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A bit on the side: restaurants maximise revenue with innovative add-ons

30-Jan-2015 - Soaring costs, changing consumer demands and the rise of the big brands mean independent eateries can’t afford to rest on their laurels. BigHospitality looks at some innovative ways that restaurants...

Off-trade beer sales overtake on-trade for first time

30-Jan-2015 - Sales of beer in supermarkets and off-licences overtook pub sales for the first time on record last year, according to the latest data from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA)....

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Porky's outlines 2015 expansion plans

30-Jan-2015 - Porky’s, the Memphis BBQ restaurant, is rolling out four sites this year as part of its plan to reach 10 over the next two years, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C...

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Essential Cuisine launches search for Britain's Best Brigades

30-Jan-2015 - Essential Cuisine has launched a nationwide search for the UK’s hardest working chef teams.

Dishoom named best UK eatery by Yelp

30-Jan-2015 - Dishoom Covent Garden has topped a list of the best 100 eateries in the UK compiled by online city guide Yelp.

Meliá to open Glasgow and Birmingham hotels

30-Jan-2015 - Spanish group Meliá Hotels has revealed plans to open two further UK hotels under its premium Innside brand.


David Carter of Smokestak on why he swapped fine dining for barbecue

29-Jan-2015 - A former front-of-house manager at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and Roka, Barbudian David Carter turned his back on fine-dining in 2013 to launch barbecue street-food concept Smokestak which is currently...

Ben Spalding to take over the kitchens at The Laundry E8

29-Jan-2015 - Chef Ben Spalding is returning to the kitchen after a two-year break with a month-long residency at The Laundry E8.

Eating alone is biggest concern for solo travellers

29-Jan-2015 - Restaurant staff are being urged to make solo diners feel more comfortable after a survey found that a quarter of British diners feel they receive worse service when dining alone. ...

Infographic: Adding loyalty to the menu - does it pay off?

29-Jan-2015 - Restaurants should offer freebies when they first open to increase footfall and build customer loyalty through reward schemes, according this new infographic from marketing and loyalty platform provider Coniq.

Survey reveals London dining habits

29-Jan-2015 - Local sourcing and provenance are more important to Londoners than the reputation of a restaurant’s head chef, according to new research from Camden eatery Gilgamesh.

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Ramada hotels at Salford Quays and Birmingham for sale

29-Jan-2015 - Ramada hotels at Salford Quays and the Mailbox in Birmingham have gone on the market giving investors the chance to buy established properties which could be repositioned and rebranded.  

Bocuse d'Or 2015 in pictures

29-Jan-2015 - The UK team took 10th place at the Bocuse d'Or 2015 in Lyon this week, with Norweigan chef Orjan Johannessen from restaurant Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri in Austevoll impressing the jury to win...

Tokyo Industries targets student market with Get Baked partnership

29-Jan-2015 - Late-night venue operator Tokyo Industries is targeting the student market with the launch of a new collaboration with takeaway operator Get Baked. 

Bocuse d'Or 2015: Norway wins, UK team comes 10th

28-Jan-2015 - Norway has won the Bocuse d’Or 2015 at the competition’s world final held in Lyon, with the USA and Sweden finishing in second and third place respectively.

Hotel profits up across UK in 2014

28-Jan-2015 - The UK hotel industry had a ‘great year’ in 2014, with strong December performance helping push profits up across London and the provinces, according to the latest UK Chain Hotels...

Jurys Inn acquired by Lone Star Funds for £680m

28-Jan-2015 - Hotel group Jurys Inn has been bought by an affiliate of private equity firm Lone Star Funds for £680m. 

Hakkasan plans 15 restaurants and hotel in the UK

28-Jan-2015 - International hospitality group Hakkasan is looking to more than double its estate in 2015 with the opening of 15 new restaurants across its portfolio of brands, including a new concept...

Virgin Hotels searches for sites in London

28-Jan-2015 - Richard Branson's Virgin Hotels has confirmed that it is considering London as a key location for a new hotel. 

Gas Street Social to open in Birmingham's Mailbox complex

28-Jan-2015 - Shaker Group has revealed plans to open upmarket restaurant and cocktail bar Gas Street Social in Birmingham this March.


Mr Trotter's heats up pork scratchings range with English Mustard

28-Jan-2015 - Mr Trotter's has extended its Great British Pork Crackling range with an English Mustard flavour.

People on the Move in Hospitality: January 2015

28-Jan-2015 - A new year and a new start for these seven members of the hospitality industry who have landed exciting new jobs at a range of hotels and restaurants, including Rosewood...

Brighton's zero-waste restaurant in crowdfunding drive

27-Jan-2015 - A Brighton restaurant that claims to generate no material waste is running a crowdfunding campaign to further extend its green credentials.

Franco Manca & Crab Tavern take London’s Broadgate Circle scheme close to capacity

27-Jan-2015 - A £20m retail redevelopment in London’s Square Mile is now almost fully pre-let after three restaurants took units on long-term leases.

Sandals seeks UK chefs for growing restaurant portfolio

27-Jan-2015 - Luxury Caribbean resort operator Sandals has started a recruitment drive for skilled chefs to work within its growing restaurant portfolio as it looks to 'offer guests the most comprehensive dining...

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