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Wake up and smell the coffee: Surveys reveal importance of coffee to restaurants and pubs

18-Oct-2012 - According to two surveys, hospitality operators are increasingly realising the importance of coffee to their businesses with national pub chains now selling more cups of the beverage than their coffee shop neighbours on the high street.

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Hakkasan to launch Parisian-inspired late lounge concept

18-Oct-2012 - International restaurant group Hakkasan is set to launch ‘Ling Ling’, a new sophisticated late-night lounge concept, at the company’s original site in London's Hanway Place on 1 November.

Pickles pledges more support for Indian chefs of the future with new scholarship

18-Oct-2012 - Communities Secretary Eric Pickles this week joined Britain’s leading Indian chefs and restaurateurs to launch a new scholarship programme for students to develop their careers in high-end Asian cuisine and restaurant management.

Last-minute Christmas planning: Orchid shares secrets to festive success

18-Oct-2012 - Despite price-sensitive diners booking Christmas dinners and events later than ever, pub and bar operator Orchid has already seen bookings up 10 per cent on last year. The group has given us some timely top tips to help with that last-minute festive planning.

Carluccio's opens in-house training academy above Islington restaurant

17-Oct-2012 - Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's has invested £250k in a new, in-house chef training academy above its Upper Street restaurant in Islington.

Are all-day dining and diversification the answers to restaurant's problems?

17-Oct-2012 - The successful future of the restaurant sector may lie with longer opening hours and multi-concept operations in one site, according to industry experts and operators.

Buddha Bar's London return confirmed

17-Oct-2012 - Buddha Bar, the pan-Asian restaurant and bar concept, will officially make its return to London in November with the reopening of the former Chicago Rib Shack site in Knightsbridge. 

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Rick Stein on the hunt for further accommodation partnerships

17-Oct-2012 - Leading chef and restaurateur Rick Stein has revealed he is looking to build more accommodation partnerships and manage new hotels and rooms businesses.

How to protect your restaurant from the recession book launched by Restaurant Growth UK

17-Oct-2012 - A successful marketing expert and restaurateur have teamed up to launch a book for those looking for tips and advice on how to run their restaurant well during the recession.

Lola Rojo duo to open second restaurant & bar on Northcote Road

16-Oct-2012 - The husband and wife team behind Lola Rojo Spanish restaurant in Northcote Road have acquired a second site less than 300 metres away - Rosita, a new restaurant and bar specialising in sherry and tapas. 

Dabbous, Hawksmoor & Cinnamon Soho among winners of 2012 London Restaurant Festival Awards

16-Oct-2012 - The London Restaurant Festival (LRF) drew to a close last night (15 Oct) with an awards evening held at Vinopolis celebrating the various qualities that attract people to venues around the capital. 

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Institute of Hospitality names Peter Ducker as new chief executive

16-Oct-2012 - The Institute of Hospitality (IoH) has announced Peter Ducker, currently executive director at the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), will succeed Philippe Rossiter as chief executive.

Increasing drinks margins: Panel discussion at The Restaurant Show

16-Oct-2012 - At 22.7bn and in growth, the UK on-trade beer, wine and spirits market remains a star performer. This panel discussion at The Restaurant Show explores some of the current trends and identifies how you should be revising your drinks list over the next 12 months accordingly. 

September washout hits sales growth for Britain's top restaurants and pubs

16-Oct-2012 - September's rain and bad weather held back sales growth at Britain’s leading pub and restaurant groups with like-for-like sales up just 0.7 per cent, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Plusfood introduces chicken fillet to frozen Hot ‘n’ Kickin’ foodservice range

16-Oct-2012 - Foodservice poultry supplier Plusfood has expanded its frozen Hot ‘n’ Kickin’ range to include a chicken fillet covered in the crispy coating with a kick of chilli that has become a signature of the product range. 

Country Range introduces Rainforest Alliance certified coffee to its foodservice offer

15-Oct-2012 - Country Range has introduced a Rainforest Alliance certified coffee and chocolate drink to its foodservice product range.

Gladwin brothers launch The Shed restaurant & bar

15-Oct-2012 - Three brothers - a farmer, chef and restaurateur – have brought their skills together to open The Shed, a new restaurant and bar in Notting Hill with an emphasis on seasonal British produce.

Green Paper 2012: How sustainable is the UK hospitality industry?

15-Oct-2012 - The 2012 Gram Green Paper – a study into the hospitality industry’s attitudes towards sustainability – has been released, providing a comprehensive review of the sustainable attitudes and behaviours within the hotel, restaurant and pub sectors. 

Business Profile: Dishoom

15-Oct-2012 - With a second instalment of its take on India’s traditional café-restaurants about to open, Dishoom is successfully carving its own niche in the UK’s all-day dining space.

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Hampshire pub serves best roast dinner in Britain

15-Oct-2012 - The Phoenix Inn in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, has won the 'Best British Roast Dinner accolade after a mystery diner expert scored its roast dinner with all the trimmings the best in Britain.

The Restaurant Show Top 10: Chicken, bricks and Michelin stars - what we learnt at the trade show

12-Oct-2012 - The annual three-day restaurant extravaganza has finished for another year and, with tonnes of chef interviews, restaurateur panels, product launches and competitions, it's easy to feel you missed something, so BigHospitality produced this must-read Top 10 of what we learnt at The Restaurant Show.

Eric Chavot returns to UK for new London restaurant

12-Oct-2012 - Chef Eric Chavot has returned to the UK from his two-year stint in America to launch his own restaurant – Brasserie Chavot – adjacent to the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair next year.

Restaurants begin phasing out 2-for-1 deals in bid to break discount bind

12-Oct-2012 - High street restaurants are moving away from two-for-one discount deals in favour of vouchers offering smaller reductions available for more limited periods – could this be the first sign of a break in the ‘discount bind’?

Bone Daddies owner wants to compete with former employers Zuma and Nobu

12-Oct-2012 - Ross Shonhan, ex-head chef of Zuma London and Nobu Dallas, is set to open Japanese ramen concept Bone Daddies in Soho next month, and the Australian has revealed that he has a few more ideas in the pipeline as he hopes to compete with his former employers.

David Everitt-Matthias: Pearls of Wisdom

12-Oct-2012 - The notoriously dedicated chef – a long-time proponent of foraging and ingredient experimentation – is celebrating 25 years at his two-star Cheltenham restaurant Le Champignon Sauvage, which he runs with wife Helen.