vivo restaurant head chef

03-Jun-2013 - Brothers Will and Ben Thompson plan to launch Vivo, an all-day Italian restaurant and their first hospitality business, in Islington in the autumn but the pair have already used an innovative cook-off to employ their head chef.

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Rhubarb opens Café Bar at Royal Albert Hall

03-Jun-2013 - Event caterer and restaurant company Rhubarb is now operating the newly opened Café Bar at the Royal Albert Hall, following a major refurbishment of the concert hall’s South entrance. 

Industry raises £10k during Hospitality Action Week 2013

03-Jun-2013 - Hospitality businesses across the UK raised more than £10k for Hospitality Action earlier this month during the industry charity’s annual fundraising event, HA Week.

Dwell founders to launch 'authentic' Indian restaurant

31-May-2013 - Aamir Ahmad and Sean Galligan, founders of furniture retailer Dwell, are turning their hands to the restaurant sector with the opening of authentic Indian restaurant Zumbura later this year.

CAU takes third site, more on the horizon

31-May-2013 - Charlie McLean’s Argentinian steakhouse concept CAU has secured its third restaurant in London’s Blackheath, with another site expected to open later this year and four to five more planned in 2014.

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Tom Kerridge to celebrate pub grub in new TV show

31-May-2013 - Tom Kerridge, owner and head chef of The Hand & Flowers, is to present a new BBC Two TV programme celebrating the best in pub food.

Eighty sites in seven years: Giggling Squid ramps up expansion plans

31-May-2013 - Thai restaurant group Giggling Squid is sticking to its bold ambitions to become the first major national Thai chain with the appointment of a property director who will oversee its expansion target of 80 sites within seven years.