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Legacy to operate two further Lincolnshire hotels

28-Apr-2011 - Legacy Hotels and Resorts are to take over the management contract of two Lincolnshire hotels – the Legacy Woodhall Spa Hotel at The Broadway and the Lincolnshire Oak Hotel, Sleaford.

Career Profile: Julien Maisonneuve

28-Apr-2011 - Formerly head chef at Restaurant Tom Aikens, Julien Maisonneuve is now the new executive chef of the Booking Office bar and restaurant in Marriott’s latest London hotel opening, the St...

Whitbread ramps up expansion of Premier Inn

28-Apr-2011 - Whitbread has ramped up its expansion plans for budget hotel chain Premier Inn and adjoined restaurants following strong end of year trading results.

Crane charms at Roka and seasonal menus at The Metropolitan

28-Apr-2011 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels including Roka and The Metropolitan Hotel, tell us what promotions they’re running to attract customers.

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Choice Hotels opens 18th property in London

28-Apr-2011 - Choice Hotels, operator of the Comfort, Clarion and Quality brands, has opened its 18th London hotel in Hyde Park.

Dualit produces new catering toaster

28-Apr-2011 - Dualit has launched a new catering pop-up toaster that can efficiently produce up to 120 slices of toast per hour.

Cost of eating out rising faster than inflation

27-Apr-2011 - The cost of eating out in the UK is rising faster than inflation, with an average three-course meal eaten out of home now costing almost £19.

People 1st and National Skills Academy merge

27-Apr-2011 - Sector skills council People 1st and the National Skills Academy for Hospitality have merged to add “greater value” to the hospitality industry.

Ed & Tom Martin: Operating within a hotel is “natural progression”

27-Apr-2011 - London-based gastropub group ETM is on the verge of opening its ninth and tenth venues at the five-star Montcalm Hotel in the capital this summer.

How to run a pop-up restaurant: Street Kitchen

27-Apr-2011 - Last October Mark Jankel and Jun Tanaka took to the streets of London in an Airstream van to serve fresh, British food inspired by Jankel’s project The Food Initiative over...

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Barbecoa undergoes "radical" refurbishment months after opening

27-Apr-2011 - Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant at One New Change in the City is undergoing a “radical” refurbishment just months after opening.

Global Boutique Beer range launched by Matthew Clark

27-Apr-2011 - On-trade drinks supplier Matthew Clark has launched a range of Boutique Beers from around the world, featuring fruit, wheat and smoked beers amongst others.

Legacy Hotels takes over Great Hallingbury Manor

26-Apr-2011 - Legacy Hotels and Resorts has taken over the management contract of Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel in Bishop’s Stortford, and is to prepare the business for sale over the coming months....

Thousands of hotels in line for VAT refunds

26-Apr-2011 - Thousands of hotels could be in line for a VAT refund after HM Revenue and Customs amended rules surrounding the VAT paid on hotel room deposits.

Craft Guild of Chefs announces 2011 award nominees

26-Apr-2011 - Lisa Allen of Northcote Manor, Anirudh Arora of Moti Mahal and Sudha Shankar Saha of Saffron are amongst 40 chefs nominated in the shortlist for the 2011 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.

British public ready to celebrate Royal Wedding at pub or restaurant

26-Apr-2011 - The British public is turning its attention from the Easter break and onto the Royal Wedding this coming weekend, with two-thirds expecting to order a commemorative drink in a restaurant...

eBay Wedding at Peckforton and 40 years of The Capital

26-Apr-2011 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels including Peckforton Castle and The Capital Hotel tell us what they’re doing to promote their business.

Orchid chef joins Maggi Guest Chef campaign

26-Apr-2011 - Nestle Professional’s Maggi brand has unveiled Orchid Group senior development chef Brendan Corder as pubs expert for its new Guest Chef campaign.

Chipotle prepares for UK expansion

21-Apr-2011 - Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle is gearing up for expansion in the UK, starting with more sites in London.

German budget hotel chain to launch in Edinburgh

21-Apr-2011 - German-based budget hotel group Motel One is to launch its first UK property in Edinburgh at a new £45m mixed use development next summer.

Nobu expands hotel business into Middle East

21-Apr-2011 - The fine dining group Nobu is expanding further into the hotel market, with plans to open hotels in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Von Essen hotel group in administration

21-Apr-2011 - Von Essen Hotels Ltd, the holding company of the 28-strong luxury hotel group, has gone into administration after failing to meet its debt repayment schedule.

Richoux to focus on Zippers and Dean’s Diner expansion

21-Apr-2011 - Restaurant operator Richoux Group has said its start-up Zippers and Dean’s Diner brands have been earmarked for their growth potential, but it will be taking a “measured” approach to their...

Pearls of Wisdom: Russell Norman

21-Apr-2011 - Russell Norman, former operations director at Caprice Holdings, has achieved critical acclaim with his first three restaurants Polpo, Polpetto and Spuntino, opened with business partner Richard Beatty. The pair...

Premier Inn gets £1m bookings from mobile app in three months

21-Apr-2011 - Hotel chain Premier Inn says that after just three months of launching a smartphone application it is now seeing over 5 per cent of all hotel bookings made on mobile...

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