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Phillip Oppenheim sets opening date for second Cubana site

30-Jun-2015 - Former Tory Treasury Minister Phillip Oppenheim has confirmed an October opening date for his second Cubana bar and restaurant site. 

Connected Traveller: Smartphone-using hotel guests express preference for apps

30-Jun-2015 - Hotel companies would cater better for smartphone-using guests if their business developed an app, a report by TripAdvisor has found. 

Square Pie to expand further following The O2 restaurant opening

30-Jun-2015 - Square Pie has opened its 'biggest restaurant to date' at The O2 Arena in Greenwich as it sets out plans to expand its operation this year and next. 

Interactive map: National Restaurant Awards 2015 top 50 restaurants

30-Jun-2015 - See where 50 of the UK's top 100 restaurants, as announced at the National Restaurant Awards 2015, are located in our interactive map.  

National Restaurant Awards: Barrafina Adelaide Street takes 2015 title

29-Jun-2015 - Barrafina Adelaide Street has been named the National Restaurant of the Year 2015.

Alan Lorrimer to open live music bar and restaurant The Piano Works

29-Jun-2015 - Serial restaurateur and bar owner Alan Lorrimer will open The Piano Works in Farringdon this week, a live music venue, bar and restaurant that aims to revive the tradition of...

How hospitality can tackle the 'death of the Saturday job'

29-Jun-2015 - The hospitality industry is ‘perfectly placed’ to tackle the decline in young people combining part-time work with their studies, but must do more to retain the best talent.

Bangladeshi hotelier buys Stockport site to launch UK hotel chain

29-Jun-2015 - Bredbury Hall Hotel & Country Club has been bought out of administration in a multi-million pound deal aiming to establish the site as the flagship venue for a new UK...

Butlin's boss named as new Cut Tourism VAT campaign chaiman

29-Jun-2015 - Dermot King, managing director of Butlin's, has replaced Graham Wason as the chairman of the Cut Tourism VAT Campaign with immediate effect.

Hilton opens 11th London DoubleTree

29-Jun-2015 - Hilton has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside hotel following a multi-million pound redevelopment.

ASK THE EXPERTS

What hospitality businesses need to know about trademarking

29-Jun-2015 - Joe Covill, partner at Adams & Remers LLP looks at the issue of trademarking in the hospitality industry and outlines what you need to do to protect your brand

Andrew Guy 'planning to stay' with Ed's Easy Diner

29-Jun-2015 - Chief executive Andrew Guy has said he will remain involved in the running of Ed’s Easy Diner in some capacity in the event of the mooted sale of the business...

Shotgun American grill opening in Soho in September

26-Jun-2015 - The team behind London’s The Lockhart restaurant are opening their second American-themed site in Soho in September.

BHA slams 'restrictive' OTA rate parity agreements

26-Jun-2015 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has criticised ‘restrictive’ price fixing agreements set by online travel agents (OTA’s), and announced that it will continue to campaign to ban the terms.

Premier Inn secures £18m expansion deal

26-Jun-2015 - Premier Inn is to open new hotels in Gloucester, Newbury and Monmouth following an £18m investment.

Hotel chains report mixed May performance

26-Jun-2015 - Regional hotel chains continued to experience mixed year-on-year profit growth  across the UK in May, as London sites registered a decline.

VIEWPOINT

Chef Kevin Tickle on why foraging is not a trend

26-Jun-2015 - Former Rogan & Co head chef Kevin Tickle will head up the food offer at Forest Side hotel in Grasmere when it opens in September. Here he talks about his...

Young National Chef of the Year 2015: Finalists revealed

25-Jun-2015 - Five young chefs have been picked to go through to the final of the Young National Chef of the Year 2015 following semi-finals in Sheffield and London. 

Casa Cruz London to open in July

25-Jun-2015 - A South American restaurateur is opening his first London venue in Notting Hill on 7 July.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson to headline BHA Summit

25-Jun-2015 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has announced the keynote speakers for the 2015 Hospitality and Tourism Summit being held in London next week (30 June).

TripAdvisor adds private feedback option

25-Jun-2015 - TripAdvisor has today (25 June) launched a private review feature allowing hoteliers to collect confidential feedback from guests.

National Chef of the Year 2015: Finalists revealed

25-Jun-2015 - The eight chefs who have made it through to the final of the National Chef of the Year 2015 competition have been revealed. 

Cutting tourism VAT could provide £20bn boost to the UK

25-Jun-2015 - The campaign to Cut Tourism VAT has placed renewed pressure on the government after a study revealed that lowering the tax could be worth £20bn to the UK.

The Walkaway Pound: 3.6m people leave restaurants and pubs because of poor disability awareness

25-Jun-2015 - Hospitality operators are being encouraged to better equip their staff with the skills to interact with disabled customers after a report found that 3.6 million are leaving restaurants, pubs and...

TRENDS

Restaurant, pub and hotel wine sales continue to decline

24-Jun-2015 - Wine sales have continued to fall in restaurants, pubs and hotels over the last three months with only sparkling and fortified wines bucking the trend. 

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