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Ask the Experts: What’s the best way to launch a social media campaign?

31-Jan-2011 - Simon Beck, business development director at PR consultancy Hills Balfour, answers one reader's question on launching a social media campaign.

Food Trends 2011: Dining Trends

31-Jan-2011 - Vouchers and discounts have meant big business for restaurants over the last year, but with consumers increasingly looking for value in more than just their wallets, and with warnings that...

YO! Sushi becomes first restaurant chain to join Facebook Deals

31-Jan-2011 - YO! Sushi has been selected as the only restaurant group to participate in the launch of Facebook Deals, a new way for organisations to reward users that “check in” with...

BBPA produces British Tourism Week guide for pubs

31-Jan-2011 - The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has produced a guide for pubs and brewers to help them make the most of British Tourism Week (12-20 March).

Chinese Elvis at Opium Teahouse, and Dumpling Festival at Mushu

28-Jan-2011 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels including the Opium Teahouse and Mushu, tell us what promotions they’re running to attract consumers during Chinese New Year.

Brittania Hotels acquires Pontin’s

28-Jan-2011 - The Brittania Hotel Group has successfully acquired leisure group Pontin's as a going concern, after the group fell into administration in December.

Extended opening hours for London Olympics

28-Jan-2011 - London’s Westminster Council is to grant more late licences to bars and restaurants in the capital in a three-month window surrounding the 2012 Olympic Games.

Roka duo to launch Italian Mayfair restaurant

28-Jan-2011 - Peter and Arjun Waney, co-founders of Zuma and Roka, have partnered with former A-Z Restaurants director Giuliano Lotto to launch a new Italian restaurant in Mayfair.

Salon Culinaire 2011 Results: Live Theatre

28-Jan-2011 - The Hospitality Show once again returned to the NEC Birmingham this week, bringing with it the Salon Culinaire 2011.

Crabbie’s launches non-alcoholic ginger mixers

28-Jan-2011 - Halewood international, distributor of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, has announced the launch of a range of Crabbie’s Ginger Mixers.

Pearls of Wisdom: Yotam Ottolenghi

28-Jan-2011 - Born in Israel, Ottolenghi worked as a journalist before heading to the UK in 1998 to study at the Cordon Bleu. He oversees four Ottolenghi branches in London, while his...

Restaurants not online are ‘invisible’, says research

27-Jan-2011 - A worrying number of restaurants are not embracing technology and the internet to promote their businesses, research from online reservations and marketing service Livebookings has found.

Considerate Hoteliers call for entries to sustainability awards

27-Jan-2011 - Hotels are being urged to send in applications for the Considerate Hoteliers Association (CHA) Awards, which recognise sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible practices in their operations.

Salon Culinaire 2011 Results: Salon Display

27-Jan-2011 - The results of the Salon Culinaire Salon Display competitions, in which hoards of chefs and patissiers strived to create platters, sculptures and decorative foods, have been announced.

Tapas restaurant opens second site in Charing Cross

27-Jan-2011 - The owners of the Spanish restaurant Jamon Jamon, located in London’s Camden, have purchased a new site in central London, where they plan to open a second branch next month....

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Zizzi to open in London's Uxbridge

27-Jan-2011 - Zizzi, the Italian restaurant chain that is part of Gondola Holdings, is to open in Uxbridge at a former Auberge site.

Heston Blumenthal opens Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental

26-Jan-2011 - BigHospitality has some sneak preview pictures of Heston Blumenthal’s first London restaurant Dinner, which is to launch on 31 January at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Denmark wins the Bocuse d'Or 2011

26-Jan-2011 - Denmark has won the Bocuse d'Or 2011 at the competitions world final held in Lyon today, with Sweden and Norway finishing in second and third places respectively.

News in brief

Lancaster London engages guests in fundraising

26-Jan-2011 - The Lancaster London hotel has gained the support of almost half of its guests in its latest bout of environmental and community efforts.

Diageo bags bars for draught cocktail

26-Jan-2011 - Diageo is trialling its first draught cocktail in the UK under its Smirnoff brand.

Masala Zone to expand outside of London

26-Jan-2011 - Masala Zone, the seven-strong Indian chain, has announced plans to expand outside London and is currently looking for sites in the south east.

Suda completes line-up at St Martin's Courtyard

26-Jan-2011 - Thai concept Suda has completed the dining line-up at the St Martin’s Courtyard development in London’s Covent Garden.

Arena’s Savoy Lecture resumes with Compass chief exec

26-Jan-2011 - The hospitality networking group Arena is re-launching its annual Savoy Lecture event, which will kick off this year with a talk by Richard Cousins, group chief executive at Compass.

Bocuse d’Or: follow events live as they unfold

26-Jan-2011 - Day two at Bocuse d’Or kicks off and BigHospitality is there to bring you live updates throughout the day as our very own Simon Hulstone competes.

‘Waspinator’ designed to keep wasps out of pub gardens

26-Jan-2011 - An ecologically-friendly fake wasps’ nest is being promoted to pubs and bars with outdoor areas as an alternative way to ensure their premises are wasp-free in the summer months

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