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Tom's Kitchen to open HMS Belfast deli cafe and bar

29-Feb-2016 - Tom Aikens' casual restaurant and deli brand Tom's Kitchen will open a deli and bar at London landmark HMS Belfast in March. 

Hospitality Openings: February 2016

29-Feb-2016 - It's been another big month for hospitality openings, with a new restaurant from Damien Hirst, Theo Randall re-opening at the InterContinental Hotel and a flagship Soho site for Bukowksi Grill.

Travelodge breakfast sales up 13% since relaunch

29-Feb-2016 - Breakfast sales at Travelodge have risen 13 per cent since the budget hotel chain relaunched it last November. 

JD Wetherspoon defends decision to scrap Sunday Roasts

29-Feb-2016 - Wetherspoon's has defended its controversial decision to take Sunday Roast Dinners off its menu.

Cliveden House plans second restaurant

29-Feb-2016 - Country house hotel Cliveden in Berkshire is to open a second restaurant this year, an all-day dining proposition called The Astor Grill. 

Restaurants and pubs warned over sexist job adverts

29-Feb-2016 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs advertising for a ‘waitress’ or ‘barman’ risk being prosecuted under equality law, according to new guidance.

Seven hospitality businesses make Sunday Times 100 Best Companies 2016 list

29-Feb-2016 - Seven hospitality businesses, including Red Carnation Hotels, Hawksmoor and The Breakfast Club have made it onto the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list. 

Premier Inn invests £35m in high-tech Edinburgh hotels

29-Feb-2016 - Premier Inn is to invest £35m in opening three new hotels in Edinburgh, including the first of its high-tech hub brand outside of London.  

Thistle Pub Company III makes sites more accessible for disabled customers

29-Feb-2016 - Scottish leisure group Thistle Pub Company III is investing £250,000 to make seven of its sites easier for customers with disabilities to access.

Pubs and bars witness steep rise in contactless spend

29-Feb-2016 - Contactless payments in pubs and bars leapt up by 188 per cent in 2015, latest figures from Barclaycard show.

Roux Scholarship 2016: Regional finalists revealed

26-Feb-2016 - Chefs from Midsummer House, Cliveden House and Fera at Claridge’s are among 18 regional finalists in the 2016 Roux Scholarship competition. 

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week: 22/02 -27/02

26-Feb-2016 - What were the hottest hospitality stories this week? Here's our pick.

Blakes Hotel owner submits plans to open new hotel in Mayfair

26-Feb-2016 - The owner of Blakes Hotel in Kensington has submitted a planning application to create a new 30-room boutique hotel close to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. 

Anton Mosimann OBE to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

26-Feb-2016 - Legendary chef Anton Mosimann OBE is to be presented with a lifetime achievement award at Hotelympia 2016. next week.m

English regions see spike in international tourist numbers

26-Feb-2016 - The number of international tourists flocking to English regions has hit a record level with some areas experiencing double digit growth in visitor numbers, latest figures compiled for VisitBritain have...


Gabriel Gonzalez on Lima Harrods and the rise of Peruvian food

26-Feb-2016 - Gabriel Gonzalez is co-owner of London's Lima, the first Peruvian restaurant to win a Michelin star in Europe in 2013.  

Staycity expands London Heathrow site with more apartments and lounge area

25-Feb-2016 - Aparthotel operator Staycity is adding another 125 apartments to its London Heathrow site as part of the company's European expansion plans. 

Menu trends

Yes cheese: Presence of macaroni cheese on menus grows 550%

25-Feb-2016 - Comfort food dish macaroni cheese has become a 'firm favourite' on British restaurant menus with its presence growing by 550 per cent since 2010. 

Fluid Movement pair to open whisky bar Black Rock

25-Feb-2016 - Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson, two of the founder members of bar consultancy Fluid Movement, are set to to open a new whisky bar in London, designed to 'break boundaries...

Ex-Claridge's GM Thomas Kochs becomes Café Royal MD

25-Feb-2016 - Thomas Kochs, formerly general manager of Claridge's hotel, has joined London hotel Café Royal as managing director. 

Sustainable Restaurant Association MD Mark Linehan to step down

25-Feb-2016 - The Sustainable Restaurant Association's (SRA) Mark Linehan has announced he is stepping down from his role as managing director. 

Hotel du Vin Stratford gains planning approval

25-Feb-2016 - The Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group has been given the green light to convert two listed buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon into a Hotel du Vin. 

Bjorn van der Horst bans service charge at his new London restaurant

25-Feb-2016 - Bjorn van der Horst is to scrap service charges at his new London restaurant Kojawan when it opens next month.

In Operation with...Coast to Coast

24-Feb-2016 - BigHospitality visits Coast to Coast, The Restaurant Group's American restaurant chain, to find out how it operates and what is behind its success our latest In Operation with... video. 

New Zizzi openings to take estate to 143

24-Feb-2016 - Italian restaurant chain Zizzi is on track to open 10 more sites this year Azzurri Group CEO Steve Holmes has said. 

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