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Wine sales at restaurants, hotels and pubs fall 6% in 2011

06-Mar-2012 - Volume sales of wine at restaurants, hotels and pubs fell 6 per cent in 2011, according to the latest Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) Market Report with spirit sales down slightly less at 2 per cent. 

Great British Menu returns with an Olympic Feast for 2012

06-Mar-2012 - Simon Rogan, Nathan Outlaw and Aiden Byrne are among 24 of the UK’s top chefs preparing to take part in what is expected to be the last series of BBC Two’s Great British Menu this Spring.

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Black and Blue reopens King’s Road site following refurbishment

06-Mar-2012 - Independently-owned steak and burger restaurant chain Black and Blue has reopened its site on Kings’ Road in Chelsea, London after an interior refurbishment that marks a year since the purchase of the restaurant by the company.

Jacques Borel’s industry VAT club redesigns logo to focus on jobs

06-Mar-2012 - The campaign set-up to lobby for a cut in VAT charged in hospitality businesses on drink, food and accommodation to 5% has redesigned its logo to represent a refocus for the campaign on the employment benefits a VAT boost to the industry could give the economy as a whole.

Electrolux Professional launches more energy-efficient refrigerated cabinet range

06-Mar-2012 - Electrolux Professional has launched ecostore, a new range of refrigerated cabinets, which it said offer greater capacity and are 65 per cent more efficient at consuming energy than equivalent products available.


Miss Moneypenny Martini at Park Plaza and Book Club at The Bingham

06-Mar-2012 - Hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars including Park Plaza County Hall, The Bingham, PizzaExpress and Holiday Inn have told BigHospitality about special events and promotions they’re running to attract new customers.

Gordon Ramsay to open The Fat Cow restaurant in LA

05-Mar-2012 - Gordon Ramsay has partnered with his Gordon Ramsay Holdings corporate executive US chef Andi Van Willigan to launch The Fat Cow, set to open this summer in Los Angeles.


How to help staff sell wine with confidence

05-Mar-2012 - Lily Brierley, training manager at Enotria, explains how hospitality business owners can make their staff more aware of wine lists and encourage them to openly talk about wine with customers in a bid to maximise drinks sales.

The Clink plans second prison restaurant in Cardiff

05-Mar-2012 - The Clink Charity has announced plans to expand and open a second prison restaurant before the end of the year with discussions ongoing between the charity and HMP Cardiff and HMP Prescoed, South Wales.

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Q Bar at Quilon set to open following refurbishment

05-Mar-2012 - The Quilon restaurant in London’s Westminster is set to unveil the all-new Q Bar at Quilon upon the completion of a major, three-month refurbishment of the site at the end of the month.

Service remains more important to restaurant diners than pricing

05-Mar-2012 - A survey of UK consumers has found that restaurant service remains a more important factor than food pricing to drive whether diners make recommendations to friends and family or leave a restaurant early.

One to watch: Byron named fastest-growing restaurant chain of past six months

02-Mar-2012 - Rapidly-expanding gourmet burger chain Byron has been hailed as the fastest growing restaurant concept of the past six months having more than trebled its portfolio in the past three years.

Shopping centres emerge as must-have locations for expanding restaurant concepts

02-Mar-2012 - The intense competition for prime city-centre restaurant sites is spreading rapidly into shopping centres across the UK, as landlords, established food concepts and emerging brands are increasingly recognising the potential of such high-footfall locations.

Hawksmoor Spitalfields to open basement bar

01-Mar-2012 - Hawksmoor Spitafields, the original steakhouse in London’s Commercial Street, is to open a new, 60-cover bar this week.

Baffito’s Bar & Pizzeria opens in Warrington, 10 sites planned by 2014

01-Mar-2012 - Baffito’s Bar & Pizzeria has opened the doors of its first venue - a 140-cover site in Warrington - as the new brand plans to expand to 10 sites within the next three years.

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Gluten-Free Chef of the Year launches at Hotelympia

01-Mar-2012 - Coeliac UK has today launched this year’s Gluten-Free Chef of the Year competition at Hotelympia.

Hilton's Simon Vincent to lead newly-established Hospitality Guild

01-Mar-2012 - Simon Vincent, president Europe of Hilton Worldwide, has been tasked with leading the Hospitality Guild, a new umbrella organisation set up to champion skills development within the hospitality industry.

Aiden Byrne turns The Church Green into a grill and eyes Manchester for a fine dining restaurant

01-Mar-2012 - Aiden Byrne has decided to change The Church Green, the pub he bought in Lymm three and a half years ago, into a British Grill because it was no longer financially viable to run it as a fine dining restaurant.

Work experience: Vital or exploitative? Industry leaders give their views

29-Feb-2012 - Work experience has hit the headlines as Government talks with businesses concerned about the scheme to get unemployed youngsters on placements continue; BigHospitality asked hospitality industry leaders at Hotelympia, including Raymond Blanc, for their views on restaurant, hotel or pub and bar work experience.

Blumenthal creates interactive 'sweetshop experience' for The Fat Duck reservations

29-Feb-2012 - A new interactive reservation experience, voiced by actor John Hurt, has been created by Heston Blumenthal for The Fat Duck which allows diners to enter a secret online sweetshop and view an animated version of the menu.

The three-star circus: Michelin-starred chefs 'wildly over-egged', says Richard Harden

29-Feb-2012 - Richard Harden, co-founder of the Harden’s Restaurant Guide, has slammed rival guide book Michelin, claiming the business is only involved in the restaurant industry for publicity and that The Michelin Guide ‘falls in love with the chefs it creates’.

Virus outbreak could price lamb off the menu

29-Feb-2012 - Restaurants and pubs across the UK may need to consider revising their menus due to the continuing spread of the Schmallenberg virus, which could dramatically reduce supplies of lamb and increase its costs.

Nestle Toque d'Or takes on new format for 2012

29-Feb-2012 - Nestle Toque d'Or, the culinary competition for catering colleges, has taken on a new format for 2012, doing away with the first round paper entries and putting more emphasis on exposing students to 'real life' hospitality scenarios.

Meantime London introduces limited edition Yakima Red seasonal beer to trade market

28-Feb-2012 - Meantime London, the Greenwich-based craft beer brewing company, has launched Yakima Red, a limited edition seasonal beer, to the trade market as the latest addition to the range of craft beers from the company.

BCF Chef of the Year awarded to Restaurant Associates, Merrill Lynch chef

28-Feb-2012 - The British Culinary Federation (BCF) Chef of the Year competition reached its climax at Hotelympia last night with Simon Webb from Restaurant Associates, Merrill Lynch, taking the prize after impressing judges including Raymond Blanc and Ashley Palmer-Watts.