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Llandrillo chef named Hospitality Student of the Year

29-Jul-2011 - A student at Llandrillo College in North Wales has been named the Hospitality Student of the Year by the Institute for Travel & Tourism.

Ed’s Easy Diner to open first Welsh restaurant

29-Jul-2011 - Ed’s Easy Diner has secured its first location in Wales at Cardiff’s St David’s shopping centre, with a view to opening in September.

Vouchers are losing influence on diners’ eating habits

29-Jul-2011 - Restaurant vouchers and discounts are losing their influence on diners’ decisions on where to eat, a survey has found.

June provincial hotel profitability might not last, warns TRI

29-Jul-2011 - June was the 19th profitable month in a row for hoteliers in London, while it was the first profitable month since January for provincial hotels, according to the latest HotStats...


Express lunches at Mint Hotels and J Sheekey on location in Edinburgh

29-Jul-2011 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels, including Mint Hotel, J Sheekey and Baity Kitchen, tell us what promotions they’re running to attract customers.

Retro soda siphon for homemade sparkling water

29-Jul-2011 - Cream Supplies has launched a retro-style soda siphon that can add fizz to tap or mineral water using CO2 cartridges.

Goodbye El Bulli: the World’s Best Restaurant closes

29-Jul-2011 - El Bulli, the most influential restaurant in the world, is to close tomorrow after more than two decades of pushing the boundaries of modern gastronomy.

Campaign to cut VAT continues despite rejection from Treasury

28-Jul-2011 - A campaign which aims to reduce VAT to 5 per cent for the hospitality industry has vowed to continue despite claims from the Treasury that there is no 'compelling evidence'...

Planning for the 2012 Olympics: Staff and training

28-Jul-2011 - As McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc once said ‘You’re only as good as the people you hire’ so if you believe his mantra and want to make sure your business is...

Hoteliers notice signs of consumers saving money

28-Jul-2011 - Hotel and B&B owners around the UK have said that summer business this year has been broadly positive, although they have noted definite signs of consumers saving money.

Researchers developing software to combat fake online reviews

28-Jul-2011 - Researchers from Cornell University are developing computer software to identify fraudulent online reviews, with initial tests on hotel reviews found to be 90 per cent accurate.

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Iconic Met Bar auctions interiors on eBay

28-Jul-2011 - London’s Met Bar, which is about to undergo a thorough refurbishment, is auctioning off its interiors on eBay to raise funds for charity.

Special feature: Redefining the gastropub

27-Jul-2011 - The term gastropub has been used to describe most food-led pubs for almost two decades, but with the recent rise in the popularity of pub dining, its overuse has led...

Hoxton Apprentice seeks industry help after Gov cuts funding

27-Jul-2011 - Charitable training restaurant Hoxton Apprentice is appealing for help from the hospitality industry after vital funding it received from the Government was cut.

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Punch shareholders approve demerger

27-Jul-2011 - Shareholders in Punch Taverns have approved the group’s intention to demerge its Spirit and Punch businesses.

Labour calls for VAT cut

27-Jul-2011 - The Labour Party has called for a temporary cut in VAT to 17.5 per cent as it embarks on a campaign to rejuvenate Britain’s high streets.

Calorie labelling does not influence diner choice, New York study finds

27-Jul-2011 - Displaying calorie information on menus does little to encourage diners to choose healthy options, a New York study has found.

4m Brits plan holidays to avoid Olympic Games

27-Jul-2011 - Just over half of Brits feel that the Olympic Games will have a positive impact on the country’s economy, while almost 4m people will be leaving the country to avoid...

Welsh National Chef of the Year opens his first restaurant

27-Jul-2011 - Danny Burke, the former junior and senior Welsh National Chef of the Year, is to open his first restaurant in Hawarden in Flintshire, North Wales next week.

How ready is the UK for Olympics hospitality?

27-Jul-2011 - With exactly one year to go until the London Olympics, the UK is sending out a call to the world to come to these shores next year, but initial figures...

Hotels suffering critical financial distress soar by 47%

27-Jul-2011 - The number of hotel business suffering from ‘critical’ financial problems has soared by 47 per cent in the last quarter, as a result of low consumer confidence and a continued...

Highland Park releases final whisky in Orkney Inga Saga trilogy

27-Jul-2011 - Highland Park whisky has launched the third and final edition in its Magnus Series, the Earl Haakon, which has been inspired by the tale of the untimely death of the...

Luke Johnson’s tips on running a successful business

27-Jul-2011 - Businesses must be tech-savvy, improve their service standards and ensure their menus and design are innovative if they are to succeed in the future.

G1 Group launches new company to increase Edinburgh presence

26-Jul-2011 - Scottish hospitality and leisure operator G1 Group has announced it is creating a new company that will enable it to broaden its coverage of the leisure market in Edinburgh.

European hotels trade well as traveller demand grows

26-Jul-2011 - Hotels across Europe have seen occupancy and rates increase over the past six months, as business and leisure demand continues to improve, according to recent data from the hotel market...

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