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The Balvenie launches Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8

28-Jun-2013 - The Balvenie, a range of single malts crafted by ‘malt master’ David Stewart, has launched Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 - a one-off’ single malt married from 12 casks of...

Thinking small: London’s ‘intimate’ restaurant trend continues with 20-cover Bermondsey bistro

28-Jun-2013 - On the same day that we announced a former MasterChef: The Professionals finalist would be opening a 14-cover restaurant in Notting Hill, BigHospitality has heard from another London-based restaurateur who...

Maximising pub coffee sales: TCG partners with Fairtrade supplier

28-Jun-2013 - Coffee has become a 'growing part of the sales mix' at pub and bar group TCG according to chief operating officer Nigel Wright whose company has just formed a new...

Cotswold Inns & Hotels up to eight with Gloucestershire hotel acquisition

28-Jun-2013 - Worcestershire-based hotel group Cotswold Inns & Hotels has acquired the 19-bedroom Close Hotel in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, taking the company's estate of hotels up to eight.

Manchester barman named world's best gin bartender

28-Jun-2013 - Jamie Jones, one half of Manchester bar consultants The Liquorists, has been named as the world's best gin bartender in an annual, week-long, invitation-only contest held in France earlier this...

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HK Taverns portfolio brought to market

28-Jun-2013 - A portfolio of five freehold pubs, formerly managed and operated by HK Taverns – the East Midlands pub chain which fell into administration last month – have been brought to...

London-trained chef returns to roots to open The Corner House restaurant

28-Jun-2013 - A marketing graduate who gave up a lucrative career in insurance to work as a chef in some of London’s top restaurants has just opened the first restaurant of his...

London’s smallest fine-dining restaurant? MasterChef: The Professionals finalist to launch 14-cover venue

28-Jun-2013 - Marianne Lumb, a finalist in the 2009 series of MasterChef: The Professionals, is to launch her first restaurant – an eponymous 14-cover venture in Notting Hill – in September. 

Julia Hands: Pearls of Wisdom

28-Jun-2013 - A former lawyer, Julia Hands founded Hand Picked Hotels in 1999 with her private equity financier husband - Guy Hands. Her hands-on approach has helped the collection grow to 17...

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Redefine BDL opens UK's 21st Doubletree by Hilton in Dundee

27-Jun-2013 - Hotel management company Redefine BDL has re-opened the Landmark Hotel in Dundee as a Doubletree by Hilton following a £1m refurbishment of the property. 

Strong food, wine and coffee sales push Greene King's profits up 7%

27-Jun-2013 - Strong sales of food, wine and coffee across Greene King's pub and restaurant estate over the last year helped push sales up 4.8 per cent to £1.194m and pre-tax profit...

Disco nightclub opens in Soho

27-Jun-2013 - The team behind a number of successful London bars and nightclubs including Barts and Bunga Bunga have brought ‘70s Manhattan’ to Soho with the launch of underground nightclub, Disco.

New Hambrough head chef looks to reinvigorate business

27-Jun-2013 - The new head chef of the Hambrough is on a mission to take the hotel and restaurant ‘to the next level’, following Robert Thompson’s departure from the Isle of Wight...

Travelodge offers 50 work placements to London's unemployed

27-Jun-2013 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has pledged to offer 50 work experience placements to young people in London this year in a bid to tackle unemployment and find future staff for...

UK pair create high-end Greek organic olive oils

27-Jun-2013 - An artist and a broadcaster from the UK have brought two new brands of organic olive oils to the market after buying small olive groves in Greece. 

Hospitality Openings: May/June 2013

27-Jun-2013 - Long-awaited restaurants, including Bruno Loubet's The Grain Store and Hutong at The Shard, dominate this month's hospitality openings photo gallery which also documents concept launches, refurbs and re-brands carried out...

David Yeo on Hutong at The Shard, restaurant design and operating at height

26-Jun-2013 - Hutong at The Shard - the second of three restaurants to take up residence in the iconic London skyscraper - opens today. Ahead of the opening, BigHospitality was invited to...

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Imbibe Live to offer dedicated Sommelier Hub this year

26-Jun-2013 - Drinks trade show Imbibe Live is hosting a new feature for sommeliers and restaurant wine buyers at this year's show, taking place at Olympia on 2 and 3 July.

BRGR.CO doubles up with new restaurant in Chelsea

26-Jun-2013 - BRGR.CO, part of the ‘burger boom’ that hit central London last year,  is opening a second site in the capital this autumn, having secured the former Black & Blue unit...

London's hoteliers celebrate a profitable May

26-Jun-2013 - London hotels enjoyed a second consecutive month of profit growth in May, driven by an increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR), but their regional counterparts also had a successful...

Simon Rimmer to open restaurant at Doubletree by Hilton Liverpool

26-Jun-2013 - TV chef and restaurateur Simon Rimmer has announced plans to open a restaurant at the Doubletree by Hilton in Liverpool when it opens its doors for business later this year. ...

Accor unveils new-look Mercure hotels as it accelerates brand's expansion

26-Jun-2013 - Accor has unveiled a new-look Mercure hotel as part of its plans to accelerate expansion of the mid-scale brand and reach its target of 1,000 hotels worldwide by 2018. 

Prezzo taps in on burger and chicken restaurant trends with new brand

26-Jun-2013 - Restaurant group Prezzo, the operator of the eponymous Italian chain and Mexican concept Chimichanga, has launched a new brand specialising in chicken, burger and ribs, with a debut site having...

Branded restaurant market to reach £22bn by 2018

26-Jun-2013 - The branded restaurant market is predicted to grow by £5.6bn to £22bn over the next five years as it continues to win market share from independents according to a report...

Ex-restaurateur creates Dinnertime Dramas for restaurants, hotels and pubs

26-Jun-2013 - A former restaurateur turned professional actor has created a small theatre company which can perform small, stripped down plays in areas of hotels, restaurants or pubs. 

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