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

Legs restaurant and wine bar from Magnus Reid to open in London's Hackney

06-May-2016 - Legs, a new wine-focused bar and restaurant from Australian chef Magnus Reid, is to open in London’s Hackney this 19 May.

Tate Modern opening new restaurants in £260m extension

05-May-2016 - The Tate Modern is seeking 120 staff to work in five bars and restaurants as part of its new £260m extension.

Xavier Rousset to open first solo restaurant Blandford Comptoir

05-May-2016 - Sommelier and restaurateur Xavier Rousset is set to open his first solo venture this month, a relaxed Mediterranean restaurant with a 250-strong wine list. 

Raw and plant-based café Rawligion to open in London

05-May-2016 - Rawligion, a fast-casual café focusing on vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, raw, plant-based food is to open in London’s Tottenham Court Road in early June.

Michael O'Hare: The man behind the hype

05-May-2016 - Michael O'Hare burst onto the scene a few years back with his Leeds restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain, followed last year by a barnstorming performance on BBC Two's Great...

Atherton to open first restaurant in the Philippines with Filipino wife Irha

05-May-2016 - Chef Jason Atherton is to open the Pig and Palm, his first restaurant in the Philippines, in his wife Irha’s hometown of Cebu.

The Wesley Hotel to open eco-friendly bar and restaurant Savannah

05-May-2016 - The Wesley Hotel in London's Euston will re-open its food and beverage space as an eco-friendly bar and restaurant The Savannah next week. 

Costa launches in-store 'selfie zones'

05-May-2016 - Customers at Costa are being encouraged to pout for the camera with the launch of new 'selfie zones' in selected stores.

The Dairy’s Robin Gill to kick off London rooftop pop-up The Gardening Society

05-May-2016 - Chef Robin Gill of London restaurant The Dairy and Brad McDonald of London’s barbecue outlet Shotgun, are among those set to appear at new Oxford Street rooftop pop-up, The Gardening...

The Chestnut Group launches training academy as business grows

04-May-2016 - The Chestnut Group, the owner of the Packhorse Inn in Moulton and The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, has launched an in-house training academy to help equip staff with the skills...

Ex-Bistrotheque chef to open 'moveable' Margate restaurant

04-May-2016 - Two former Bistrotheque colleagues are to open a ‘moveable’ restaurant constructed from scaffolding poles minutes from Margate seafront this summer.

Whitbread enters food-to-go sector with 49% stake in Pure

04-May-2016 - Whitbread has made a move into the UK’s food­-to-­go sector with the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in London based company, Healthy Retail Ltd, trading as ‘Pure’, for...

Travelodge opens first hotel aimed at Chinese visitors

04-May-2016 - Travelodge has opened its first hotel targeted at Chinese tourists in anticipation of a surge of visits from the region.

The Columbo Group adds Camden Barfly to portfolio

04-May-2016 - The Blues Kitchen owner The Columbo Group has acquired its third music venue in North London, the Barfly in Camden. 

Franco Manca lines up London and Brighton openings

04-May-2016 - Pizza chain Franco Manca has outlined plans to open seven more restaurants across London and the South East after launching its twentieth site in Guildford this year.

Ashford Borough Council to fund £75m hotel and leisure scheme

04-May-2016 - Councillors in Ashford, Kent have agreed to fund a £75m town centre leisure complex with space for a hotel, restaurants, retail units and cinema. 

Cheltenham's Montpellier Chapter hotel to become a Malmaison

03-May-2016 - Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group is to rebrand the Montpellier Chapter hotel in Cheltenham as a Malmaison. 

Luke Johnson invests in Lussmanns Fish & Grill ahead of imminent expansion

28-Apr-2016 - Hospitality entrepreneur Luke Johnson has invested in Lussmanns Fish & Grill, becoming a major shareholder ahead of the group’s fourth and fifth site openings this year.

Hospitality Openings: April 2016

27-Apr-2016 - This month has been eventful for new openings, in line with the approaching days of spring, with its longer evenings and warmer nights. Highlights of April include the much-awaited Som Saa...

The Four Sisters to double up

27-Apr-2016 - Simon Bastable and Andrew Green, owners of The Four Sisters Bar in Islington, are to double the size of their portfolio with the opening of a new bar in the...

The Fork Awakens: Star Wars restaurant opening in London

27-Apr-2016 - While Londoners have been getting excited about the city’s first naked restaurant, a new pop-up is asking guests to don their Jedi robes and Wookie suits to enter.

Flagship Cottons Caribbean to open in Notting Hill with over 300 rums on the bar

27-Apr-2016 - A new flagship Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Salon de Rhum offering the UK’s largest selection of rum is set to open in London’s Notting Hill on Friday 29 April.

Mexican 'social eating' restaurant Cielo Blanco opening in London

27-Apr-2016 - Mexican restaurant Cielo Blanco is opening its first London site.

Former Raffles nightclub operator to open MeatUP restaurant

27-Apr-2016 - Sachin Khanna – the former operator of the Raffles and Libertine nightclubs - is to open a new grill restaurant in London.

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts reveals Annual Awards of Excellence 2016 finalists

27-Apr-2016 - The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts has announced 59 finalists for its 2016 Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE).