Keep up to date with the latest openings, closures and property deals in the restaurant, pub and hotel sectors.
21-May-2012 - The upcoming Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations may provide a boost to hospitality businesses of a similar scale to the one enjoyed during the Royal Wedding last year but hotels may face a challenge to fill rooms, according to Priceaterhouse Coopers (PwC).
21-May-2012 - Jockey Frankie Detorri has launched Italian restaurant Sette on the Chelsea site of his former restaurant Cavallino with a new menu and with chef Stefano Stecca heading up the kitchen after leaving fellow Chelsea restaurant Blummyz in March.
21-May-2012 - Pubs and bars are becoming much safer places to work with the number of workplace accidents continuing to decline according to the latest findings from the environmental health consultancy Perry Scott Nash.
21-May-2012 - The Rose & Crown – an historic, 18th Century coaching inn hotel in Romaldkirk, County Durham – has been put on the market freehold for a guide price of £1,350,000.
21-May-2012 - Geoff Wilkinson, a building inspector, fire engineer and managing director of Wilkinson Construction Consultants, explains what hotels and other hospitality businesses need to do to stay within fire safey laws following recent prosecutions.
18-May-2012 - Akbar Ashburov, owner of the Lawn Bistro restaurant in Wimbledon, has opened a bakery and cafe just yards from his original restaurant.
18-May-2012 - St. Ermin's hotel in Westminster, which is currently run by Accor under a franchise agreement as part of its MGallery brand, has been put up for sale for £165.5m.
18-May-2012 - Reform Social and Grill, a 110-cover restaurant and bar serving 'the best of British', is set to open in London's Mandeville Hotel next week.
18-May-2012 - To celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee next month, BigHospitality has spoken to restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars from across the UK to find out about the Jubilee-themed special offers and promotions they're running to capitalise on the increased footfall.
18-May-2012 - Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), which operates the Harvester and All Bar One brands, has reported positive sales growth in its half year results driven by food although profit for the business has dipped and poor weather has hit recent sales.
17-May-2012 - Nearly five years since the introduction of the smoking ban in England which outlawed smoking in enclosed public places, including pubs and bars, BigHospitality's sister publication The Publican's Morning Advertiser has launched a survey to analyse the impact on the sector.
17-May-2012 - Wyreside Hall, a Grade II listed property in Nether Wyresdale near Dolphinholme, Lancashire, is to be converted into a luxury 5-star hotel and leisure complex after developers Graham Anthony Associates got the go-ahead and received planning permission.
17-May-2012 - April proved to be a washout for the eating and drinking-out market as unusually cold and wet weather hit like-for-like sales, according to this month’s Coffer Peach Business Tracker.
17-May-2012 - Hotels in the UK posted April results that PKF Hotel Consultancy Services described as 'exceptionally strong' with a stronger performance compared with the same month in 2011 when the industry was boosted by the Royal Wedding.
17-May-2012 - CRS Leisure, owner of the Chicago Rib Shack brand, has sold its Knightsbridge restaurant to the global bar and restaurant brand Buddha Bar.
17-May-2012 - Marston's has reported strong half year sales with an increased focus on food, families and female customers helping to drive pre-tax profits up by nearly 15 per cent.
17-May-2012 - Malmaison and Hotel du Vin owner MWB Group has today admitted that trading for the first quarter has been ‘challenging’, with room occupancy and F&B revenues across both brands levelling out, and a ‘slight reduction’ in Malmaison’s revenue per available room (RevPAR).
16-May-2012 - Wahaca, the Mexican street food restaurant concept co-founded by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, is to open a temporary restaurant at London's Southbank out of recycled ship containers; a development the company says is 'pushing the boundaries' of sustainable restaurant builds.
16-May-2012 - MWB Group, the company behind Hotel du Vin and Malmaison, has today confirmed the sale of two Bistro du Vin restaurants in London to the owners of the Burger & Lobster brand for £1.2m.
16-May-2012 - The Coach and Horses in Soho and The Smithfield Tavern in Smithfields market have become London’s first ever vegetarian and vegan pubs, following a successful trial period of the new concept from the owner.
16-May-2012 - Network Rail has revealed it expects to post record retail figures from its newly-launched Western concourse at King's Cross station driven in part by the restaurants and bars on site including Leon and the Fuller's pub The Parcel Yard.
16-May-2012 - Italian restaurant chain Rossopomodoro, which has three venues in London and one in Birmingham, is set to unveil UK site number five in Camden tomorrow, with a further four to follow in the next eight months.
16-May-2012 - Dorset-based brewer and pub operator Hall & Woodhouse has revealed it has acquired four new sites to add to its pub portfolio including two new builds and an established operation in Bristol.
16-May-2012 - Rains Farm Bed and Breakfast in Allerston, North Yorkshire, has been crowned the Friendliest Bed and Breakfast of the Year by the AA in its annual Bed and Breakfast Awards.
16-May-2012 - Alain Roux took over as chef patron of Bray's The Waterside Inn in 2002 and as the restaurant nears its fortieth birthday BigHospitality caught up with him to talk about the pressure of holding three Michelin stars and his passion for nurturing talent.
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