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Hospitality set to benefit from Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

31-May-2012 - The UK’s hospitality industry is set to benefit from the double bank holiday weekend afforded by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as the majority of Brits plan to remain on home...

Cass Titcombe reveals details of new Roost chicken restaurant

31-May-2012 - Canteen co-founder Cass Titcombe has unveiled details of the new restaurant concept – Roost – which he is set to launch later this year in London.

Absolute Pubs to open fourth site in four years

31-May-2012 - Absolute Pubs, the independent pub chain founded in Surrey in 2008, has announced it has signed contracts on a venue in Sunbury-on-Thames taking the business up to four pubs in...

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Food and beer consumer changes revealed for the Jubilee

31-May-2012 - To celebrate the upcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations two reports have been released detailing the change in consumer habits that restaurants and pubs have had to deal with during the Queen’s...

Callebaut switches to sustainable cocoa for Finest Belgian Chocolate range

31-May-2012 - Chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut has pledged to use only sustainable cocoa in the production of its Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate range from now on.

Fuller’s reports profit growth despite ‘most volatile’ start to a year ever

31-May-2012 - London-based brewer and pub operator Fuller’s has announced it experienced a ‘very positive’ last year of trading with growth across its business but revealed the beginning of 2012 had been...

Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars: Date set for Channel 5 TV show

30-May-2012 - Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars, the new TV show from the former Michelin-starred celebrity chef which seeks out the best restaurateur couples, is to air on Thursday 7 June, Channel...

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20 restaurant chefs to compete in British BBQ Championships at Laverstoke Park festival

30-May-2012 - Twenty chefs from restaurants across the UK, including Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Cinnamon Kitchen and Pont de la Tour, will be taking their cooking skills outside next month to compete in the...

Vapiano restaurant owner pledges to make UK 'number one priority'

30-May-2012 - The owner of fast casual Italian restaurant chain Vapiano has pledged to make the UK the 'number one priority' market for expansion around the world as it aims to build...

Wharfebank Brewery takes on second pub saving Yorkshire local from closure

30-May-2012 - Independent Yorkshire-based brewery Wharfebank has taken over its second pub after its managing director Martin Kellaway refused to watch another community pub disappear. 

Jill Stein and Red Hot World Buffet founder named on Women 1st Shine Awards shortlist

30-May-2012 - Women 1st, the programme founded by People 1st to encourage women in the hospitality industry, has revealed the shortlist for its 2012 Shine Awards with Jill Stein and Red Hot...

Young British Foodie Awards vote Douglas McMaster Best Irreverent Chef

30-May-2012 - A new awards scheme designed to celebrate innovation and forward-thinking within the food and drink world has voted former St John chef Douglas McMaster Best Irreverent Chef. 

Mark Hix on Tramshed, the pressure to innovate and British produce

30-May-2012 - Mark Hix's latest restaurant, Tramshed on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, has finally opened and BigHospitality sat down with the trend-setting chef, restaurateur and writer to talk about the project and...

Delice de France brings Coup de Pates frozen range to UK

30-May-2012 - Delice de France has this month brought the French Coup de Pates premium frozen range to the UK in a bid to make baking easier for chefs and caterers.

Russell Norman to open Polpo at Smithfield growing restaurant estate to six

29-May-2012 - Restaurateur Russell Norman has confirmed plans to extend the Polpo brand by signing his sixth restaurant in London with business partner Richard Beatty. 

The Zetter to take part in Twitter chat to help businesses Get Ahead of the Games

29-May-2012 - The Zetter hotel’s group HR director Lindsey Venter is to take part in a live Twitter chat with officials from Transport for London (TfL) and O2 tomorrow to help businesses...

Hoxton Hotel sold to Ennismore Capital ahead of expansion plans

29-May-2012 - The Hoxton Hotel has been sold for an undisclosed sum to boutique investment firm Ennismore Capital which is planning to grow the brand and expand to further sites in London...

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Shaka Zulu restaurant to open ‘carnivorous’ bar featuring meat-infused cocktails

29-May-2012 - London's largest South African restaurant Shaka Zulu is set to open The Meat Bar, serving a unique selection of meat-infused cocktails.

Firmdale to re-open Dorset Square Hotel June 2012

29-May-2012 - Firmdale Hotels owners Tim and Kit Kemp will re-open Dorset Square Hotel in London next month, 10 years after they sold the property which helped kick-start their careers as hoteliers. 

Evans & Peel Detective Agency: Bar & restaurant concept launches in South Kensington

29-May-2012 - Evans & Peel Detective Agency - a new Prohibition-style bar and restaurant featuring bespoke interior, 1920’s-themed food and drink and a unique members club - is set to open its...

Get ready for London 2012: Logistics walking tour with Transport for London

29-May-2012 - With just two months to go before the start of the London 2012 Olympics, BigHospitality took a tour of central London with Transport for London's Ian Wainwright to find out...

Independent and chain hotels named on UK best workplace list

29-May-2012 - Global hotel chain Accor and the independent Summer Isles Hotel in Achiltibuie, North West Scotland, have both been named in a list of the best workplaces by the Great Place to...

Highgrove Fine Foods launches premium stocks and gravies range

29-May-2012 - Wootton Bassett-based supplier Highgrove Food Distribution has launched a premium range of its stocks and gravies under its Highgrove Fine Foods brand.

Jamie Barber plans Hush expansion and Cabana rollout

29-May-2012 - Jamie Barber has revealed he plans to expand both of his current restaurant ventures with the opening of a brasserie under the Hush name and a rollout to at least...

Brasserie Blanc to pursue strategy of expanding in provinces after London Chez Gerard conversions

28-May-2012 - Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc's mid-range concept Brasserie Blanc is to pursue its expansion strategy of opening in the provinces after it completes the conversion of former Chez Gerard sites in...

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