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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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Locanda Locatelli re-opens next month

02-Mar-2015 - Giorgio Locatelli's Mayfair restaurant Locanda Locatelli will re-open on 14 March following a four month closure caused by a gas explosion. 

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is investing £2m in digital technology

02-Mar-2015 - Macdonald Hotels & Resorts are investing over £2m in digital developments across its 40 UK hotels.

Chefs Chris and James Tanner at launch of restaurant designed to 'equip young people for work'

02-Mar-2015 - Chefs James and Chris Tanner were among those last week leading the launch of BR6, a training restaurant at Bromley's Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College designed to equip young...

The Mac Factory begins London expansion with Covent Garden pop up

02-Mar-2015 - Street food concept The Mac Factory is opening a weekly pop up at Covent Garden based Earlham Street Clubhouse, and plans to open a permanent site later this year.

Somerston Hotels sets out expansion plans under new Atlas Hotels name

02-Mar-2015 - Hotel owner and operator Somerston Hotels has set out plans to expand its business following its name change to Atlas Hotels. 

PS - the Pub Company rolls out Blue's Smokehouse concept

27-Feb-2015 - PS - the Pub Company will open its second Blue's Smokehouse in Twickenham this weekend as it looks to roll out the concept in and around London.

Georgian House Hotel invests £35k in creation of wizard-themed rooms

26-Feb-2015 - The owner of Georgian House Hotel in London has invested £35k into her business to create two more wizard-themed bedrooms due to rising demand for a more quirky proposition. 

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UK's first owl bar opening in London

26-Feb-2015 - Fans of London's cat cafe can get excited, as the UK’s first owl bar is opening in the capital in March.

Union Hanover submits plan for Stratford City development

26-Feb-2015 - Union Hanover has submitted a planning application for its proposed dual hotel development in Stratford’s East Village.

Yorkshire Meatball Company sets out city expansion plans

25-Feb-2015 - Harrogate's meatball-based restaurant Yorkshire Meatball Company is looking to expand into other cities following a successful first year of trade. 

IHG to open two hotels at Manchester Business School site

25-Feb-2015 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to open a Crowne Plaza Hotel and a Staybridge Suites in Manchester as part of the University of Manchester's £1bn campus development.

Hospitality employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

24-Feb-2015 - Hospitality businesses were among 70 employers ‘named and shamed’ by the government today (24 Feb) for failing to pay their workers national minimum wage.

Aberdeen's hotels continue to feel effects of troubled North Sea oil and gas sector

24-Feb-2015 - Hotels in Aberdeen are continuing to feel the negative knock-on effects of a troubled North Sea oil and gas sector with January's occupancy down by 2.8 per cent to 63.4...

Revere Pub Company opening two more pubs with rooms

24-Feb-2015 - Revere Pub Company, the premium pub format created by Marston's, has announced the opening of two new pubs with rooms.

UK's first insect restaurant opening this summer

23-Feb-2015 - The UK’s first restaurant serving insects will open in South Wales this summer.

HotelsCombined reveals 'Stellar Stays' winners

23-Feb-2015 - Hotel price comparison website HotelsCombined has revealed the 18 UK winners of its second annual ‘Stellar Stays’ awards.

Roux Scholarship 2015: Regional finalists revealed

23-Feb-2015 - The chefs who have made it to the regional finals of the 2015 Roux Scholarship competition have been announced with judges reporting a 'particularly strong year' for entries.

glh opens every hotel Piccadilly

23-Feb-2015 - London-based group glh has today opened every hotel Piccadilly, the first of four locations for its new limited-feature four-star brand.

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Bill Granger to open third London restaurant

23-Feb-2015 - Australian chef Bill Granger has confirmed plans to open a third restaurant in London under his Granger & Co brand. 

Byron and Browns voted most satisfying restaurant brands

20-Feb-2015 - Byron and Browns have been named as the restaurant brands in the UK which leave their customers most satisfied.

Marco Pierre White's Threadneedles Hotel restaurant to open under Wheeler's brand

20-Feb-2015 - The Marco Pierre White restaurant at the Threadneedle's Hotel will open under the Wheeler's Rib Room & Oyster Bar name, not a Steakhouse Bar & Grill as previously reported.

Starbucks to boost evening trade with hot food, wine and beer offerings

20-Feb-2015 - Starbucks has announced plans to boost its evening trade by serving hot and cold meals along with beer and wine from 4pm at selected stores. 


Amandine Chaignot on London's restaurant scene, working in a happy kitchen and building repeat custom

20-Feb-2015 - Rosewood London's new executive chef Amandine Chaignot, talks about why it's important to have some fun in the kitchen and why she'll be chasing repeat custom over accolades. 

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Imago achieves record sales for the Christmas period

19-Feb-2015 - Imago achieved record sales during the Christmas period, with its flagship hotel reporting 10.5 per cent growth.

Interstate grows UK portfolio further with two more hotels

19-Feb-2015 - Hotel management company Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts has added two more hotels to its UK portfolio.