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Prezzo and JD Wetherspoon help branded restaurants outperform hospitality market

29-Jun-2012 - Italian casual dining chain Prezzo and mass pub operator JD Wetherspoon are helping drive estimated growth in the branded restaurant sector in 2012 of 6.5 per cent.

Westminster Kingsway College students win Nestlé Toque d’Or 2012 competition

29-Jun-2012 - Westminster Kingsway College has been named the winner of the 2012 Nestlé Toque d’Or student catering competition.

CitizenM kicks off extensive London expansion plans in Bankside

29-Jun-2012 - Amsterdam-based budget hotel group CitizenM is to open its first London hotel in Bankside next month ahead of significant expansion plans in the capital with at least two more venues...

Hawksmoor to focus on seafood and steak in fourth London restaurant

29-Jun-2012 - London-based restaurant operator Hawksmoor is to open its fourth site in the capital in October with more of a focus on grilled seafood as well as steak.

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Darlington hotel set to re-open after post-fire refurb

29-Jun-2012 - The King's Head Hotel in the Priestgate area of the North East market town will re-open in September after an £8m refurb programme following a devastating fire four years ago....

Food trends 2012: Asian ascension

29-Jun-2012 - Asian food may already be a huge part of the UK restaurant scene, but the world’s largest continent has a lot more to offer. Restaurant magazine's Joe Lutrario looks at the rise in...

Nespresso launches Zenius: Most 'technologically advanced' coffee machine

29-Jun-2012 - Nespresso has launched Zenius, an automated coffee machine it says is its most 'technologically advanced' to date, to the UK market.

Baerbel Moehrle: Career Profile

29-Jun-2012 - Baerbel Moehrle began her career as an event coordinator for Marriott Hotels in Hamburg, before making the transition to London as an event executive for the Chancery Court Hotel. There, she...

Show us your wine display for the chance to win a trip to Champagne Jacquart - deadline extended

28-Jun-2012 - BigHospitality has teamed up with wine supplier Enotria to launch a competition to find the restaurant, pub or hotel with the best wine display.

Jamie Oliver set to open 'groundbreaking' Gatwick restaurant

28-Jun-2012 - Jamie Oliver's Gatwick Airport restaurant, which has just opened within the North Terminal, is set to become the busiest venue in the celebrity chef's portfolio as the team reveal the...

Tourists find customer service at London’s hotels below average in run-up to London 2012 Olympics

28-Jun-2012 - London’s hotels have been given a lower customer service score than the capital’s tourist attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants by a sample of overseas visitors who came to the city...

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Molson Coors and Sky collaborate to offer discounts on live sport for pubs

28-Jun-2012 - Britain’s largest brewer, Molson Coors, and Sky TV have today announced that they will be working in collaboration to help boost footfall, reduce costs and provide an improved customer experience...

Le Gavroche named best in Europe by TripAdvisor, three other London restaurants make top 10

28-Jun-2012 - Four London restaurants have today been named in the top 10 list of the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Favourite Restaurants in Europe.

Skye Gyngell joins refurbished Heckfield Place as culinary director

28-Jun-2012 - Former Petersham Nurseries head chef Skye Gyngell has been announced as culinary director at Heckfield Place hotel, the former hotel and conference centre in Hampshire which will re-open as a...

‘Hidden’ restaurants with no website lose out on £31k a year

28-Jun-2012 - Despite recent figures from Google showing that restaurant-related online searches are up 17 per cent year-on-year, a third of outlets still have no website, missing out on a potential £31,000...

Hospitality industry surviving recession with ‘quick action and determination’, says BHA

28-Jun-2012 - With today’s release of revised gross domestic product (GDP) figures showing that the double-dip recession is deeper than originally feared, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) believes the hospitality industry can...

Hospitality IT service Avenue 9 launches

28-Jun-2012 - Avenue9, a new company set up by Claritas Group of Companies, has been set up with the aim of offering a streamlined IT service to businesses in the hospitality sector. ...

Bite-size Britain: Tapas-style restaurants sweep the nation

28-Jun-2012 - As Koh Thai Tapas prepares to open its third restaurant in the South East, a number of other new tapas-style concepts are springing up around the country, with sharing dishes...

Food sales help deliver another record year for Greene King

28-Jun-2012 - Pub operator and brewer Greene King has reported another year of record profits and growth, with turnover for the past 12 months up 9.4 per cent, pre-tax profit up 8.6...

Hospitality industry unites to support new food waste reduction initiative

27-Jun-2012 - Sixty-nine British hospitality businesses, ranging from hotels, pubs, restaurants, contract caterers and industry bodies, have today signed up to a new, voluntary agreement which aims to cut food waste by...

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Gordon Ramsay and Mary Portas hotel TV show on the hunt for hospitality jobseekers

27-Jun-2012 - The producers of a new Channel 4 TV show which will see Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay and retail guru Mary Portas jointly running a hotel are urging unemployed people seeking...

Robin Hutson reveals The Pig plans, declares the time is right for independents

27-Jun-2012 - Hotel du Vin co-founder Robin Hutson has revealed he is close to exchanging contracts on a hotel in the South which will become the third venue under The Pig brand...

Discount dining: Help or hindrance for the restaurant sector?

27-Jun-2012 - Discount vouchers have traditionally proved an effective tactic by some operators in encouraging consumers to eat in their outlets and have risen in popularity since the recession. But the popularity...

National Chef of the Year 2012: Eight finalists revealed

27-Jun-2012 - The eight chefs through to the final of the 2012 National Chef of the Year (NCOTY) competition have been revealed with last year's runner up and third placed chef back...

Gluten-free producer Genius expands foodservice range

27-Jun-2012 - Genius, the producer of gluten-free bread and pastry, has launched an extended range for the foodservice sector and has introduced a direct delivery service for restaurants, hotels and pubs. 

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