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PubChef Food Excellence Awards 2008

29-Feb-2008 - Former PR man Ross Williams, who only entered the pub trade five years ago, scoops the top prize at tonights glitzy awards bash at the Dorchester hotel in London.

Top Prize for Boisdale of Belgravia

29-Feb-2008 - Whisky Magazine names London venue its Restaurant of the Year.

Grille Restaurant Rollout

29-Feb-2008 - Plans announced for a new Grille restaurant, and more to follow.

Top Restaurant Brands for Leicester Development

29-Feb-2008 - Carluccios, YO! Sushi, Wagamama and the Handmade Burger Company will all open at the £350million Highcross scheme in Leicester.

Rapid Expansion for Gastro Taverns

29-Feb-2008 - Scottish bar and restaurant group Gastro Taverns partners SHK in move for expansion

MSC Rewarded for Fish Friendliness

29-Feb-2008 - Good Housekeeping recognises MSC for Outstanding Contribution to Food

SHK in £1million Deal with Gastro Taverns

29-Feb-2008 - SHK Property and Investments has agreed a £1million partnership with Gastro Taverns to develop its licensed trade property alongside the expansion of Gastros restaurant and pub portfolio.

Pub Chef Insures his Tastebuds for £1million

29-Feb-2008 - A Wetherspoons curry chef has had his palate insured for £1million after deciding his sense of taste was too valuable to lose.

Whitbread to Merge its Hotels and Restaurants

28-Feb-2008 - Leisure giant outlines plans to merge its hotel and restaurant businesses in an effort to save the company £25million next year.

Whitbread to Sell Restaurants

28-Feb-2008 - Whitbread has announced its intention to sell off around 20 Beefeater or Brewers fayre restaurants after struggling to get planning permission for adjacent hotels on the sites.

Scotland Outperforms Rest of UK

28-Feb-2008 - Scotlands hotel sector outperformed everywhere else in the Uk last year, according to the latest figures from business advisors PKF

Bennett Plans Major Hotel Scheme

28-Feb-2008 - St Georges day fan landlord Tony Bennett is planning a £1.5million private hotel scheme on the site of his pub, the Firs in Norwich.

Caf? Boheme to Re-Open

28-Feb-2008 - Ed Wilson, formerly of the Galvin, is to lead the kitchen at re-launched Soho restaurant when it opens again in March.

Admiral Hotel's Electric Storm

28-Feb-2008 - The Dukes Head hotel in Yarmouth ready to reopen after inspectors demanded urgent electrical repairs

Training Venture for Morton's Man

28-Feb-2008 - Plans for new training company and recruitment franchise unveiled by John Davey, who is leaving his post as general manager at Mortons private members club

TV Chef Brothers' Restaurant Burns Down

28-Feb-2008 - A restaurant belonging to TV chefs James and Chris Tanner - the stars of Ready, Steady, Cook - has been badly damaged by a fire which tore through the building...

Almondy Provides Gluten-Free Solution

27-Feb-2008 - The demand for gluten-free products is on the increase. Swedish premium frozen cake manufacturer Almondy has a range of desserts that fit the bill.

Quality Laundry and Drying Equipment from Danube

27-Feb-2008 - French commercial laundry and drying equipment manufacturer Danube is to roll out a large, high quality range in the UK through Gillmans distributors.

Laurel in Big Sell-Off

27-Feb-2008 - Laurel Pub Company puts up to 100 sites up for sale. The properties include a number of established brands such as Yatess, the Slug and Lettuce and Hogs Head.

Caines Aims for Manchester Michelin Win

27-Feb-2008 - Double-star-winning chef Michael Caines is aiming to win Manchesters first Michelin star in over two decades when he opens Michael Caines at ABode next month

Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards

27-Feb-2008 - The fifth Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards have been handed out at a lavish ceremony at the Prestonfield Hotel, Edinburgh. The awards recognise the work of staff from all...

No Reason to Fear Credit Crunch

27-Feb-2008 - New PriceWaterhouseCoopers figures suggest global financial uncertainty may even turn out to be a positive thing for the UK hotel industry

Hotels Back Heathrow Runway Plans

27-Feb-2008 - A coalition of leading hotels in or around Heathrow is throwing its weight behind plans to build a third runway at the airport, claiming congestion and delays at the airport...

Marlon Abela to Continue Empire Expansion

27-Feb-2008 - Restaurant tycoon reveals his plans to open a further 12 establishments in the next five years, taking his total turnover to around £200 million. The plans include a new bistro...

HSE Initiative to Highlight Effects of Workplace Injuries

27-Feb-2008 - The Health and Safety Executive lauches the Shattered Lives campaign to support victims of accidents in the workplace.

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