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Atul Kochhar puts restaurant plans on hold

30-Apr-2009 - The Indian chef has decided to put plans to open the first Atul’s Kitchen at Westfield on hold, ‘given the financial climate.’

TerraVina’s Laura Rhys named Sommelier of the Year

30-Apr-2009 - Laura Rhys from Hotel TerraVina in Southampton has been named the 2009 UK Sommelier of the Year

Michel Roux Jr to open Westminster restaurant

30-Apr-2009 - Michel Roux Jr will open a restaurant in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors building with Compass Groups commercial restaurant arm Restaurant Associates later this year

Growth for Bill’s Produce Store

30-Apr-2009 - East Sussex-based restaurant and greengrocer business Bill’s Produce Store announces plans to open branches in Chichester and Bath as well as in London

Tourism council outlines plans to support sector

30-Apr-2009 - The Governments new Tourism Advisory Council meets for the first time with the aim of giving support to the sector now and for the future

Landmark London launches restaurant after £1m refurbishment

29-Apr-2009 - The Landmark London hotel will next week open the twotwentytwo restaurant and bar following an extensive refurbishment

Hospitality workers can keep 48-hour week opt-out

29-Apr-2009 - Hospitality workers will be allowed continue working more than 48-hours per week after five years of EU negotiations to phase out the Working Time Directive failed this week

Hell’s Kitchen appliances for sale

29-Apr-2009 - The appliances used in this years Hell’s Kitchen series is available for caterers to buy from supplier Hobart now that filming has ended

Chef Shaun Hill finds inspiration in Barbados

29-Apr-2009 - The annual Taste of Barbados food festival saw Walnut Tree Inn chef Shaun Hill turning his hand to the local cuisine. Here he picks two of his favourite dishes from...

Considerate Hotels of 2008 revealed

29-Apr-2009 - Aldwych One in London and Radisson SAS in Edinburgh are among the hotels to be awarded at the Considerate Hoteliers Awards this week

Value and imagination key for hotels, says report

28-Apr-2009 - Hotel companies which offer true value and operate with imagination will be the winners in the current economic downturn, according to a new study

Beer sales fall as Government tax hole grows

28-Apr-2009 - Figures reveal beer sales have fallen by eight per cent in the first quarter of 2009, losing the Government £17m in beer tax revenue

Chef apprentices help launch National Apprenticeship Service

28-Apr-2009 - Chef apprentices from Westminster Kingsway College help launch the Governments National Apprenticeship Service

Radisson Edwardian appoints new group sales director

28-Apr-2009 - The hotel group owned by Jasminder Singh, the 156th richest man in Britain, has appointed a new group sales director for London

Von Essen founder sees fortune grow £80m

28-Apr-2009 - Von Essen founder Andrew Davis was one of the industrys top earners whose fortune grew last year the Sunday Times Rich List has revealed

Jamie Oliver to open second Italian restaurant in London

28-Apr-2009 - Jamie’s Italian, the mid-market restaurant chain launched by Jamie Oliver, is to launch a second London outpost in Covent Garden next year

Sales and profits grow at Whitbread

28-Apr-2009 - Pre-tax profits for 2008 rise 9 per cent to £229m at Premier Inn owner Whitbread with overall revenue for the group up almost 10 per cent to £1,334m

Dairy-free 'ice cream' helps cater for allergy sufferers

28-Apr-2009 - Businesses looking to boost their dairy and gluten free offerings this summer are being urged to stock Booja Boojas new dairy, sugar, gluten and soya-free ice cream

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall lobbies Gov over intensive chicken plans

27-Apr-2009 - The River Cottage chef is lobbying the Government over proposals to decrease the standard of UK chickens to meet EU guidelines

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2009 guide goes on sale

27-Apr-2009 - A guide to the S. Pellegrino Worlds 50 Best Restaurants is available to buy now

TV's Dermot O'Leary to open fish restaurant

27-Apr-2009 - TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary is to open a fish restaurant in Brighton with two friends who share his ‘love of food’

Chancellor 'adds to woes' of hospitality industry

24-Apr-2009 - The rise in alcohol and fuel duty will cause more pain to pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels already suffering through the recession, industry members have claimed

Craft Guild of Chefs reveals awards shortlist

24-Apr-2009 - The 39 chefs in the running for one of 13 awards at the 2009 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards are named

VisitEngland honours the great English pub

24-Apr-2009 - VisitEngland has honoured the ‘Great English Pub’ by dedicating the Enjoy England Excellence award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism, to the industry

Paul Kitching's 21212 restaurant to open next month

24-Apr-2009 - The ex-Juniper chef will open his new Edinburgh restaurant with rooms 21212 at the end of May

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