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Breakfast: Is your hotel getting it right?

28-Feb-2011 - Breakfast in hotels is often one of the most under-rated and overlooked meals, but if it’s done right it becomes a key driver for business and extra revenue. BigHospitality takes...

New service provides UK hotel data and analysis

28-Feb-2011 - A new hotel data service has been designed to provide intelligence and benchmarking analysis to a range of businesses with interest in the UK hotel sector.

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Pizza Express opens tenth restaurant in the City

28-Feb-2011 - Evolving restaurant chain Pizza Express is to open its tenth restaurant in the City at Fenchurch Place.

Hotels across UK hit by tough trading in January

28-Feb-2011 - Hotels in London were faced with lower demand for their rooms in January, indicating that even the resilience of the capital is impacted by the traditionally tough trading month.

Restaurants abusing ‘local’ claims, investigation reveals

28-Feb-2011 - Restaurants across England and Wales are using false ‘local’ claims on some of their products, a Local Government Regulation investigation has revealed.

Gordon Ramsay Holdings sued for unfair dismissal

28-Feb-2011 - Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant group is being sued by former accountant Sara Stewart, following allegations of sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal.

New Hobart utensil washer reduces carbon emissions

28-Feb-2011 - The new UP series Utensil Washer from Hobart claims to deliver a better cleaning performance while reducing kitchen operators’ energy consumption by up to 30 per cent.

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Covent Garden’s IceCreamists serves breast milk ice cream

25-Feb-2011 - Covent Garden ice-cream parlour The IceCreamists has started serving breast milk ice cream served in a martini glass.

Luxury Britain campaign targets wealthy Asian tourists

25-Feb-2011 - Britain is launching a new marketing campaign to attract affluent Asian and Middle-Eastern tourists by promoting some of the country’s luxury resorts and destinations.

Meridien Piccadilly and Homewood Park appointments

25-Feb-2011 - Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts has appointed a new general manager for its London property Le Meridien Piccadilly.

Antique dining at Roux at the Landau, and Iberico Pork at Opera Tavern

25-Feb-2011 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels including Roux at the Landau and Opera Tavern tell us what promotions they’re running to attract customers.

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Sunday Times names The Cavendish Hotel as best small hotel employer

25-Feb-2011 - The Cavendish Hotel in London was named the 35th Best Small Company to Work For by the Sunday Times – the only hotel to make the list.

Pearls of Wisdom: Michael Caines

25-Feb-2011 - Trained under Raymond Blanc and Joël Robuchon, Michael Caines is operational partner, director and executive chef at both Devon’s Gidleigh Park and The Bath Priory in Bath.

Talisien freestanding bath designed for bedroom or bathroom

25-Feb-2011 - British bath manufacturer Design & Form has launched a new double-ended, freestanding bath from its Cabuchon Bathforms range.

Benito’s Hat expands to three Mexican restaurants

25-Feb-2011 - Benito’s Hat Mexican Kitchen, the restaurant group founded by a former City tax lawyer, is to open a third site in Oxford Circus in April.

St Pancras Renaissance announces key appointments

24-Feb-2011 - The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has announced several appointments ahead of its soft opening at the end of next month.

Pizza Express rolls out Living Lab design

24-Feb-2011 - Pizza Express is set to roll out the pioneering features from its Living Lab site in Richmond to the rest of its estate, starting with six “New Generation” restaurants penned...

Punch launches Original Pub format

24-Feb-2011 - Punch Pub Company, the managed arm of Punch Taverns, is to roll out a new pub format – Original Pub Company – as part of its continued focus on concept strategy.

Drake & Morgan founder shortlisted for Business Woman of the Year

24-Feb-2011 - Jillian MacLean, founder and managing director of restaurant/bar group Drake & Morgan, has been shortlisted for the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year award 2011.

CBI: Consumer service firms continue to struggle

24-Feb-2011 - Consumer service firms, such as restaurants and hotels, continued to struggle in the three months to February, as the gap in sentiment between firms that rely on consumer spending and...

‘Facebook Factor’ inspires 52% to make travel bookings

24-Feb-2011 - A new survey has found that the social networking site Facebook has a powerful influence over people’s holiday plans, with over half of users saying that photos on the site...

Hospitality internship programme targets Chinese

24-Feb-2011 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) will launch a new internship programme for the UK’s hospitality sector, which will help Chinese students train in the industry here.

Chilango eyes three further London sites

23-Feb-2011 - Chilango, the London-based Mexican burrito chain, is planning to open a further three restaurants in London this year.

Food & Fuel acquires Holborn pub

23-Feb-2011 - Food & Fuel, the operator of London-based gastropubs and bars headed by former Spirit boss Karen Jones, has acquired the leasehold interest of the Queens Head pub in London's Holborn.

Village London to open third venue in Fitzrovia

23-Feb-2011 - Independent restaurant operator Village London is to open a third venue in the West End in April.

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