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Focus Hotels to manage Snowdonia's Royal Victoria Hotel

12-Feb-2013 - Hotel management company Focus Hotels has won the contract to manage the Royal Victoria Hotel in Snowdonia. 

River Cottage to open third Canteen restaurant in Bristol

12-Feb-2013 - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has confirmed the third River Cottage Canteen restaurant will open in Bristol on 4 March and will help showcase growers, breeders and producers in the area.

Homeslice Pizza to open Covent Garden restaurant

12-Feb-2013 - Homeslice Pizza, the street food operation founded by chef Ry Jessup, will open a permanent restaurant in Covent Garden, London this spring. 

Business Profile: Wahaca

11-Feb-2013 - Wahaca founders Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers’ unconventional approach to business has created a burgeoning Mexican chain that’s showing no sign of slowing.

City Pub Company ploughs on with EIS-funded expansion

11-Feb-2013 - City Pub Company, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)-funded pub operator established by the team behind the Capital Pub Company, has unveiled plans to raise a further £10m to expand its...

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The Victoria Hotel undergoes major refurbishment to become country inn

11-Feb-2013 - The Victoria Hotel, set within the grounds of the Holkham Estate in North Norfolk, has closed for a multi-million-pound refurbishment and will re-open as The Victoria Inn in May.

Jurys Inn re-positioning pays off as corporate business rises 8%

11-Feb-2013 - A two-year focus by hotel chain Jurys Inn to refurbish its estate and re-position itself as a 'credible alternative' to four-star and budget hotels has paid off with the company...

Branching out: How one hospitality business is testing Twitter video app Vine

11-Feb-2013 - With Valentine's Day fast approaching, hotels, restaurants and pubs and bars are looking for innovative ways to market their business but one hotel believes its campaign is truly unique -...

Nightclubs ‘easy target’ for high crime rates, says Luminar boss

08-Feb-2013 - Peter Marks, chief executive of nightclub operator Luminar, has claimed that late-night venues have become an ‘easy target’ for local authorities and the police when it comes to reducing crime...

Tom Kitchin to open Edinburgh pub restaurant with Castle Terrace's Dominic Jack

08-Feb-2013 - Tom Kitchin, chef proprietor of Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin, is to open a pub restaurant in the Scottish capital with fellow chef Dominic Jack.

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Zizzi opens flagship UK restaurant featuring new bar offering

08-Feb-2013 - Italian restaurant chain Zizzi is launching what will be its largest restaurant in the UK next week and the first to house a new standalone bar; in Glasgow’s Royal Exchange...

Amadeus launches new ‘retail brand’ The Oak Kitchen

08-Feb-2013 - The NEC Group’s event catering company Amadeus has revealed plans to rebrand 21 of its retail outlets across the UK as ‘The Oak Kitchen’ in a £1m, three-year rollout programme.

Former Michael Caines ABode Glasgow chef duo to launch Gannet restaurant

08-Feb-2013 - Peter McKenna and Ivan Stein, a pair of chefs who met while working for Michael Caines at his ABode Glasgow restaurant, are to launch their first business together - Gannet...

Daniel Clifford: Pearls of Wisdom

08-Feb-2013 - The Kent-born chef-patron has held two Michelin stars at Midsummer House in Cambridge for the past eight years. He was also one of the winners of last year’s Great British Menu....

Rupert Clevely steps down as Geronimo Inns managing director

07-Feb-2013 - Young's has announced Rupert Clevely is to stand down as the managing director of Geronimo Inns and will take up a non-executive role with the brewer and pubco which plans to...

La Tasca 'de-brands' first site for new independent restaurant arm

07-Feb-2013 - Spanish casual-dining group La Tasca has de-branded an under-performing site, the first in a planned division of ‘independent’ restaurants that won’t be directly associated with the 42-strong group....

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My Greek Kitchen TV presenter creates dishes for The Real Greek

07-Feb-2013 - Tonia Buxton, cook and presenter of TV series My Greek Kitchen, has created four special dishes for restaurant group The Real Greek that are set to be included on the...

UK's first Starbucks franchise opens at former Little Chef site

07-Feb-2013 - Coffee chain Starbucks has opened its first UK site under franchise on the site of a former Little Chef restaurant in Hampshire. 

De Vere Venues takes on management of Chicheley Hall

07-Feb-2013 - De Vere Venues has announced it has won the contract to manage Chicheley Hall, the Newport Pagnell conference centre and hotel which is the historic home to the Royal Society....

Tamarind adds Zaika of Kensington to Indian restaurant collection

06-Feb-2013 - Indian restaurant group the Tamarind Collection has acquired its third site in the capital in the form of Zaika in Kensington High Street, which will close later this year for...

Hilton Hotels & Resorts named best meetings provider

06-Feb-2013 - Hilton Hotels & Resorts, which operates 70 hotels in the UK, has been named as the best provider of meetings services by market research firm BDRC Continental.

Fine-dining restaurant and Harbourside restaurant & bar hit the market in Bristol

06-Feb-2013 - A 56-cover fine-dining restaurant and a 30-metre barge housing a restaurant, bar and live music venue – both in Bristol - have today been put up for sale.

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Rapid growth of branded concepts putting increasing pressure on independent restaurants

06-Feb-2013 - Forty per cent of independent restaurants now have an outlet of a branded chain within one mile of their business, according to new figures released by trade consultants CGA Strategy.

BBC Television Centre development to include hotel and restaurants

06-Feb-2013 - Part of the legendary BBC Television Centre could become a 50-bedroom hotel under plans revealed by the owner of the White City complex this week.

Hole-in-the-wall Egyptian street food comes to London

06-Feb-2013 - Koshari Street, a new ‘hole-in-the-wall’ Egyptian street food concept led by Lebanese-born cook and food writer Anissa Helou, is opening on St Martins Lane in March.