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

Hospitality Openings: March 2015

31-Mar-2015 - March has seen a flood of restaurant and bar openings in the hospitality sector, including the first James Martin Kitchen at Stanstead airport, Vinoteca in King's Cross and Boozy Cow...

Pizza Express to recruit 2,500 people and boost apprenticeship scheme

31-Mar-2015 - Pizza Express has announced plans to recruit 2,500 staff over the next five years and expand its apprenticeship scheme to ensure there is at least one apprentice in each of...

Hotelier turns to crowdfunding to raise refurbishment funds

31-Mar-2015 - The owner of Glen Rothay hotel in the Lake District has turned to crowdfunding to help raise funds for bedroom refurbishments and a restaurant re-launch. 

Yates's prime Leicester Square site on the market

31-Mar-2015 - A prime Leicester Square site has come on the market for the first time in 15 years, as wine bar Yates moves out.

Grains-based café 26 Grains to open in Covent Garden

31-Mar-2015 - Alex Hely-Hutchinson, the founder of grains-based food venture 26 Grains, is to open a permanent café at Neal's Yard in Covent Garden after running a number of pop-up venues. ...

Thai Leisure Group secures £10m for expansion

31-Mar-2015 - Thai Leisure Group (TLG), operator of fine dining brand Chaophraya and street-food brand Thaikhun, has secured £10m of new funding from Santander to aid its expansion plans.

Camino to open tapas bar at Bankside

30-Mar-2015 - Spanish restaurant and bar group Camino is to open a new site at Bankside in Southwark. 

Kenny Atkinson to increase capacity at House of Tides

30-Mar-2015 - Chef Kenny Atkinson has started work to increase the capacity of his House of Tides restaurant to enable him to keep up with customer demand. 


Daniele Quattromini of ClubLounge39 on delivering top quality service

30-Mar-2015 - Daniele Quattromini, manager at ClubLounge39 at Canary Wharf and winner of the Gold Service Scholarship 2015, shares his top tips for providing quality service. 

MasterChef finalist opening Soho meatball restaurant

30-Mar-2015 - Australian MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Bonny Porter is opening her first restaurant at 58 Greek Street, Soho.

Why hotel staff should be trained in deaf awareness

30-Mar-2015 - Ruthy Fletcher, deaf awareness trainer and consultant at Support the Deaf People takes us through the reasons why staff at hotels should be trained in deaf awareness and how to go...

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Good Fry-Day: Easter pop-up serving deep fried menu

27-Mar-2015 - A new pop-up serving over 100 deep fried sweet and savoury dishes is launching at BOXPARK Shoreditch on 2 April.

Busaba Eathai expanding in the North of England

27-Mar-2015 - Alan Yau's Busaba Eathai has announced plans to expand in the North of England after securing a site in Manchester, followed closely by one in Leeds.

James Martin opens restaurant at Stansted Airport as part of £80m redevelopment

26-Mar-2015 - A raft of restaurants, including the first ever James Martin Kitchen and new concept Halo Fizz Bar from The Restaurant Group (TRG) have opened as part of phase two of...

Beany Green opening flagship site in The City

26-Mar-2015 - Independent Australian coffee specialist Beany Green is opening its first flagship café in the Broadgate Circle. 

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Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust made food tech partner at Alder Hey

26-Mar-2015 - The Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust is to become food technology partner at the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Scottish hotels continue to capitalise on events

26-Mar-2015 - Hotels in Edinburgh and Glasgow are continuing to capitalise on events, while demand continues to weaken in Aberdeen, according to the monthly LJ Forecaster Scottish Intercity Report.

Smith & Wollensky UK: plenty of room in London for another steakhouse

26-Mar-2015 - There is ‘plenty of room’ in London for another steakhouse and burger operator to make their mark, according to Smith & Wollensky’s operations director Nathan Evans, who is gearing up...

Jason Atherton to open sixth London restaurant - Social Wine & Tapas

26-Mar-2015 - Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is to open his sixth London restaurant  - Social Wine & Tapas  - on James Street, Marylebone, in June.

Costas Spiliadis to bring restaurant Estiatorio Milos to London

25-Mar-2015 - Acclaimed international chef Costas Spiliadis is to open a branch of his Greek fish restaurant Estiatorio Milos in London in June.

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Frankie & Benny's among winners at Development Chef Awards 2015

25-Mar-2015 - Chefs at Frankie & Benny's and the Seafood Pub Company were among the winners at the Farm Frites Development Chef Awards last night (24 March). 

Gourmet grilled cheese cafe opening in London, planning local delivery service

25-Mar-2015 - Melt Room, London’s first gourmet grilled cheese cafe, is opening in Soho in May.

The Barbican re-launching restaurants and catering services

25-Mar-2015 - The Barbican Centre has announced new catering contracts with Searcy’s and high street brand Benugo. 

Levy Restaurants UK creates culinary director roles

25-Mar-2015 - Compass Group UK & Ireland's sports, leisure and hospitality business Levy restaurants has created four culinary director roles to help it better manage its operations across its different types of...

Center Parcs UK’s Martin Robinson: "Stick to your guns to build success"

24-Mar-2015 - Sticking to Dutch founder Piet Derksen’s original idea to create an environmentally and family-friendly holiday park and refusing to make drastic changes at the request of private equity companies has...