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Food Sales on the Slide at Gastro's

31-Mar-2008 - Latest figures show that the number of people ordering meals at the pub is falling despite hopes the smoking ban would lead to an increase in food sales.

Organic Food Benefits Questioned

31-Mar-2008 - The organic food industry has been attacked by one of the UKs leading nutritional experts. Lord Krebs, former head of the FSA, says there is no reliable evidence to suggest...

Hospitality Sector Facing Sex Discrimination Minefield

31-Mar-2008 - Hoteliers, restaurateurs and landlords are facing up to a potential legal minefield after new sex discrimination laws made them liable for the behaviour of customers and left them open to...

Support the Cooks for the Cure Team

31-Mar-2008 - Paul Gayler, executive chef at the Lanesborough, and his Cooks for the Cure team has embarked on an ambitious programme of charity events to be held across the UKs network...

Capital of Culture Reels in the Tourists

31-Mar-2008 - Liverpools status as the European Capital of Culture has led to the citys hotels recording a 15 per cent rise in yield from rooms booked in February. London also saw...

Rata Quits The Grand

31-Mar-2008 - Jeremy Rata has quit as general manager of flagship De Vere hotel The Grand less than a year after joining Brightons only five-star hotel.

PKF Figures Indicate a Healthy Hotel Market

31-Mar-2008 - The UK hotel market remained buoyant in February, according to the preliminary monthly figures released today by PKF Hotel Consultancy Services.

Win Amoy POS Kits for Thai New Year

31-Mar-2008 - Amoy is giving away Thai New Year POS kits containing a host of goodies to brighten up your restaurant ahead of the April 13 celebrations.

Isle of Man Smoking Ban in Force

31-Mar-2008 - The smoking ban has come into effect on the Isle of Man. Premises found flouting the ban risk a fine of up to £5,000.

Clapham House Expects Improved Results

28-Mar-2008 - The Clapham House Group - owner of the Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Tootsies - said today that it expects its full-year results to fall in line with market expectations and...

Plane Food Grounded By Rough Review

28-Mar-2008 - Gordon Ramsays attempts to create the worlds first Michelin-starred airport restaurant have been dealt a blow by less-than-complimentary opening reviews and a catalogue of problems at the new Heathrow Terminal 5.

Tchenguiz in £50m Laurel Rescue Move

28-Mar-2008 - Property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz placed Laurel Pub Company in administration last night before immediately buying out the majority of its sites to be placed into two new companies.

Win £30k Worth of Kitchen Gear

28-Mar-2008 - Equipment manufacturer Montague is giving PubChef readers the chance to win a complete Excalibur Island Suite worth over £30,000.

Bar Tenders Guild Award

28-Mar-2008 - One of Londons top mixologists is named Best in Class by the UK Bar Tenders Guild

Squeaky Clean New Chef for Fairy

28-Mar-2008 - Michelin-starred chef David Everitt Matthias has agreed to consult for P&G Professional, the company behind the Fairy brand

The Oak at the Top of the Tree

28-Mar-2008 - The Oak in Kelsall has scooped the best pub prize in the Chester 2008 Food & Drink Festival. Over 16,000 visitors attended the festival over the last three days.

EC Happy with Cheese Cancer Scare Reaction

28-Mar-2008 - The European Commission has said it is satisfied with Italys decision to recall cancer-inducing dioxin-tainted mozzarella and will take no action at EU level over the scare.

Heston to Lead Little Chef TV Revival

27-Mar-2008 - Triple-Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal is taking on the challenge of transforming roadside diner chain Little Chef into a quality dining spot in a new series to be aired on Channel...

Hunt is on for Britain's BBQ Kings

27-Mar-2008 - Chefs with a license to grill are invited to battle it out in the British BBQ Championships this summer.

Intercontinental Hotels to Create 4,000 UK Jobs

27-Mar-2008 - Intercontinental - one of the worlds largest hotel groups - is to create 4,000 jobs in the UK in a war for talent. The recruitment drive will focus mainly on...

Pontins Sold to Former CEO's New Company

27-Mar-2008 - Holiday resort chain Pontins has been bought by investment and management company Ocean Parcs - headed by former Pontins CEO Graham Parr - for an undisclosed sum.

Double Digit Price Rise Warning for Frozen Food

27-Mar-2008 - Frozen chip maker McCain has warned of an imminent double-digit price rise on frozen chips due to a sharp increase in raw ingredient costs. The warning comes amid soaring prices...

Row Over Holiday Inn Plans for Countryside

27-Mar-2008 - Plans for a new Holiday Inn Express to be built close to an area of protected Essex countryside have been submitted to Colchester Borough Council despite local opposition to the...

Police Award for Crime-Fighting Hotel

27-Mar-2008 - A Cardiff city centre hotel has been awarded an Association of Chief Police Officers Safer Parking Award after taking steps to protect its guests and their vehicles from crime.

Park Plaza Hotels Posts Pretax Profits

27-Mar-2008 - Park Plaza Hotels Ltd is confident of sustainable growth through 2008 and beyond as it posted healthy pretax profits. The group went on to warn that profitability in the UK...

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