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New boutique hotel & restaurant set to capitalise on Nottingham’s business boost

31-Jan-2014 - A historic building in Nottingham has undergone a £1.5 million transformation into a new boutique hotel, bar and restaurant, at a time when business in the East Midlands city is...

Consumer confidence setback puts restaurants in ‘stop-start mode’

31-Jan-2014 - With latest figures showing that consumer confidence suffered an unexpected dip in the final quarter of 2013, foodservice consultancy Horizons believes the eating-out sector will remain in ‘stop-start mode’ until...

Philippe Conticini opens ‘pastry shop of dreams’ in London

31-Jan-2014 - La Pâtisserie des Rêves, the Parisian boutique patisserie concept from pastry chef Philippe Conticini, is opening its first UK outlet today (31 January) with a site in Marylebone High Street....

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Survey seeks young people's views on pub and bar careers

31-Jan-2014 - The Pub & Bars Careers programme has launched a survey to gather young people's views on working in the pub and bar sector.

OFT clears way for cheaper hotel room discounts

31-Jan-2014 - Online travel agents (OTAs) and hotels will now be able to offer greater discounts on online bookings after an investigation from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into competition practices.

Premier League prosecutes pub over foreign satellite football screening

31-Jan-2014 - The Premier league has begun its crackdown on foreign football broadcasts in pubs, with one landlord forced to pay out £65,000 in legal costs after a ruling in the High Court.

Starwood's keyless mobile check-in not the end for human interaction

31-Jan-2014 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts has unveiled new smartphone key technology, enabling guests to bypass the front desk altogether, but experts say it is not the beginning of the end for...

Equipping your kitchen: Imperial launches Hatco Therm-Max Salamander

31-Jan-2014 - Our final piece of kitchen equipment to be featured this week is the Hatco Them-Max Salamander from Imperial Catering Equipment – a versatile salamander that ‘delivers big benefits but is...

Five Hilton hotels and the Lowry up for sale

30-Jan-2014 - With analysts pointing to a resurgence in UK hotel investment, six major properties have been put up for sale.

Equipping your kitchen: The latest products in pictures

30-Jan-2014 - From large bespoke oven ranges to small salamander grills, chefs' requirements' for their perfect kitchen are often as varied and fanciful as they are mind-blowingly expensive. But hopefully this picture...

Employment assistance programme launched by Hospitality Action

30-Jan-2014 - Hospitality Action is encouraging catering and hospitality businesses to join a new scheme providing 24-hour support to employees facing hard times.

Travelodge ramps up room refurb programme as customer satisfaction scores double

30-Jan-2014 - Travelodge’s £57m bedroom refurbishment project is already paying dividends: customer satisfaction scores at revamped properties have doubled over the past year, and the budget hotel chain is now accelerating the...

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London Wine Fair earmarks funds to attract sommelier visits

30-Jan-2014 - Organisers of The London Wine Fair are aiming to attract more sommeliers and on-trade buyers to this year's event by earmarking funds to help pay for their travel and accommodation...

Asia-based Dorsett Hospitality International to open first UK hotel

30-Jan-2014 - Asia-based hotel operator Dorsett Hospitality International is set to open its first property in the UK this year following the conversion of the former Shepherds Bush Pavilion into a 317-bedroom...

Bianco43 owners open fourth restaurant

30-Jan-2014 - Bianco43, the Italian restaurant company run by Massimo Parodi and Fabrizio Margarita, is to open its fourth site close to Trafalgar Square today (30 January). 

Ego looks to expand in Midlands and North West

30-Jan-2014 - 3Sisxty Restaurants is hoping to expand its Ego Mediterranean brand into pubs in the Midlands and North West.

Equipping your kitchen: Cuppone's new 'Donatello' pizza oven

30-Jan-2014 - The new ‘Donatello’ oven from pizza equipment manufacturer Cuppone is the third piece of kitchen kit to be included in our equipment special feature.  

Equipping your kitchen: a buyer's guide

29-Jan-2014 - How much should I spend? How long should it last? Do I even really need one? These are the questions every chef and restaurant operator will be asking when on...

Young hospitality entrepreneur to open butcher/restaurant concept in London

29-Jan-2014 - Luca Mathiszig-Lee, the young entrepreneur that BigHospitality profiled not too long ago, has stuck to his ambition of opening more hospitality businesses in London, having secured a site in Hackney...

TripAdvisor publishes tips for attracting Chinese travellers

29-Jan-2014 - With Chinese tourism due to drive growth in the UK hospitality sector in coming years, TripAdvisor has published tips for hotels looking to attract Chinese customers.

Craft Guild of Chefs invites entries for NCOTY and Graduate Awards 2014

29-Jan-2014 - The Craft Guild of Chefs is calling for chefs to enter this year's National Chef of the Year (NCOTY) competition and its Graduate Awards. 

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack to open at Exmouth Market

29-Jan-2014 - Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack, the pop-up-to-permanent restaurant which opened in Fitzrovia in 2012, is to open a second site at London's Exmouth Market this year. 

UK leads growth in EMEA hotel investment

29-Jan-2014 - The UK is leading a ‘resurgence’ in hotel investment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Hotel Investor Outlook 2013.

Equipping your kitchen: MKN's new FlexiCombi MagicPilot steamer

29-Jan-2014 - The second in our series of new kitchen equipment for this week’s Special Feature is the new ‘FlexiCombi MagicPilot’ combi steamer from German cooking technology manufacturer MKN.

UK restaurants capitalise on healthy eating trend

28-Jan-2014 - Mediterranean chain Mezze Restaurants has reported surging January sales on the back of demand for healthy food.

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