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Gordon Ramsay Holdings to open two more restaurants in Doha

19-Apr-2012 - Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) is to open two more restaurants this year in the Qatari capital of Doha.

VisitEngland reveals Excellence Awards 2012 finalists

19-Apr-2012 - National tourist board VisitEngland has revealed the names of the hospitality businesses and individuals who have made the final shortlist for 15 award categories in its 2012 Awards for Excellence. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: April 2012

18-Apr-2012 - BigHospitality rounds up the latest appointments in the hospitality industry. This month sees key appointments at hotels, restaurants and pubs including Carberry Tower, Colette's and Doubletree by Hilton.

World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards: What makes a restaurant world class?

18-Apr-2012 - In the ten years since the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards was launched a wide variety of gastronomic and dining styles have been represented in the top 50 so as excitement builds for the 2012 list BigHospitality asked chefs and experts what makes a restaurant world class.

London 2012: Hospitality businesses urged to improve customer service with 100 days to go

18-Apr-2012 - As the countdown to the London 2012 Olympics reaches the last 100 days hospitality businesses are being urged by VisitBritain and People 1st to 'warm up their welcome' and improve customer service to make the most of the Games. 

Restaurant no-shows: are booking websites to blame?

17-Apr-2012 - A number of high-end restaurateurs and industry experts have condemned the use of online reservation systems, claiming booking websites are contributing to the growing number of people booking tables and not showing up. 

Jamie’s Union Jacks confirmed for Covent Garden Market Building

17-Apr-2012 - It has been confirmed that the Covent Garden Market Building which was acquired by Jamie Oliver in February is to open under the Union Jacks brand in July.

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VAT cut on ski lift passes should be welcomed by hospitality industry, says Borel

17-Apr-2012 - Plans to cut VAT on ski lift passes in Scotland from 20 to 5 per cent next year could indicate that the Government wants to put the tourism and hospitality industries on a level playing field with those in Europe, according to a leading VAT campaigner for the hospitality industry. 

Sales boost for eating out sector following warm March

17-Apr-2012 - Restaurants and pubs have benefited from the unseasonably warm weather of March, with collective like-for-like sales up 1.9 per cent and total sales up 6.3 per cent on the same month last year.

Feng Sushi to open eighth London restaurant

17-Apr-2012 - London-based Japanese restaurant chain Feng Sushi has announced it is to open its eighth site in West Hampstead later this year focusing on diners eating in; the second opening since serial investor Luke Johnson took a majority stake in the business.

Nestlé Professional launches Viaggi 'barista-style' beverage system in UK

17-Apr-2012 - Nestlé Professional has launched its award-winning Viaggi beverage machine in the UK which delivers ‘barista-style’ coffees and hot chocolate to foodservice operators.

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Chefs swap with food critics for Action Against Hunger

16-Apr-2012 - An array of top chefs and restaurateurs swapped their chef whites with nine of the country’s most prolific food critics last night for Action Against Hunger’s Too Many Critics charity event.

Chef bursary set up in honour of Eddie Gilbert’s founder Jonny Dunhill

16-Apr-2012 - The organisers of a fundraising dinner in honour of Eddie Gilbert’s founder Jonny Dunhill are hoping to raise enough cash to set up a chef bursary in his name.

VisitEngland launches online tool for restaurants to improve customer access

13-Apr-2012 - National tourist board VisitEngland has today launched a new version of its Access Statement Online Tool, specifically tailored for restaurants and cafés to help them cater for customers with access needs.

London restaurants shouldn't 'rest on their laurels' and risk being overpriced

13-Apr-2012 - Benny Peverelli, former head chef at healthy fast-food chain Leon, has said London restaurants should not 'rest on their laurels' and must consider value for money as a survey suggests diners think some restaurants might be overpriced.

Late Night Levy: Forum of Private Business warns Government on 'stealth tax'

13-Apr-2012 - The Forum of Private Business has warned the proposed introduction of a Late Night Levy (LNL) is little more than a 'stealth tax' against business and will further harm pubs and operators catering for the night-time economy.

Hospitality operators urged to take part in Gram Green Paper 2012

13-Apr-2012 - Food service and hotel operators are being urged to take part in the Gram Green Paper report for 2012 to look at the industry’s attitudes to the environment and sustainability.

Carpigiani launches time-critical ice cream machines for busy restaurants

13-Apr-2012 - Italian ice cream equipment manufacturer Carpigiani has launched the Freeze & Go machine, allowing chefs to create fresh ice cream and sorbet in just five minutes. 


Free taxi services at The Gun and electric car chargers at The Arden Hotel

13-Apr-2012 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs, including The Gun in London's Docklands and The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon tell BigHospitality about new marketing ideas and promotions they are running to help attract more customers. 

Nicola Horlick's Georgina's restaurant 'a good business proposition' as well as a tribute to late daughter

12-Apr-2012 - Nicola Horlick, the investment manager dubbed 'superwoman' for balancing her career and family, has described her latest venture, a Barnes restaurant with Trinity chef Adam Byatt in tribute to her late daughter Georgina, as a 'good business proposition' as well as a personal mission.

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D&D London achieves SRA star rating for all its sites

12-Apr-2012 - Restaurant group D&D London is celebrating achieving a star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) for all its sites while the group as a whole has been awarded a two star rating for its efforts on sustainable sourcing. 

The rise of the restaurant no-shows: what can the industry do to combat it?

12-Apr-2012 - As the number of people booking tables and then not showing up increases we ask how big a problem is it for the restaurant sector and what can the industry do to guard against it? 

Energy bills: Hospitality businesses renew calls for same support as domestic customers

12-Apr-2012 - Hospitality businesses have renewed calls for extra support on energy bills and dealing with utility suppliers after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced it was backing Ofgem proposals to help domestic customers.

London restaurant Lowcountry to serve 'authentic and regional' American cuisine

12-Apr-2012 - The owner of new London restaurant, Lowcountry Bar & Eating House, is hoping to introduce diners to 'authentic and regional' American food when it opens in Fulham High Street next month.

Champagne, hot dogs and fine dining under one roof in first restaurant for husband and wife pair

11-Apr-2012 - James Knappett, formerly of The Ledbury and Marcus Wareing's The Berkeley, is to open a new restaurant with his wife combining a hot dog and Champagne concept called Bubbledogs with a more private fine dining element - Kitchen Table.