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Cadogan hotel sold; new owners plan upgrade

31-Mar-2011 - The Cadogan Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge has been purchased for £15.4m by the Cadogan family Estate, which plans to refurbish the site and open a new restaurant in the hotel....

Steven Doherty leaves cook school to focus on Lakes

31-Mar-2011 - Chef Steven Doherty is to leave his position at the Cook School Scotland to focus on his business at Lakeland in Windermere, Cumbria.

Lottery funding to help pubs diversify

31-Mar-2011 - Licensees of rural pubs have been urged to look at the opportunities to improve their businesses via lottery funding.

UK hotel performance improved, but future uncertain

31-Mar-2011 - UK hotels saw a significant recovery in 2010 following a challenging environment the year before, but the road ahead remains uncertain, according to an annual hotelier survey from PKF.

Twinings launches new royal tea blends

31-Mar-2011 - Tea brand Twinings has released two new products for hospitality operators - a stronger Earl Grey blend, and a special commemorative Royal Wedding blend.

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Manchester and Liverpool Beetham Hotels sold

31-Mar-2011 - The Beetham hotels in Liverpool and Manchester have been sold to London-based Cypriot businessman Loucas Louca, after being placed into administration last month.

Vertigo Lounge café bar to open in Hornchurch

30-Mar-2011 - A new café bar concept, Vertigo Lounge, is to open in Hornchurch to target over 25 year-olds looking for a more ‘sophisticated’ social venue in the suburban northeast London town.

Peach takes on former Novelli pub in Harpenden

30-Mar-2011 - Peach Pubs has taken on its 14th venue, the former Jean-Christophe Novelli pub The White Horse in Harpenden, following the departure of its most recent owners Urban & Country earlier...

José Pizarro opens neighbourhood tapas bar near Borough market

30-Mar-2011 - José Pizarro, who co-founded Brindisa Tapas Kitchen, is planning to open his own tapas venue near London’s Borough market, which aims to become a neighbourhood restaurant.

London’s first Hampton by Hilton to launch in 2012

30-Mar-2011 - London’s first Hampton by Hilton is to open near Waterloo station, after Shiva Hotels acquired the adjacent Partnership House site for an undisclosed sum.

German Steigenberger hotel group eyes UK expansion

30-Mar-2011 - The German hotel group Steigenberger is looking to expand its luxury and mid-market hotel brands into the UK as part of its wider international growth strategy.

Budget 2011: How will it affect hospitality businesses?

30-Mar-2011 - Pub operators were disappointed to hear that Chancellor George Osborne planned to continue with the beer tax escalator in his budget, increasing duty by 7.5 per cent, but his measures...

Chapel Down launches limited edition Royal Wedding sparkling wine

30-Mar-2011 - Kent winery Chapel Down has launched a limited edition sparkling wine to mark the Royal Wedding celebrations next month.

Michelin-starred Martin Wishart to open Edinburgh brasserie, with plans to roll out

29-Mar-2011 - Scottish Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart is to open an informal brasserie in Edinburgh this summer, and plans to roll the concept out if successful.

World’s most ethical hotel companies named

29-Mar-2011 - Hotel giants Marriott, Rezidor and Wyndham have been named the World’s Most Ethical Hotel companies by a leading international think-tank.

Morning Advertiser and Publican to merge

29-Mar-2011 - William Reed Business Media (WRBM), the owner of BigHospitality, has bought the Publican and will merge the magazine with sister publication The Morning Advertiser from 7 April.

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Eclectic invest £850k in two new Lola Lo nightclubs

29-Mar-2011 - Eclectic Clubs and Bars are to open two new Lola Lo Polynesian nightclubs in Oxford and Cambridge, with an investment of £850k.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches inaugural Female Chef Award

29-Mar-2011 - The S.Pellegrino Worlds 50 Best Awards will this year see the launch of a brand new award category – the Veuve Cliquot World’s Best Female Chef Award.

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Turtle Bay to open second restaurant in Southampton

29-Mar-2011 - Turtle Bay, the Caribbean restaurant concept launched by Las Iguanas founder Ajith Jaya-Wickrema, has confirmed it is to launch its second venue in Southampton in June.

Brian Turner to open Butlins restaurants

28-Mar-2011 - Celebrity chef Brian Turner is to open his first restaurant in three years at Butlins in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, the first of three collaborative hotel restaurants planned for the...

Service Standards: How to give great hospitality service

28-Mar-2011 - Improving your own service skills, as well as those of your staff, can make a noticeable difference in your business and the satisfaction of your customers.

Jason Atherton hopes Pollen Street dessert bar will shine limelight on pastry chefs

28-Mar-2011 - Jason Atherton is hoping to reignite the UK’s desire for desserts when he opens his much-anticipated debut solo venture Pollen Street Social in Mayfair this month.

ETM to open two pubs at London Montcalm Hotel

28-Mar-2011 - Tom and Ed Martin, owners of the eight-strong ETM Group, are to open two new pubs this summer on the site of Montcalm Hotels’ new five star property in the...

Prezzo, M&B and Compass big winners at Menu Innovation Awards

28-Mar-2011 - Prezzo, Mitchells & Butlers and Compass’s Nick Vadis have all been named winners in the Menu Innovation Network’s annual Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS).

Food most disappointing budget hotel experience, finds survey

28-Mar-2011 - The food and drink operation at budget hotels has been named the biggest disappointment when it comes to meeting customer expectations, with many consumers believing it should meet the quality...

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