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Great British Menu 2015: Chefs to cook for the Women's Institute

31-Jul-2015 - Sat Bains, Tom Kerridge and Marcus Wareing are among chefs appearing on the tenth series of Great British Menu starting on 3 August, which will see competitors battling for the...

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 27/07-31/07

31-Jul-2015 - Here's a roundup of the top trending stories on BigHospitality this week.

Zazu's Kitchen to open in Bath

31-Jul-2015 - Independent restaurant group Zazu’s Kitchen is to open its first site in Bath.

Blackpool hoteliers acquire second seafront site

31-Jul-2015 - A Blackpool hotel on the market for £2.3m has been sold to local hoteliers for an undisclosed sum.


Jerome Tafani of Chipotle talks UK expansion

31-Jul-2015 - US chain Chipotle opens 2-3 restaurants a week in America, though so far its UK expansion has been more guarded. Jerome Tafani, executive director for European business development at Chipotle, spoke...

UK WorldSkills team preparing for São Paulo

30-Jul-2015 - Young hospitality professionals are preparing to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil, in August.

Bookings rise 200% at North East Hotel

30-Jul-2015 - A North East hotel has seen bookings triple after undergoing a £16m redevelopment and investing in a second 18-hole golf course.

Michelin-starred restaurant delivery service to launch

30-Jul-2015 - A new service delivering food and wine direct from London's Michelin-starred restaurants will launch in London in September. 

Charity to recycle used hotel soaps and toiletries for people in need

30-Jul-2015 - A new UK sustainability programme is recycling used hotel guest soaps and toiletries and redistributing them to people in need.

The evolution of the 'poshtel': Trend continues with Glasgow hostel

30-Jul-2015 - A Glasgow hostel has invested £750,000 in bespoke suites in the year in which ‘poshtels’ are predicted to become one of the most dynamic sectors of the UK hotel market.

'Cultural transformation' at Accor leads to 68% profit rise

30-Jul-2015 - International hotel group Accor's restructuring of its property portfolio and overall 'cultural transformation' of the business helped push up pre-tax profits by 68 per cent to 91m Euros in the...

Farmers & Fletchers In the City events venue to open in September

29-Jul-2015 - Events venue Farmers & Fletchers In the City is to open on London’s Cloth Street in September following a £1.8m refurbishment.

Consumers demand better technology in pubs

29-Jul-2015 - Over a quarter of consumers would like to see improved technology in pubs to allow them to work away from home, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker...

76% of guests would never return to an unclean hotel

29-Jul-2015 - An unclean bedroom is said to be the main reason guests would not return to a hotel with 76 per cent of people saying they wouldn't stay there again if...

Record breaking first quarter for English tourism

29-Jul-2015 - Tourism in England reached record highs in the first quarter of 2015, according to new figures released by tourism board VisitEngland.

Bernardi brothers release details of new Marylebone Italian restaurant

29-Jul-2015 - The Australian-born Bernardi brothers have released further details of their modern Italian restaurant opening in Marylebone in September.

Craft Beer Co. to make City debut

29-Jul-2015 - The Craft Beer Co is set to make its debut in the City of London, after securing the leasehold of the former Trident Bar and Restaurant on Mitre Lane. 

Pubs and restaurants back Live Your Life Day

28-Jul-2015 - Pub and restaurant groups, including Greene King, Yummy Pubs, La Tasca and Drake & Morgan will be giving out special wristbands and displaying posters on Thursday (30 July) in support...

Brits spend £76m a day dining out for breakfast

28-Jul-2015 - Eating breakfast out is becoming part of the British public’s routine, a survey by purchasing company Beacon has found.

Deliveroo to invest in restaurant technology after raising $70m

28-Jul-2015 - Deliveroo, the online ordering start-up that works with top restaurants to deliver dishes direct to customer doors, is to expand its UK platform after receiving a $70m investment.

Whitbread secures Soho site for Hub by Premier Inn hotel

28-Jul-2015 - Whitbread has secured a site in Soho for a 110-bedroom Hub by Premier Inn hotel. 

Crerar Hotels starts phase two of GoGlasgow plans

28-Jul-2015 - Crerar Hotels has started the second phase of expansion plans for its new hotel GoGlasgow Urban Hotel.

Pasta Sereni plans London expansion

28-Jul-2015 - A new Italian fast-casual concept Pasta Sereni is launching near Piccadilly Circus this September, with plans to open three sites in the next two years.

Bodean's switches to gluten-free barbecue sauces and rubs

28-Jul-2015 - London-based barbecue restaurant group Bodean's has removed gluten from all its barbecue sauces and rubs, meaning that almost all its meat dishes are gluten-free. 

First Look: Paradise Garage

28-Jul-2015 - Paradise Garage is the latest restaurant opening from Robin and Sarah Gill, the team behind the successful The Dairy and The Manor restaurants in Clapham, London. BigHospitality went along in...

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