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Name campaign at Tampopo and Earth Hour at Hilton

30-Mar-2012 - Restaurants and hotels including Tampopo, Mango Tree, Hilton and Yorebridge House tell BigHospitality about special events and promotiuons they're running to market themselves more effectively and increase custom.

Summer opening confirmed for Gary Rhodes' Plymouth Hoe restaurant

30-Mar-2012 - Gary Rhodes' new restaurant, bar and weddings and events suite at the Plymouth Dome site at Plymouth Hoe - Rhodes @ The Dome - will open in the Summer, it...

Best Western adds first new hotels to its 'Plus' portfolio

30-Mar-2012 - Hotel chain Best Western has added the first two new hotels, in Cardiff and London Heathrow, to its Plus portfolio of venues which was created along with the Premier portfolio...

Gordon's Wine Bar and Vittoria Restaurant win Qype Business Awards

30-Mar-2012 - Gordon's Wine Bar in London has been named Place and Bar & Pub of the year at the first Qype Business Awards which also saw Wahaca and Vittoria Restaurant in...

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London Hilton hotels reveal activities to support Earth Hour 2012

30-Mar-2012 - A group of London Hilton hotels are to mark Earth Hour 2012 on 31 March in a number of ways including by switching off lights and hosting candlelit dinners to...

The Portas Review: Pub industry welcomes Government support and funding

30-Mar-2012 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the Association of Multiple Licensed Retailers (ALMR) have welcomed the Government's official response to the Mary Portas Review to revive the high street...

Drought threatens Britain’s pubs and brewers

30-Mar-2012 - The UK pub industry is facing a potential rise in beer prices as the drought across the south of England is likely to cause a shortage of barley and hops.

Inka launches new range of BBQ ovens for the summer

30-Mar-2012 - Inka has introduced a new range of barbecue ovens in time for the summer to add theatre and more efficient, ecologically sound and virtually smoke-free grilling to an al-fresco menu.

Pennyhill Park wins Tea Guild’s top city and country tea award

30-Mar-2012 - Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Bagshot, Surrey, has been awarded the Tea Guild’s Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2012 after staff wowed judges with their warm service...

Pearls of Wisdom: Sriram Aylur

30-Mar-2012 - Chef Sriram Aylur embarked on his culinary career in his own father’s restaurant before working his way up to lead the kitchen at the Taj Gateway Hotel in Bangelore. It...

ME London asks chefs to submit Masterchef-style video to land commis role

29-Mar-2012 - Spanish hotel brand Melia is hoping to find a commis chef for its new ME London hotel by asking potential candidates to submit a Masterchef-style video of themselves in which...

Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers chair hopes to launch Asian Catering Federation

29-Mar-2012 - Yawar Khan, the chairman of the Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers (FOBC), has told BigHospitality he hopes to launch an Asian Catering Federation within months to combine the lobbying powers of...

The Restaurant Group, M&B and Spirit big winners at 2012 Menu Innovation Awards

29-Mar-2012 - The Restaurant Group, Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) and Spirit Pub Company have all been named winners in the Menu Innovation Network’s annual Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS)....

Food and drink matching trends: Soft drinks

29-Mar-2012 - Alcohol sales are of course an essential revenue generator for most hospitality businesses. But soft drinks, smoothies, freshly squeezed juices and non-alcoholic cocktails could in fact generate even higher margins...

Budget 2012: What was missing for the hospitality industry?

29-Mar-2012 - Just over a week since the 2012 Budget, hospitality operators are weighing up the effects of the policies contained in the Chancellor's speech on their businesses - but what wasn't...

Michelin-starred pub chef to open Bristol pop-up restaurant

29-Mar-2012 - Josh Eggleton, the owner and head chef of Michelin-starred pub The Pony and Trap pub in Chew Magna, Bristol, is to open a pop-up restaurant in the south-west city next...

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Date set for Annual Hotel Conference 2012

29-Mar-2012 - The date for the 2012 Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) in Manchester has been set for the 3 and 4 October.

Hotel services company Hotel Solutions London Ltd enters administration

29-Mar-2012 - Hotel services outsourcing company Hotel Solutions London Ltd and its franchised cleaning business Totally Clean Solution Ltd have been placed into administration after accruing tax debts of £2m.

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BII announces 2012 Licensee of the Year finalists

29-Mar-2012 - The British Institute of Innkeeping has announced the six finalists of its Licensee of the Year award now competing for the prize which aims to recognise excellence in the license...

Fentimans launches cool version of its Traditional Ginger Beer

29-Mar-2012 - Premium soft drinks manufacturer Fentimans has launched a cool version of its Traditional Ginger Beer to appeal to those wanting a less fiery-flavoured drink. 

Asian and Oriental restaurateurs welcome cuisine training centres, warn it won't solve immigration cap problems

28-Mar-2012 - Leading Asian and Oriental restaurateurs have welcomed the launch of a Hospitality Guild and People 1st initiative of five new training centres to develop cuisine-specific techniques but warned it may...

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Bluewater Wahaca becomes the first restaurant to receive RICS sustainable fit-out rating

28-Mar-2012 - The Bluewater site of Mexian restaurant chain Wahaca has been awarded a silver Ska rating from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for a sustainable fit-out - the first restaurant...

Texture duo to open 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen in Marylebone

28-Mar-2012 - Xavier Rousset and Agnar Sverrisson, the duo behind the Michelin-starred Texture restaurant, have secured a second site for their 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen concept.

Grosvenor House creates hotel manager role to help manage operations

28-Mar-2012 - Grosvenor House A JW Marriott Hotel has created a new role of hotel manager to help manage operations at the 494-bedroom property on London's Park Lane. 

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Pro-pub policies in National Planning Policy Framework welcomed by industry

28-Mar-2012 - The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and the British Beer and and Pub Association (BBPA) are among industry organisations to welcome the publication of the new National Planning Policy Framework which calls...

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