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Chris Knights of Young's Pubs on the importance of developing pub chefs

29-Jan-2016 - Chris Knights, group executive chef at Young's Pubs and Geronimo Inns, launched Young's Chef Academy last year. He feels strongly that developing and recognising chefs within the company will help...

The top five stories in hospitality 25/01/16 - 29/01/16

29-Jan-2016 - This weeks top 5 round-up includes news on a new service starting at McDonald's and a sneak-peak video of a new pub from Michelin-starred brothers.

Flagship Brasserie Blanc to be refurbished

29-Jan-2016 - Brasserie Blanc, the 17-strong French restaurant chain led by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, has announced that its flagship restaurant and bar on London’s Southbank will be renovated.

77% would lower drink-drive limit, survey reveals ahead of Lords debate

29-Jan-2016 - Doctors and health experts have urged the House of Lords to support a bill calling for the drink-driving limit to be lowered, bringing England, Wales and Northern Ireland in line...

EasyHotel in Edinburgh sold to London-based investor and operator

29-Jan-2016 - The easyHotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street has been sold to a London based investor and operator for around £1.75m.

Michelin-starred LIMA considering rolling-out Harrods deli concept

29-Jan-2016 - The team behind London’s Michelin-starred LIMA and LIMA FLORAL restaurants are considering rolling-out their upcoming LIMA Deli concept after its debut at Harrods food hall later this year.

Bar Soba adopts Living Wage early to support 'relentless' expansion plans

28-Jan-2016 - Asian restaurant group Bar Soba is to pay its staff the National Living Wage two months early in order to support its ‘relentless’ expansion plans.

UK floods: Government help for tourism businesses branded 'totally inadequate'

28-Jan-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is among critics of a £15m Government funding package designed to help flood-hit tourism businesses in Cumbria.

Som Saa set for first permanent site

28-Jan-2016 - Popular Thai pop-up Som Saa is set to open its first permanent site in Spitalfields, London, this Spring, following a successful crowdfunding campaign that saw it raise £700k in three...


Valentine's Day: Add sharing dishes to menu for right atmosphere

28-Jan-2016 - February 14 is always one of the busiest nights of the year for the foodservice industry, as couples look to treat loved ones to a special meal out-of-home. From creating...

Aberdeen restaurant relaunches as Cue

28-Jan-2016 - Aberdeen-based Beetroot Restaurants Ltd has announced the opening of CUE Barbecue, which replaces the company’s The Courtyard restaurant after a one-month renovation process.

TripAdvisor app to be pre-loaded on Windows 10 devices

28-Jan-2016 - TripAdvisor has launched a new app for Windows 10 allowing users to easily book hotels and restaurants using their smartphone.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill opening in Islington

28-Jan-2016 - Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is opening his Steakhouse Bar & Grill concept in Islington, London, in February.

The Seafood Restaurant and Lancaster London appear in Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer 2016 list

28-Jan-2016 - Seven businesses from the hospitality and foodservice sectors, including Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant and London hotel Lancaster London, have been named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer 2016. 

Jeff Galvin: Blurred lines between pubs and restaurants

27-Jan-2016 - The line that has been drawn between pubs and restaurants is blurring as restaurateurs are being priced out of London and pushed into pub operations, according to Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur...

Chiquito to demonstrate ‘brand improvements’ with new Mexican street-food menu

27-Jan-2016 - Tex-Mex restaurant chain Chiquito will launch a new menu with a dedicated Mexican street food focus next month as part of its development of the brand.

Vegetarians avoid Gourmet Burger Kitchen over 'offensive' adverts

27-Jan-2016 - A series of ‘offensive’ Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) adverts criticised by vegetarians and vegans could lead to a drop in customer numbers at the chain, a new study has found.

Fish-focused restaurant Galley to open in London's Islington

27-Jan-2016 - Galley, a restaurant serving international dishes with a strong focus on fish, is set to open its doors on Islington's Upper Street next month. 

Ex-Hedone chef opening Devon-inspired pop-up restaurant

27-Jan-2016 - Ex-Hedone head chef Lee Skeet is to open a pop-up restaurant in London inspired by his coastal Devon roots and experience working in Michelin-starred kitchens.

Diners becoming increasingly adventurous

27-Jan-2016 - Consumers are becoming increasingly adventurous with their eating and drinking out choice with the trend being driven by millennials, the Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker has shown.

UK celebrates record breaking Chinese tourism figures

27-Jan-2016 - The number of Chinese tourists visiting the UK increased by almost 40 per cent in the first nine months of 2015, smashing previous visitor records.

First Look: Galvin HOP

27-Jan-2016 - BigHospitality takes an exclusive First Look at Galvin HOP, the brand new pub concept from the Michelin-starred Galvin Brothers, which opens today in Spitalfields, London, following a soft launch period.

London's 'first zero-waste restaurant' opening in Notting Hill

26-Jan-2016 - A restaurant which claims to be the first zero-waste vegetarian eatery in London will open its doors this week.

McDonalds to launch table service and gourmet burgers at 400 UK restaurants

26-Jan-2016 - McDonalds has announced plans to roll-out table service and its cooked-to-order burger range across hundreds of UK restaurants in a bid to challenge its high-end rivals.

The Dorchester to run first pop-up restaurant at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

26-Jan-2016 - The Dorchester will be serving its afternoon tea outside of its Hyde Park Corner location for the first time in its 75-year history through a pop-up restaurant at this year's...

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