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

Allied London announces plans for Manchester events hotel

20-Oct-2014 - Property investment company Allied London has announced plans to develop the Manchester Grande events hotel in the city’s St John’s Quarter.

Crescent Group opens second hotel

20-Oct-2014 - The Crescent Group’s second boutique hotel the Crescent Turner Whitstable opened in Kent last week.

Tom Sellers takes over The Lickfold Inn

20-Oct-2014 - Restaurant Story chef patron Tom Sellers hopes to bring new life to The Lickfold Inn in West Sussex from the end of November.

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Maine-inspired Lobster Kitchen arrives in London

20-Oct-2014 - Maine-inspired lobster and seafood concept Lobster Kitchen will open on London’s Great Russell Street later this month.

Young's acquires London pub operator 580

20-Oct-2014 - Young's has expanded its London portfolio with the acquisition of pub operator 580 Limited - which runs four pubs across the capital - for £10.4m.

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Underfield Hotels goes into administration

20-Oct-2014 - Underfield Hotels, which operates a hotel and leisure facility in Aberporth, Wales, has been placed into administration following a ‘prolonged period of difficult trading conditions’.

Piper takes stake in Hickory’s Smokehouse

20-Oct-2014 - Piper, the private equity backer of Loungers and Be At One, has acquired a stake in Hickory’s Smokehouse, the north west-based American BBQ restaurant chain.

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Café KaiZen cocktail lounge opens in Mayfair

17-Oct-2014 - Asian fusion dining and cocktail bar concept Café KaiZen opened in London’s Hanover Square at the start of this month. 

Som saa Thai pop-up to open in east London

17-Oct-2014 - Pop-up Thai restaurant Som saa will open at Climpsons Arch in London Fields on 25 October.

#AHC2014: Readying a hotel asset before sale

17-Oct-2014 - There are a few things hoteliers can do to ensure a smooth valuation and sale process, as explained by speakers at the Annual Hotel Conference 2014.

Tune Hotels to open 25 new UK hotels by 2020

17-Oct-2014 - Budget hotel chain Tune Hotels has announced plans to invest £200m to open 25 new hotels in the UK over the next five years.

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Truffle Hunting takes over The Lady Ottoline

17-Oct-2014 - Bar operator Truffle Hunting has taken over The Lady Ottoline pub in Bloomsbury from former operator Noble Inns.

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Richard Caring to launch Ivy Market Grill

16-Oct-2014 - Richard Caring, the sector investor, will open the first site under a new all-day dining format, the Ivy Market Grill, in London’s Covent Garden, in December.

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James Sommerin on the highs and lows of going it alone

16-Oct-2014 - James Sommerin, former head chef of the Michelin-starred Crown at Whitebrook in South East Wales, opened restaurant with rooms Restaurant James Sommerin  on the Esplanade in Pernarth earlier this year....

Hilton launches new ‘Canopy’ hotel brand

16-Oct-2014 - Hilton Worldwide has announced the launch of its new ‘lifestyle’ hotel brand Canopy by Hilton. 

Village Urban resorts to open first Scottish hotel

16-Oct-2014 - Village Urban Resorts will open its first Scottish hotel in Aberdeen this December following a £21m investment.

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Soho House development planned for Brighton seafront

16-Oct-2014 - Plans have been submitted for a Soho House development on Brighton seafront, incorporating Dirty Burger, Chicken Shop and Pizza East restaurants and a private members club.

Gary Neville to support local jobseekers with Hotel Football

16-Oct-2014 - Ex-Manchester United footballer Gary Neville will sign a pledge next week committing Hotel Football to hiring local jobseekers. 

Atul Kochhar will open Sindhu at Compleat Angler

15-Oct-2014 - Details have been released for Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar’s new Indian restaurant Sindhu, which will open at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow. 

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Cabbages & Condoms to open in Cheltenham

15-Oct-2014 - Cabbages & Condoms –the restaurant chain offering Thai food and sexual health advice – will open its second UK restaurant in Cheltenham next month.

Paleo and gluten-free restaurant to open in London

15-Oct-2014 - The UK’s first gluten-free and paleo restaurant Pure Taste will open in West London after securing the site of the former El Pirata Deptapas on Westbourne Grove.

UK Barista Champ to open craft beer and coffee venue in Bath

15-Oct-2014 - The UK's 2014 Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood will open a new craft beer and speciality coffee venture in Bath later this month.

MSC updates sustainable fishing standards

14-Oct-2014 - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has overhauled its fishery certification standards to offer better protection to marine life and workers, with benefits for restaurants looking to source sustainable fish.

Union Hanover submits plans for Edinburgh hotel

14-Oct-2014 - Development firm Union Hanover has submitted plans for a £35m hotel in central Edinburgh which it claims will define its new Urban Villa concept.

Investors ‘deploying equity’ on healthier hotel market

14-Oct-2014 - The hotel property market is benefiting from domestic and North American investors’ need to spend the equity they raised before the crisis, according to Christie + Co.