Keep up to date with the latest openings, closures and property deals in the restaurant, pub and hotel sectors.
22-Mar-2012 - Jessen & Co, the owner of Chelsea's Italian restaurant Ilia, has sold the site to the restaurant chain Obikà Mozzarella Bar blaming rising rent and rates in a small venue for the closure of the high-end establishment.
22-Mar-2012 - Traditional pub food may not be the lifeline for publicans looking to tackle falling drink sales and pubs need to emulate the high street restaurant market in order to survive.
22-Mar-2012 - Peckforton Castle hotel's owner Chris Naylor, has said his business can finally move on after hearing the news that Max Kay, the bridegroom who deliberately set fire to the hotel following an argument over payment, has been jailed for six years for arson.
21-Mar-2012 - Members of the restaurant industry have expressed their disappointment at the Chancellor's lack of help for the sector in today's Budget, saying his claim that he will 'unashamedly back business' means nothing if he doesn't cut VAT.
21-Mar-2012 - While one or two measures announced in today’s budget have been welcomed by the UK hotel industry, Chancellor George Osborne has left many businesses in the dark and avoided a number of major issues hampering the sector.
21-Mar-2012 - With up to 30,000 people departing from Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 every day, established food concepts and emerging brands are increasingly recognising the potential of such high-footfall transport hubs.
21-Mar-2012 - Britannia Hotels has bought two hotels in Scarborough – the Royal Hotel and the Clifton Hotel – out of administration, bringing its portfolio up to 39.
20-Mar-2012 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel and The Dorchester are among the UK hospitality businesses nominated for the European section of the 2012 World Travel Awards (WTA).
20-Mar-2012 - Scottish microbrewer and craft beer bar operator BrewDog plans to increase the size of its portfolio by 11 this year and with a venue in Nottingham now open and two more sites already planned is asking for input on specific locations and advice on where to look next.
20-Mar-2012 - Channel 4’s hit reality TV show The Hotel is back in business this year and the production company is looking for an independently owned hotel to be the star of series three.
20-Mar-2012 - Oli Barker and Ed Wilson, the duo behind Terroirs, Brawn and Soif, are set to open their fourth restaurant in September.
19-Mar-2012 - The Crown Estate has launched plans for a £400m redevelopment of three sites in St. James's which will create 45,000sq.ft of restaurant, retail and leisure space in the area between Regent Street and Haymarket in central London.
19-Mar-2012 - Bath Ales, an independent brewery based between Bath and Bristol, has opened its ninth venue in Oxford; the first pub located outside the South West for the company.
19-Mar-2012 - Reviews website Qype has revealed the ten restaurants vying for Restaurant of the Year award in its first UK Business Awards which are based on comments and reviews posted on the site over the past year.
19-Mar-2012 - This Wednesday (21 March) sees the opening of Meter Bar & Eatery – a new pizzeria and bar concept from acclaimed DJ James Priestley, aiming to offer 'a slice of Naples in urban Shoreditch'.
19-Mar-2012 - Hospitality licensees considering applying for future Temporary Event Notices (TENs) for events including those during the London 2012 Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations have been advised to apply now before the system becomes more restrictive after 6 April.
16-Mar-2012 - Blummyz, a new fine dining Italian restaurant and bar on the border of Chelsea and South Kensington, opened its doors last month, but the owner has already had to fight off claims from the restaurant’s executive head chef that it is ‘too expensive’ and ‘under-filled’.
16-Mar-2012 - Hotel prices in the capital rose again this month with an average overnight stay in a London hotel costing £144 in March, up 5 per cent from a year ago, while hotels in Glasgow, Manchester and Brighton also defied the trend of falling prices in the provinces.
16-Mar-2012 - Byron and Union Jacks are the latest restaurants to recognise the business potential of high-footfall shopping centre locations, with the opening of two new sites at Bluewater in the coming months.
16-Mar-2012 - Jamie Oliver has paid tribute to Kevin Boyle, one of the first apprentices at the original Fifteen restaurant who was found dead in January, in a supper club event to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the project.
16-Mar-2012 - In this special edition of Ideas from you Peers, hotels, restaurants and bars including the Waldorf Hilton, Vinopolis, the RIBA and the Chophouse brasserie, tell BigHospitality what they're doing to attract more customers this weekend.
15-Mar-2012 - Pub companies Peach and Renaissance have pledged to become more environmentally friendly and continue to improve on areas such as dealing with food waste and sourcing food locally by signing up to the Sustainable Restaurant Association's (SRA) rating system.
15-Mar-2012 - Premier Inn’s expansion programme has continued with the announcement that the Whitbread-owned hotel operator has secured eight new sites across the UK in just one week adding almost 750 rooms to the pipeline.
15-Mar-2012 - Bubbas – a new Caribbean restaurant which aims to ‘redefine Caribbean food’ – has opened its doors in South London.
14-Mar-2012 - Restaurants and other food outlets in London are being urged to sign up to a voluntary scheme which would see them accredited for actively making their menus healthier.
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