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

Spirits production returns to East End

14-Mar-2014 - A new craft spirits company is set to bring spirits production back to London’s East End next month with the launch of a gin, whisky and vodka distillery and adjacent cocktail bar.

Harry Ramsden's to open 50 new restaurants in Scotland

14-Mar-2014 - Fish & chip restaurant brand Harry Ramsden’s plans to open 50 sites in Scotland over the next five years after signing a major franchise deal with Sevenseas Ventures.

5cc opens cocktail and whiskey bar in City of London

14-Mar-2014 - Intimate cocktail bar concept 5cc has opened its third site in London’s Square Mile.

TripAdvisor to launch GreenLeaders programme in the UK

13-Mar-2014 - TripAdvisor is introducing its GreenLeaders programme into the UK, giving hotels and B&Bs the chance to earn recognition for their green practices.

The Stable opens Fistral Beach restaurant

13-Mar-2014 - West Country pizza and cider brand The Stable will open its sixth site on Cornwall’s famous Fistral Beach next month.

Small Talk

Brett Sutton on the White Post

13-Mar-2014 - Chef Brett Sutton built a name for himself at the Eastbury hotel in Dorset, where he won numerous accolades and awards. He recently took over The White Post - a historical pub in Rimpton on the Dorset/Somerset border - with his wife Kelly. 

Challenging tradition: smaller format hotels on the rise in UK regions

13-Mar-2014 - Pod and smaller format hotels could pose a challenge to traditional hotels in some regions of the UK, according to property experts Savills.

Premier Inn ploughs on with Hub expansion

13-Mar-2014 - Whitbread has announced deals for two prime City of London sites for its compact hotel brand Hub by Premier Inn.

Vapiano looks past London

12-Mar-2014 - Fast-casual Italian restaurant chain Vapiano has announced it is looking for ‘entrepreneurial partners’ to support its UK expansion outside of London.

Cheval Three Quays raises the bar for UK serviced apartment sector

12-Mar-2014 - London’s Cheval Three Quays development has ‘raised the bar’ for the UK serviced apartment sector, according to industry leaders.

Alain Ducasse brings Rivea to London

12-Mar-2014 - Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse is set to launch Rivea – an informal Mediterranean restaurant situated within the five-star Bulgari Hotel in West London - in May.

Shaken and stirred: Zilouf's transformed by 100 Hoxton team

12-Mar-2014 - The team behind 100 Hoxton have refurbished Islington bar and restaurant Zilouf's, with a new Asian-fusion menu and cocktail offering to tempt local workers.

Starwood Capital buys De Vere Venues

11-Mar-2014 - International private investment firm Starwood Capital Group has acquired hotel operator and meeting and events space provider De Vere Venues for £232m.

Work-based hospitality training programme launches in Merseyside

11-Mar-2014 - A new training initiative has been launched to educate and empower young people from across Merseyside to allow them to begin their careers in the hospitality industry.

Scottish Tourism Week kicks off in Edinburgh

11-Mar-2014 - Scotland’s hospitality operators are gathering in Edinburgh this week to discuss how the region can capitalise on tourism growth.

Mayfair hotel plays host to interactive pop-up

11-Mar-2014 - Grovesnor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living is to host a week-long pop-up featuring two award-winning chefs.

Taste of Peru: Lima team to open second London restaurant

10-Mar-2014 - Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez is to open a second London restaurant with the Gonzales brothers this summer.

Heston Blumenthal reveals details of new T2 restaurant

10-Mar-2014 - Heston Blumenthal’s new ‘nostalgic British restaurant’ will be called The Perfectionists’ Café and will open at Heathrow’s newly redeveloped Terminal 2 in June. 

James Petrie to join The Ledbury

10-Mar-2014 - Former Fat Duck chef James ‘Jocky’ Petrie has been appointed head of development at The Ledbury in Notting Hill.

Watergate Bay Hotel opens new brasserie

07-Mar-2014 - Cornwall’s Watergate Bay Hotel is opening a new brasserie that blends local influence with American and European cuisine.

National Apprenticeship Week 2014: Hospitality leads the way

07-Mar-2014 - As the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, BigHospitality has heard from an array of hotels, restaurants and pubs - and even Boris Johnson – all pledging their support for the initiative.

Dindin hits Holborn

07-Mar-2014 - Dindin Kitchen, a new fast-casual Persian restaurant concept, is set to make its debut next month with a 30-cover restaurant opening in Holborn.

Foodilic eyes 30 London restaurants in five years

07-Mar-2014 - Restaurateur Peter Ilic is looking to take the London grab-and-go market by storm, with plans to open at least 30 outlets for his healthy fast food brand Foodilic over the next five years.

Orchid Group reveals plans for significant investment in 2014

07-Mar-2014 - The Orchid Group has revealed plans to carry out ‘significant works’ across 13 of its businesses in this financial quarter, with more to follow in the rest of the year.

Fusion Group looks to revamp Perthshire’s hospitality offering

06-Mar-2014 - The Fusion Group of Companies, which owns and operates a collection of hotels and self-catering lodges in Scotland, is set to open a new food and drink destination with rooms in Perthshire. 

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