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Capital costs: London is most expensive city break destination in the world

12-Jun-2014 - London has overtaken Sydney, Paris, New York, Stockholm, Zurich and Oslo to claim the title of the most expensive city break destination in the world, according to new research from TripAdvisor.

Hawaiian venue Kua ‘Aina signs Goodge Street site

11-Jun-2014 - Kua ‘Aina, which currently has one venue on Carnaby Street, is expanding with the opening of a Goodge Street site in September.

Staycations to boost UK economy by £15bn

11-Jun-2014 - Domestic tourism could give the UK’s economy a £15bn boost in 2014, as the number of Britons taking a holiday at home has more than doubled in three years.

Omni Taverns group to open Charwood restaurant in Edinburgh

11-Jun-2014 - Omni Taverns, which owns two WHISKI branded ventures in Edinburgh, is launching Charwood bar and restaurant in Fairmilehead this month. 

Burgers and coffee shops lead strong 2013 chain performance

11-Jun-2014 - Burger, coffee shops and Italian/pizza were the menu categories that registered the greatest sales among the 100 largest UK chains in 2013, according to data released by Technomic.

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Gordon Ramsay to open new London restaurant

11-Jun-2014 - The Gordon Ramsay Group is to open new restaurant Heddon Street Kitchen in Regent Street’s Food Quarter at 7 Heddon Street, slated to launch in autumn. 

Fuller's buys 51% stake in cider and pizza restaurant business

11-Jun-2014 - Fuller’s, the London-based brewer and pub operator, has acquired a 51 per cent stake in The Stable, a six-strong craft cider and pizza restaurant business, for £7.3m.

Business Profile: CAU

11-Jun-2014 - Gaucho’s more accessible little brother CAU has carefully refined its premium casual offering and is now beefing-up its presence in the south of England with northern expansion planned for next year 

Supply chain traceability critical for hospitality industry

10-Jun-2014 - Operators should build closer relationships with their food and drink suppliers, as customers are giving more and more importance to traceability.

Dev Biswal’s Ambrette Canterbury opens on 21 July

10-Jun-2014 - Chef Dev Biswal has announced that his widely anticipated Ambrette restaurant in Canterbury will open on 21 July.

Whitbread’s Brewers Fayre restaurants partner with children’s comic brand

10-Jun-2014 - Whitbread’s family restaurant chain Brewers Fayre has announced a partnership with DC Thomson Consumer Products which will see the famous children’s magazine The Beano having an impact in over 150 of their UK restaurant sites from this month. 

Chilango aims to raise £1m expansion funds with Burrito Bond

10-Jun-2014 - Mexican fast-food chain Chilango has launched a mini-bond on Crowdcube to raise funds for its expansion.

Hot Diggidy Dog launches single-use bottles

10-Jun-2014 - Hot pepper sauce company Hot Diggidy Dog has launched a 5ml single-use glass bottle for its Hot Original Pepper Sauce.

Hospitality businesses 'named and shamed' for failing to pay minimum wage

09-Jun-2014 - A pub, a restaurant and two hotels were among 25 businesses ‘named and shamed’ by the government for paying staff less than the legal minimum wage.

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MSC crowns Wahaca as most sustainable restaurant

09-Jun-2014 - Wahaca has won the ‘MSC-certified menu of the year 2014’ in an award ceremony that recognised restaurants’ efforts to make their seafood offering more sustainable.

French burger joint crosses the Channel

09-Jun-2014 - French burger brand Big Fernand is opening its first UK restaurant in London in October.

Regional tourism must build on London ‘strength’

09-Jun-2014 - Unlocking Britain’s regional tourism potential requires playing on London’s popularity and promoting the country’s transport system, according to research by Olive insight.

La Sala confirms Chigwell as first UK site

09-Jun-2014 - Spain’s La Sala restaurant is coming to the UK for the first time and has announced Chigwell as its location of choice, with plans to open by the end of September.

Bite Me Pizza restaurant to open in west London

09-Jun-2014 - New sustainable pizza restaurant Bite Me Pizza will be opening in London’s Westbourne area on 16 June. 

Change your mindset to attract Generation Y, urges futurist

09-Jun-2014 - Attracting and retaining Generation Y as staff and customers will require a fundamental shift in the way hospitality businesses think and operate, according to futurist Dr Graeme Codrington.

Recruitment is the biggest barrier to hospitality growth, experts warn

06-Jun-2014 - The biggest challenge for hospitality businesses is not financing or regulation, but finding the right people, according to experts speaking at the Hospitality & Tourism Summit on 5 June.

Government sets up Tourism Council to boost growth

06-Jun-2014 - The government has announced the formation of a Tourism Council which will see regulators and industry work together for the growth of the UK hospitality and tourism trade.

Restaurants get mobilised for #WorldOceansDay

06-Jun-2014 - Restaurants across the UK and abroad participated in a campaign to raise awareness of sustainable fishing ahead of World Oceans Day on 8 June.

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Dishoom to open third site in King’s Cross

06-Jun-2014 - The team behind Bombay Café in London Dishoom is launching its third permanent site this autumn in London’s King’s Cross. 

Wahaca to open fast-casual format

06-Jun-2014 - Wahaca, the Mexican street food restaurant concept led by Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, is to launch a new fast-casual format called DF/Mexico next month in London’s Spitalfields.