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Lamb’s rum gets a spicy makeover

31-Mar-2009 - A lime, vanilla and cinnamon spiced rum has been launched by Lamb’s to take advantage of the growing market

Hospitality training centre opens in Hackney

31-Mar-2009 - Chef Paul Rankin and London Food chair Rosie Boycott help open a Fifteen-style hospitality and catering training centre in Hackney, east London to boost skills for the 2012 Olympics

Whitbread director gets grilling at Arena event

31-Mar-2009 - Patrick Dempsey, managing director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, will be the latest industry member to be grilled at Arena’s Face to Face event this week

Peach unveils refurbished Embankment

31-Mar-2009 - Peach Pubs reopens The Embankment pub with rooms in Bedford following an eight week refurbishment

Pub launches own-label wine to beat duty rise

31-Mar-2009 - The Charles Lamb pub and kitchen in Islington creates an own-label wine so it can continue to sell European wines for a reasonable price

Clapham House to expand successful GBK brand

31-Mar-2009 - Clapham House Group has announced plans to expand Gourmet Burger Kitchen after a trading update reported a ‘good sales performance’ of the brand

Compass trading well in 'difficult environment'

31-Mar-2009 - The contract caterer predicts a 4 per cent drop in revenue, but is expecting to deliver increased operating profit for the first half of the year

Dualit improves and expands trade range

30-Mar-2009 - Kitchen appliance manufacturer Dualit launches a more energy efficient toaster and a 6 litre soup kettle

Xavier Rousset’s BigTalent

30-Mar-2009 - The head sommelier and co-owner of Texture speaks to Becky Paskin about the downfalls of confidence, the launch of his first restaurant, and becoming the youngest Master Sommelier at the...

Vacherin and Angelus appointments

30-Mar-2009 - Vacherin has appointed TV chef Maria Elia to head up the Whitechapel Gallery’s food offering, while Angelus appoints Anton Edelmann prot?g? as head chef

Vegetarian Society Awards seek hospitality entries

30-Mar-2009 - Restaurants, pubs and cafes with a good vegetarian food offering are being urged to enter the 2009 Vegetarian Society Awards

Itsu announces expansion plans with Covent Garden branch

30-Mar-2009 - Healthy eating chain Itsu has announced plans to open up to six outlets in 2009, the first due to open in Covent Garden’s newly developed public square in May

Piccolino’s owner continues expansion despite profit drop

30-Mar-2009 - Individual Restaurant Company, owner of the Piccolino’s and Bar & Grill brands, plans to open at least four new sites this year despite seeing profits fall by more than half...

Six former Real Hotels go on sale

30-Mar-2009 - Hotels owned by the Real Hotel Company, which went into administration in January, are put on the market

Vouchers make eating out cheaper than takeaways

27-Mar-2009 - High street restaurant vouchers offering two-for-one on main meals, have made eating out less expensive than staying in with a takeaway

Meet the future - the young chefs shaping tomorrow's world

27-Mar-2009 - BigHospitality and Restaurant magazine find the 12 chefs under 30 who are tipped to be the stars of the future

New MD for The Langham Hotel London

27-Mar-2009 - British-born hospitality professional Katie Benson returns to the UK to take over the running of the newly-refurbished The Langham in London

Gourmet steak burger pride of St. George

27-Mar-2009 - Linden Foods have launched the St. George’s Gourmet Steak Burger just weeks ahead of the English patron saint’s day

London restaurants urged to support new festival

27-Mar-2009 - The inaugural London Restaurant Festival, running this October, will aim to drive more customers into the capitals restaurants

Tea & cake at Kettner's and Beefeater teams up with Matthew Jukes

27-Mar-2009 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs tell us what theyre currently doing to attract customers

Hospitality industry supports Earth Hour

27-Mar-2009 - A host of hotels and restaurants will be switching off their lights for an hour tomorrow night in support of WWFs Earth Hour

Old World wines take a hit

26-Mar-2009 - Restaurants source wines from the New World as euro strengthens

Tourism Minister tells industry to be greener

26-Mar-2009 - Tourism Minister Barbara Follett calls for the industry to be more environmentally responsible in order to secure its long-term future

Weak pound and international events may boost hotel industry

26-Mar-2009 - A report by PKF consultants shows how international events, the weak pound and budget hotel developments may help soften the blow of the recession in 2009

Britain’s best catering tutor reveals her secrets

26-Mar-2009 - Margaret White, the Most Inspirational Tutor as voted for in the College Restaurant of the Year awards, reveals how she keeps her students passionate about the industry

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