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London debut for Samarqand

29-May-2009 - Russian restaurant group Samarqand is to make its UK debut, following the acquisition of a site in Marylebone, London

English Wine Week: The producers

29-May-2009 - As English Wine Week comes to a close, BigHospitality finds out what the wine producers have on offer and why they think restaurants, hotels and pubs are the perfect places...

Blossom Hill serves Wimbledon on-trade promotion

29-May-2009 - Blossom Hill is promoting a new serve of its classic rose wines as tall spritzer drinks with branded glassware as part of the Wimbledon fortnight

Future Inns Bristol and Swan at Felsted appointments

29-May-2009 - Greg Hedges joins Future Inns in Bristol as manager and Alec Maxfield is announced the new head chef at Essex gastropub The Swan at Felsted

Laura Rhys’s BigTalent

29-May-2009 - Just weeks after winning the 2009 UK Sommelier of the Year, Hotel Terravina’s head sommelier Laura Rhys tells Becky Paskin how having Gerard Basset as a mentor has helped her...

WestKing student wins Freedom Food menu competition

29-May-2009 - Gloria Ford from Westminster Kingsway College has been named the RSPCA’s Freedom Food Young Chef of the Year

Nando’s unveils first eco-friendly branch

29-May-2009 - Nandos Junction 27 in Leeds becomes the first restaurant to be powered only by its waste cooking oil

Searcys 1847 introduces Oyster Hour and Tamarind rewinds 10 years

29-May-2009 - Restaurants tell us about the promotions, special offers and other events they are running

The Hardwick in Abergavenny to expand

29-May-2009 - Chef Stephen Terrys restaurant in Abergavenny will become a restaurant with rooms at the start of next year following a refurbishment programme

Dualit launches mini-kettle

28-May-2009 - Dualit has launched a cordless 1 litre mini-kettle that is ideal for use in style-led hotel rooms

Greene King drinks promotion 'not irresponsible'

28-May-2009 - A buy three pints get one free promotion run in Greene King pubs is cleared of any wrongdoing by the Portman Group following a complaint that it encouraged irresponsible drinking

Guarded upturn predicted for European hotels and restaurants

28-May-2009 - A survey of 200 restaurant and hotel companies in Europe shows a third are more confident that business will get better in the next six months, but warns that independents...

Fruitless Easter trading causes concern for regional hotels

28-May-2009 - While London hotels experienced a successful Easter break this year, those in the regions saw a ‘significant’ decline in custom

Inn England campaign promotes pubs as tourist destinations

28-May-2009 - Enjoy England has launched a campaign to promote pubs as an integral part of a tourists’ holiday

Charity hotel awaits buyer

28-May-2009 - Brian Burnie, the man who has lovingly converted Doxford Hall in Northumberland into a luxury hotel and spa, waits for a buyer for it so he can donate all the...

Flavours of Spain update Iberian and Galician charcuterie range

27-May-2009 - Flavours of Spain has launched a new charcuterie range featuring dry cured and smoked meats from Iberia and Galicia

English Wine Week: The trade's view

27-May-2009 - For English Wine Week Emma Eversham quizzes sommeliers, restaurateurs and publicans about English wine and asks why more of them arent putting local wine as well as local food on...

Adopt US dining offers to survive recession, restaurants told

27-May-2009 - British restaurateurs are being advised to use the promotional offers used by American businesses to continue attracting diners during the recession

Gore Hotel and Maybourne Hotel Group appointments

27-May-2009 - The Gore Hotel appoints a new food and beverage manager, and the Maybourne Hotel Group promotes an area director of finance for London

Compass names three Centres for Excellence

27-May-2009 - The contract caterer announces plans to make restaurants at three of its major business clients beacons for the rest of the company

Peach Pubs seeks partner for 11th site

27-May-2009 - Pub company Peach searches for a joint venture partner to develop a new gastropub site it has bought in Leicester

Autobar and Cafe Bar merge

27-May-2009 - Vending provider Autobar and hot beverage supplier Cafe Bar have merged to form Autobar UK Ltd

Now's the time for English wine

26-May-2009 - For English Wine Week (23-31 May) wine writer Susy Atkins sets the record straight on English wine and suggests that restaurants with a local food focus look at listing a...

Thistle, Unilever Foodsolutions and Choice Hotels appointments

26-May-2009 - Thistle appoints a new executive chef, Unilever Foodsolutions gets a new managing director, and Choice Hotels expands its franchise development team

Marriott Hotels in top 60 greenest companies

26-May-2009 - Hotel chain Marriott ranks 17th in the Sunday Times Green List - making it the highest ranking green hospitality company in Britain

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