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JD Wetherspoon to open sixth Heathrow pub

29-Jul-2013 - National pub operator JD Wetherspoon has announced it is to invest £1.3m to open its sixth pub at London Heathrow Airport next year.

CG Restaurants secures third Dirty Martini site, eyes 12 within three years

29-Jul-2013 - CG Restaurants & Bars is placing the Dirty Martini bar concept at the forefront of its growth strategy, with a third unit secured at Bishopsgate Exchange in the City kick-starting...

Graphite takes stake in Hawksmoor

29-Jul-2013 - Graphite Capital, the private equity backer of Rex Restaurants, has backed the management buy-out of Hawksmoor, the operator of four high-end steak restaurants in London, in a deal which values...

Greene King teams up with independent Yorkshire brewery to relaunch Leeds pub

26-Jul-2013 - Greene King has teamed up with Ossett Brewery in Yorkshire to relaunch one of its tenanted/leased pubs in Leeds.

Martin Morales to open Ceviche pop-up restaurant at Heathrow Airport

26-Jul-2013 - Martin Morales, former DJ and founder of popular Peruvian restaurant Ceviche, is to open a pop-up restaurant in partnership with Virgin Atlantic at Heathrow Airport.

Premier League clamps down on illegal Sky TV in pubs as Liverpool licensee fined

26-Jul-2013 - Pubs across the UK are being warned against using unauthorised satellite systems to show live sport as a Liverpool licensee has been ordered to pay over £6,000 for showing Sky...

Bobby Chinn heads to the UK for new Vietnamese restaurant in London

26-Jul-2013 - Chef Bobby Chinn, who has risen to fame in Vietnam with two eponymous restaurants and as the host of the World Café TV show, is coming to the UK to...

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BBPA admits 'challenging' beer market remains as on-trade sales fall again

26-Jul-2013 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has admitted the beer market remains 'very challenging' after its Beer Barometer found on-trade sales fell by 5.8 per cent in the last...

Aston Manor extends Kingstone Press cider range with Wild Berry drink

26-Jul-2013 - Aston Manor Brewery has extended its Kingstone Press range of ciders with the introduction of a new flavour - Wild Berry.

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Thistle Hotels launches 1,400-mile fundraising relay

25-Jul-2013 - Mike DeNoma, chief executive of Thistle Hotels' parent company glh., is to join staff from the hotel firm on a 1,400-mile fundraising relay as part of its Lite@Nite charity campaign....

Ex-city worker to open steak and art restaurant in Bristol

25-Jul-2013 - Former city worker Steve Bowen will open a restaurant in Bristol this autumn that will serve diners steak and other quality meat from within the setting of an art gallery.

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London Restaurant Festival returns with promise to boost business

25-Jul-2013 - London's restaurant owners are being urged to sign their restaurants up to this year's London Restaurant Festival which promises to boost business and increase covers for those who take part. ...

Electrolux reveals Chef Academy winners

25-Jul-2013 - Electrolux has named the three young chefs who have won placements in Michelin-starred kitchens through its Chef Academy following the competition's final earlier this week. 

Luminar to rebrand Oceana nightclubs as ‘Pryzm’

25-Jul-2013 - Nightclub giant Luminar is undergoing a major rebranding and refurbishment of its 10 Oceana venues across the UK, which will see them renamed Pryzm to reflect the multi-characteristics of the...

AAK launches spray bottle format of Whirl butter alternative

25-Jul-2013 - Edible oils and fats manufacturer AAK Foodservice has launched a spray bottle format of its butter-flavoured vegetable oil product - Whirl.

Hospitality Openings: June/July 2013

24-Jul-2013 - While the hospitality industry was gripped with burger fever - both Five Guys and Shake Shack opened in Covent Garden in the same week - it was another busy month...

Wahaca to open takeaway burrito concept Burrito Mama at One New Change

24-Jul-2013 - Mexican street food group Wahaca is to open a new takeaway burrito concept adjacent to its upcoming opening at London’s One New Change. 

Pitcher & Piano seeks out new sites ahead of first opening in five years

24-Jul-2013 - Colin Sadler, managing director of Pitcher & Piano, has revealed he is on the lookout for new sites for the Marston's-owned brand as he prepares to launch the 20th bar...

The Cavendish drops room rates by 15% to back Cut Tourism VAT campaign

24-Jul-2013 - The Cavendish in London is cutting its room rates by 15 per cent this summer to simulate the effect reducing VAT to 5 per cent throughout the hospitality and tourism...

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Fifteen UK hotels make Expedia Insiders' Select list

24-Jul-2013 - Fifteen hotels in the UK, including The Knight Residence in Edinburgh and The Chancery Court Hotel in London, have made this year's Expedia's Insider Select list, the online travel agency's...

QHotels completes £150k refurb of Cambridge Belfry hotel

24-Jul-2013 - The Cambridge Belfry hotel re-opens this week following a £150k refurb funded by the property's owner QHotels in order to improve the venue's conference offer.

Hospitality Assured releases free customer service analysis app

24-Jul-2013 - Hospitality Assured, the quality standard created by the Institute of Hospitality (IOH), has released a free app which gives business owners and operators the chance to analyse their levels of customer...

Thistle Hotels trial Express Check-In service

23-Jul-2013 - Thistle Hotels is rolling out an Express check-in service at six of its 31 hotels as part of plans to strengthen its appeal to the corporate market and provide all...

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Portsmouth City Council on the hunt for new seafront catering business ideas

23-Jul-2013 - Portsmouth City Council has announced it is planning to lease five sites on the seafront for catering or leisure opportunities and is on the hunt for interested businesses as it...

Calls for ongoing barista training as research shows 54% can’t make an espresso

23-Jul-2013 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs promoting a quality coffee offering have been urged to ensure staff receive regular training after a survey found that 54 per cent of baristas couldn’t make...