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Work experience: Vital or exploitative? Industry leaders give their views

29-Feb-2012 - Work experience has hit the headlines as Government talks with businesses concerned about the scheme to get unemployed youngsters on placements continue; BigHospitality asked hospitality industry leaders at Hotelympia, including...

Entirely customisable TTS linen trolley range available in UK

29-Feb-2012 - The MagicArt range of linen trolleys from TTS that can be completely customised by a hotel or hotel chain is now available in the UK from Leicester-based distributor Ramon Hygiene...

Louvre Hotels introduces Tulip Inn brand to UK in Glasgow development

29-Feb-2012 - A 160-bed Tulip Inn hotel from France-based operator Louvre Hotels is at the heart of a new Glasgow development in the shadow of the Celtic FC football ground, plans of...

Blumenthal creates interactive 'sweetshop experience' for The Fat Duck reservations

29-Feb-2012 - A new interactive reservation experience, voiced by actor John Hurt, has been created by Heston Blumenthal for The Fat Duck which allows diners to enter a secret online sweetshop and...

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Gresham Inns reports 90 per cent of London rooms pre-sold for Olympics

29-Feb-2012 - London pub operator Gresham Inns has reported that 90 per cent of its rooms in the capital have already been sold for the period of the 2012 Olympics.

The three-star circus: Michelin-starred chefs 'wildly over-egged', says Richard Harden

29-Feb-2012 - Richard Harden, co-founder of the Harden’s Restaurant Guide, has slammed rival guide book Michelin, claiming the business is only involved in the restaurant industry for publicity and that The Michelin...

Virus outbreak could price lamb off the menu

29-Feb-2012 - Restaurants and pubs across the UK may need to consider revising their menus due to the continuing spread of the Schmallenberg virus, which could dramatically reduce supplies of lamb and...

London Linen Group launches EkoChef Trousers at Hotelympia

29-Feb-2012 - Linen and chefs wear supplier the London Linen Group have been in attendance at Hotelympia this week to launch EkoChef Trousers, made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

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Mandarin Oriental's Royal Suite wins inaugural Hotelympia Design Award

29-Feb-2012 - Interior design practice RPW has won the inaugural Hotelympia Design Award for its work on the Royal Suite at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in London.

Nestle Toque d'Or takes on new format for 2012

29-Feb-2012 - Nestle Toque d'Or, the culinary competition for catering colleges, has taken on a new format for 2012, doing away with the first round paper entries and putting more emphasis on...

Meantime London introduces limited edition Yakima Red seasonal beer to trade market

28-Feb-2012 - Meantime London, the Greenwich-based craft beer brewing company, has launched Yakima Red, a limited edition seasonal beer, to the trade market as the latest addition to the range of craft...

BCF Chef of the Year awarded to Restaurant Associates, Merrill Lynch chef

28-Feb-2012 - The British Culinary Federation (BCF) Chef of the Year competition reached its climax at Hotelympia last night with Simon Webb from Restaurant Associates, Merrill Lynch, taking the prize after impressing...

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Giorgio Locatelli to cook three-course surplus food meal for charity

28-Feb-2012 - Michelin-starred Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli has been challenged to create a three-course vegetarian meal for the FoodCycle charity rewards dinner using surplus food no longer wanted by retailers with just...

Cornish pub operator St Austell Brewery agrees £40m refinancing deal

28-Feb-2012 - The Cornwall-based brewery and pub operator, St Austell Brewery, has agreed a £40m refinancing deal with RBS and Barclays banks to help fund the company investments in its 174-strong pub...

Fred Sirieix designs 'Art of Service' college course with Westminster Kingsway College

28-Feb-2012 - Fred Sirieix, general manager at Galvin at Windows, has designed a new service college course with Westminster Kingsway College for restaurant managers that will be available for those already working...

Pubs warned about TV football coverage by sports lawyer

28-Feb-2012 - Publicans have been warned by a leading sports lawyer not to misread the victory of Portsmouth landlady Karen Murphy in the High Court as an acceptance of the legality of...

The Ivy commis chef April Partridge named Hot Talent 2012

28-Feb-2012 - April Partridge, commis chef at The Ivy was last night named winner of the Hot Talent award 2012.

Gregg Wallace on Gregg’s Table, Masterchef’s impact and what’s next

27-Feb-2012 - February sees the opening of Gregg’s Table in London’s Bermondsey Square Hotel - the first restaurant for Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace.  BigHospitality caught up with him ahead of the opening to talk about...

Free BII membership for new Admiral Taverns licensees

27-Feb-2012 - New Admiral Taverns licensees will have a membership of the British Insitiute of Innkeeping (BII) for the lifetime of their agreement funded by the Chester-based pubco, following a similar announcement...

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Ed’s Easy Diner to open first al fresco site at Brent Cross

27-Feb-2012 - 1950s-style American diner chain, Ed's Easy Diner, is to open its first alfresco unit and the ninth site in the UK for the group at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre,...

Restaurants and hotels can learn from each other on sustainability, says SRA

27-Feb-2012 - Restaurants and hotels can learn from what both sectors already do well on sustainability and responsibility for the industry to progress on environmental issues, according to Mark Linehan of the...

Raymond Blanc: Michelin stars 'less important' than offering good training opportunities

27-Feb-2012 - Raymond Blanc has called on the industry to do more to ensure young staff are getting the right training and are being properly developed so that they are equipped with...

London's Cafe Royal to re-open as luxury hotel this summer

24-Feb-2012 - Former bar and conference venue Cafe Royal is set to re-open its doors as a 159-bedroom luxury hotel in June following three years of restoration and building work.

BigHospitality at Hotelympia 2012

24-Feb-2012 - Hotelympia kicks off on Sunday at the ExCel centre for five days (26 February-1 March) of awards, product launches, chef demonstrations and more. As a media partner, BigHospitality will be...

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