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Noma tops World's 50 Best Restaurant list for third year running

30-Apr-2012 - Danish restaurant Noma has been voted the World's Best Restaurant for the third year running, beating Spanish restaurants El Cellar de Can Roca and Mugaritz respectively to the top spot. ...

UK and World’s 50 Best chefs visit Number 10 to promote ‘Great’ UK food scene

30-Apr-2012 - More than 150 chefs, restaurateurs and food producers operating in the UK, as well as some of the World’s 50 Best chefs, are visiting Downing Street today to launch a...

Branded chains and fast food concepts to lead eating out sector growth

30-Apr-2012 - The branded restaurant sector is to grow by more than 20 per cent in three years and fast food operators are to spearhead growth in the eating out industry, according...

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012: BigHospitality to report live

30-Apr-2012 - With just hours to go until the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, make sure you tune in to BigHospitality on Facebook and Twitter for all the gossip, with live updates,...

Briciole Italian trattoria opens in Marylebone

30-Apr-2012 - Chef Maurizio Morelli, who has run the Latium restaurant in London’s Fitzrovia for the past eight years, has opened a second site in Marylebone. 

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Beer tax e-petition grows as 300 community pubs close in six months

30-Apr-2012 - The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has today released new research which reveals that over 300 community pubs have permanently shut down in the past six months, demonstrating the effects...

Restaurants have ‘work cut out’ as discount voucher use still rising

30-Apr-2012 - Almost half of UK restaurant-goers – equating to some 15 million people - rate discount vouchers as ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ important when deciding where to dine out, with the number...

The World's 50 Best Restaurants: What do judges look for in restaurants and what can we expect on the 2012 list?

30-Apr-2012 - On the eve of the unveiling of the 2012 Worlds 50 Best Restaurants list, BigHospitality went to meet the 50 Best Academy - those who head up the voting for...

London 2012 Olympics: Hotel prices during the Games continue to rise

30-Apr-2012 - Hotel prices during the Olympics period later this Summer are continuing to rise with the cost of rooms in the capital up 65 per cent on average on last years prices...

Craft Beer Co expands with second site in Brighton

30-Apr-2012 - Craft Beer Co, the specialist beer bar concept founded by Martin Hayes, is expanding its reach with the launch of its second site in Brighton and a third also planned...

Online food safety management system launched by Hygiene Audit Systems

30-Apr-2012 - Hygiene Audit Systems, a food and health safety consultancy, has launched Hawk, an online food safety management system designed to allow hospitality operators to store and view food safety monitoring records at a...

Salford developments drive Lowry Outlet Mall restaurant sales up

27-Apr-2012 - The Plaza restaurants at Salford's Lowry Outlet Mall have seen sales rise by more than 20 per cent driven in part by the increased footfall in the centre from nearby...

Cote tops UK profit growth list

27-Apr-2012 - French bistro chain Cote has been revealed as the company with the fastest-growing profits within the UK's restaurant, pub and quick service market.

Recruiting and retaining staff: How to develop employees and cut turnover rates

27-Apr-2012 - Advertising in all the right places and whittling down prospective candidates for a job can seem wasted if you are forced to dig out the job description again after only...

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Nestlé Toque d’Or 2012 finalists revealed

27-Apr-2012 - Eight colleges from across the UK are set to go head-to-head in the 2012 finals of the student catering competition Nestlé Toque d’Or.

Pearls of Wisdom: Alan Murchison

27-Apr-2012 - Alan Murchison took up his first post in the kitchen as a porter at the age of 14. During the 1990s, the Scot worked in a number of Michelin-starred kitchens,...

London Cocktail Company launches pre-mixed cocktail range

27-Apr-2012 - Drinks producer London Cocktail Company has enlisted the help of mixologists to create a range of pre-mixed cocktails designed for outlets without the resources to make their own. 

Brazilian temakeria opens in London’s Soho

27-Apr-2012 - Two entrepreneurs with an interest in Brazilian and Japanese cuisine are planning to introduce London's diners to a new style of Latin American food this month with the launch of...

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The Chefs Forum hits Devon, local restaurateurs on-board

26-Apr-2012 - The Chefs Forum - a networking group for chefs, suppliers and local catering colleges – is to be set up a second base in Devon.

Whitbread sees Costa Coffee sales boost and Premier Inn recovery

26-Apr-2012 - Restaurant, hotel and coffee shop operator Whitbread has reported an 11.2 per cent increase in total revenue for the financial year to 1 March 2012, with Group like-for-like sales also up 2.6 per cent.

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Charlie McLean takes on MD role at CAU to push forward restaurant expansion

26-Apr-2012 - Gaucho's finance and commercial director Charlie McLean has been appointed managing director at its sister group CAU to help push forward expansion of the restaurant chain. 

Recruiting and retaining staff: A guide to CVs and interviews

26-Apr-2012 - So you’ve advertised a role in your business and the applications are beginning to pour in. But how do you effectively search through stacks of CVs and what questions should...

Coeliac UK provides gluten-free law update, solution for hospitality businesses

26-Apr-2012 - Coeliac UK - the national charity for people suffering with coeliac disease - is today stepping up its efforts to help food businesses capitalise on the burgeoning market for gluten-free options....

The Wolseley owners receive private equity backing to fund expansion

26-Apr-2012 - Rex Restaurant Associates, the company headed up by experienced restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, has received private equity backing to fund expansion plans for the group that owns The...

Service at 87% of hospitality businesses not good enough to generate recommendations

26-Apr-2012 - The latest findings from a customer service benchmarking survey show that 87 per cent of hospitality businesses are not providing good enough service to generate guest recommendations.

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