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Poncho 8 secures funding for expansion

26-Nov-2012 - Emerging Mexican restaurant chain Poncho 8 has secured funding from a small consortium of private investors in a bid to help it operate up to 20 new stores by the...

De Vere Venues: Hotel operators to see upturn in corporate events market in 2013

23-Nov-2012 - Tony Dangerfield, the chief executive of De Vere Venues, has said he expects a positive change next year in the economy to lead to growth of the corporate events and...

Fuller's shrugs off bad weather, new acquisitions see profits rise

23-Nov-2012 - London-based brewer and pub operator Fuller’s has delivered what it calls ‘a strong set of half-year results’ with both revenue and EBITDA up 8 per cent to £137.9m and £26.9m...

Retaining staff is key for 2013 success, claims hotelier

23-Nov-2012 - Andrew Stembridge, managing director of Chewton Glen and Cliveden House hotels and chairman of the Master Innholders, is urging fellow hoteliers to continue to retain and invest in their staff,...

Custom-made pizza specialist GO Food targets London for expansion

23-Nov-2012 - GO Food, the custom-made pizza concept created by Tim Entwistle and James Hoole, will focus on expanding further across London next year after experiencing a positive response to its Spitalfields...

Optimistic October for UK hotels but prices down 15% year-on-year

22-Nov-2012 - Hotels across the country posted a solid set of results last month, with room yield in London growing by 3.8 per cent to £128.24, and by 2.4 per cent to £45.66 in the regions.

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The Cumberland hotel launches new W1 restaurant following Gary Rhodes' departure

22-Nov-2012 - The Cumberland hotel’s W1 restaurant, previously overseen by Gary Rhodes, has re-launched under Michelin-starred head chef Paul Welburn with new menus and a new interior layout.

First Restaurant Group becomes first to join sustainable scheme Think Eat Drink

21-Nov-2012 - First Restaurant Group, owner of restaurants and pubs in London, including The Worlds End and Running Horse, has become the first hospitality company to sign up to Think Eat Drink's...

Not for sale: Gary Davis pledges 12 new Malmaison and Hotel du Vin hotels in three years

21-Nov-2012 - Gary Davis, chief executive of Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin, has committed to opening 12 new hotels in the next three years as he denied reports the businesses are up...

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Rock CLG opens second Dorset restaurant, third in group

21-Nov-2012 - Rock CLG has opened its third restaurant, its second since receiving major investment from Australian leisure business Colonial Leisure Group (CLG).

Danny Meyer's Shake Shack to open in London

20-Nov-2012 - Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), the US restaurant group owned by restaurateur Danny Meyer, has confirmed plans to open an outpost of its burger restaurant brand Shake Shack in London...

Two chefs from The Fat Duck killed in a Hong Kong car crash

20-Nov-2012 - The restaurant industry is paying tribute to two senior chefs from Heston Blumenthal's three Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck who were killed on Monday in a Hong Kong car crash.

Supermarkets sweep away community pubs, claims Camra

20-Nov-2012 - The Campaign for Real Ale is calling on the Government to introduce changes to planning laws in order to prevent pubs from being sold to supermarket chains and property developers;...

Ex-BBC broadcasting house The Wood Norton officially re-opens as hotel

20-Nov-2012 - The Wood Norton, a former BBC broadcasting house in Worcestershire, has officially opened as a boutique hotel following a £4m refurbishment. 

Hospitality Openings: October/November 2012

20-Nov-2012 - In a new feature, BigHospitality rounds up the restaurant, hotel and pub and bar openings of the last month in an exclusive photo gallery. Take a look at how some...

Enterprise Inns reveals intention to develop new food, sport or family pub concepts as profits fall

20-Nov-2012 - Enterprise Inns has reported a fall in profits during the last year but said it was seeing improved performance trends across its estate as the operator looks to develop new...

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Edwardian Group buys Theatre Royal Manchester for hotel development

20-Nov-2012 - The Edwardian Group has acquired the Theatre Royal in Manchester with a view to either developing it as a new hotel or integrating it into its neighbouring Radisson Blu hotel. ...

A day at The Ledbury: In the kitchen of the UK's best restaurant

19-Nov-2012 - What is it like working in a two Michelin star, multi award-winning restaurant? In recognition of its unprecedented National Restaurant Awards hat-trick , Restaurant magazine spends a day in Brett Graham's...

Heineken rebrands Scottish and Newcastle Pub Company as Star Pubs and Bars

19-Nov-2012 - Heineken has renamed its leased pub operator, the Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company, Star Pubs & Bars and extended its range of agreements, increased the flexibility of its existing leases and...

Robert Thompson becomes Isle of Wight ambassador, plans new hotel with restaurants

19-Nov-2012 - Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson is on a mission to transform the Isle of Wight into a top tourist destination with plans to open a new hotel and two restaurants at...

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Desk deliveries and power lunches: How to boost your lunchtime trade

19-Nov-2012 - The UK’s lunch market, already worth £14.9bn to the foodservice sector, looks set to occupy a growing share of overall sales in the next 12 months as consumers are looking...

Aiden Byrne targets June 2013 for opening of Manchester House restaurant with Living Ventures

19-Nov-2012 - Leading North West chef and restaurateur Aiden Byrne is hoping to open Manchester House, his fine dining restaurant with Michelin-star ambitions, in June next year and revealed 'culinary theatre' would...

Former Wagamama chief exec Ian Neill invests in K10 restaurant

19-Nov-2012 - Ian Neill, former chief executive and chairman at Wagamama, has joined venture capitalist Chrysalis VCT in investing £1m in modern Japanese restaurant K10 with a view to helping the business...

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Accor opens Mercure hotel in former Greenwich police station

19-Nov-2012 - Global hotel operator Accor has continued the UK expansion of its midscale Mercure brand with the opening of a hotel in a former police station in Greenwich. 

Chaophraya opens Edinburgh restaurant, taking estate to seven

19-Nov-2012 - Thai restaurant group Chaophraya has increased its presence in Scotland with the opening of a restaurant in Edinburgh, just four months after opening in Glasgow.