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National Restaurant Awards: Gymkhana takes 2014 title

30-Jun-2014 - Mayfair restaurant Gymkhana has been voted the UK’s best restaurant at the 2014 National Restaurant Awards, beating previous winners The Ledbury and The Hand & Flowers to the top spot.

Give Us A Break: New campaign to cut tourism VAT

30-Jun-2014 - The Sun newspaper has launched a campaign calling on Chancellor George Osborne to cut VAT on hotel accommodation and attractions to 5 per cent.

Gallery: the UK’s first experiential craft brewery

30-Jun-2014 - New Glasgow venture Drygate Brewing Co. claims to be the UK’s first experiential craft brewery, offering a working brewery experience alongside a restaurant, bar, terrace and events space. Here we...

Portland Hotels eyes UK expansion

30-Jun-2014 - Portland Hotels is seeking investment opportunities following strong financial results.

FunkinSpritzers now available in the UK

30-Jun-2014 - Funkin has launched its FunkinSpritzers cocktails for UK hospitality businesses.

Only 58% of hospitality companies have business plans

30-Jun-2014 - Charity for the hospitality industry People 1st has released new research which shows that a mere 58 per cent of hospitality companies have a business plan, yet it also showed...

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Synergy Hotels to open Hilton London Bankside

27-Jun-2014 - Synergy Hotels is set to open its £115m Hilton London Bankside in summer 2015.

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Springboard disability employment survey

27-Jun-2014 - Springboard is seeking industry opinions on employing people with disabilities in the hotel sector.

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Spanish chef Ferran Adrià to speak at Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress

27-Jun-2014 - World-renowned chef Ferran Adrià will head up the Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, in association with Restaurant magazine, today (30 June) at the Hurlingham Club.

The Westbourne Drinks Co. launches Duppy Share rum

27-Jun-2014 - This July the Westbourne Drinks Co. is launching Duppy Share, an independent and premium golden Caribbean rum. 

Independents losing out to chains in cashless payments

27-Jun-2014 - Independent hospitality businesses should ensure they offer a card payment option as British consumers increasingly see cashless payments as a decisive factor.

Aparthotels Adagio comes to London

27-Jun-2014 - Serviced apartment provider Aparthotels Adagio has just announced its plans to develop two new aparthotels in London, which will mark the company’s first venture into the nation’s capital. ...

Meat imagery made available for chefs

27-Jun-2014 - EBLEX, a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, has launched a marketing tool for the meat industry that grants chefs and caterers access to beef and lamb images...

Preview: Imbibe Live 2014

27-Jun-2014 - Imbibe Live, the annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade, will return to London’s Olympia Grand on 1-2 July.

60-Second Skill: Using #foodporn to your advantage

27-Jun-2014 - Customers posting pictures of your food on social media is a trend you can't escape, but by following simple guidelines you can actually use the #foodporn craze to your advantage.

The evolution of boutique hotel design

27-Jun-2014 - Boutique hotel design is no longer just about luxury, with Generation Y’s and young professionals looking for high-design properties that offer a lower price point with modern amenities and the right...

Brakes launches premium sauce pellets

27-Jun-2014 - Foodservice suppliers Brakes has launched a new range of sauce pellets to help chefs save time while delivering consistent quality sauces.

Zapper app comes to UK restaurants

26-Jun-2014 - Zapper for restaurants app offers restaurants and hospitality businesses a smart QR Code billing system so customers can pay their bills direct from their smartphones.

Hospitality Openings: June 2014

26-Jun-2014 - Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes Heston Blumenthal’s Heathrow venture The Perfectionists’ Café, Lee Westcott's Typing Room and Liverpool's Titanic Hotel, as well as new hotel...

Roxie experiments diner formula at new venue

26-Jun-2014 - Steak restaurant brand Roxie will experiment a fast-casual format based on value at its new Battersea location, due to open on St John’s Road at the beginning of August.

Emily Greenough wins Chef Stagiaire Award 2014

26-Jun-2014 - Young chef Emily Greenough has won the first-ever Chef Stagiaire Award after a challenging week-long final at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

Small Talk

Alexander Salussolia on Silk & Grain, market niches and nurturing future talent

26-Jun-2014 - Managing director of Glendola Leisure Alexander Salussolia joined the company in 1992 as an area manager, before becoming its managing director in 2000. The company is about to open its...

Pizza Pilgrims expands offering for new site

26-Jun-2014 - Street food vendors turned restaurateurs Thom and James Elliot are expanding their food, drinks and entertainment offering for their new site, opening in Kingly Court in late July.

National Restaurant Awards 2014 announced next week

26-Jun-2014 - The UK’s top chefs and restaurateurs will gather at the Hurlingham Club in London on Monday (30 June) for the prestigious National Restaurant Awards 2014.

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London Hilton Park Lane to open new spa

26-Jun-2014 - London Hilton on Park Lane is opening Spa to You on the lower ground floor of the hotel, the first ever permanent Spa to You outlet. 

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