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Hospitality Openings: March 2015

31-Mar-2015 - March has seen a flood of restaurant and bar openings in the hospitality sector, including the first James Martin Kitchen at Stansted Airport, Vinoteca in King's Cross and Boozy Cow...

Pizza Express to recruit 2,500 people and boost apprenticeship scheme

31-Mar-2015 - Pizza Express has announced plans to recruit 2,500 staff over the next five years and expand its apprenticeship scheme to ensure there is at least one apprentice in each of...

Michelin-starred chef Daniel Clifford buys Essex pub

31-Mar-2015 - Clifford, who is chef patron of acclaimed Cambridge eatery Midsummer House, bought the freehold of the Flitch of Bacon, in Little Dunmow, for £300k with an eye to re-opening it...

Ian Scaramuzza of Hibiscus wins Roux Scholarship 2015

31-Mar-2015 - Ian Scaramuzza, head chef at Hibiscus in London has won the Roux Scholarship 2015. 

Hotelier turns to crowdfunding to raise refurbishment funds

31-Mar-2015 - The owner of Glen Rothay hotel in the Lake District has turned to crowdfunding to help raise funds for bedroom refurbishments and a restaurant re-launch. 

Yates's prime Leicester Square site on the market

31-Mar-2015 - A prime Leicester Square site has come on the market for the first time in 15 years, as wine bar Yates moves out.

Grains-based café 26 Grains to open in Covent Garden

31-Mar-2015 - Alex Hely-Hutchinson, the founder of grains-based food venture 26 Grains, is to open a permanent café at Neal's Yard in Covent Garden after running a number of pop-up venues. ...

Thai Leisure Group secures £10m for expansion

31-Mar-2015 - Thai Leisure Group (TLG), operator of fine dining brand Chaophraya and street-food brand Thaikhun, has secured £10m of new funding from Santander to aid its expansion plans.

London restaurant introducing ticketing system to combat no-shows

30-Mar-2015 - The Clove Club in Shoreditch is to become the first restaurant in the UK to introduce a ticketing system where diners pay for their meal in advance.

Camino to open tapas bar at Bankside

30-Mar-2015 - Spanish restaurant and bar group Camino is to open a new site at Bankside in Southwark. 

Infographic: How Millennials are shaping the future of business travel

30-Mar-2015 - Millennials are more likely to travel for business and are excited about future technology innovations in hotels, according to YouGov research released by The Service Apartment Company (SACO) today (30 March).

Kenny Atkinson to increase capacity at House of Tides

30-Mar-2015 - Chef Kenny Atkinson has started work to increase the capacity of his House of Tides restaurant to enable him to keep up with customer demand. 


Daniele Quattromini of ClubLounge39 on delivering top quality service

30-Mar-2015 - Daniele Quattromini, manager at ClubLounge39 at Canary Wharf and winner of the Gold Service Scholarship 2015, shares his top tips for providing quality service. 

MasterChef finalist opening Soho meatball restaurant

30-Mar-2015 - Australian MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Bonny Porter is opening her first restaurant at 58 Greek Street, Soho.

Why hotel staff should be trained in deaf awareness

30-Mar-2015 - Ruthy Fletcher, deaf awareness trainer and consultant at Support the Deaf People takes us through the reasons why staff at hotels should be trained in deaf awareness and how to go...

VisitBritain welcomes £10m funding for Northern tourism

30-Mar-2015 - VisitBritain has welcomed the announcement of £10m of government funding to boost tourism in the North of England.

Wine remains diners' top choice of drink

27-Mar-2015 - White and red wine remain the most popular drinks for restaurant goers, new figures have revealed.  

News in brief

Good Fry-Day: Easter pop-up serving deep fried menu

27-Mar-2015 - A new pop-up serving over 100 deep fried sweet and savoury dishes is launching at BOXPARK Shoreditch on 2 April.

Consumers spend more on eating out for the seventh consecutive month

27-Mar-2015 - Consumer spending on eating out grew for the seventh consecutive month in February, while drinking out saw a sharp month-on-month rise, according to Greene King’s monthly Leisure Spend Tracker.

Busaba Eathai expanding in the North of England

27-Mar-2015 - Alan Yau's Busaba Eathai has announced plans to expand in the North of England after securing a site in Manchester, followed closely by one in Leeds.

James Martin opens restaurant at Stansted Airport as part of £80m redevelopment

26-Mar-2015 - A raft of restaurants, including the first ever James Martin Kitchen and new concept Halo Fizz Bar from The Restaurant Group (TRG) have opened as part of phase two of...

Beany Green opening flagship site in The City

26-Mar-2015 - Independent Australian coffee specialist Beany Green is opening its first flagship café in the Broadgate Circle. 

Cut food and tourism VAT and improve hospitality staff training, Select Committee tells Government

26-Mar-2015 - The Government must cut tourism VAT and give the hospitality sector greater support, according to a report published today (26 March) by Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

News in brief

Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust made food tech partner at Alder Hey

26-Mar-2015 - The Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust is to become food technology partner at the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Kenny Atkinson urges fellow chefs to work with students to help fill future vacancies

26-Mar-2015 - Established chefs can help fix the industry's skills shortage problem by working more closely with colleges and their students, says House of Tides chef-owner Kenny Atkinson. 

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