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Ninth Burger & Lobster site opens

29-May-2015 - A ninth Burger & Lobster has opened on the premises formerly occupied by Orchid Group’s Pacific Oriental restaurant, in the City of London.

Cake restaurant payment app launches crowdfunding drive

29-May-2015 - London-based restaurant payments app Cake has launched a Crowdcube campaign to raise £800,000 towards its expansion in the UK and North America.

Punch Taverns to continue US-themed sports bar and grill rollout

29-May-2015 - Pub operator Punch Taverns is to open its first Champs sports bar and grill in the south of England, and the sixth in total.

Liverpool landmark to become restaurant, bar and events space

29-May-2015 - A famous Liverpool building is to be turned into a restaurant, bar and events space after being taken over by a local entrepreneur.

Watergate Bay Hotel team launch Another Place collection

29-May-2015 - The team behind Cornwall’s Watergate Bay Hotel has launched a new collection of destination hotels.

CG Restaurants & Bars extends Dirty Martini rollout with new Islington site

29-May-2015 - CG Restaurants & Bars is to open its first Dirty Martini bar in north London as part of a wider strategy to have 15 sites up and running by the...

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Bryn Williams on his new restaurant and why Goodwood is a ‘no brainer’

29-May-2015 - Bryn Williams, owner of Odette's in Primrose Hill, is about to open a second restaurant close to his birthplace in north Wales. The celebrity chef told BigHospitality about his plans for...

UK to host Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Chef of the Year International Finals 2016

29-May-2015 - International gastronomic society Chaîne des Rôtisseurs has chosen the UK to host the International Finals of the annual Young Chef of the Year Competition.

Southport hotel set to return to past glories after D’Urberville acquisition

28-May-2015 - One of Merseyside’s most famous hotels is set for a major refurbishment after changing ownership.

Carom Soho launches rooftop pop-up at Madison London

28-May-2015 - D&D London restaurant Carom is returning to the London dining scene after a fire at its 100 Wardour Street address  temporarily closed the venue.

TripAdvisor under fire for ‘unfair’ reliance on older customer reviews

28-May-2015 - TripAdvisor has defended its popularity ranking system after a Michelin-starred restaurant claimed that older reviews are harming the reputation of businesses.

Fatburger and Buffalo's Cafe open first UK site

28-May-2015 - US giant Fatburger and its sister restaurant Buffalo’s Cafe have opened their first European site in London’s Camden this week (24 May).

Queen's Speech 2015: Hospitality industry responds

28-May-2015 - The hospitality industry has welcomed legislation outlined in the Queen’s speech at the state opening of parliament yesterday (27 May).

Regional hotels continue to outperform London sites

28-May-2015 - Regional hotels have experienced mixed fortunes in gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) as national rooms revenues continued to fluctuate in April.

Meat & Shake eyes expansion after change in direction

28-May-2015 - Meat & Shake, the London-based concept, is eyeing further expansion after securing three new sites and changing its model from burger-led to a more smokehouse-based format, according to BigHospitality's sister...

BHA to promote value of hospitality in ITN-produced video

28-May-2015 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has teamed up with ITN Productions to produce a news and current affairs programme that explores the value of hospitality and tourism in the UK....

Allan Pickett announces Sanderson hotel restaurant residency

28-May-2015 - Chef Allan Pickett is joining forces with the Sanderson hotel in London’s West End to launch its first ever summer restaurant residency from 5 June.

O' My Buns! eyes UK franchise agreement

27-May-2015 - International cafe brand O’ My Buns! is opening its first UK site in Leicester in June, and plans to expand nationwide.

Gladwin brothers to take forged food pop-up on the road

27-May-2015 - Two brothers are to combine the best of their wild food-themed west London restaurants into a pop-up in time for the summer festival season.

Caprice Holdings to open Berkeley Square Brasserie

27-May-2015 - Restaurant group Caprice Holdings Ltd is launching a new pan-Asian fish and shellfish restaurant in September.

Angela Hartnett reveals June opening date for second Café Murano site

27-May-2015 - TV chef Angela Hartnett has unveiled further details of her second Italian-themed London café and restaurant concept Café Murano.

Finalists named for Mövenpick Ice Cream Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year

27-May-2015 - A shortlist of five finalists have been named for the Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year competition, which takes place next Wednesday (3 June).

Costa receives 'excellent' sustainability rating

27-May-2015 - Costa has become the first UK café to be named a Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) Two Star Sustainability Champion.

People on the Move in Hospitality: May 2015

26-May-2015 - It's been a bumper month of appointments in the hospitality industry, including new team members at London Hilton Park Lane, Hutong at The Shard, and Macdonald Hotels.

Apartment Group owner acquires the Percy Arms Hotel

26-May-2015 - Duncan Fisher, owner of North East hospitality operator The Apartment Group, has acquired the Percy Arms Hotel at Otterburn.

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