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Japan's Narisawa tops inaugural Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list

28-Feb-2013 - Narisawa in Japan has been named the S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Asia at the inaugural Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards in Singapore.

Starwood Capital Group acquires hotel and conference operator Principal Hayley

28-Feb-2013 - Private investment firm Starwood Capital Group is to expand its reach into the European hotel market after buying hotel, conference and training venue operator Principal Hayley. 

Call Systems Technology launches TrackSmart to eliminate table numbers

28-Feb-2013 - TrackSmart, launched by Call Systems Technology (CST) on 1 January this year, is a tag-based system which monitors a customer's location eliminating the need for table numbers or loud calling.

Hospitality technology expert launches cloud-based business tracker mylivehospitality

27-Feb-2013 - Hannah McIntyre, a hospitality technology expert, has launched mylivehospitality - a cloud-based system which allows operators to view and control all aspects of their businesses in one place.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to invest £85m in Chancery Court Hotel revamp

27-Feb-2013 - US hotel company Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to invest £85m in a revamp of the Chancery Court Hotel in London after taking over the management contract of...

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Simply Fish to open restaurant in London's Shoreditch

27-Feb-2013 - Sustainable fish restaurant Simply Fish will open its second site in Shoreditch, London next month. 

The Restaurant Group increases product testing in wake of horsemeat scandal

27-Feb-2013 - The Restaurant Group (TRG) has said it will be employing more rigorous testing of all its products following the horsemeat scandal. 

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Economic recovery 'critical' for regional hotels

27-Feb-2013 - Provincial hotels risk experiencing yet another year of profit decline unless 2013 brings better economic news, according to a new report released by TRI Hospitality Consulting.

Beds & Bars plans £2m refurb of flagship St Christopher's Inn

27-Feb-2013 - Budget accommodation and pub and club operator Beds & Bars is planning to refurb its flagship London hostel in Southwark adding 200 bedrooms to the property.

Stephen Smith named new Bohemia head chef, aims to retain Michelin star

27-Feb-2013 - Bohemia, the Michelin-starred restaurant at The Club Hotel & Spar in Jersey, has appointed Stephen Smith as its new head chef following Shaun Rankin's departure last year. 

Marriott County Hall grows partnership with The Prince's Trust to tackle youth unemployment

27-Feb-2013 - London Marriott Hotel County Hall in Westminster has upped its work with The Prince's Trust, taking on two employees from the youth charity’s employment programme and launching a new work...

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Starbucks snaps up five more Little Chefs

26-Feb-2013 - Petrol forecourt operator EuroGarages has taken on the leases of five former Little Chef sites for conversion to coffee shops under a licensing arrangement with Starbucks.

Master & Servant grill restaurant opens in Hoxton Square

26-Feb-2013 - Master & Servant, a British-American grill restaurant and cocktail bar in London’s East End, is set to open its doors next Monday (4 March), as the first solo venture for...

Hospitality technology: How it can improve a customer's experience before arrival

26-Feb-2013 - Technology can sometimes feel at odds with the hospitality industry’s core values. After all, diners and guests will rate their experience in a restaurant, hotel or pub on skills and...

Taxpayers' Alliance calls for scrapping of Beer Tax Escalator ahead of Budget

26-Feb-2013 - The Taxpayers' Alliance (TPA) has today launched a new campaign to put more pressure on the Government to scrap the beer tax escalator.

One Tree launches gift card software for hospitality businesses

26-Feb-2013 - One Tree, a piece of software which allows hospitality businesses to sell gift packages on the hotel or restaurant's own website, was launched earlier this year.

Andy Murray sets out plan to turn Cromlix House into 'leading luxury hotel'

25-Feb-2013 - Tennis star Andy Murray has said he is planning to turn Cromlix House Hotel in Scotland into a 'leading luxury hotel' after confirming news reports made earlier this year that...

Oaka Group to make London debut with real ale and pan-Asian dining pub

25-Feb-2013 - The Oaka Group, which operates four hospitality businesses in Peterborough and Birmingham, is to open its first site in London - a pub and restaurant combining real ale from Oakham...

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‘Fantastic opportunity’ for new operators as New Forest hotel hits the market

25-Feb-2013 - Sway Manor hotel near Lymington in the New Forest is being marketed for sale at a £1.75m freehold as the current owner plans to retire, having run the business for...

Posera launches update to Maitre’D EPoS software

25-Feb-2013 - In the first of a week of news stories detailing launches of technology products for the hospitality industry to support our special feature, BigHospitality reveals details of the latest update...

Former M&B chairman backs new food-led Fireside Pubs & Restaurants group

25-Feb-2013 - John Lovering, the former chairman of Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), has backed the team behind a new food-led pub group - Fireside Pubs & Restaurants - which is looking to...

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Former GRH's Matt Robinson named Bluebird head chef

25-Feb-2013 - Australian chef Matt Robinson has been appointed head chef of D&D London's King's Road restaurant Bluebird Chelsea. 

Maclay Inns celebrates craft beer with opening of 27th pub

25-Feb-2013 - Scottish pub and bar operator Maclay Inns has increased its portfolio to 27 and strengthened its hold in the craft beer market with the opening of Munro's in Glasgow's West...

UK hotels suffer 'sluggish' start to 2013, bad weather to blame

22-Feb-2013 - Hotels across the UK suffered a drop in RevPAR in the first month of the year with the poor weather and the timing of the New Year Bank Holiday both...

Alan Bird: Pearls of Wisdom

22-Feb-2013 - Alan Bird was chef at the Ivy for 19 years before going on to work with the Soho House Group. His first restaurant Bird of Smithfield , a five-storey bar, restaurant and...