News > Venues


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

TV-themed cafe Ameriesko opens on former Central Perk sites

05-Feb-2016 - Two new American TV and music-themed cafés have replaced the former Central Perk coffee shops in Liverpool.

Three generations of Roux dynasty to open two new Scottish restaurants

05-Feb-2016 - Culinary legend Albert Roux, his son Michel Roux Jr and granddaughter Emily are to open two new Scottish restaurants in early 2016.

Hotel prices triple for Six Nations

05-Feb-2016 - Hotel prices in the UK have risen dramatically as inbound sports tourism increases for the RBS Six Nations championships, according to Trivago.

Splendid Hospitality Group purchases first South West hotel

05-Feb-2016 - The Splendid Hospitality Group has acquired its first property in the South West - the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel. 

Soho House to develop roadside restaurant and hotel concept

05-Feb-2016 - Rollout Restaurants, the Soho House joint venture, is developing a roadside restaurant and hotel concept.


Theo Randall on his new-look restaurant and showing Jamie Oliver the ropes

05-Feb-2016 - Theo Randall at the InterContinental Hotel re-opens later this month with a shiny new dining room. Its chef talks about the perils of removing dishes from his menu, collaborating with Azzurri Group...

Sticks’n’Sushi expansion: ‘We’re not a copy and paste concept’

04-Feb-2016 - For the past four years Sticks'n'Sushi has been gradually expanding its London empire, but now the Danish-Japanese restaurant group is set to take its 'affordable luxury' offering across the UK. ...

Friends no more: Central Perk coffee shop closes its doors

04-Feb-2016 - The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends has closed its three sites. 

Fish! Borough Market: Revamp to help widen demographic and increase dwell time

04-Feb-2016 - The owners of Fish! Borough Market, which re-opened yesterday (3 February) following a month-long refurbishment, hope the new-look restaurant and menu will help it reach a wider demographic and increase...

The Alchemist to open in Newcastle

03-Feb-2016 - All-day dining restaurant The Alchemist is to open in Newcastle’s Intu Eldon Square’s catering development, Grey’s Quarter, marking the chain’s first opening in the North East.

Jonathan Downey: Streets ahead

03-Feb-2016 - His street food markets will attract more than one million visitors this year and his latest business, London Union, is backed by Jamie and Nigella. Now Jonathan Downey has his...

Brits abroad: Restaurant groups eye US expansion

03-Feb-2016 - The US could experience an influx of British operators on its shores in the next few years with a number of restaurant groups looking at opportunities across The Pond....

Europe's largest Hampton by Hilton hotel opening at Stansted Airport

03-Feb-2016 - Hilton Worldwide has awarded developer McAleer & Rushe a £26m contract to design and build the largest Hampton by Hilton hotel in Europe at Stansted airport.

Rick Stein to open Marlborough restaurant despite residents' complaints

02-Feb-2016 - Rick Stein’s plans to open a seafood restaurant in Marlborough have been green-lit by Wiltshire Council despite opposition from local residents.

Former monastery turned luxury hotel announces new restaurant

02-Feb-2016 - A former 17th century monastery turned luxury hotel is launching a new restaurant this week.  

Flood-hit York hotels urge PM to holiday in Northern England

02-Feb-2016 - The chief executive of managed hotel chain Best Western Great Britain is calling on David Cameron and George Osborne to holiday in the North of England this year to help...

Affordable hotel for artists raises £255k

02-Feb-2016 - A non-profit hotel designed to offer cheap rooms to actors and artists is to open in London in May after raising a £255,000 investment.

Hospitality Openings: December 2015 & January 2016

01-Feb-2016 - BigHospitality rounds up the biggest openings from December 2015 and January 2016, including House of Ho, Grain Store, Farmstand and Hilton.

Second London Sushisamba to open in Covent Garden

01-Feb-2016 - Samba Brands Management, the owner of Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle, has announced plans to open a second London Sushisamba restaurant - in Covent Garden. 

London’s Jazz Café to be renovated by new owners

01-Feb-2016 - London’s iconic Jazz Café has temporarily closed its doors for refurbishment and alterations, following its purchase by nightlife company The Columbo Group.

Moroccan restaurant Zayane opening in London

01-Feb-2016 - Zayane, a modern Moroccan restaurant, is launching on Golborne Road, London, this month, with former Thackerays and The Ivy chef, Chris Bower, leading the kitchen brigade.

Welcome Break to pay ALL staff National Living Wage

01-Feb-2016 - Motorway service operator Welcome Break has said it will pay all its employees the National Living Wage from 1 April, regardless of their age to help 'attract the best people'. 

Flagship Brasserie Blanc to be refurbished

29-Jan-2016 - Brasserie Blanc, the 17-strong French restaurant chain led by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, has announced that its flagship restaurant and bar on London’s Southbank will be renovated.

EasyHotel in Edinburgh sold to London-based investor and operator

29-Jan-2016 - The easyHotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street has been sold to a London based investor and operator for around £1.75m.

Michelin-starred LIMA considering rolling-out Harrods deli concept

29-Jan-2016 - The team behind London’s Michelin-starred LIMA and LIMA FLORAL restaurants are considering rolling-out their upcoming LIMA Deli concept after its debut at Harrods food hall later this year.