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Ikoyi African restaurant to open permanent London site

28-Feb-2017 - West African pop-up Ikoyi is to open its first permanent restaurant at London’s St James’s Market development later this year.

Syrian chef to open London pop-up restaurant

28-Feb-2017 - A Syrian chef who was forced to flee to the UK is to launch his first pop-up restaurant in London next month.

Heston Blumenthal on his Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award

28-Feb-2017 - Heston Blumenthal is making a rare appearance in The Fat Duck’s dining room and all is not going entirely to plan. “They don’t normally let...

World Chocolate Masters 2018 announces UK & Ireland pre-selection chefs

28-Feb-2017 - The World Chocolate Masters 2018 has announced the six chocolatiers, pâtissiers and chefs that have made it through to the pre-selections for the UK & Ireland.

Nobu Hospitality confirms more details on London’s first Nobu Hotel

28-Feb-2017 - More details have been released on the first European Nobu Hotel, ahead of its opening in London’s Shoreditch in spring this year.

Will Ricker to reinvent the carvery at Nova Victoria

28-Feb-2017 - London restaurateur Will Ricker has revealed further details of his upcoming restaurant at Victoria's Nova development.

Top chefs raise £80,000 for Rare Disease Centre at London hospital

28-Feb-2017 - Top chefs including Michel Roux Jr and John Williams MBE have helped to raise £80,000 for the DEBRA skin disease charity.

Heston Blumenthal wins Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award

28-Feb-2017 - Heston Blumenthal has been awarded the 2017 Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pancake Day 2017: Mamie’s London on the perfect crepes

28-Feb-2017 - Mamie’s in London’s Covent Garden is a French creperie, founded in late 2016 by Breton-born Aymeric Peurois, serving crepes, galettes, and cider.

Chef Jérôme Henry to open Edinburgh restaurant

28-Feb-2017 - Jérôme Henry, former head chef at Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch, is to open his first restaurant in Edinburgh this March.

Dishoom and BrewDog make Sunday Times 100 Best Companies list

27-Feb-2017 - Dishoom and BrewDog are among the 12 hospitality operators to feature in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list 2017.

The Seafood Pub Company to open first site in Yorkshire

27-Feb-2017 - Lancashire-based Seafood Pub Company (SPC), which is backed by Penta Capital, is to open its first site in Yorkshire after acquiring The Red Lion pub in Harrogate.

New pan-Asian restaurant Fable to open in Manchester

27-Feb-2017 - The co-owner of Manchester bar and club Panacea is expected to open Fable, a £3m pan-Asian restaurant and bar, with further expansion to London and abroad already planned. 

Bombay café group Dishoom to open fifth London site

24-Feb-2017 - Bombay café concept Dishoom is set to open its fifth London site later this year, in London’s Kensington.

Friday Five: The week's top news

24-Feb-2017 - We round-up some of the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week


French revolution: Adam Reid on taking over the Manchester restaurant

24-Feb-2017 - Chef Adam Reid has taken control of The French at Manchester’s Midland Hotel following the premature departure of Simon Rogan last year. The restaurant re-opened this month after a refurbishment....

Claude Bosi at Bibendum to serve up affordable fine dining

24-Feb-2017 - French chef Claude Bosi is aiming to offer an affordable take on fine dining when he relaunches South Kensington restaurant Bibendum at the end of March.

BBC Two to champion British farmers, growers & fishermen

24-Feb-2017 - A new BBC Two show is to champion British farmers, growers, and fishermen as part of a country-wide tour hosted by Great British Bake Off 2015 winner, Nadiya Hussain.

Opening of the week: The Oxford Blue

24-Feb-2017 - What: An unapologetically posh pub in Old Windsor that sells a chicken pie for £25.  Who: The chef-patron is Lancashire-born Steven Ellis. His CV includes...

Government promises industry help over business rates

23-Feb-2017 - The government has offered an olive branch to restaurants, pubs and hotels facing the ‘steepest increases’ in businesses rates this April.

British chef wins two Michelin stars for Denmark

23-Feb-2017 - British chef Paul Cunningham has won a second star in the Michelin Guide to Nordic Countries 2017.

Dabbous to close as owners plan major new project

23-Feb-2017 - Michelin-starred Fitzrovia restaurant Dabbous is to close as owners Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg begin work on a major new project for late 2017/early 2018.


From fast cars to slow food: why Goodwood is building on its organic farming heritage with a new restaurant

23-Feb-2017 - Mention Goodwood and the average person will think of horse racing and cars, whether it be the Glorious Goodwood race meeting, one of the highlights of the British flat-racing calendar,...

Hospitality leaders optimistic despite rising cost concerns

23-Feb-2017 - The hospitality industry has rising concerns about cost rises and property price hikes, a new survey suggests, although optimism about business prospects overall is growing.

Craft London to host chef Shaun Hill as first of monthly collaborations

22-Feb-2017 - Craft London, the Greenwich restaurant from chef Stevie Parle, is to launch a monthly chef collaboration event, Thursday Feasts, beginning with Michelin-starred Shaun Hill on 9 March.

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