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Pierre Gagnaire joins Roux Scholarship judges ahead of 2016 final

31-Mar-2016 - Three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire is to join this year’s Roux Scholarship competition as honorary president of the judges, ahead of the final awards ceremony this Monday.

Angela Hartnett and Giorgio Locatelli among star-studded charity dinner line-up

31-Mar-2016 - Seven top chefs including Angela Hartnett, Giorgio Locatelli and Cyrus Todiwala are to take part in a fundraising dinner to raise funds for food charity FoodCycle.

Carluccio's to open first hotel restaurant

31-Mar-2016 - Carluccio’s, the Italian restaurant and deli concept, will open its first Italian restaurant and food shop in a UK hotel this month.

Could the National Living Wage make eating out more expensive?

31-Mar-2016 - The National Living Wage (NLW) comes in to force on 1 April, but what does this mean for the hospitality sector?

London restaurant Wahleeah hails success of own-produced cheeses

31-Mar-2016 - London restaurant Wahleeah has started selling own-produced cheeses to be taken away following increasing diner requests for its innovative range. 

Hospitality Openings: March 2016

31-Mar-2016 - There was a panoply of colourful and eclectic openings this month, including Park Regis' first UK hotel in Birmingham, James Sommerin's new boutique hotel and Victor Garvey's latest tapas restaurant...

Matt Gillan to leave The Pass at South Lodge

31-Mar-2016 - Chef Matt Gillan is to leave The Pass restaurant at South Lodge in Horsham after a decade-long tenure which has seen him retain a Michelin star for five years.

Manchester DJs to open restaurant at The Palace Hotel

30-Mar-2016 - The iconic Palace Hotel in Manchester has joined forces with the team behind West Didsbury restaurant Volta to launch a new destination bar and restaurant.

Chef Mark Greenaway cookbook to change perceptions of Scottish food

30-Mar-2016 - Chef Mark Greenaway has produced his first cookbook which he hopes will help change dated perceptions of Scottish food. 

Yorkshire Meatball Company extends crowdfunding campaign

30-Mar-2016 - The Yorkshire Meatball Company has extended its crowdfunding campaign by two weeks after receiving a ‘significant investment’ from a former customer.

Apex Hotels secures £29m funding to expand in England

30-Mar-2016 - Scottish group Apex Hotels has secured a £29m funding package to expand its portfolio in England.

BrewDog launches craft beer delivery service in London

30-Mar-2016 - Scottish brewer and bar brand BrewDog has launched a craft beer delivery service in London.

Drake & Morgan racist bill slur: How your business can avoid PR disaster

30-Mar-2016 - Cocktail bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan has confirmed it has dismissed a staff member for gross misconduct after a racial slur was found on a customer’s bill. ...

Darwin & Wallace reveals details of fire station restaurant

29-Mar-2016 - Darwin & Wallace has revealed plans to open its latest bar in a former Chiswick fire station next month.


How to protect your hospitality business from cyber crime

29-Mar-2016 - Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh, systems engineering manager for EMEA at Trustwave, looks at some of the steps hospitality business owners can take to protect their hotels, restaurants and pubs from the increasing risk...

Crème de la Crème judge: BBC show will inspire new pastry generation

29-Mar-2016 - The new TV show Bake Off Crème de la Crème, which aired on BBC Two last night (29 March) will inspire a new generation of pastry chefs and will bring...

Close restaurants with no disabled access, says House of Lords

29-Mar-2016 - Restaurants and pubs which fail to provide facilities for disabled customers should be closed down, a House of Lords Select Committee has claimed.

Restaurants and hotels rank low on Twitter response survey

29-Mar-2016 - Restaurants and hotels have been criticised for taking too long to reply to Tweets sent by customers and giving a poor quality response when they do.

Subway and Costa top list of millennials' favourite restaurants

29-Mar-2016 - Restaurants have been advised to target their reward schemes at millennials after new research found young people are now the most loyal customer group.

Starwood bidding war escalates with $14bn Chinese offer

29-Mar-2016 - The Chinese-led group challenging Marriott International for control of Starwood Hotels & Resorts has raised its bid for the company to $14bn.

Rushton Hall hotel secures planning for multi-million pound Orangery

29-Mar-2016 - Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa in Kettering has secured planning permission to build a multi-million pound Orangery after a 10 year wait.  

Filipino restaurant group Café Romulo opens first UK outpost

24-Mar-2016 - Ex-banker Rowena Romulo has opened an outpost of her family’s Filipino restaurant concept Romulo Café in London with plans to get Filipino food firmly ‘on the map’ in the UK....

January 2016 breaks UK's international visits record

24-Mar-2016 - The number of international visitors arriving in the UK in January rose 6 per cent on the previous year, breaking a record for the month and marking an 'encouraging start...

Chefs under 30 encouraged to enter S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 competition

24-Mar-2016 - Chefs under the age of 30 are being encouraged to enter the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 competition for the chance to become Young Chef of the Year. 

Jamie Oliver apprenticeship scheme to go nationwide

24-Mar-2016 - Jamie Oliver’s flagship apprenticeship scheme is set to go nationwide with its incorporation into the high­-profile chef’s Jamie’s Italian chain, MCA has learnt.

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