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

Food Roots plans network of educational, protected-product restaurants following In Parma launch

25-Oct-2012 - Christian Pero, the founder of Food Roots, has revealed he plans to open a group of cuisine-specific, 'educational' restaurants in London following the successful launch of In Parma which showcases...

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Cargo owner takes over Duke's Bar in City of London

25-Oct-2012 - Cargo owner Shoreditch Bars Group is to take over the former Duke's Bar in the City of London with plans to turn into a cocktail bar and gourmet pizza restaurant. ...

Cozy Pubs expands hunt for new sites beyond Essex

25-Oct-2012 - Cozy Pub Company has announced it achieved record sales growth in the third quarter of the year and revealed it is looking for new sites sites in locations beyond its Essex base...

Brazilian steakhouse chain Viva Brazil plans expansion to eight restaurants by 2015

25-Oct-2012 - Viva Brazil, the Brazilian steakhouse restaurant chain founded in Liverpool in 2010, is preparing to open its third venue in Cardiff as part of expansion plans that see it operating...

Punch Taverns reveals restructuring talks as profits drop

24-Oct-2012 - Punch Taverns has announced a drop in its pre-tax profits for the last year and revealed it has begun discussions about possible restructuring options for the business.

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Wear Inns acquires two pubs from Orchid

24-Oct-2012 - Wear Inns, the Northern managed community pub operator, has continued its rapid expansion strategy with the acquisition of two sites from Orchid Pub Group.

UK hotels report no evidence of post-Olympics hangover in September

24-Oct-2012 - Despite fears of a post-Games slump, latest performance figures indicate UK hotels are adjusting to life after the Olympics and did not experience any significant downturn in revenue per available...

Tom Aikens Restaurant Group to open Tom's Kitchen at Canary Wharf

24-Oct-2012 - Tom Aikens Restaurant Group has announced plans to open a third Tom's Kitchen, Deli and Bar in Canary Wharf next year as part of major expansion plans for the brand. ...

Daniel Clifford: "I still have a love affair with Midsummer House"

24-Oct-2012 - Michelin-starred chef Daniel Clifford says he would prefer to support his chefs in opening their own restaurants rather than launch another business under his name because he would not want...

People on the Move in Hospitality: October 2012

24-Oct-2012 - In our exclusive People on the Move in Hospitality gallery, BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the industry. The past month has seen a number...

Yalla Yalla begins London expansion with Shoreditch pop-up

24-Oct-2012 - Lebanese and Middle Eastern street food concept Yalla Yalla is set to open a new pop-up restaurant in Shoreditch High Street next month, with two permanent sites planned to open...

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Clockjack Oven chicken restaurant hits Soho with more to come

23-Oct-2012 - Clockjack Oven, a new rotisserie chicken restaurant group, has secured its first site on Denman Street in London’s Soho, with plans to create a chain of up to 15 sites.

Exclusive: UK restaurants serving world cuisines facing danger of 'slow death'

23-Oct-2012 - The future UK growth of leading world cuisine restaurant brands such as Zuma, Roka and Busaba Eathai could be in real danger of stalling if the Government decides to remove...

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Time Out London praises restaurants and bars for adapting to survive recession

23-Oct-2012 - Introducing simpler food and no-bookings policies has helped London's restaurants survive the recession says the food and drink editor of Time Out London as the publication reveals the winners of...

Mark Hix to close HIX Belgravia and Mark's Bar at Belgraves hotel

23-Oct-2012 - HIX Restaurants and Belgraves, the Thompson Hotels venue in London, have confirmed Mark Hix is set to part ways with the hotel with HIX Belgravia and Mark's Bar due to...

The Flat Chicken takes poultry craze outside of London

22-Oct-2012 - The recent flurry of chicken-led restaurants in London is now spreading outside of the capital with The Flat Chicken coming to roost in Stratford-upon-Avon next month.

Chef Jeremy Wares opens restaurant at Macdonald Hotels' Houstoun House

22-Oct-2012 - Jeremy Wares, former chef-patron of The Angler's Inn in Perthshire, has joined forces with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts to open a restaurant at its 70-bedroom West Lothian hotel Houstoun House.

Pennington Hotels acquires two historic Lakeland Inns

22-Oct-2012 - West Cumbrian hotel and leisure company Pennington Hotels has taken on two historic properties – the nine-bedroom Boot Inn in Eskdale and the 11-bedroom Pooley Bridge Inn near Ullswater.

Orient-Express Hotels evaluating 'unsolicited' takeover proposal

22-Oct-2012 - Orient-Express Hotels, the owner of Raymond Blanc's Oxfordshire venue Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, has become the subject of an 'unsolicited' takeover proposal by minor shareholder Indian Hotels.

New boutique hotel group The House Collection set for UK debut

22-Oct-2012 - The House Collection, a new group of boutique hotels in the east of England, is set to open its first property next spring - the Poet’s House hotel in the...

Claire Clark: The Great British Bake Off should encourage investors to ‘take a gamble’ on UK pastry chefs

19-Oct-2012 - Claire Clark, former pastry chef at three Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry, has expressed her wish that the success of The Great British Bake Off will change perceptions of dessert...

Springboard Awards for Excellence 2012: Winners revealed

19-Oct-2012 - The hospitality industry turned out in force at the Novotel London West last night (18 October) to celebrate the Springboard charity’s 10th annual Awards for Excellence which rewarded those promoting careers...

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Richoux confirms expansion of Villagio brand to Chislehurst

19-Oct-2012 - Richoux Group has acquired the former police station on the High Street in Chislehurst, Kent, and confirmed to BigHospitality it will open the property as a restaurant under the Villagio...

Brakspear acquires first pub on a sale and lease back basis

19-Oct-2012 - Tenanted and leased pubco Brakspear has purchased The Running Horses pub in Mickleham, Surrey in the first sale and lease back acquisition for the Henley-on-Thames-based company.

Great Fosters hotel reveals Michelin-star ambitions with restaurant relaunch

19-Oct-2012 - The Great Fosters hotel in Surrey is set to complete a major relaunch of its restaurants when The Estate Grill and The Tudor Room open in March 2013 offering what...