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From Dock Kitchen to Docklands: Stevie Parle's Craft London

30-Apr-2015 - Stevie Parle's ambitious new venture Craft London, is a restaurant, cocktail bar, coffee shop and producer hub in one. Restaurant's editor Stefan Chomka takes a closer look. 

Yotel intalls biometric systems to record staff attendance

30-Apr-2015 - Hotel group Yotel has installed automated biometric systems to record the attendance of staff at three of its airport hotels which it says will enable its general managers to better...

Hospitality Openings: April 2015

30-Apr-2015 - It's been another busy month for hospitality with the launch of Steve Parle's Craft London, the Peers Dining Room in the House of Lords opening to the public and 17th...

Nutritious café Farm Girl to debut in Notting Hill

30-Apr-2015 - A new 'nutritious' café concept inspired by its co-owner's childhood on an Australian farm and a love of travel is set to open in Notting Hill next month. 

The Lucky Pig to open second London site

30-Apr-2015 - 1920s inspired restaurant and cocktail bar The Lucky Pig has announced plans to open a second site in London next month. 


Battle for non-traditional trading hours intensifies

29-Apr-2015 - The battle for non-traditional trading hours among fast food, café, pub and restaurant operators is set to intensify during the coming year as more and more brands look to stretch their offer....

Tea sommelier: Boom in global tea culture to bring teahouses to UK high streets

29-Apr-2015 - Ajit Madan, owner of Camellia's Tea House and the UK's first accredited tea sommelier is predicting the rise of the teahouse on the UK's high streets as renewed interest in...

Homeslice to open second London restaurant

29-Apr-2015 - Former pop-up pizzeria Homeslice has announced plans to open a second permanent restaurant site in London this summer. 

Giggling Squid announces Bath opening and plans 70 sites in seven years

29-Apr-2015 - Thai tapas brand Giggling Squid is to open their 13th site in Bath, and plans to open 70 restaurants in the next seven years.

BII Licensee of the Year 2015 finalists announced

29-Apr-2015 - The finalists for the 2015 British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Licensee of the Year Award have been announced.

Tom Oldroyd to open first solo restaurant in June

29-Apr-2015 - The former chef director at Polpo has announced plans to open his first solo restaurant in Islington in June.

Allan Pickett and André Blais restaurant Piquet to open summer 2015

29-Apr-2015 - Piquet, the new restaurant from former Plateau head chef Allan Pickett and Bodean's founder André Blais, will open its doors for business this summer, with a focus on the 'culinary cultures...

Glynn Purnell developing Harvey Nichols Brasserie

28-Apr-2015 - Glynn Purnell is developing a new restaurant in partnership with Harvey Nichols.

Sustain declares Bournemouth & Poole first Sustainable Fish City

28-Apr-2015 - Campaign group Sustain has named Bournemouth & Poole the UK's first Sustainable Fish City after the majority of restaurants and catering outlets in the two towns committed to only using...

'Globalisation' of UK food scene drives chain operator growth

28-Apr-2015 - The rise of street food and the ‘globalisation’ of the UK restaurant scene have led to the unbroken growth of chain operators over the last 17 years, according commercial property...

Whitbread chief exec to depart ahead of Costa and Premier Inn expansion

28-Apr-2015 - The chief executive of Whitbread has announced his plans to leave the company, as the operator set out its five year expansion plans for Premier Inn and Costa today (28 April).

Akrame Benallal considers London for meat and potatoes bistro

28-Apr-2015 - French chef Akrame Benallal is considering opening an Atelier Vivanda - his meat and potatoes concept bistro - in London. 

What you need to know about craft cider

28-Apr-2015 - Like beer, cider is getting crafty. BigHospitality looks at what craft cider is all about and the opportunities it presents for pubs, restaurants and hotels. 

Koya to close with Junya Yamasaki's return to Japan

28-Apr-2015 - London's Japanese restaurant Koya will close at the end of May because head chef Junya Yamasaki has decided to return to Japan. 

Belmond first global group to get rated by Sustainable Restaurant Association

27-Apr-2015 - Luxury hotel and travel operator Belmond has become the first global company of its size to be rated by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). 

Gordon Ramsay Group appoints Kim Woodward head chef of Savoy Grill

27-Apr-2015 - The Gordon Ramsay Group has appointed former York & Albany head chef Kim Woodward as head chef of the Savoy Grill. 


Diners see Caribbean as most under-represented cuisine in UK restaurants

27-Apr-2015 - Caribbean food has topped a list of the types of cuisine British diners want to see more of on menus with Greek following closely behind. 

Bar and nightclub operators join together to launch Night Time Industries Association

27-Apr-2015 - Operators from within the bar, nightclub and restaurant sectors have come together to form a new trade association which aims to be 'The Voice of the Night Time Industries'.

Renaissance Pubs changes name to Three Cheers Pub Company

27-Apr-2015 - London-based pub company Renaissance has changed its name to the Three Cheers Pub Company following a trademark dispute. 

‘Staycation’ trend gives hospitality businesses a boost

24-Apr-2015 - UK hospitality businesses are predicted to see a boost in profits this summer due to an increasing number of Britons opting for ‘staycations’, according to new research from

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