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The Pig owners take over Hunstrete House with plans to re-open by Christmas

29-May-2013 - Home Grown Hotels, the owner of The Pig hotel brand, has taken over former Von Essen hotel Hunstrete House with plans to re-open it as a hotel by the end...

Paesan Italian restaurant brings ‘cucina povera’ to Exmouth Market

29-May-2013 - The restaurateur behind Pasta Brown has acquired the former Dollar Grill Martini site in London’s Exmouth Market and is set to re-open the venue as Paesan Italian bar and kitchen...

Clement Robert of Medlar named Moet UK Sommelier of the Year 2013

29-May-2013 - Clement Robert, head sommelier at Medlar in London, has been named the Moet UK Sommelier of the Year 2013 after winning the hotly-contested final at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in...

Milton House named UK’s Friendliest B&B

29-May-2013 - Milton House in Poet’s Corner, Bath, has been crowned the Friendliest Bed and Breakfast of the Year by the AA in its annual Bed and Breakfast Awards.

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La Tasca completes turnaround following restructure

29-May-2013 - Spanish restaurant chain La Tasca has said a turnaround of the business following last year's restructure is complete, with the business back in profit after four years of seeing sales...

Jonathan Neame: Beer duty cut has given Shepherd Neame confidence to invest in 40 pub projects

29-May-2013 - Jonathan Neame, chief executive of brewer and pubco Shepherd Neame, has revealed the cut in beer duty has given him the confidence to accelerate investment in his company's expanding pub...

Great Northern Hotel considering franchise agreement with major hotel chain

28-May-2013 - The owner of the 91-bedroom Great Northern Hotel, which re-opened in King's Cross last month, has revealed details of a 'compelling' offer by a major hotel brand to operate the...

Restaurant 1701 brings Jewish fine dining to the City

28-May-2013 - Gourmet kosher food brand Adafina has launched Restaurant 1701 - a new fine-dining venue celebrating the world of Jewish cuisine – within the grounds of Britain’s oldest synagogue in the...

Four new restaurant signings for Gloucester Quays’ extension

28-May-2013 - Ed’s Easy Diner, Zizzi, Chimichanga and Loungers are the latest restaurant and bar operators to secure units at Quayside - the new £60 million extension to the Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre....

Planet Hollywood founder launches UK company to drive expansion

28-May-2013 - Planet Hollywood founder Robert Earl has created a company in the UK to drive expansion of the movie themed restaurant concept and increase the footprint of his Buca di Beppo Italian...

Breaking the bind: Restaurants replace discount dining with apps and loyalty schemes

28-May-2013 - Deep discounts, special offers and the use of daily deal websites are showing no sign of abating in the casual dining restaurant sector, but a number of recent promotion indicate...

Premier Inn snaps up seven in the North West

28-May-2013 - The UK’s largest hotel chain Premier Inn has added more than 520 bedrooms to its expanding estate across the North West with new locations in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Staffordshire...

Little Chef owner fears brand may disappear with sale

28-May-2013 - Little Chef owner RCapital has warned that the Little Chef brand could disappear from our roadsides forever after it emerged that fast food and coffee shop operators are bidding for...

Pub investment ‘at risk’ from political uncertainty and threat of statutory regulation

28-May-2013 - Pub industry confidence, boosted after the scrapping of the beer duty escalator, is being put at risk by the uncertainty surrounding statutory regulation, according to Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan...

Regional hotels continue to outperform London venues as discounting impacts the capital

28-May-2013 - Regional hotels outperformed their London counterparts once again in April with discounting leading to drops in average room rate and revenue per available room (RevPAR).

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Springboard chief executive wins Footprint Special Achievement Award

28-May-2013 - Anne Pierce, chief executive of The Springboard Charity, has won the Special Achievement award at this year's Footprint Awards in recognition of her contribution to the social sustainability of the industry....

Boutique Hotel Summit 2013: Five tips to beat the big brands

24-May-2013 - ‘Non-standard’, ‘trendy’ and ‘unique’. Just three of the words used to describe a boutique hotel at yesterday’s Boutique Hotel Summit in London. But with larger chains beginning to take a...

New York-based Altamarea Group to enter UK with Chop Shop restaurant launch

24-May-2013 - The Crown Estate has announced it has signed a deal with US-based restaurant operator Altamarea Group to bring a new concept - Chop Shop - to a site in the St...

What a waste: UK hospitality industry accused of overspending on energy by £180m a year

24-May-2013 - The UK hospitality industry is overspending on energy by £180m per year, according to new analysis from the Energy Efficiency Financing (EEF) scheme.

Manchester 235 closes Fusion bar ahead of refurb and renaming

24-May-2013 - Entertainment and restaurant venue Manchester 235 has closed one of its bars - Fusion - in order to refurbish the venue before it re-opens next month with a new name...

Bath’s Hole in the Wall restaurant to re-open as The Stable

24-May-2013 - Long-standing Bath restaurant The Hole in the Wall looks set to re-open under new ownership after being closed for over a year.

Which? investigation reveals 'postcode lottery' on food hygiene ratings

23-May-2013 - Consumer rights group Which? is urging restaurants to display their food hygiene rating in a prominent position after analysis of ratings for businesses in England, Northern Ireland and Wales found...

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Cairn Hotel Group refinances to acquire and refurbish hotels

23-May-2013 - Newcastle-based Cairn Hotel Group has completed a £31.5m refinancing deal with HSBC which will include £6.5m to expand and refurbish its existing estate. 

Restaurants and pubs to benefit from late May bank holiday trade

23-May-2013 - Restaurants and pubs around the country could be set to experience high levels of trade during the forthcoming bank holiday, after a survey revealed that more than three-quarters of people...

Mitchells & Butlers sees special occasion, upmarket and family dining markets key to growth

23-May-2013 - Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) is to focus its future business on three specific areas of the eating-out market – upmarket social, special and family – to build growth after identifying...