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Pearls of Wisdom: Michel Roux

30-Apr-2010 - Among the most influential chefs in the world, Michel Roux set up Le Gavroche with brother Albert in 1967. Five years later, he left London for the Waterside Inn, Bray,...

S&M Café chain up for sale

30-Apr-2010 - Smash Foods, operator of sausage and mash-style restaurant chain S&M Café has put the six-strong group up for sale

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Magnuson Hotels signs up 20 properties in two weeks

30-Apr-2010 - Hotel marketer Magnuson Hotels has signed up 20 properties within the first two weeks of its launch, it has announced

Campaign cocktails at Park Plaza and St James's hotels and power nap packages at Thistle

30-Apr-2010 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs tell us about the extra activities they're planning to make their businesses more appealing

Centre Point’s Paramount restaurant to open to public

30-Apr-2010 - Paramount, the restaurant and bar situated on the top three floors of London’s Centre Point building, will next month open to the public for the first time

Berkeley offers complimentary iPads to hotel guests

30-Apr-2010 - The Berkeley in Knightsbridge has kitted out select bedroom suites with Apple’s iPad ahead of the tablet’s launch in the UK next month

Travellers increasingly mixing business with pleasure, says Starwood

30-Apr-2010 - Travellers are increasingly mixing business with pleasure, according to new research conducted for Starwood Hotels

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Diners reluctant to fork out for celebrity chef restaurants

30-Apr-2010 - Brits have voted Jamie Oliver as their favourite celebrity chef, but just a handful of diners said they would be prepared to pay extra for a meal at a celebrity...

Healthy-eating chain Tossed to expand to 25 sites by 2013

30-Apr-2010 - Healthy eating restaurant group Tossed has announced plans to operate 25 sites by 2013, after receiving a £1.5m development fund from venture capital company Beringea

Modest growth forecast for eating out sector

29-Apr-2010 - Trading will remain tough within the eating out market during the next 18 months with only modest growth expected, according to industry analysts Horizons

Dim T owner in £1.85m writedown

29-Apr-2010 - Tasty, the operator of the Dim T, has reported a loss of £2.08m after a £1.85m writedown of the group’s estate

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Jumeirah to launch lifestyle brand

29-Apr-2010 - Jumeirah Group, the Dubai based owner of the iconic Burj Al Arab, is to introduce a new lifestyle brand into international markets later this year

Good Food Guide reveals shortlist for Restaurant of the Year 2010

29-Apr-2010 - Northcote Manor in Lancashire and Artisan in Yorkshire are among the restaurants making the shortlist for the Good Food Guide's Restaurant of the Year Award 2010

Incanto and Park Plaza County Hall appointments

29-Apr-2010 - InCanto restaurant in Harrow on the Hill appoints a new head chef, while Park Plaza County Hall welcomes a new bar manager

Whitbread to add more than 2,500 rooms to Premier Inn estate

29-Apr-2010 - Whitbread is to add more than 2,500 rooms to its Premier Inn chain in the coming year, after delivering a strong full-year performance that saw Costa coffee profit soar

Liverpool £56m dual hotel build to create 250 jobs

29-Apr-2010 - A £56m hotel development on Liverpool’s Oldham Street has secured planning permission, creating 250 new jobs in the area

Holiday Inn to launch £65m advertising campaign

29-Apr-2010 - InterContinental Hotels Group is launching a £65m global advertising campaign ahead of the completion of its ambitious Holiday Inn project this year

Bill's Produce lines up trio of sites

29-Apr-2010 - Bill’s Produce, the grocer-meets-upmarket-café concept, is set to open a trio of new sites this year – including a London flagship

Christopher Delalonde named as UK Sommelier of the Year 2010

29-Apr-2010 - Christopher Delalonde of Sarment Wines has been named as UK Sommelier of the Year 2010

Circle set to increase in north as sites sought

29-Apr-2010 - CIrcle Club, Manchester's private member's club and restaurant, is looking to expand in the north of England and create six new Circle venues within the next two years

Irish ice cream cake arrives in UK

28-Apr-2010 - Irish ice cream manufacturer Silver Pail Dairy, will next week launch its freezer to table dessert in the UK, the Ice Cream Cake

Prezzo aims to triple thriving estate

28-Apr-2010 - Italian casual-dining chain Prezzo plans to open 10 restaurants this year and believes it can eventually grow to three times its current size

Restaurants recover as ash cloud diminishes

28-Apr-2010 - Closure of vast swathes of European airspace has hit restaurant operators with sites in airports extremely hard, including Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food in Heathrow Terminal 5

The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2010

27-Apr-2010 - The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2010 were held this year at London's Guildhall, where the team from Noma were given the accolade for Best Restaurant in the World for...

Noma's Rene Redzepi talks about winning the World's Best Restaurant Award

27-Apr-2010 - Noma chef-patron Rene Redzepi talks to Nigel Barden about what it means to win the top accolade in the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards.

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