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

Fine dining restaurant confirmed for National Football Museum

21-Jun-2012 - A fine dining restaurant with a menu designed by Frank Bordoni is to be launched within the National Football Museum when the museum opens in Manchester's landmark Urbis building next month.

People on the move in Hospitality: June 2012

21-Jun-2012 - BigHospitality rounds up the latest appointments in the hospitality industry. This month sees key appointments at hotels, restaurants and pubs including DoubleTree by Hilton, Carlson Rezidor and The Fishpool Inn.

BHA: Government isn't listening to hotel industry wealth and job creators

20-Jun-2012 - The British Hospitality Association has said a new strategy is needed to realise the job and wealth-creating potential of the UK hotel industry as the Government continues to talk up but not listen to the sector.

Sushisamba owners to open 24-hour Duck and Waffle restaurant at the Heron Tower

20-Jun-2012 - Sushisamba operator Samba Brands Management has announced it is to open Duck and Waffle, a 24-hour restaurant, at the Heron Tower in August.

Restaurants and pubs see sales pick-up in May

20-Jun-2012 - Restaurant and pub groups across the UK saw a welcome 2.6 per cent increase in collective like-for-like sales in May, with total sales up 6.5 per cent on the same month last year.

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Le Méridien Piccadilly opens refurbished terrace grill and gin bar

20-Jun-2012 - Following a significant refurb, the Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel has relaunched its terrace restaurant as the Terrace Grill & Bar specialising in grilled, modern British meat and seafood alongside a central gin bar.

Crab Quay House restaurant, bar & deli to open in £22m Brixham Fish Market development

20-Jun-2012 - Crab Quay House, a new restaurant, bar and deli concept, is set to launch in the heart of Brixham Fish Market next month, serving local produce cooked in a modern British and European style.

What one change would most benefit the hospitality industry?

20-Jun-2012 - At the first ever British Hospitality Association (BHA) Summit earlier this month there was widespread discussion on what the industry and the Government should be doing to boost the hospitality sector - but what do the experts think?

Taurus Mycook heated blender

20-Jun-2012 - Catering equipment supplier Nisbets has introduced the Taurus Mycook heated blender to the UK market; it combines a number of kitchen processes saving time and use of extra utensils.

Hilton prepares to open London Wembley hotel

19-Jun-2012 - Hilton Hotels & Resorts has revealed final details of its 361-bedroom London Wembley Hotel next to Wembley Stadium which it is preparing to open next month.

Euro 2012: Orchid reports massive pubs sales boost

19-Jun-2012 - As the England team prepares for its final Group D match of Euro 2012, Orchid has revealed the tournament has driven a massive sales boost across its pub estate with a number of venues scoring more than 300 per cent like-for-like growth.

The Hippodrome Casino brings three tiers of F&B to London’s West End

19-Jun-2012 - The Hippodrome Casino – the UK’s first ‘international style’ casino – is set to open in London’s Leicester Square next month, featuring five bars and four dining rooms spread over three floors of the property.

Whitbread maintains restaurant performance with 'sharper focus'

19-Jun-2012 - Premier Inn, Costa Coffee and Beefeater operator Whitbread has reported a rise in like-for-like sales in the 13 weeks to 31 May driven by its coffee shop and hotel business but said a 'sharper focus' on restaurants was yielding results.

Restaurant magazine’s R200 list 2012: 101-200

18-Jun-2012 - While Gondola Group topped this year's R200 list of the 200 largest restaurant and food-led pub operators in the UK, those appearing in the second half of the list are attracting just as much attention as the larger players.

M&B enters Restaurant magazine's R200 list

18-Jun-2012 - Restaurant, pub and bar operator Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has this year made its R200 debut, coming in at second on Restaurant magazine’s list of the 200 largest restaurant and food-led pub groups in the UK, ranked by number of sites.

From kitchen hand to eponymous restaurateur: Mahmud Zaman opens his own restaurant

18-Jun-2012 - After starting work at the restaurant within The Sportsman casino in London's West End as a kitchen hand, Mahmud Zaman is this week planning to re-open the restaurant under his own name. 

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Slow Food Week: Michel Roux Jr and Marcus Wareing sign up to chef alliance

18-Jun-2012 - As Slow Food Week kicks off with a number of events planned to promote the slow food ethos and small, local producers, the Slow Food UK Chef Alliance has announced it has now signed up 50 chefs including Michel Roux Jr, Marcus Wareing and Brett Graham.

Hospitality businesses learning to operate in 'new normal' trading conditions

18-Jun-2012 - Christie & Co has said hospitality businesses are learning to deal with 'new normal' trading conditions in a report which also says a further 2,500 pubs need to close to make the sector competitive and predicts there is hope for restaurants in the remaining part of the year.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List: Firmdale Hotels co-founders and Patrick Dempsey among hospitality figures recognised

16-Jun-2012 - Firmdale Hotels co-founders Tim and Kit Kemp are among the hospitality figures recognised in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List, while it has been announced separately that restaurateur and Great British Menu judge Oliver Peyton is being made an honorary OBE.

TV football in pubs: Industry shouldn't bankroll Premier League live rights

15-Jun-2012 - The British Beer and Pub Association has called on Sky and BT to ensure they do not pass on the cost of live TV rights to screening Premier League matches to business customers including pubs and bars.

Marriot tops list of World’s 10 Best Hotel Chains in terms of online performance

15-Jun-2012 - Marriott has been named the World’s Best Hotel Chain in terms of online brand performance, followed by Best Western and Hyatt, according to a new research report.

Geronimo Inns launch The Calf pop-up pub close to The Cow

15-Jun-2012 - Geronimo Inns, the 33-strong fresh food pub group founded by Rupert and Jo Clevely, has this month launched The Calf – the groups’ first pop-up dining and drinking venue, situated in Westfield Stratford shopping centre, a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park.

Nando’s revealed as Britain’s most popular casual dining concept

15-Jun-2012 - Nando’s, the fast-casual Portuguese chicken restaurant chain, has topped the eating-out popularity stakes, with more people choosing to eat at one of its sites than at any other major restaurant or pub brand.

Wagamama to open largest UK restaurant in Leamington Spa

15-Jun-2012 - Wagamama is set to open its largest UK restaurant in Leamington Spa on 23 June, featuring the noodle chain’s new sushi menu and housing a brand new bar concept.

Hospitable cities: Spotlight on Brighton

15-Jun-2012 - In the fifth and final part our hospitable cities feature we head to Brighton on the south coast to explore the hospitality market in this cosmopolitan seaside city.

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