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Hospitality operators warned to prepare for food inflation surge in 2013

19-Dec-2012 - Food prices are set to soar next year and chefs and hospitality operators need to prepare for the impact on their businesses of a surge in food inflation, according to...

‘New nation of coffee drinkers’ will help coffee shops turn over more than £8bn by 2017

19-Dec-2012 - The coffee shop market will exceed 20,000 outlets and turn over more than £8bn by 2017, according to predictions by management consultants Allegra Strategies.

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Italian chefs invited to enter Ferrarelle's Acqua di Chef competition

18-Dec-2012 - Italian chefs working in the UK, not just their native Italy, are being invited to enter culinary competition Acqua di Chef this year following a change to the rules. 

BigHospitality's 2012 look-back: Restaurant no-shows and MWB Group Holdings administration

18-Dec-2012 - In the second instalment of our look-back at the top stories of 2012, we digest two more of the hottest topics featured on the website this year - the rise...

Paragon Hotels takes back direct management of The Roxburghe, venue to be rebranded Crowne Plaza Edinburgh

18-Dec-2012 - Lancashire-based Paragon Hotels Group has announced it is to take back direct management of The Roxburghe hotel in Edinburgh which is to be rebranded as the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh.

Charles Wells' pubs increase profits despite drop in turnover

18-Dec-2012 - Bedford-based brewer and pubco Charles Wells has revealed its financial results for the last year; its UK pubs operation has reported an increase in profits per pub of 3.8 per...

Spanish restaurant and bar group Camino gains funding for expansion

18-Dec-2012 - Spanish bar and restaurant group Camino has announced plans to add another seven restaurants to its estate by 2015 after receiving £3m of investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

BigHospitality’s 2012 look-back: Chicken restaurants and pub food

17-Dec-2012 - As we approach the end of the year we take a look-back at our most-read articles to find out what the hot topics were that got you clicking on and...

Gordon Ramsay's Las Vegas pub and burger bar to open this week

17-Dec-2012 - Gordon Ramsay will open two new projects in Las Vegas this week - a pub and grill at Caesars Palace and a burger bar at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. ...

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Pizza Express opens first restaurant in India

17-Dec-2012 - Pizza Express has expanded its operation to India where it sees 'enormous potential' to grow within the fast-expanding Indian casual dining market. 

The Mince Pie Project chefs help raise £29k for charity

17-Dec-2012 - Chefs have helped raise almost £30k for industry initiative Galvin's Chance and homeless charity Crisis after putting specially baked mince pies up for auction through The Mince Pie Project. 

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Fifteen Cornwall to reveal new look in 2013 after major refurb

14-Dec-2012 - Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall has unveiled plans to transform its dining and training experience after investing £400k into revamping the restaurants interior and developing a new kitchen.

Naga Pan Asian restaurant gears up for official launch in Kensington

14-Dec-2012 - After months of being in a soft launch period, Pan Asian restaurant and bar Naga officially opens its doors in Kensington on Monday (17 December), having appointed a new head...

Middletons Steakhouse & Grill opens in Norwich

14-Dec-2012 - Middletons Steakhouse & Grill has progressed from Norfolk to Norwich with the opening of a second restaurant, headed up by former Loch Fyne chefs Rob Spillings and Adam Mott, as...

Considerate Hotel of the Year Awards opens for entries

14-Dec-2012 - The Considerate Hoteliers Association has announced the categories of and opened entries to the 2012/2013 Considerate Hotel of the Year Awards.

People on the Move in Hospitality: December 2012

13-Dec-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...

InterContinental London Westminster: BigHospitality's video tour

13-Dec-2012 - Last month global hotel company the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) opened the doors to its second InterContinental hotel in London and BigHospitality was given the rare chance to take an...

Inside Claridge's: TV show leads to 350% rise in interest in hotel

13-Dec-2012 - The airing of a TV documentary on BBC Two which depicts life behind-the-scenes at Claridge's has led to an 'overwhelming' surge in interest in the luxury London hotel. 

Alea Leeds' 'entertainment hub' re-positioning pays off

13-Dec-2012 - The boss of casino and entertainment venue Alea Leeds says a repositioning of the business as an entertainment hub rather than a gambling destination has helped the business survive through...

SGS Hotels (UK) looks to expand following Ramada Birmingham Solihull acquisition

13-Dec-2012 - Newly-formed company SGS Hotels (UK) has revealed plans to create a small hotel group in the UK after buying the Ramada Birmingham Solihull out of administration. 

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The Luggage Room bar opens in Grosvenor Square hotel

13-Dec-2012 - Luxury hotel owner Strategic Hotels is tonight (13 December) opening a new 1920s-style bar in an old luggage room situated within Marriott’s Grosvenor Square hotel.

British restaurant Salon opens in Brixton Market

12-Dec-2012 - Former Brunswick House head chef Nicholas Balfe has opened Salon – a contemporary British restaurant situated upstairs from the Cannon & Cannon deli in Brixton Market.

Westminster Kingsway College launches world-class facilities for Culinary Arts students

12-Dec-2012 - Westminster Kingsway College in central London has unveiled a range of state-of-the-art facilities at its Victoria Centre, including a new teaching kitchen, innovation laboratory and patisserie.

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Bumpkin Westfield Stratford changes focus

12-Dec-2012 - British restaurant group Bumpkin, which has three restaurants in London, has unveiled a new format for its Westfield Stratford City site, with the development of a new kitchen, bar and...

Pub and restaurant groups get late half-term sales boost

12-Dec-2012 - A later half-term than usual helped push up November sales by 6.5 per cent across 24 pub and restaurant groups according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.