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JD Wetherspoon beer mats say ‘Vote Leave’ as Tim Martin defends Brexit

31-May-2016 - The chairman of pub group JD Wetherspoon has said Brexit will not cause any issues for the hospitality industry, as the group defended its new Brexit-themed beer mats today.

Hospitality Openings: May 2016

31-May-2016 - This month's selection includes a wide variety of much-awaited launches, including Restaurant Ours from Tom Sellers; Blandford Comptoir from Xavier Rousset; the first UK site for expanding US brand Smashburger;...

Gordon Ramsay plans regional restaurant expansion

31-May-2016 - Gordon Ramsay is planning to open a series of regional UK restaurants in the next 18 months after a spike in sales at his company.

PizzaExpress becomes Deliveroo's largest restaurant partner

31-May-2016 - Deliveroo has signed a deal to offer home delivery of PizzaExpress dishes across the UK.

Prezzo hires former Travelodge boss to drive expansion

31-May-2016 - Italian dining chain Prezzo has appointed former Travelodge boss Jon Hendry-Pickup as its new chief executive officer.

Top Tories to discuss Brexit at BHA Summit 2016

31-May-2016 - Two senior Conservative politicians will discuss the impact of the EU referendum at the Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2016.

Carluccio’s unveils ‘new generation’ of restaurants

31-May-2016 - Carluccio’s is to launch a pizza menu at the first of its ‘new generation’ restaurants in Spitalfields, London. 

Hospitality businesses forced to adapt roles to tackle skills shortage

31-May-2016 - Hospitality operators are being forced to set up their own development and training schemes and even adapt roles to fit around candidates’ strengths as a shortage of skills hampers recruitment...

Steven Ellis on his new pub Oxford Blue

27-May-2016 - Fresh from seven years with Clare Smyth at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and two years with Andrew Pern at the Star Inn, Steven Ellis is raring to go with Oxford Blue,...

Peruvian street food restaurant Butifarra to open in Soho

27-May-2016 - A new street food restaurant is set to bring an 'authentic' taste of Peru to Soho later this year.

Reinventing the carvery: New cashless concept eyes 30 sites

27-May-2016 - A former London barrister's clerk is planning to modernise the carvery concept with a new cashless restaurant group.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 23/05 - 27/05

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

Compass Hospitality Group secures first Scottish hotel management contract

27-May-2016 - Asian hotel operator Compass Hospitality Group has secured its first management contract in Scotland and its ninth in the UK.

The Clink's Alberto Crisci makes Basque Culinary World Prize final

27-May-2016 - Alberto Crisci, founder of prison restaurant charity The Clink, has been named among the 20 finalists in the Basque Culinary World Prize. 

Birmingham named UK's fastest growing tourist destination

27-May-2016 - Birmingham saw the largest increase in international visits outside London last year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Michelin chef Christoffer Hruskova to launch The Bread Station in London

26-May-2016 - Michelin chef Christoffer Hruskova is to launch his debut Danish bakery and café in London this summer.

Nadler Hotels acquires Covent Garden site

26-May-2016 - Nadler Hotels has announced plans to open a 56-room boutique hotel in Covent Garden.

London's first gin hotel to open on Portobello Road

26-May-2016 - Portobello Road Gin has revealed plans to open a new venue where guests can literally eat, drink and sleep all things gin.

Olympics 2016: Cabana restaurants aim to capture spirit of Rio

26-May-2016 - Brazilian restaurant group Cabana is gearing up for an ‘amazing summer’ as it aims to bring the spirit of the Rio Olympics to the UK through its restaurants and beach...

Hawskmoor staff improve communication with British Sign Language training

26-May-2016 - Front-of-house staff at Hawksmoor's Spitalfields restaurant have been trained in British Sign Language (BSL) to enable them to better communicate with each other and with their deaf and hard of...

Meatcure turns to crowdfunding to bring the burger boom to the Midlands

26-May-2016 - Restaurant group Meatcure is to launch a crowdfunding campaign to take the ‘better burger’ craze beyond London.

The Coppa Club to open in London

25-May-2016 - Berkshire-based The Coppa Club is set to open its first site in London this month. 

US chain Smashburger sets out UK expansion plans

25-May-2016 - Cult US chain Smashburger has announced plans to open six UK restaurants over the next year.

The Chestnut Group targets another six sites

25-May-2016 - East-Anglian based hospitality business The Chestnut Group is planning to add another six sites to the business over the next four years as it looks set to complete its ‘largest...

Aberdeen's hotel market 'gets back on its feet'

25-May-2016 - Aberdeen's hotel market, hit heavily by the oil and gas downturn, is showing signs of 'getting back on its feet' as a steadying decline in occupancy levels stabilised last month. ...

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