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Simon Duff appointed executive chef of National Gallery

31-Jul-2009 - Australian-born Simon Duff has become the new executive chef of the Peyton and Byrne-operated National Dining Rooms and National Cafe

Thomas Helyer's BigTalent

31-Jul-2009 - After a hurdle-ridden and troublesome education, Thomas Helyer, the 2009 Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Commis Chef of the Year, told Becky Paskin how he ditched the chalkboard for the chopping block,...

Free bubbly at Grand Union and dog treats at Best Western

31-Jul-2009 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs share their marketing and promotion ideas

Seahold Catering expands with launch of takeaway outlet

31-Jul-2009 - The Seahold Group's new catering division opens a dedicated takeaway outlet next to its Aberdeenshire Italian restaurant Max's to increase its market share in the recession

Hospitality businesses to get rate relief

31-Jul-2009 - Hospitality businesses are being given the chance to postpone paying some of this year's business rates as part of a government scheme 

Business profile: San Carlo

31-Jul-2009 - Food, atmosphere, hard work and passion have helped San Carlo become one of the most successful family-owned restaurant companies in the UK – and landed them a franchise deal with...

Restaurants warned over raw fish

30-Jul-2009 - Restaurants are being warned that fresh fish must be frozen and defrosted before being served raw after Aberdeenshire restaurant Yatai fell foul of EU regulations

London's Flying Chef launches Make My Lunch competition

30-Jul-2009 - Members of the industry can win themselves a meal at Midsummer House by coming up with the perfect sandwich recipe for London Flying Chef's autumn menu

Hotel insolvency rate slows down

30-Jul-2009 - The rate of UK hotel businesses becoming insolvent has begun to slow down, while those in London return to an average rate

Travelodge plunges £84m into London domination plans

30-Jul-2009 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to expand its London portfolio with a further six properties worth £84m, to make it the largest hotel brand in the capital by 2012

Aiden Byrne to open fine dining restaurant

30-Jul-2009 - The former Dorchester Grill head chef is set to open his second venture in less than a year - a fine dining restaurant in Cheshire

First Choice Coffee launches Fairtrade tea range

29-Jul-2009 - A new range of refreshing Fairtrade teas has been launched by First Choice Coffee, which includes both traditional and more exotic flavours

Paramount restructures

29-Jul-2009 - The Chez Gerard owner announces a financial restructuring of the business following private equity owner Silverfleet Capital's sale of its entire interest in the company to its existing lenders

Harry Morgan reopens following shooting

29-Jul-2009 - New York-style deli restaurant Harry Morgan in St John’s Wood has reopened following a refurbishment triggered by a gangster-style shooting at the premises last month

Decline in pub beer sales begins to slow

29-Jul-2009 - The decline in pub beer sales is beginning to slow, with a 4.5 per cent drop in the second quarter of this year giving ‘some ground for cautious optimism’

Mandatory alcohol code expected to cost pub industry £58m

29-Jul-2009 - The government has received widespread opposition to its mandatory alcohol code, which is expected to cost the industry £58m in its first year

Direct Effect: Marketing for your restaurant

29-Jul-2009 - Want a full restaurant on a Tuesday evening? Then take down your customers' details, get in touch with them and incentivise them to come back.

New Whitby food event celebrates regional fishing industry

28-Jul-2009 - Celebrity chef Ed Baines will be heading up a new food event celebrating the indigenous fishing industry and produce of Yorkshire coastal town, Whitby

Green travel plan saves Petersham Nurseries Café from closure

28-Jul-2009 - The owners of the garden centre and restaurant in Richmond are told they can continue to operate after being given the all-clear by the council due to a green travel...

Bay Restaurants refinances for second time in 18 months

28-Jul-2009 - Bay Restaurant Group, operator of around 190 La Tasca, Slug and Lettuce and Ha Ha Bar and Grills, has financially restructured the business for the second time in 18 months

Hampshire pair lift 2009 Gastronomy Team of the Year trophy

28-Jul-2009 - The head sommelier and junior sous chef from the Chewton Glen hotel and spa in Hampshire have been named the 2009 Gastronomy Team of the Year

Britannia Hotels buys third Bournemouth hotel

28-Jul-2009 - The private hotel company buys Bournemouth hotel Heathlands out of administration, bringing its total number of UK hotels to 34

Simply Real sausage range now available nationwide

28-Jul-2009 - The popular Simply Real Sausage range based in London is now available nationwide with same day delivery

French restaurant Bellevue Rendezvous opens in Wandsworth Common

28-Jul-2009 - French restaurant Bellevue Rendezvous has opened on the former site of Mini Mundus in Wandsworth Common

Hospitality Academy offers free places at Disney training sessions

27-Jul-2009 - The National Skills Academy for Hospitality offers free places at Disney training seminars that will run in London this September

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