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Keep up to date with the latest openings, closures and property deals in the restaurant, pub and hotel sectors.

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Porky's outlines 2015 expansion plans

30-Jan-2015 - Porky’s, the Memphis BBQ restaurant, is rolling out four sites this year as part of its plan to reach 10 over the next two years, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C...

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Essential Cuisine launches search for Britain's Best Brigades

30-Jan-2015 - Essential Cuisine has launched a nationwide search for the UK’s hardest working chef teams.

Dishoom named best UK eatery by Yelp

30-Jan-2015 - Dishoom Covent Garden has topped a list of the best 100 eateries in the UK compiled by online city guide Yelp.

Meliá to open Glasgow and Birmingham hotels

30-Jan-2015 - Spanish group Meliá Hotels has revealed plans to open two further UK hotels under its premium Innside brand.


David Carter of Smokestak on why he swapped fine dining for barbecue

29-Jan-2015 - A former front-of-house manager at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and Roka, Barbudian David Carter turned his back on fine-dining in 2013 to launch barbecue street-food concept Smokestak which is currently...

Ben Spalding to take over the kitchens at The Laundry E8

29-Jan-2015 - Chef Ben Spalding is returning to the kitchen after a two-year break with a month-long residency at The Laundry E8.

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Ramada hotels at Salford Quays and Birmingham for sale

29-Jan-2015 - Ramada hotels at Salford Quays and the Mailbox in Birmingham have gone on the market giving investors the chance to buy established properties which could be repositioned and rebranded.  

Tokyo Industries targets student market with Get Baked partnership

29-Jan-2015 - Late-night venue operator Tokyo Industries is targeting the student market with the launch of a new collaboration with takeaway operator Get Baked. 

Bocuse d'Or 2015: Norway wins, UK team comes 10th

28-Jan-2015 - Norway has won the Bocuse d’Or 2015 at the competition’s world final held in Lyon, with the USA and Sweden finishing in second and third place respectively.

Jurys Inn acquired by Lone Star Funds for £680m

28-Jan-2015 - Hotel group Jurys Inn has been bought by an affiliate of private equity firm Lone Star Funds for £680m. 

Hakkasan plans 15 restaurants and hotel in the UK

28-Jan-2015 - International hospitality group Hakkasan is looking to more than double its estate in 2015 with the opening of 15 new restaurants across its portfolio of brands, including a new concept...

Virgin Hotels searches for sites in London

28-Jan-2015 - Richard Branson's Virgin Hotels has confirmed that it is considering London as a key location for a new hotel. 

Gas Street Social to open in Birmingham's Mailbox complex

28-Jan-2015 - Shaker Group has revealed plans to open upmarket restaurant and cocktail bar Gas Street Social in Birmingham this March.

People on the Move in Hospitality: January 2015

28-Jan-2015 - A new year and a new start for these seven members of the hospitality industry who have landed exciting new jobs at a range of hotels and restaurants, including Rosewood...

Brighton's zero-waste restaurant in crowdfunding drive

27-Jan-2015 - A Brighton restaurant that claims to generate no material waste is running a crowdfunding campaign to further extend its green credentials.

Franco Manca & Crab Tavern take London’s Broadgate Circle scheme close to capacity

27-Jan-2015 - A £20m retail redevelopment in London’s Square Mile is now almost fully pre-let after three restaurants took units on long-term leases.

Sandals seeks UK chefs for growing restaurant portfolio

27-Jan-2015 - Luxury Caribbean resort operator Sandals has started a recruitment drive for skilled chefs to work within its growing restaurant portfolio as it looks to 'offer guests the most comprehensive dining...

The Goring to close for refurbishment

27-Jan-2015 - The Goring hotel will close its doors today (27 January) for the first time in its 104-year history to allow refurbishment work on its lobby to be completed. 

The Sportsman named top UK gastropub

26-Jan-2015 - The Sportsman, in Seasalter, Kent, was been voted the best gastropub in the country by a select band of influential industry experts.

Steak of the Art opens Cardiff restaurant

26-Jan-2015 - Steak of the Art, the restaurant concept that serves steaks and other meats in an art gallery setting, has opened a second site in Cardiff.

Signature Living starts 2015 on a high note

26-Jan-2015 - Liverpool's serviced apartment and hotel operator Signature Living has reported starting 2015 on a high note with New Year bookings up 40 per cent on the previous year. 

New Moon Pub Co continues on expansion trail with first site in Liverpool

26-Jan-2015 - North-west operator New Moon Pub Company has secured its first Liverpool site and its seventh in total.

Pubs of Distinction acquires Camden pub

23-Jan-2015 - Pubs of Distinction has acquired its fourth London-based venue as it continues to grow its portfolio of ‘local beer houses’

Jean-Christophe Novelli to open Liverpool restaurant

23-Jan-2015 - Jean-Christophe Novelli will make a return to the UK restaurant industry with the launch of his own brasserie in Liverpool city centre this spring.

Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck owner to open third hotel

23-Jan-2015 - Andrew Wildsmith, the owner of Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck hotels in Cumbria, will open a third hotel in the county this summer after acquiring a former walkers’ hostel.