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Latte Pro milk frothing jug set to be launched in the UK

28-Mar-2013 - Latte Pro, a stainless steel milk frothing jug that removes the need for use of a stick thermometer and helps turn out frothed milk of a consistent quality, is set to come to the UK after being awarded the right to be launched globally.

Mews of Mayfair takes over Rocket Mayfair

28-Mar-2013 - James Robson, the owner of British brasserie Mews of Mayfair, has taken over the site of Rocket in Mayfair and turned it into his own pizza restaurant. 

Caffè Culture Show 2013: Line-up designed to boost beverage business

28-Mar-2013 - The line-up for this year's Caffè Culture Show has been revealed and the focus will be on giving hospitality industry professionals business advice and practical tips on everything from perfecting a hot chocolate to raising beverage standards.

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Essex teenager wins apprenticeship with Pierre Koffmann through Le Cordon Bleu

28-Mar-2013 - Essex teenager Zoe McReynolds has scored herself an apprenticeship with Pierre Koffmann after winning Le Cordon Bleu's culinary scholarship Le Grand Diplôme. 

Positive provinces: Hotels outside London see growth for first time in four years

28-Mar-2013 - Hotels outside London have experienced revenue and profit growth for the first time since 2009 according to the latest UK Chain Hotels Market Review by market intelligence firm HotStats. 

Hilton Worldwide hopes Border Agency split will simplify tourist visa process

28-Mar-2013 - Simon Vincent, the European president of hotel operator Hilton Worldwide, has welcomed the Home Office's decision to split the responsibilities of the UK Border Agency and has called on the Government to use the move to simplify the visa process for tourists visiting the UK.

Happy Easter: What's your business doing?

28-Mar-2013 - In spite of what is expected to be the coldest Easter since 1910, hotels, restaurants and pubs are gearing up for the ‘eggs-tended’ weekend with as over 2.5m Brits plan to take at least one overnight holiday trip here in the UK.

Norfolk Cordial adds Redcurrant & Grapefruit flavour to range

28-Mar-2013 - Luxury handmade cordial producer Norfolk Cordial has added a new flavour to its range - Redcurrant & Grapefruit. 

InterContinental London Park Lane hotel sold for £301.5m

28-Mar-2013 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced it has agreed to sell the famous InterContinental London Park Lane hotel for £301.5m to Constellation Hotel (Opco) UK, an affiliate of Middle Eastern private investment group Constellation Hotels.

Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne highlights importance of first aid training for hospitality businesses

28-Mar-2013 - Duncan Bannatyne has told BigHospitality he thinks many hospitality businesses across the UK have ‘a serious lack of training and knowledge’ when it comes to first aid provision, after the Dragons’ Den star experienced his own emergency last year.

Carluccio's celebrates 'record year' as profit and new openings exceed targets

27-Mar-2013 - Italian restaurant group Carluccio's is celebrating a 'record year' after its annual results brought pre-tax profits of £6.8m, a 15 per cent rise on the previous year. 

Entrepreneur plans to turn East Dulwich pub into London's first self-sustaining community gastropub

27-Mar-2013 - An entrepreneur in south London has turned to crowdfunding website Kickstarter to help raise funds to set up London's first self-sustaining community gastropub. 

Adnams finding it 'difficult to be too positive' about pub trading conditions

27-Mar-2013 - Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer, has revealed its profits jumped by 3.5 per cent in 2012 but has admitted difficult pub trading conditions are continuing and are making it difficult for the company to be 'too positive' about the future.

Bush Hall owners venture into restaurants with adjacent Dining Room

27-Mar-2013 - Husband and wife business partners Charlie Raworth and Emma Hutchinson, who run the two Shepherd’s Bush live music and events venues Bush Hall and The Music House for Children, are set to launch a neighbouring all-day restaurant this spring.

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AFWS reveals semi-finalists for Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013

27-Mar-2013 - Sommeliers from The Fat Duck, The Ritz and Gleneagles are among those making it to the semi-finals of The Academy of Food & Wine Service's (AFWS) Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013 competition. 

Taylors of Harrogate develops Lifestyle range Pour & Serve Filter Coffee Pouches for foodservice

27-Mar-2013 - Coffee brand Taylors of Harrogate has developed a range of coffee pouches for foodservice that contain just the right amount of ground coffee to produce a 1.5 litre jug of filter coffee. 

Non-alcoholic drinks: Making money from mocktails with Tony Conigliaro

27-Mar-2013 - In the third part of our special feature on non-alcoholic drinks, BigHospitality sat down with leading mixologist and bar owner Tony Conigliaro for an exclusive video on how to make money from mocktails and to discover some current trends and practical tips and recipes for alcohol-free cocktails. 

De Vere Village embraces ‘healthy casual dining’ with Vinny & Vito restaurant launch

27-Mar-2013 - De Vere Village Urban Resorts is placing an extra focus on attracting the family market with the launch of Vinny & Vito, a new healthy casual dining Italian restaurant brand which the hotel group hopes will appeal to what it calls an ‘increasingly broad variety of guests’.

Accor brings Adagio aparthotel brand to the UK with ‘aggressive’ expansion plans

26-Mar-2013 - Hotel giant Accor has today announced the launch of Adagio – its European aparthotel brand – into the UK, with the first property opening in Liverpool tomorrow (27 March) and more to follow in Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Glasgow.

Non-alcoholic drinks: Five hot beverage innovations in hospitality

26-Mar-2013 - Take five and catch up with the latest innovations in tea and coffee within the industry in the second installment of our focus on non-alcoholic drinks.

Electrolux seeks next generation of Michelin-starred chefs with launch of Chef Academy

26-Mar-2013 - Electrolux has launched a nationwide chef competition in a bid to find the next generation of Michelin-starred chefs. 

ETM Group to open One Canada Square restaurant & bar in Canary Wharf

26-Mar-2013 - London-based bar operator ETM Group has just agreed terms to open a modern European restaurant and cocktail bar on the ground floor of the One Canada Square skyscraper in Canary Wharf.

Street Kitchen parks up in east London ahead of Shoreditch Village development

26-Mar-2013 - Street Kitchen – the Airstream caravan concept from Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel – has just opened up a third venue on Shoreditch High Street, which will run until the end of the year ahead of a potential permanent site within the upcoming Shoreditch Village development.

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Guoman & Thistle hotels not looking to replace former managing director Heiko Figge

26-Mar-2013 - Guoman & Thistle hotels has confirmed its former managing director Heiko Figge left the business last year and will not be replaced.

Be At One to open up to 10 sites outside London in three years

26-Mar-2013 - Cocktail bar group Be At One opens its first site outside London this week in Reading and is set to open up to 10 venues outside the capital as it looks to grow to 30 sites within three years.

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