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

Stars of Hotel GB hope hospitality businesses follow suit by taking on more apprentices

01-Oct-2012 - The celebrity staff of Hotel GB, which airs on Channel 4 this evening, hope that the show will set a precedent for hospitality businesses to help tackle youth unemployment by...

Orchid ups food focus as it reports fall in earnings

01-Oct-2012 - Pub and bar operator Orchid Group has reported a 5.4 per cent drop in EBITDAR in 2011, although turnover grew by 3.7 per cent to £179.6m as the company announced...

Barracuda restructures, becomes Bramwell Pub Co

01-Oct-2012 - Barracuda Pub Company has been renamed The Bramwell Pub Company in a restructuring which sees ex-Mitchells & Butlers chief executive Adam Fowle appointed as chairman and the newly-formed company benefitting...

Lionel Chatard: Pearls of Wisdom

01-Oct-2012 - Lionel Chatard is general manager of Middlethorpe Hall in Yorkshire, a National Trust hotel. The 40-year-old Frenchman worked at Claridge's and The Cadogan hotels in London before moving to his...

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Jamie Barber takes Hush brasserie concept to St Pauls

28-Sep-2012 - Jamie Barber, owner of Hush in Mayfair, has revealed plans to open a second Hush brasserie offshoot in St Pauls next summer.

Arjun Waney turns to Peruvian cuisine for opening of Coya in November

28-Sep-2012 - Arjun Waney, the man behind Le Petite Maison, The Arts Club and one half of the duo behind Zuma and Roka, is set to launch Coya – a contemporary Peruvian...

‘London could be next’ for Mark Poynton following Alimentum’s Michelin star

28-Sep-2012 - Mark Poynton, chef-patron of Alimentum restaurant in Cambridge, awarded its first Michelin star yesterday, has revealed ambitions to open a second site in London.

Martin Morales to open second Ceviche restaurant in London

27-Sep-2012 - Ex-DJ turned restaurateur Martin Morales has announced plans to open a second restaurant in London following the success of Ceviche in Soho's Frith Street. 

Michelin Guide 2013: Two stars for L'Enclume, Sketch and Michael Wignall at The Latymer

27-Sep-2012 - The Michelin Guide 2013 for UK and Ireland has awarded two stars to L'Enclume, Sketch and Michael Wignall at The Latymer in a year that sees Dabbous, Alimentum and Heston...

Planning for Christmas 2012: Creating the perfect menu

27-Sep-2012 - It doesn't matter how much you've prepared, what events you’re running, or even if you’re thinking of doing something completely different this year, if you want to have yourself a profitable Christmas, the quality and variety of...

Off the menu? How the global pork shortage could affect your business

27-Sep-2012 - Chefs and restaurateurs across the country are being forced to reconsider the meat options on their menus after a global shortage of pork and bacon has been deemed ‘unavoidable’ next...

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Maze's Arnaud Baudary takes second place in international sommelier competition

27-Sep-2012 - Maze sommelier Arnaud Baudary has gained second place in the 2012 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ International Young Sommelier of the Year competition. 

Giggling Squid plans to become 'UK’s first major Thai chain'

27-Sep-2012 - Giggling Squid, a small Thai restaurant group with four sites across Sussex and Kent, has revealed bold plans to become the first major national Thai chain with a target of...

Red Tractor Week highlights increasing importance of food quality assurance on menus

27-Sep-2012 - With Red Tractor Week currently underway, a new survey from the not-for-profit organisation has revealed that over half of diners (56 per cent) now look for its symbol when eating out.

Rex Restaurant Associates to open new restaurant Colbert in Chelsea next month

27-Sep-2012 - Colbert, the new restaurant from The Wolseley and Delaunay owner Rex Restaurant Associates, is set to open its doors in Chelsea next month with Andrew Woodford as head chef and...

Planning for Christmas 2012: How to host the perfect event

26-Sep-2012 - As we’ve seen, preparing for the festive season early on is vital if you want it to go smoothly for your business, impress your customers and ultimately keep tills ringing. ...

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Atul Kochhar to open restaurant at JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai

26-Sep-2012 - Benares owner Atul Kochhar has announced plans to open a restaurant at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai later this year. 

Shaun Rankin to leave Bohemia to focus on solo venture and TV work

26-Sep-2012 - Shaun Rankin has announced plans to quit his role as head chef at Jersey's Michelin-starred restaurant Bohemia to focus on a solo venture and his TV career. 

Strong beer, food and room sales help Shepherd Neame's profits rise nearly 40%

26-Sep-2012 - Strong performances across the areas of beer, food and accommodation at Shepherd Neame has led to the brewer, pub and hotel operator experiencing a pre-tax profit rise of almost 40...

Planning for Christmas 2012: Something a bit different...

25-Sep-2012 - What do Elvis Presley, The Mad Hatter and a nautical sailor all have in common? Aside from all being popular choices at a fancy dress party, all three have formed...

Portobello House Bistro opens under head chef Jan Ostle

25-Sep-2012 - Portobello House Hotel in Notting Hill has re-opened its restaurant as a bistro with ex-Gordon Ramsay chef Jan Ostle appointed head chef. 

Middlethorpe Hall wins best for service in Best Kept Secret Awards

25-Sep-2012 - Middlethorpe Hall & Spa in York is among one of 11 hotels to have been awarded a Best Kept Secret Award by hotels bookings website 

Pierre Koffmann voted Chefs' Chef of the Year at AA Hospitality Awards 2012-2013

25-Sep-2012 - Legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann picked up the prestigious Chefs’ Chef accolade at last night’s AA Hospitality Awards in an evening which also saw Antonio Carluccio, Hibiscus and Dinner by Heston...

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Finalists announced for 2012 Wines of Roussillon Dessert competition

25-Sep-2012 - Sommelier and pastry chef teams from Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and William Curley, have made the final of the Wines of Roussillon Dessert...

Brakspear to partner with Claude Bosi following the acquisition of Fulham's The Malt House pub

24-Sep-2012 - Brakspear has made its sixth purchase since returning to the acquisition trail earlier this year by buying The Malt House pub in Fulham from Spirit Pub Company which will now...