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

Carl Clarke oversees new bar and restaurant offering at Hertford House

24-Apr-2014 - Chef Carl Clarke is currently overseeing the new food and beverage offering at Hertford House Hotel, re-launching the restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge. 

Accor reveals plans to expand MGallery Collection and Mercure in the UK

24-Apr-2014 - Accor has revealed plans to add three new MGallery Collection Hotels and six new Mecure hotels to its UK portfolio by 2015.

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All Bar One to open two new London sites

24-Apr-2014 - Mitchells and Butlers will open two new All Bar One sites in London this summer at Buckingham Gate in Victoria and the O2 in Greenwich.  

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Bistrot Pierre launches new site in the South West

23-Apr-2014 - French restaurant group Bistrot Pierre is opening a new site at the sea front in Torquay within the Abbey Sands development and is recruiting up to 60 new staff members for the venture. 

Kew Green Hotels acquires Holiday Inn Bromsgrove

23-Apr-2014 - Kew Green Hotels has forked out over £3.95m to buy the 110-bedroom Holiday Inn Bromsgrove out of administration.

Think.Eat.Drink ethically-sourced restaurant to open in King’s Cross

23-Apr-2014 - New bar and restaurant Think.Eat.Drink (T.E.D) will open in King’s Cross in June, serving ethically-sourced British food in an environmentally-friendly setting. 

Tube strike: London's hospitality businesses face further disruption

23-Apr-2014 - London’s hospitality businesses are facing further disruption as a result of transport disputes, with two more tube strikes and a 48-hour walkout on Heathrow Express planned over the next two months.

New restaurant concept Pavilion to open in Kensington

22-Apr-2014 - Chef Adam Simmonds, who held a Michelin star at his previous site, is overseeing a new restaurant concept opening on London’s Kensington High Street on 31 May. 

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Union Hanover to open first Urban Villa in West London

22-Apr-2014 - Hotel developer and operator Union Hanover Securities has acquired 100 serviced apartments in the Great West Quarter (GWQ) in West London.

American diner trend continues: Zaks announces first franchise

22-Apr-2014 - Blue Sky Leisure’s Norfolk-based American diner chain Zaks is opening a fourth restaurant in the south west of the county under its first franchise partnership.

Gusto undertakes MBO from Living Ventures

22-Apr-2014 - Restaurant and bar group Gusto has completed a management buyout from Living Ventures, the Tim Bacon-led premium operator, with funding from private equity group Palatine as it looks to add about 15 sites over the next four years, including a move into the London area, M&C Report has learnt.

Soho Grind espresso and cocktail bar opening in May

22-Apr-2014 - Soho Grind, the sister site to the Shoreditch Grind espresso and cocktail bar, will be opening in London's Beak Street in May. 

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The Only Way is Essex star buys hotel

22-Apr-2014 - Nightclub owner and star of TV programme The Only Way is Essex Michael Norcross has acquired a Leigh-on-Sea hotel which he plans to turn into a boutique hotel and restaurant.

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club unveils new spa facilities

17-Apr-2014 - Dartmouth Golf & Country Club has re-opened its spa facilities following an £850,000 refurbishment.

Greek-inspired dining comes to Marylebone

17-Apr-2014 - Opso, an all-day dining Greek restaurant and bar, is opening in the heart of Marylebone next month. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: April 2014

17-Apr-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including Gravetye Manor, Giraffe and The Garrison.

Werewolf performance nightclub launches in London

17-Apr-2014 - New performance and arts nightclub Werewolf is opening next week in the heart of London’s Piccadilly.

Pizza Rossa hungry for a slice of City lunchtime trade

17-Apr-2014 - Pizza grab-and-go concept Pizza Rossa will open its first outlets in the City later this year after breaking a European record for securing start-up funding through crowdfunding.

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

Ed's Easy Diner named fastest-growing restaurant group

16-Apr-2014 - Ed’s Easy Diner, the 24-strong 1950s-style American diner chain, has topped the 2014 Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - a list of the 50 fastest-growing restaurant and bar companies.

MeatLiquor acquires fried chicken restaurant Wishbone

16-Apr-2014 - Meatailer, the company behind MeatLiquor, have purchased the fried chicken restaurant Wishbone in London’s Brixton.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

16-Apr-2014 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector. 

Ox and Finch restaurant to open in Glasgow

15-Apr-2014 - Former head chef of the McLaren Formula One team Jonathan MacDonald is launching new restaurant Ox and Finch in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove next month.

Hakkasan partners with MGM to launch international hotel company

15-Apr-2014 - Restaurant group Hakkasan has today announced the formation of a joint-venture with gaming and hospitality company MGM Resorts International, to create a new international hotel management company - MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

What’s Cooking? takes on restaurant at boutique Liverpool hotel

15-Apr-2014 - Liverpool restaurant What’s Cooking? has taken on the running of the food and drink operation at the nearby 62 Castle Street hotel. 

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