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Domino's and JD Wetherspoon defend animal welfare policies

23-Jan-2017 - McDonald’s and Greggs have topped a list of 28 foodservice companies ranked according to their animal welfare policies, while Domino's and JD Wetherspoon were among the worst. 

Kew Green Hotels plans UK expansion

23-Jan-2017 - Kew Green Hotels has confirmed it is planning further expansion in the UK just over a year after its sale to a Chinese hotel group. 

Pastry Team UK aims for the podium at Patisserie World Cup 2017

23-Jan-2017 - [Photo credit: Pastry Team UK] Pastry Team UK has completed its competition day at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie 2017 at the Sirha exhibition in Lyon, ahead of the...


How a restaurant brand can retain personality as the business grows

23-Jan-2017 - Growing a brand and opening multiple sites is the aim of many restaurant operators, but how do you hold onto the essence of the original as your empire grows? Helene...

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 16/01 - 20/01

20-Jan-2017 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Wine industry launches push for duty cut

20-Jan-2017 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is stepping up its efforts to encourage the Chancellor to reduce wine duty this year.

Angus Deayton takes over from Tom Kerridge as host of professional Bake Off

20-Jan-2017 - Television presenter Angus Deayton is to take over from chef Tom Kerridge as the host of professional pastry chef show Bake Off: Crème de la Crème.

Malmaison Hotel du Vin to open in York

20-Jan-2017 - Boutique hotel group Malmaison Hotel du Vin is to open a 160-bedroom hotel at Yorkshire House in York after receiving planning permission for its multi-million pound renovation proposal.

Restaurant chains' sustainable fish use rises but diners still unsure

20-Jan-2017 - High street restaurant chains have been commended for their increasing use of sustainable fish and seafood, but still need to increase information given to diners, a new report has concluded.

Deliveroo launches subscription service

20-Jan-2017 - Deliveroo, the online restaurant delivery service, has launched a subscription service aimed at regular users.


Matin Miah on the rise of Jamaican food, expansion and that Caribbean vibe

20-Jan-2017 - As co-founder of “real jerk” Dalston restaurant Rudie’s, Matin Miah knows a thing or two about the rise of Jamaican food. As the brand looks to expand its bar and...

NRB Top 50 hospitality powerlist opens for entries

19-Jan-2017 - Hospitality operators in the North of England are being urged to enter the NRB Top Fifty Awards 2017.

New appointments at British Tourist Authority and VisitEngland

19-Jan-2017 - Culture secretary Karen Bradley MP has appointed new chairs of the British Tourist Authority and VisitEngland.

Ashley Palmer-Watts returns to Kenya with Farm Africa

19-Jan-2017 - Ashley Palmer-Watts, executive head chef at the Fat Duck Group, has returned to Kenya to launch Nairobi Restaurant Week in partnership with charity Farm Africa. 

Cinnamon Collection launches chef training scheme

19-Jan-2017 - Vivek Singh, executive chef at The Cinnamon Collection, has launched a chef de partie training programme across the group’s four London restaurants.

Karaoke bar Lucky Voice shapes up F&B, seeks London expansion

19-Jan-2017 - Karaoke bar Lucky Voice has announced plans to open a third site in London as it shapes up its F&B offer and adds more languages to its playlist. ...

Balans Soho Society to open in Clapham

19-Jan-2017 - Balans Soho Society is to launch a new restaurant and bar in Clapham, London to mark its 30th anniversary later this year.

Chain restaurants and pubs given festive uplift

19-Jan-2017 - Like-for-like sales across 34 of the UK's largest restaurant and pub groups rose 2 per cent over the last festive season figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker have shown. 

Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts owners to open Indian restaurant at Hibiscus site

18-Jan-2017 - The owners of Indian hotel group Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts are to open an Indian restaurant on the site of Claude Bosi's former restaurant Hibiscus. 

Accor in talks over HotelInvest sale

18-Jan-2017 - AccorHotels has begun discussions with potential third party investors to take over the majority share in its HotelInvest division, the company said this week.

S. Pellegrino Young Chef competition returns for 2017

18-Jan-2017 - The S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition is returning this year with an additional region and taking place over an extended period of time. 

Urban Leisure Group to open 70s-inspired bar Bobby Fitzpatrick

18-Jan-2017 - Urban Leisure Group, operator of London bars Coin Laundry and Alice House, is to open a 70s-inspired bar in West Hampstead this week. 

Industry to Theresa May: make immigration system flexible

18-Jan-2017 - Tourism trade association UKinbound is urging Prime Minister Theresa May to create an immigration system that is ‘flexible’ to the needs of the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors as well...

Roux Scholarship 2017: Anne-Sophie Pic named honorary president of judges

18-Jan-2017 - Chef Anne-Sophie Pic has been named honorary president of judges for the Roux Scholarship 2017. 

Dirty Bones to open first restaurant outside London

17-Jan-2017 - Dirty Bones is to open its first restaurant outside of London later this year at the new Westgate Oxford development. 

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