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Danny Meyer's Shake Shack to open in London

20-Nov-2012 - Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), the US restaurant group owned by restaurateur Danny Meyer, has confirmed plans to open an outpost of its burger restaurant brand Shake Shack in London...

Two chefs from The Fat Duck killed in a Hong Kong car crash

20-Nov-2012 - The restaurant industry is paying tribute to two senior chefs from Heston Blumenthal's three Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck who were killed on Monday in a Hong Kong car crash.

Supermarkets sweep away community pubs, claims Camra

20-Nov-2012 - The Campaign for Real Ale is calling on the Government to introduce changes to planning laws in order to prevent pubs from being sold to supermarket chains and property developers;...

Ex-BBC broadcasting house The Wood Norton officially re-opens as hotel

20-Nov-2012 - The Wood Norton, a former BBC broadcasting house in Worcestershire, has officially opened as a boutique hotel following a £4m refurbishment. 

Hospitality Openings: October/November 2012

20-Nov-2012 - In a new feature, BigHospitality rounds up the restaurant, hotel and pub and bar openings of the last month in an exclusive photo gallery. Take a look at how some...

Enterprise Inns reveals intention to develop new food, sport or family pub concepts as profits fall

20-Nov-2012 - Enterprise Inns has reported a fall in profits during the last year but said it was seeing improved performance trends across its estate as the operator looks to develop new...

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Edwardian Group buys Theatre Royal Manchester for hotel development

20-Nov-2012 - The Edwardian Group has acquired the Theatre Royal in Manchester with a view to either developing it as a new hotel or integrating it into its neighbouring Radisson Blu hotel. ...

A day at The Ledbury: In the kitchen of the UK's best restaurant

19-Nov-2012 - What is it like working in a two Michelin star, multi award-winning restaurant? In recognition of its unprecedented National Restaurant Awards hat-trick , Restaurant magazine spends a day in Brett Graham's...

Heineken rebrands Scottish and Newcastle Pub Company as Star Pubs and Bars

19-Nov-2012 - Heineken has renamed its leased pub operator, the Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company, Star Pubs & Bars and extended its range of agreements, increased the flexibility of its existing leases and...

Robert Thompson becomes Isle of Wight ambassador, plans new hotel with restaurants

19-Nov-2012 - Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson is on a mission to transform the Isle of Wight into a top tourist destination with plans to open a new hotel and two restaurants at...


Desk deliveries and power lunches: How to boost your lunchtime trade

19-Nov-2012 - The UK’s lunch market, already worth £14.9bn to the foodservice sector, looks set to occupy a growing share of overall sales in the next 12 months as consumers are looking...

Aiden Byrne targets June 2013 for opening of Manchester House restaurant with Living Ventures

19-Nov-2012 - Leading North West chef and restaurateur Aiden Byrne is hoping to open Manchester House, his fine dining restaurant with Michelin-star ambitions, in June next year and revealed 'culinary theatre' would...

Former Wagamama chief exec Ian Neill invests in K10 restaurant

19-Nov-2012 - Ian Neill, former chief executive and chairman at Wagamama, has joined venture capitalist Chrysalis VCT in investing £1m in modern Japanese restaurant K10 with a view to helping the business...

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Accor opens Mercure hotel in former Greenwich police station

19-Nov-2012 - Global hotel operator Accor has continued the UK expansion of its midscale Mercure brand with the opening of a hotel in a former police station in Greenwich. 

Chaophraya opens Edinburgh restaurant, taking estate to seven

19-Nov-2012 - Thai restaurant group Chaophraya has increased its presence in Scotland with the opening of a restaurant in Edinburgh, just four months after opening in Glasgow.

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin parent company announces intention to appoint administrators

16-Nov-2012 - MWB Group Holdings, owner of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin boutique hotel chains, has announced its intention to appoint Deloitte as administrators of the company.

Gail's Artisan Bakery to launch bread-inspired restaurant Gail's Kitchen

16-Nov-2012 - The team behind Luke Johnson-backed, expanding business Gail's Artisan Bakery are set to launch their first restaurant, Gail's Kitchen, in Bloomsbury next week with a menu focused on bread-inspired and...

Peter Avis: Career Profile

16-Nov-2012 - Peter Avis’s job in charge of the Virgin-owned Babylon restaurant at popular celebrity haunt The Roof Gardens is a far cry from his humble Liverpool beginnings and comes after a...

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Soho House Group to open Electric Diner with US chef Brendan Sodikoff

15-Nov-2012 - Soho House Group will open a restaurant in partnership with Chicago chef and restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff at The Electric cinema in Notting Hill next month. 

Park Inn Heathrow taps in to corporate business with major refurb

15-Nov-2012 - The Park Inn Heathrow hotel has become the Park Inn Hotel & Conference Centre in recognition of its new conference and meeting facilities which have been included as part of...

Imperial Hotels London makes UK debut with acquisition of Belgravia’s Tophams Hotel

15-Nov-2012 - The owners of Netherlands-based hotel group Marbella Club has purchased the historic Tophams Hotel in Belgravia through their newly launched UK acquisition vehicle, Imperial Hotels London.

Accor and Diageo named among World’s Best Multinational Workplaces

15-Nov-2012 - Global hotel operator Accor and UK-based drinks firm Diageo have been named on the list of the 25 best multinational workplaces in the World by The Great Place to Work Institute....

Nando's named best UK restaurant chain at 2012 R200 Awards

15-Nov-2012 - Nando's was named Best Overall Restaurant Chain at last night's R200 Awards where Geronimo Inns, Banana Tree and Byron were also rewarded for their work within the eating-out sector. 

Stonegate Pub Company opens restaurant, bar and nightclub in Solihull

15-Nov-2012 - Stonegate Pub Company has opened bar and restaurant Missoula and nightclub Luna following the major refurbishment of a High Street building in the West Midlands town of Solihull.

Seafood Pub Company acquires third pub in two years

14-Nov-2012 - Seafood Pub Company, the dining-led pub group set up by Jocelyn Neve and chef Antony Shirley last year, has acquired its third pub as it looks to expand its operation...