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PS - the Pub Company rolls out Blue's Smokehouse concept

27-Feb-2015 - PS - the Pub Company will open its second Blue's Smokehouse in Twickenham this weekend as it looks to roll out the concept in and around London.

London's eating out scene thriving, finds survey

27-Feb-2015 - London’s eating out scene is thriving, with diners frequently visiting restaurants at lunchtime and on weekday evenings, according to a new survey.

Starwood Hotels partner with Uber to launch mobile loyalty scheme

27-Feb-2015 - Starwood Hotels and Resorts have launched a new digital partnership with Uber.

Infographic: Bacon butty trends

27-Feb-2015 - Brits have voted on what makes the best bacon butty, with some interesting findings for pubs, restaurants and hotels to take note of.

Regions outperform London in January

27-Feb-2015 - Regional hotels outperformed London properties in January 2015, achieving double-digit profit growth compared to bottom line declines in the capital.

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Claude Bosi hosting dinner to support Hospitality Action

27-Feb-2015 - Claude Bosi is hosting a dinner to raise money for Hospitality Action at his two Michelin starred restaurant Hibiscus in Mayfair on 15 March.


Simon Jenkins on how we can improve prospects for pastry and pastry chefs

27-Feb-2015 - Simon Jenkins is the group pastry chef at Marcus Wareing Restaurants. He talks to BigHospitality about why giving pastry chefs more recognition could help make it easier to recruit and...

Half of hospitality businesses make use of zero hour contracts

27-Feb-2015 - Fifty-three per cent of hospitality businesses make use of zero-hour contracts, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Georgian House Hotel invests £35k in creation of wizard-themed rooms

26-Feb-2015 - The owner of Georgian House Hotel in London has invested £35k into her business to create two more wizard-themed bedrooms due to rising demand for a more quirky proposition. 

Alcohol licence fees to continue to be set nationally

26-Feb-2015 - Alcohol licence fees will continue to be set at a national level until the Home Office can source more evidence that allowing local authorities to do so wouldn't put 'an...

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The definitive guide to ScotHot 2015

26-Feb-2015 - ScotHot – Scotland’s food, drink, hospitality and tourism show – will return to Glasgow’s SECC on 4 to 5 March 2015.

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S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition crowns UK and Ireland winner

26-Feb-2015 - Mark Moriarty from The Culinary Counter has been named as the UK and Ireland Winner of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition.

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UK's first owl bar opening in London

26-Feb-2015 - Fans of London's cat cafe can get excited, as the UK’s first owl bar is opening in the capital in March.

Union Hanover submits plan for Stratford City development

26-Feb-2015 - Union Hanover has submitted a planning application for its proposed dual hotel development in Stratford’s East Village.

Yorkshire Meatball Company sets out city expansion plans

25-Feb-2015 - Harrogate's meatball-based restaurant Yorkshire Meatball Company is looking to expand into other cities following a successful first year of trade. 

Hotel guests offered chance to go on a 'digital detox' with new service

25-Feb-2015 - While hotels are being urged to embrace technology and find ways to connect better with guests via their smartphones and tablets, a new service is bucking the trend and encouraging...


Holmesterne serves up time-saving pork crackling

25-Feb-2015 - Holmesterne Foods has introduced a new form of pork crackling that is claimed to offer busy chefs time-saving benefits.

IHG to open two hotels at Manchester Business School site

25-Feb-2015 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to open a Crowne Plaza Hotel and a Staybridge Suites in Manchester as part of the University of Manchester's £1bn campus development.

Hospitality employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

24-Feb-2015 - Hospitality businesses were among 70 employers ‘named and shamed’ by the government today (24 Feb) for failing to pay their workers national minimum wage.

Licensed operators welcome minimum wage recommendations

24-Feb-2015 - Licensed operators have welcomed the Low Pay Commission (LPC) recommendation to increase the minimum wage by 3 per cent this year.

People on the Move in Hospitality: February 2015

24-Feb-2015 - It's been a busy month in the hospitality industry with a whole range of new appointments at hotels, pubs and restaurants, including The Four Seasons Hampshire, Plateau restaurant and Geronimo...

Aberdeen's hotels continue to feel effects of troubled North Sea oil and gas sector

24-Feb-2015 - Hotels in Aberdeen are continuing to feel the negative knock-on effects of a troubled North Sea oil and gas sector with January's occupancy down by 2.8 per cent to 63.4...


Steelite targets growing casual dining market with Tulip Bowl range

24-Feb-2015 - Steelite International has extended its Taste range to include a collection of multi-functional stacking bowls for busy, casual dining environments.

Revere Pub Company opening two more pubs with rooms

24-Feb-2015 - Revere Pub Company, the premium pub format created by Marston's, has announced the opening of two new pubs with rooms.

Regional hotel growth set to continue in 2015

24-Feb-2015 - Regional hotels performed strongly last year and there is ‘considerable headroom’ for further revenue and profit growth in 2015, according to the latest report from CBRE Hotels.

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