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

Encouraging year-end trading for D&D London on day Old Bengal Warehouse opens

17-Sep-2012 - D&D London's chairman and chief executive Des Gunewardena today reported an 'encouraging' performance at his London restaurants after profit across the group rose 4 per cent to £4.2m despite a 'continuing backdrop of economic uncertainty'. 

The Jam Tree extends food-led pub estate to Clapham

17-Sep-2012 - Privately-owned gastropub group The Jam Tree has continued its expansion plans by opening its third venue in as many years last week with a new site in Clapham; it joins two existing sites in Chelsea and Kensington.

Olympic shrines, medal count boards and Going for Gold cocktails: Making the most of national events

17-Sep-2012 - With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games now over, hospitality businesses in the capital have had time to reflect on event's financial repercussions. BigHospitality has spoken to three of these businesses to find out how successful their special Olympic-themed offers and promotions were.

The British Larder named Best Food Pub at the Great British Pub Awards 2012

14-Sep-2012 - The British Larder in Bromeswell, Suffolk has been named Best Food Pub in the Great British Pub Awards 2012 and co-founder Ross Pike has revealed the award has helped drive interest from potential investors in the business.

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Prezzo becomes latest restaurant group to join industry VAT club

14-Sep-2012 - Prezzo chief executive Jonathan Kaye has declared the issue of VAT is 'vital' for the industry as the restaurant operator joins the industry lobbying organisation VAT Club JB.

J D Wetherspoon predicts post-summer 2012 sales drop

14-Sep-2012 - Pub operator J D Wetherspoon has become the latest hospitality business to warn of the possible sales growth 'hangover' following a summer of sport, the Olympics and headline events.

Alvin Leung: Pearls of Wisdom

14-Sep-2012 - The chef-patron of two-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong and self-styled ‘Demon Chef’ is launching a sibling restaurant, Bo London, in Mayfair later this year.

New Llangoed Hall MD plans investment to restore hotel to ‘former glory’

13-Sep-2012 - The new managing director for Llangoed Hall, the former Von Essen hotel which went into administration last year, has outlined plans to restore the 23-bedroom hotel to its former glory.

TV Dragon James Caan wraps up sale of Von Essen’s hotel empire

13-Sep-2012 - The final two hotels in the Von Essen portfolio, Ston Easton Park in Somerset and Sharrow Bay in Cumbria, have been acquired by former BBC ‘Dragon’ James Caan for a combined sum of £4.5m.

Devon villagers seek pub tenant after grouping together to buy their local

13-Sep-2012 - A group of 57 residents in the Devon village of Cadeleigh have become the latest community group to save their local by clubbing together to buy the Cadelieigh Arms pub and are now searching for a tenant to take on the business.

Accor opens first UK hotel under upscale Pullman brand

13-Sep-2012 - Global hotel operator Accor has opened the first hotel in the UK under its upscale Pullman brand by completing the conversion of the former Novotel in St. Pancras, London.

Camra’s Good Beer Guide 2013 hails Britain's brewery boom

13-Sep-2012 - The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is today raising a glass to the 40th anniversary of its flagship publication the Good Beer Guide which reports that there are now just over 1,000 breweries operational across the UK - the highest number for over 70 years.

De Vere Group continues offloading non-core hotels with sale of University Arms

12-Sep-2012 - Following the successful joint sale of the Royal Bath hotel in Bournemouth and the Daresbury Park Hotel in Warrington, De Vere Group is ploughing on with the offload of its non-core hotel, with the University Arms hotel in Cambridge being placed on the market.

Restaurant and pub groups see London sales boost in August

12-Sep-2012 - Combined like-for-like sales for pub and restaurant groups inside the M25 increased by 5 per cent in August, but businesses outside of London saw a much more modest uplift of just 1 per cent compared with the same month last year. 

Le Bistrot Pierre reveals five target cities as it prepares to open 10th restaurant in Plymouth

12-Sep-2012 - French restaurant chain Le Bistrot Pierre is set to open its first in the south when it opens a venue in Plymouth next year and has revealed a list of target cities with three openings planned next year.

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen rated UK's most sustainable restaurant

11-Sep-2012 - River Cottage Canteen in Plymouth, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's newest restaurant, has been awarded the highest rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). 

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Hawksmoor teams up with Mitch Tonks for seafood element of latest restaurant

11-Sep-2012 - Will Beckett and Huw Gott have revealed they have teamed up with renowned fish chef and restaurateur Mitch Tonks for the seafood element of the next Hawksmoor restaurant which will give equal precedence to fish and beef.

Service standards remain the ‘weak link’ for London restaurants

11-Sep-2012 - Service standards in London’s restaurants have been labelled as a ‘weak link’ by Tim Zagat, with his eponymous restaurant guide revealing that 73 per cent of all customer complaints relate to the front-of-house. 

The Clink reveals plans for two prison restaurants a year as it prepares to open a Cardiff venue

10-Sep-2012 - As The Clink Charity prepares to open its second prison restaurant, this time on the grounds of HMP Cardiff, chief executive Chris Moore has revealed the charity has plans to open two restaurants every year until 2016 with Greater London next on the horizon. 

Business Profile: Hakkasan

10-Sep-2012 - With forthcoming international openings Hakkasan is poised to become one of the biggest high-end restaurant groups in the world. Yet it’s London where the real excitement is going to be, as chief executive Niall Howard explains. 

Zagat 2013: The Wolseley, Wagamama and Roganic among winners

10-Sep-2012 - The Wolseley all-day café-restaurant in London’s Piccadilly has been named the capital's most popular restaurant for the second year running by eating-out guide Zagat.

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Prescott & Conran's Lutyens restaurant launches two new bars

10-Sep-2012 - Lutyens Restaurant & Bar, the Fleet Street business run by Boundary and Albion owners Prescott & Conran, has launched a new wine bar and will be opening a cocktail bar in the venue later this month.

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Menu donations and fundraising initiatives: How to work with charities

10-Sep-2012 - Despite an on-going tough economic backdrop, an increasing number of hospitality businesses across the UK are partnering with charities to raise money through menu donations and fundraising events. 

Gourmet food-on-the-go concepts the Ones to Watch, says Horizons

07-Sep-2012 - Quality ‘food-on-the-go’ has become the key area of growth for the UK’s eating out market, with concepts consistently emerging in transport hubs, shopping centres and busy high street locations as consumers are looking to eat where they want, when they want.

Simon Rogan set to open pub in same Cumbrian village as L'Enclume and Rogan & Company

07-Sep-2012 - Simon Rogan has revealed he is to take over the running of his local pub - The Pig & Whistle in Cartmel - which is located within walking distance of his flagship restaurant L'Enclume and sister venue Rogan & Company.

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