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Report reveals impact of pubs on employment and economy

10-Feb-2014 - Pubs employed over half a million people last year, but difficult trading conditions are putting jobs at risk, according to a new report.

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‘Inspiration from Nature’: World Chocolate Masters 2015 open for entries

10-Feb-2014 - Cacao Barry has revealed the theme for the sixth biannual World Chocolate Masters competition, with pâtissiers, chocolatiers and chefs being called upon to take an ‘Inspiration from Nature’.

Energy price hikes: Restaurants feel the heat as costs soar

10-Feb-2014 - The inflation-busting price hikes announced by ‘the big six’ electricity and gas firms last year have hit hospitality businesses hard, with 90 per cent of restaurateurs claiming rising energy costs have forced them to reassess menu prices.

Tube strike: Travel chaos brings ‘mixed bag’ for London’s restaurants and pubs

07-Feb-2014 - The first of two strikes on the London Underground disrupted the journeys of millions of commuters this week, but for the capital’s restaurant and pubs, the business effects were varied, with some actually reporting an increase in trade. 

Rebecca Mascarenhas goes ahead with Italian restaurant in Putney

07-Feb-2014 - Restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas has renewed plans to open her modern Italian trattoria concept Bibo, having secured the site of what used to be Gregg Wallace’s Wallace & Co restaurant in Putney.

New initiative calls on foodservice sector to buy British

07-Feb-2014 - Foodservice sustainability group Footprint has launched a new initiative to encourage hospitality and catering businesses to source more British food.

Parliament to debate hospitality and tourism VAT

06-Feb-2014 - After years of industry campaigning, Parliament will next week hold a debate on VAT rates for tourism and hospitality.

Business Profile: Pizza Hut

06-Feb-2014 - One of the UK's biggest restaurant brands may have had a tricky few years, but a huge investment will increase Pizza Hut's chances in the ultra-competitive pizza space.

Ben Spalding to turn Stripped Back and No Rules into 'huge brands' and open restaurant

06-Feb-2014 - Chef Ben Spalding is planning on turning his pop-up ventures No Rules and Stripped Back into 'huge brands' while continuing to find a site for a permanent restaurant that he hopes will 'change London's dining scene'. 

Meantime Brewing re-launches Union Lager

05-Feb-2014 - Meantime Brewing Company is bringing back its first ever beer, the Union Lager, as a limited edition seasonal brew.

Hospitality Openings: December 2013/January 2014

05-Feb-2014 - New casual dining concepts such as Dirty Bones and Jackson & Rye and boutique hotels dominate in our latest round-up of hospitality openings.

Darwin & Wallace snaps up The Frog as London expansion continues

05-Feb-2014 - Darwin & Wallace has taken The Frog in Clapham as the second in a series of London acquisitions for the Imbiba Partnership-backed bar and restaurant group.

Singapore-based Sushi Tei seeks partners for UK launch

04-Feb-2014 - Sushi Tei, the Singapore-based restaurant operator is looking for partners and investors to help the Japanese restaurant brand launch into the UK. 

UK coffee company puts camel milk on the menu

04-Feb-2014 - UK coffee company Taylor Street Baristas will be serving up camel milk coffee this week as part of a fundraising drive for Farm Africa.

TGI's takes two shopping centre sites

04-Feb-2014 - American restaurant chain TGI Friday’s is ploughing on with its expansion across the UK, having secured two new units at shopping centre developments in Glasgow and Liverpool.

Restaurant magazine: How to find the perfect property

03-Feb-2014 - As competition for good space intensifies, restaurateurs are having to become increasingly bricks and mortar-savvy, writes Joe Lutrario in the February issue of Restaurant magazine.

Antonio Mellino brings Quattro Passi to London

03-Feb-2014 - Two Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino is bringing the taste of Southern Italy to London with a new restaurant on Mayfair’s Dover Street.

Tiger Bills eyes London rollout

03-Feb-2014 - Lifestyle Hospitality Group (LHG) has signed a contract with a new master franchisee to roll out its ‘East meets West’ casual dining concept Tiger Bills across London.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal temporarily closed after norovirus outbreak

03-Feb-2014 - Heston Blumenthal’s two-Michelin-starred London restaurant Dinner has shut up shop for a week following an outbreak of norovirus affecting members of staff and guests.

New boutique hotel & restaurant set to capitalise on Nottingham’s business boost

31-Jan-2014 - A historic building in Nottingham has undergone a £1.5 million transformation into a new boutique hotel, bar and restaurant, at a time when business in the East Midlands city is growing fast.

Consumer confidence setback puts restaurants in ‘stop-start mode’

31-Jan-2014 - With latest figures showing that consumer confidence suffered an unexpected dip in the final quarter of 2013, foodservice consultancy Horizons believes the eating-out sector will remain in ‘stop-start mode’ until the economy has fully recovered. 

Philippe Conticini opens ‘pastry shop of dreams’ in London

31-Jan-2014 - La Pâtisserie des Rêves, the Parisian boutique patisserie concept from pastry chef Philippe Conticini, is opening its first UK outlet today (31 January) with a site in Marylebone High Street.

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Survey seeks young people's views on pub and bar careers

31-Jan-2014 - The Pub & Bars Careers programme has launched a survey to gather young people's views on working in the pub and bar sector.

Equipping your kitchen: The latest products in pictures

30-Jan-2014 - From large bespoke oven ranges to small salamander grills, chefs' requirements' for their perfect kitchen are often as varied and fanciful as they are mind-blowingly expensive. But hopefully this picture guide of 15 of the hottest pieces of kit to hit the market will appeal to all tastes and budgets.

Employment assistance programme launched by Hospitality Action

30-Jan-2014 - Hospitality Action is encouraging catering and hospitality businesses to join a new scheme providing 24-hour support to employees facing hard times.