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Accor extends National Living Wage to all employees

29-Apr-2016 - Accor is the latest hospitality firm to extend the National Living Wage (NLW) to all staff regardless of age.

American invasion: US-style restaurants on the cusp of UK boom

29-Apr-2016 - American-style smokehouses, barbecue pits and burger bars are on track to replace Mexican outlets as the biggest area of growth in the UK restaurant scene over the next few years.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 25/04 - 29/04

29-Apr-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Qatar-Singapore fund Ascott acquires London Islington serviced apartment scheme for £52m

29-Apr-2016 - A new luxury apartment scheme under the Citadines Islington London brand has been acquired for £52m by Ascott, the Singapore-Qatar based CapitaLand serviced-resi business and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).

Lone Star sells Atlas Hotels for £575m

29-Apr-2016 - Lone Star is to sell Atlas Hotels to London & Regional for £575m.

Star Pubs & Bars to invest over £2m in 100 pubs’ outdoor areas

29-Apr-2016 - Pub company Star Pubs & Bars is to invest £2.4m in external areas at 100 pubs this year, in a bid to allow licensees to satisfy demand for outside dining.

Edible insects: Why chefs should embrace 'nature's best kept secret'

29-Apr-2016 - The owners of a new business selling edible insects in the UK are encouraging chefs to embrace one of ‘natures best kept secrets’ and add them to their dishes.


Kevin Viner on his new restaurant Neo and the shortage of UK chef talent

29-Apr-2016 - Former National Chef of the Year Kevin Viner ran Michelin-starred Pennypots until 2000 and Viners in Cornwall until 2010. After a stint abroad he has returned to the UK as...

Brits find phones in restaurants ‘rude’…but still post food photos and demand Wi-Fi

29-Apr-2016 - The majority of Brits would welcome a ‘no phone zone’ in restaurants, and find it rude when others use phones during a meal, despite widely using them to post photos...

Report: Restaurant staff not taking allergy requests seriously enough

28-Apr-2016 - Restaurant owners are being urged to do more to educate their staff on the subject of food allergens after a survey of diners with allergies found that a quarter had...

Life-changing story of Alex Lewis, of Greyhound on the Test pub, to air on Channel 4

28-Apr-2016 - A documentary featuring the story of Alex Lewis, the fiancé of Lucy Townsend ‒ owner of Michelin-recommended pub the Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge ‒ who suffered a quadruple...

Ceviche’s Martin Morales creates new British Airways menu to be served at 35,000ft

28-Apr-2016 - Martin Morales (pictured), executive chef and founder at London restaurants Ceviche and Andina, has teamed up with British Airways to create a Peruvian-style menu for its new London Gatwick to...

Hilton named world's most valuable hotel brand

28-Apr-2016 - Hilton has topped a list of the 50 most powerful and valuable hotel brands in the world. 

Luke Johnson invests in Lussmanns Fish & Grill ahead of imminent expansion

28-Apr-2016 - Hospitality entrepreneur Luke Johnson has invested in Lussmanns Fish & Grill, becoming a major shareholder ahead of the group’s fourth and fifth site openings this year.

The Craft Guild of Chefs calls on senior chefs to mentor at its Graduate Awards

28-Apr-2016 - The Craft Guild of Chefs is calling for senior chefs to become mentors to young chefs in its Graduate Awards scheme, and has outlined the benefits taking part can bring...

Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Ours to open with chef Daniel Phippard and top operations team

28-Apr-2016 - Restaurant Ours, the latest opening from chef Tom Sellers, is to open officially on 19 May for dinner, with a menu created with head chef Daniel Phippard.

Hospitality Openings: April 2016

27-Apr-2016 - This month has been eventful for new openings, in line with the approaching days of spring, with its longer evenings and warmer nights. Highlights of April include the much-awaited Som Saa...

Coaching Inn Group acquires Golden Lion St Ives for £2m in £20m expansion plan

27-Apr-2016 - The Coaching Inn Group has acquired the 25-bedroom Golden Lion in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, in a £2m deal as part of its £20m expansion programme.

The Four Sisters to double up

27-Apr-2016 - Simon Bastable and Andrew Green, owners of The Four Sisters Bar in Islington, are to double the size of their portfolio with the opening of a new bar in the...

The Fork Awakens: Star Wars restaurant opening in London

27-Apr-2016 - While Londoners have been getting excited about the city’s first naked restaurant, a new pop-up is asking guests to don their Jedi robes and Wookie suits to enter.

Flagship Cottons Caribbean to open in Notting Hill with over 300 rums on the bar

27-Apr-2016 - A new flagship Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Salon de Rhum offering the UK’s largest selection of rum is set to open in London’s Notting Hill on Friday 29 April.

Mexican 'social eating' restaurant Cielo Blanco opening in London

27-Apr-2016 - Mexican restaurant Cielo Blanco is opening its first London site.

Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016: Low Pay Commission chair to discuss National Living Wage impact

27-Apr-2016 - Sir David Norgrove, chair of the Low Pay Commission, will talk about the impact the National Living Wage is having on the hospitality industry at this year's Hospitality & Tourism...

Former Raffles nightclub operator to open MeatUP restaurant

27-Apr-2016 - Sachin Khanna – the former operator of the Raffles and Libertine nightclubs - is to open a new grill restaurant in London.

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts reveals Annual Awards of Excellence 2016 finalists

27-Apr-2016 - The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts has announced 59 finalists for its 2016 Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE).

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