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Mark Hix to open Tramshed restaurant in Shoreditch

03-Apr-2012 - Mark Hix’s long-awaited plans for a restaurant in the Tramshed building in London’s Shoreditch have been revived, with a new 150-cover restaurant and bar set to open next month.

Restaurant magazine speaks to five chefs rocking the UK food scene

03-Apr-2012 - They’re tenacious and turning heads with their blend of innovative cooking, uncompromising attitudes and often unconventional approaches. Restaurant magazine brings you five of the hottest chef talents in the UK right now in its April issue, out tomorrow.

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Red Hot World Buffet triumphs at Asian Business Awards

03-Apr-2012 - Red Hot World Buffet, the buffet restaurant chain that began in Nottingham in 2004, has won the Asian Business Awards Restaurant of the Year 2012 prize in a ceremony in London.

Sustainable Restaurant Association ratings to be highlighted in Harden's guide

03-Apr-2012 - Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) ratings, awarded to recognise restaurants' efforts on sustainability, will now be highlighted in the Harden's guide in print and online.

London the place to be, says restaurateur following successful La Bodega Negra opening

03-Apr-2012 - A leading London restaurateur has refuelled the argument that London is the only place to be for operators in the current climate, revealing he would never consider opening a site outside the capital.

Son of Miso restaurant chain owner launches steak concept solo venture

03-Apr-2012 - Reis Remzi, the 21-year-old son of Olgun Remzi, the owner of noodle restaurant chain Miso, has launched his own company and opened the first site under a new restaurant concept - Branded: Steak & Burger.

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Ritz chef Adam Smith wins 2012 Roux Scholarship

03-Apr-2012 - Adam Smith, sous chef at London hotel The Ritz has been named this year's Roux Scholar, earning himself a three month stage in a three Michelin-starred restaurant and lifetime support from the Roux family. 

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Highland Park to launch Slow Food Restaurant of the Year award at World’s 50 Best

02-Apr-2012 - Whisky brand Highland Park is set to introduce the Slow Food Restaurant of the Year award at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants taking place on 30 April.

Heston Blumenthal among hospitality industry figures named Olympic Torchbearers

02-Apr-2012 - Heston Blumenthal, Tom Aikens and Angela Burns, deputy chair of Best Western hotels, have all been named as Olympic Torchbearers for the relay of the torch containing the Olympic Flame as the hospitality industry continues to discuss London 2012 with less than 120 days to go.

The Portas Review: Government response ‘too late’, says CVS

02-Apr-2012 - The Government’s response to the Mary Portas Review does give hope for the high street but it will not help businesses cope with record-high business rate bills and any reforms will therefore come too late for many. 

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Aubaine takes portfolio to eight with Wimbledon acquisition

02-Apr-2012 - French upper mid-market chain Aubaine has taken its portfolio of restaurants to eight with the acquisition of a site in Wimbledon - its first suburban London venue.

'New era’ for Spaghetti House with boutique restaurant in Kensington

02-Apr-2012 - Family-owned restaurant chain Spaghetti House is re-tuning its concept with the launch of a ‘new generation’ of boutique venues in a bid to attract local communities.

Roganic owner to refocus restaurant following departure of Ben Spalding

02-Apr-2012 - Roganic owner Simon Rogan has said he is planning to refocus his London restaurant and bring it closer to his other restaurants and research facility Aulis following the departure of head chef Ben Spalding.

Le Bouchon Breton sees business ‘explode’ with cheaper prices

02-Apr-2012 - French restaurant Le Bouchon Breton has seen business ‘explode’ in recent weeks after ‘dramatically reducing’ prices and appointing a new head chef.


Name campaign at Tampopo and Earth Hour at Hilton

30-Mar-2012 - Restaurants and hotels including Tampopo, Mango Tree, Hilton and Yorebridge House tell BigHospitality about special events and promotiuons they're running to market themselves more effectively and increase custom.

Summer opening confirmed for Gary Rhodes' Plymouth Hoe restaurant

30-Mar-2012 - Gary Rhodes' new restaurant, bar and weddings and events suite at the Plymouth Dome site at Plymouth Hoe - Rhodes @ The Dome - will open in the Summer, it has been confirmed.

Gordon's Wine Bar and Vittoria Restaurant win Qype Business Awards

30-Mar-2012 - Gordon's Wine Bar in London has been named Place and Bar & Pub of the year at the first Qype Business Awards which also saw Wahaca and Vittoria Restaurant in Edinburgh take home prizes.

The Portas Review: Pub industry welcomes Government support and funding

30-Mar-2012 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the Association of Multiple Licensed Retailers (ALMR) have welcomed the Government's official response to the Mary Portas Review to revive the high street which includes support for pubs and funding for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

Inka launches new range of BBQ ovens for the summer

30-Mar-2012 - Inka has introduced a new range of barbecue ovens in time for the summer to add theatre and more efficient, ecologically sound and virtually smoke-free grilling to an al-fresco menu.

Pennyhill Park wins Tea Guild’s top city and country tea award

30-Mar-2012 - Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Bagshot, Surrey, has been awarded the Tea Guild’s Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2012 after staff wowed judges with their warm service and extensive tea knowledge. 

Pearls of Wisdom: Sriram Aylur

30-Mar-2012 - Chef Sriram Aylur embarked on his culinary career in his own father’s restaurant before working his way up to lead the kitchen at the Taj Gateway Hotel in Bangelore. It was there he launched his own Karavali restaurant which was voted one of the top five restaurants in India. In 1999, Sriram now oversees Bombay Brasserie in London, and his recently refurbished Quilon restaurant, where he won his first Michelin star in 2008.

ME London asks chefs to submit Masterchef-style video to land commis role

29-Mar-2012 - Spanish hotel brand Melia is hoping to find a commis chef for its new ME London hotel by asking potential candidates to submit a Masterchef-style video of themselves in which they can demonstrate their passion for food. 

Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers chair hopes to launch Asian Catering Federation

29-Mar-2012 - Yawar Khan, the chairman of the Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers (FOBC), has told BigHospitality he hopes to launch an Asian Catering Federation within months to combine the lobbying powers of the FOBC with its Chinese and Malaysian counterparts.

The Restaurant Group, M&B and Spirit big winners at 2012 Menu Innovation Awards

29-Mar-2012 - The Restaurant Group, Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) and Spirit Pub Company have all been named winners in the Menu Innovation Network’s annual Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS).

Food and drink matching trends: Soft drinks

29-Mar-2012 - Alcohol sales are of course an essential revenue generator for most hospitality businesses. But soft drinks, smoothies, freshly squeezed juices and non-alcoholic cocktails could in fact generate even higher margins for more diligent businesses, especially if they are effectively upsold.