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Philip Howard and Nigel Platts-Martin sell The Square to MARC

22-Mar-2016 - Philip Howard and business partner Nigel Platts-Martin have sold The Square restaurant to The Greenhouse and Umu owner Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC). 

Quality tea offering could benefit hospitality operators, report finds

21-Mar-2016 - Hospitality operators with a quality and wide-ranging tea offering will benefit from growing interest in the category, a report into the habits of tea drinkers out-of-home has found. 

Wales' first art hotel opens in St Davids

21-Mar-2016 - Wales’ first contemporary art hotel has opened its doors in St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Ex-Hedone chef launches crowdfunding campaign to open first restaurant

21-Mar-2016 - Ex-Hedone chef Lee Skeet has launched a crowdfunding campaign to open his first permanent restaurant.

Pizza pop-up Made of Dough eyes permanent South London site

21-Mar-2016 - The team behind pizza pop-up Made of Dough is planning to open a permanent restaurant in South London this year.

D&D London eyes Manchester restaurant site

21-Mar-2016 - Restaurant group D&D London has confirmed it is eyeing up a site in Manchester.

Gary Usher hits £50,000 crowdfunding target to open third restaurant

21-Mar-2016 - Chef Gary Usher has hit his £50,000 crowdfunding target to open his third restaurant Hispi in Chorlton, Manchester.

Bea's of Bloomsbury plans new site and re-brand

18-Mar-2016 - London-based cafe group Bea's of Bloomsbury has announced plans to re-brand the business as it opens its fourth site. 

Chotto Matte founder to open Mayfair restaurant

17-Mar-2016 - Kurt Zdesar – owner of Chotto Matte in Soho – is opening a new Mayfair restaurant on 29 March.

Des McDonald to open Japanese restaurant at Birmingham's Park Regis hotel

17-Mar-2016 - Former Ivy head chef-turned restaurateur Des McDonald is to open a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant on the 16th floor of the Park Regis hotel in Birmingham. 

Torquay's real-life Fawlty Towers hotel demolished

17-Mar-2016 - The hotel that inspired John Cleese to create the sitcom Fawlty Towers is being demolished and replaced with retirement homes.

Darwin & Wallace among operators chosen for first phase of Battersea Power Station development

17-Mar-2016 - Independent bar and restaurant company Darwin & Wallace has announced plans to open its fifth site at the new Battersea Power Station development. 

Simon Rimmer to open second gastropub The Viking

17-Mar-2016 - TV chef Simon Rimmer is to open a second gastropub in Merseyside this year.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa to add £2m restaurant and bar

17-Mar-2016 - The Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge is planning to open a £2m destination restaurant and bar on its top floor. 

Pull'd launches £350,000 crowdfunding campaign to open second restaurant

15-Mar-2016 - Pull’d – the slow cooked meat-to-go restaurant – has launched a crowdfunding campaign to launch its second London site.

Ex-Wahaca chef to open Mexican street food restaurant

15-Mar-2016 - Wahaca’s former head of menu innovation is set to launch his own Mexican street food restaurant in Shoreditch.

Amaris Hospitality adds Crowne Plaza Marlow to group

15-Mar-2016 - Amaris Hospitality, the hotel investment and hospitality group established by Lone Star last summer, has added the Crowne Plaza in Marlow to its portfolio. 

Rushed service biggest turn-off for diners

14-Mar-2016 - Being rushed through a meal to give up a table is the biggest annoyance for 26 per cent of diners, while staff getting an order wrong is also likely to...

Paulo de Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën to open Margot restaurant summer 2016

14-Mar-2016 - Former Bar Boulud maitre d' Paulo de Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën, the former manager at La Petite Maison will open their new Italian restaurant Margot in London' Covent Garden this summer...

Average room rate in UK's hotels rises 4%

14-Mar-2016 - The average room rate across the UK’s hotels rose 4 per cent in 2015 with hotels in cities outside the capital seeing the biggest rise according to the latest Hotel...

SRA reveals Food Made Good Awards 2016 shortlist

14-Mar-2016 - River Cottage HQ, PizzaExpress and The Clink restaurant in Cardiff are among the companies making this year's Sustainable Restaurant Association's (SRA) Food Made Good Awards shortlist. 


Royal Garden Hotel GM Jonathan Lowrey on managing a 50-year-old hotel

11-Mar-2016 - As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Royal Garden Hotel's general manager Jonathan Lowrey tells us how he caters for celebrity guests like Justin Bieber and shares the secrets of...


The name game: How to find the right name for your restaurant

10-Mar-2016 - You have secured a business loan, found the perfect site and decided on the style of food you’ll serve. Now comes the tricky part: what do you call your restaurant?...

Wine bar and shop The Humble Grape to open central London site

10-Mar-2016 - Battersea-based wine bar and shop Humble Grape has secured a second site off of London's Fleet Street. 

Marco Pierre White to open Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Windsor

10-Mar-2016 - Marco Pierre White is to open his latest Steakhouse Bar & Grill at the four-star Castle Hotel in Windsor this month.