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

UK restaurants regarded as 'most welcoming' by overseas visitors

28-Aug-2012 - Visitors from overseas regard the UK's restaurants as one of the 'most welcoming' types of businesses they can go to, according to new research by marketing agency VisitBritain. 

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London Cocktail Week: Could offering bespoke cocktails maximise your drinks sales?

28-Aug-2012 - With London Cocktail Week taking place in October, BigHospitality takes a look at the burgeoning trend of restaurants and hotels offering bespoke and themed cocktails to run in line with current events or to give them a point of difference – how much of an impact can these cocktail creations have on your overall drinks sales?

Former BII Licensee of the Year: 'Now is the perfect time to buy pubs'

24-Aug-2012 - Darran Lingley, the 2011 winner of the BII Licensee of the Year competition, has acquired his second pub and revealed to BigHospitality he is hoping to make his third purchase before the end of the year.

BDL Management to build Shetland hotel with guaranteed 100% occupancy

24-Aug-2012 - Hotel management company BDL Management has begun development work on a 100-bedroom hotel in Brae on the Shetland Isles which will have a guaranteed 100 per cent occupancy rate for the first year as part of an agreement with energy firm Total.

St Austell buys five south west pubs from Enterprise Inns

24-Aug-2012 - Cornwall-based brewer and pub operator St Austell Brewery has announced it has completed a deal to buy five south west pubs from Enterprise Inns.

Yum Yum Ninja: Pan Asian restaurant & bar opens in Brighton

23-Aug-2012 - The team behind Riddle & Finns Champagne and oyster bar in Brighton have opened a neighbouring restaurant in the form of Yum Yum Ninja, offering a modern take on Pan Asian cuisine with an outside courtyard and upstairs bar.

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Bloc Hotels to open second property at Gatwick Airport

23-Aug-2012 - Bloc Hotels, the boutique budget hotel operator which opened its first property in Birmingham last year, has secured a second site at Gatwick Airport. 

London's Mayor praises international investment into capital's restaurant and hotel sectors

23-Aug-2012 - London Mayor Boris Johnson has praised recent investment by three overseas companies into the capital's restaurant and hotel sectors, claiming it proves that London is 'the best big city in which to start and grow a business.'

Hilton Apprenticeship Academy to create 100 UK hospitality apprentice opportunities

23-Aug-2012 - Hilton Worldwide has announced it will create 100 hospitality apprentice opportunities for school leavers and job seekers across the UK with the launch of the Hilton Apprenticeship Academy.

London continues to dominate UK hotel transaction market

23-Aug-2012 - The value of activity in the UK hotel transaction market doubled in the first half of the year while London continues to dominate deals, according to new figures from Deloitte.

Five restaurants set to feature in Glasgow Fort Shopping Park development

22-Aug-2012 - Glasgow Fort Shopping Park has announced details of a £9m leisure development which will see five restaurant units joining the F&B lineup at the park with Pizza Express and Chiquito taking up two of the spaces.

Jason Atherton uses TV show to recruit chef for Pollen Street Social

22-Aug-2012 - Jason Atherton is to appear in a new TV show tonight where he will give one of two chefs the chance to land a job working in the kitchens of his London restaurant Pollen Street Social.

People on the Move in Hospitality: August 2012

22-Aug-2012 - In our People on the Move gallery, BigHospitality rounds up some of the movers and shakers of the hospitality industry. The past month has seen a number of new appointments at hotels, restaurants and pubs including Thistle, The White Swan and Barracuda Pub group.

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Franco Manca to open fourth restaurant in Battersea

22-Aug-2012 - London-based pizzeria Franco Manca is set to open its fourth branch in the capital, on Northcote Road in Battersea.

Behind the scenes at the UK's 'largest restaurant'

22-Aug-2012 - Self-service and multi-cuisine buffet restaurants are big - in size but also current popularity. However in terms of covers none is bigger than Za Za Bazaar in Bristol and BigHospitality took a behind the scenes look at the operation for a special video report.

The Hudson London bar & club set to open in Kilburn

22-Aug-2012 - The Hudson, a new late-night, New York-inspired cocktail bar and club, is set to open in Kilburn next month on the site of The Westbury bar and pool lounge, which closed in June.

New owner of The Wicker Man hotel pledges to preserve the venue and the business

22-Aug-2012 - Ellangowan Hotel, the Scottish venue made famous as The Green Man inn in the iconic horror film The Wicker Man, has been sold with the new owner pledging to keep the business open and preserve the site.

Nathan Outlaw to open Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Looe featuring ‘very exciting chef’

21-Aug-2012 - Two-Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw is set to open his first standalone restaurant, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, in the coastal town of Looe in Cornwall, BigHospitality can reveal.

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M&B launches Ember Inns takeaway service

21-Aug-2012 - Ember Inns has become the latest pub brand to offer takeaway food after Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) announced it would be offering the service at its Ember Inns and Ember Pub & Dining venues.

British street food: Awards to be followed by special focus at The Restaurant Show 2012

21-Aug-2012 - The spotlight is to be placed heavily on British street food this autumn, with awards celebrating the new wave of street food vendors being followed by a special focus at this year’s Restaurant Show.

The Perkin Reveller: New dining hall offers modern take on medieval London

20-Aug-2012 - The Perkin Reveller, a modern day dining hall and bar adjoining the walls of the Tower of London, is set to open next month.

Jamie Barber: Olympics helping change perceptions of Stratford

20-Aug-2012 - Jamie Barber has revealed his Cabana restaurant in Westfield Stratford served more than 10,000 covers in the last week of the Olympics and he expects the Games to have a longer-lasting impact on businesses in the area.

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Art exhibitions and dance classes: Using popular culture initiatives to stand out from the crowd

20-Aug-2012 - With competition in the hospitality industry continuing to intensify, many businesses are turning to popular culture as a base for running themed evenings and events. BigHospitality has evaluated the effectiveness of a BAFTA art exhibition at Quaglino’s restaurant and a Tango dance class at the Waldorf Hilton hotel.

TV football in pubs: Premier League prosecution ruled void, others may be affected

20-Aug-2012 - A prosecution brought against a pub showing live Premier League football on TV by using an Albanian satellite system has been ruled 'void' by the High Court with legal experts claiming other similar rulings may now be in doubt.

Travelodge agrees deal to cut debts, confirming plans to offload 49 hotels

17-Aug-2012 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has agreed a £635m debt restructuring deal, giving lenders control of the business and selling off 49 of its properties to other operators.

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