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

IHG enjoyed strong trading in H1 2014

05-Aug-2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has reported a strong upturn in revenues for the first six months of 2014, with first half trading ‘particularly strong’ amongst its UK properties.

Dish Deconstucted: José Pizarro's roasted monkfish with Serrano ham, black olives and thyme

05-Aug-2014 - At the recent Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, chef and restaurateur José Pizarro revealed the method behind a dish full of Spanish flavour: roasted monkfish with black olives, Serrano ham and thyme. ...

Fields all-day café to open on Clapham Common

04-Aug-2014 - All day-dining concept Fields will be opening in late September on London’s Clapham Common, a ‘big sister’ site to the co-founders first café; M1LK in Balham. 

TwoRuba Bar to open by Tower Bridge

04-Aug-2014 - New TwoRuba bar is to open at the Hilton London Tower Bridge this September, running as a standalone venture. 

Algonquin buys Liverpool Novotel out of administration

04-Aug-2014 - Belgian hotel investor Algonquin has acquired the Novotel Liverpool Central from administrator Chantrey Vellacot DKF for £13.5m.

Roka taps into quick dining market

01-Aug-2014 - Roka, Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant brand, is entering the casual dining market with a new concept called Shochu Kanteen housed in the basement of its Charlotte Street restaurant....

River Cottage on the hunt for young culinary talent

01-Aug-2014 - River Cottage has opened entries to its Rising Star competition 2014, which offers 16-24 year olds the chance win a year-long apprenticeship with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and staff at River Cottage...

Grosvenor House hotel embarks on £7m refurb

01-Aug-2014 - Five-star Park Lane hotel Grosvenor House has completed the first stage of a £7m refurbishment programme, with its new Executive Lounge now open.

WEST Brewery owner launches new Glasgow pub

01-Aug-2014 - New Glasgow pub WEST on the Corner is being launched this November by Petra Wetzel, owner of the city’s WEST Brewery in the Templeton building. 

Theodore Kyriakou gives details on new venture The Greek Larder

01-Aug-2014 - The Real Greek founder Theodore Kyriakou is opening new restaurant The Greek Larder in London’s King’s Cross this September. He talked to BigHospitality with details of the venture. ...

Rabbit ‘wild food’ restaurant to launch in Chelsea

31-Jul-2014 - The team behind The Shed restaurant in Notting Hill is launching Rabbit, a British ‘wild food’ restaurant concept in London’s Chelsea. 

Ed’s Easy Diner launches Ed’s Dinerette

31-Jul-2014 - Ed’s Easy Diner has announced its new brand expansion, Ed’s Dinerette, which will open in smaller units in areas of high footfall. 

BBQs & Brews to launch in Hereford

31-Jul-2014 - Local Hereford pub, The Hop Pole, is re-launching as an American deep South pit barbeque restaurant concept. 

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Notes to open two new venues

31-Jul-2014 - Notes Coffee Shop is set to open two new venues in London in September this year and summer 2015.

CAU to launch Liverpool venue

30-Jul-2014 - CAU, the casual dining restaurant concept, will make its debut in the north west, in Liverpool, in the first quarter of next year, BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report has learnt....

Edwardian Group London opens fish and chip shop in Leicester Square

30-Jul-2014 - Luxury hospitality group the Edwardian Group London has launched a new fish and chips restaurant concept, Great British Fish Co., next to its hotel in London’s Leicester Square. 

New restaurant Fish Eatery to open in Edinburgh

30-Jul-2014 - Following the success of his restaurant Steak at Picardy Place in Edinburgh, executive head chef Jason Wright is opening his second restaurant Fish Eatery right next door. 

Hospitality openings: July 2014

30-Jul-2014 - Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes Dev Biswal's new Ambrette in Canterbury, Wahaca's latest fast-casual concept DF/Mexico, Virgilio Martinez's second Peruvian venue Lima Floral, Hawksmoor's fifth...

Matthew Fort to advise on food and drink at St Pancras International

30-Jul-2014 - British food critic and writer Matthew Fort has been appointed as food curator of London railway station, St Pancras International.

Gallery: Belsfield Hotel re-launches with Laura Ashley interiors

29-Jul-2014 - Laura Ashley has partnered with the Belsfield Hotel in the Lake District, seeing it undergo a complete refurbishment and a rebrand as Laura Ashley Hotel, the Belsfield. 

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Eclectic Bar Group to open Liverpool site

29-Jul-2014 - Eclectic has just reported that it has signed a lease on a new Liverpool site, a key target city for the group. 

Spiaggia beach-themed Italian restaurant comes to Fulham

29-Jul-2014 - Casual dining concept Spiaggia (‘beach’ in Italian) will be opening in London’s Fulham Broadway in late September.

The Zetter Group to share profits with staff

28-Jul-2014 - The Zetter Group has announced a profit sharing scheme for staff – believed to be the first of its kind in the UK hospitality sector.

Rosa’s secures expansion fund and new sites

28-Jul-2014 - Rosa’s, the London-based Thai café concept led by Alex Moore, has secured £500k of new funding and two new sites in Chelsea and Angel as it looks to grow from...

Meantime Brewery launches container bar BeerBox

25-Jul-2014 - Meantime Brewery has signed a three-year contract with Knight Dragon to open a shipping container bar called BeerBox on the Greenwich Peninsula.