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

All aboard: Network Rail’s sales results show growing business potential of railway stations for restaurants

20-Sep-2012 - With branded national restaurant chains increasingly recognising the potential of high-footfall transport hubs, Network Rail’s latest train station F&B sales results prove that the areas are now becoming eating, drinking...

Chipotle to open sixth London restaurant

20-Sep-2012 - US burrito chain Chipotle has announced plans to open its sixth restaurant in London next year after securing a site in Wimbledon. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: September 2012

19-Sep-2012 - In our People on the Move gallery, BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers of the hospitality industry. The past month has seen a number of new appointments...

Bar Sport seeks franchisees to grow brand following Britain's year of sport

19-Sep-2012 - Bar Sport, the American sports bar model founded by Scott Murray, is looking for more franchisees to help grow the business following a year of sporting success for Great Britain. ...

Apero restaurant opens in new boutique hotel in South Kensington

19-Sep-2012 - Apero, a modern Mediterranean restaurant inspired by the Italian tradition of the aperitivo drinks, has opened this week within the recently re-launched Ampersand Hotel in Harrington Road, South Kensington.

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First guest chef announced for House of Wolf

19-Sep-2012 - Experimental dining and drinking venue House of Wolf has announced that food artist Caroline Hobkinson will take up the first guest chef residency when it opens its doors next month. ...

Simply Indian opens in Wadhurst promoting use of seafood in British curry scene

18-Sep-2012 - Simply Indian, a new 60-cover restaurant and bar serving traditional curry house favourites along with a strong fish and seafood offering, is opening in Wadhurst,  East Sussex, today. 

Rumble in the Kitchen: How a boxing match plans to give future hospitality talent a chance

18-Sep-2012 - Twenty-two members of the industry are set to battle it out in the boxing ring later this week for Rumble in the Kitchen, a charity event designed to raise funds...

London 2012 Olympics brings major room yield boost for hotels

18-Sep-2012 - Hotels in London recorded an increase in room yield by almost 50 per cent last month as a result of year-on-year room rates rocketing up from £110.22 to £165.05 a...

Hilton secures contract for Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl hotel

18-Sep-2012 - Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement with RB Hotels to open a 171-bedroom Hilton hotel at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl - England’s latest test match venue and home of Hampshire...

Cloche Hat becomes Stovell’s, taking inspiration from Asador Etxebarri

17-Sep-2012 - Fernando and Kristy Stovell, the former joint head chefs of London's Cuckoo Club, have transformed the Cloche Hat restaurant on the rural outskirts of Chobham into Stovell’s, a new contemporary...

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Record year for Drake & Morgan as profit rises 33%

17-Sep-2012 - Drake & Morgan, the City-based bar group led by Jillian Maclean, has announced a record pre-tax profit of almost £1.3m for the year ending 31 March 2012, a 33 per...

Encouraging year-end trading for D&D London on day Old Bengal Warehouse opens

17-Sep-2012 - D&D London's chairman and chief executive Des Gunewardena today reported an 'encouraging' performance at his London restaurants after profit across the group rose 4 per cent to £4.2m despite a...

The Jam Tree extends food-led pub estate to Clapham

17-Sep-2012 - Privately-owned gastropub group The Jam Tree has continued its expansion plans by opening its third venue in as many years last week with a new site in Clapham; it joins...

Olympic shrines, medal count boards and Going for Gold cocktails: Making the most of national events

17-Sep-2012 - With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games now over, hospitality businesses in the capital have had time to reflect on event's financial repercussions. BigHospitality has spoken to three of these...

The British Larder named Best Food Pub at the Great British Pub Awards 2012

14-Sep-2012 - The British Larder in Bromeswell, Suffolk has been named Best Food Pub in the Great British Pub Awards 2012 and co-founder Ross Pike has revealed the award has helped drive interest...

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Prezzo becomes latest restaurant group to join industry VAT club

14-Sep-2012 - Prezzo chief executive Jonathan Kaye has declared the issue of VAT is 'vital' for the industry as the restaurant operator joins the industry lobbying organisation VAT Club JB.

J D Wetherspoon predicts post-summer 2012 sales drop

14-Sep-2012 - Pub operator J D Wetherspoon has become the latest hospitality business to warn of the possible sales growth 'hangover' following a summer of sport, the Olympics and headline events.

Alvin Leung: Pearls of Wisdom

14-Sep-2012 - The chef-patron of two-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong and self-styled ‘Demon Chef’ is launching a sibling restaurant, Bo London, in Mayfair later this year.

New Llangoed Hall MD plans investment to restore hotel to ‘former glory’

13-Sep-2012 - The new managing director for Llangoed Hall, the former Von Essen hotel which went into administration last year, has outlined plans to restore the 23-bedroom hotel to its former glory.

TV Dragon James Caan wraps up sale of Von Essen’s hotel empire

13-Sep-2012 - The final two hotels in the Von Essen portfolio, Ston Easton Park in Somerset and Sharrow Bay in Cumbria, have been acquired by former BBC ‘Dragon’ James Caan for a...

Devon villagers seek pub tenant after grouping together to buy their local

13-Sep-2012 - A group of 57 residents in the Devon village of Cadeleigh have become the latest community group to save their local by clubbing together to buy the Cadelieigh Arms pub...

Accor opens first UK hotel under upscale Pullman brand

13-Sep-2012 - Global hotel operator Accor has opened the first hotel in the UK under its upscale Pullman brand by completing the conversion of the former Novotel in St. Pancras, London.

Camra’s Good Beer Guide 2013 hails Britain's brewery boom

13-Sep-2012 - The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is today raising a glass to the 40th anniversary of its flagship publication the Good Beer Guide which reports that there are now just...

De Vere Group continues offloading non-core hotels with sale of University Arms

12-Sep-2012 - Following the successful joint sale of the Royal Bath hotel in Bournemouth and the Daresbury Park Hotel in Warrington, De Vere Group is ploughing on with the offload of its...