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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to invest £85m in Chancery Court Hotel revamp

27-Feb-2013 - US hotel company Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to invest £85m in a revamp of the Chancery Court Hotel in London after taking over the management contract of the five-star property. 

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Simply Fish to open restaurant in London's Shoreditch

27-Feb-2013 - Sustainable fish restaurant Simply Fish will open its second site in Shoreditch, London next month. 

The Restaurant Group increases product testing in wake of horsemeat scandal

27-Feb-2013 - The Restaurant Group (TRG) has said it will be employing more rigorous testing of all its products following the horsemeat scandal. 

Stephen Smith named new Bohemia head chef, aims to retain Michelin star

27-Feb-2013 - Bohemia, the Michelin-starred restaurant at The Club Hotel & Spar in Jersey, has appointed Stephen Smith as its new head chef following Shaun Rankin's departure last year. 

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Starbucks snaps up five more Little Chefs

26-Feb-2013 - Petrol forecourt operator EuroGarages has taken on the leases of five former Little Chef sites for conversion to coffee shops under a licensing arrangement with Starbucks.

Master & Servant grill restaurant opens in Hoxton Square

26-Feb-2013 - Master & Servant, a British-American grill restaurant and cocktail bar in London’s East End, is set to open its doors next Monday (4 March), as the first solo venture for the former St John Hotel and Hix Soho chef, Matt Edwards.

Page turners: UK restaurant industry wins big at Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

26-Feb-2013 - UK chefs and restaurateurs are celebrating after winning a number of prizes at this year's Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris with Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains among the winners.

Whitbread to boost food standards after horsemeat scandal as sales growth slows

26-Feb-2013 - Whitbread, which owns the Premier Inn, Beefeater and Costa Coffee chains, saw a 12.9 per cent sales growth in the 50 weeks to 14 February 2013, and the company is now launching a full investigation into its meat supply chain after falling foul of the horsemeat scandal earlier this month. 

Oaka Group to make London debut with real ale and pan-Asian dining pub

25-Feb-2013 - The Oaka Group, which operates four hospitality businesses in Peterborough and Birmingham, is to open its first site in London - a pub and restaurant combining real ale from Oakham Ales and pan-Asian cuisine. 

Posera launches update to Maitre’D EPoS software

25-Feb-2013 - In the first of a week of news stories detailing launches of technology products for the hospitality industry to support our special feature, BigHospitality reveals details of the latest update to Posera's Maitre’D EPoS software.

Former M&B chairman backs new food-led Fireside Pubs & Restaurants group

25-Feb-2013 - John Lovering, the former chairman of Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), has backed the team behind a new food-led pub group - Fireside Pubs & Restaurants - which is looking to open around 20 pubs in the south east within three to five years.

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Former GRH's Matt Robinson named Bluebird head chef

25-Feb-2013 - Australian chef Matt Robinson has been appointed head chef of D&D London's King's Road restaurant Bluebird Chelsea. 

Alan Bird: Pearls of Wisdom

22-Feb-2013 - Alan Bird was chef at the Ivy for 19 years before going on to work with the Soho House Group. His first restaurant Bird of Smithfield , a five-storey bar, restaurant and events space, is due to open its doors at the end of March in Smithfields, London. 

Fine-dining restaurant Anthony's to relocate to Leeds Corn Exchange

22-Feb-2013 - Anthony's Restaurant, the fine-dining eatery opened in Leeds by Anthony Flinn, is to be relocated to the city's Corn Exchange to join another of the chef's businesses - Piazza by Anthony.

Horsemeat Scandal spreads to Sodexo & Burger Manufacturing Company

22-Feb-2013 - Catering giant Sodexo and restaurant and pub supplier Burger Manufacturing Company (BMC) are the latest businesses to fall foul of the horsemeat scandal after some of their products have tested positive for equine DNA.

Foodservice 2025: Report predicts restaurant industry’s robotic future

22-Feb-2013 - The restaurant industry in 2025 will have to face lower profit margins and greater technological challenges, although robotics will help improve efficiency, according to a new report.

The Greyhound on the Test: Country pub with rooms to open in Stockbridge next month

21-Feb-2013 - After a four month closure, the Greyhound Inn in Hampshire is set to re-open under new management next month as The Greyhound on the Test – a country pub with rooms and a classic British restaurant. 

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Hospitality industry invited to enter the Great Custard Bake Off

21-Feb-2013 - All members of the hospitality industry, from pastry chefs to hotel managers are being invited to get baking for the Great Custard Bake Off in a bid to raise funds for this year's Comic Relief. 

Asian restaurant operators welcome migration reprieve for skilled chefs

20-Feb-2013 - UK restaurateurs serving Asian and specialist world cuisines have welcomed news they should be able to continue to employ skilled chefs from non-EU countries.

People on the Move in Hospitality: February 2013

20-Feb-2013 - In this exclusive gallery, BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry. The past month has seen a number of new appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including Flemings Mayfair, Portobello House and Stonegate.

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Craft Guild of Chefs launches 2013 graduate awards

20-Feb-2013 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has launched its annual graduate awards as it hunts for the top working chefs under the age of 23.

Haché picks Shoreditch for fourth burger restaurant

20-Feb-2013 - Haché the gourmet burger restaurant founded by Beresford and Susie Casey in 2004, is set to open its fourth site in Shoreditch next week. 

Cyrus Todiwala launches competition to help sustain future of Asian restaurants

20-Feb-2013 - Chef Cyrus Todiwala has devised a competition for catering students to get more of them to consider a career within the Asian restaurant sector in a bid to help plug a future skills shortage.

Chester Grosvenor executive chef launches chef academy to develop young talent

19-Feb-2013 - Simon Radley, executive chef at the Michelin-starred Chester Grosvenor hotel, has launched a chef academy to help give young people with a passion for food the chance to learn how to become a chef while on-the-job. 

Tragus reveals plans to refurbish entire Café Rouge estate within three years

19-Feb-2013 - John Derkach, the chief executive of Tragus, has revealed he hopes to have completed an ambitious project to refurbish the ‘vast bulk’ of the Café Rouge estate within three years in order to make the brand more contemporary.