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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 25/07 - 29/07

29-Jul-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Airport bars and restaurants could face limits on alcohol sales

29-Jul-2016 - Restaurants and bars in airports could be hit with restrictions on serving alcohol after a spate of incidents involving drunken passengers.

Indian investor SGS buys second UK hotel

29-Jul-2016 - Indian hospitality group SGS Hotels has acquired its second UK site in Reading.

East London group Pivaz announces two new Essex sites

29-Jul-2016 - East London-based Mediterranean-Turkish style group Pivaz is set to open a new site in Brentwood Essex, just after its most recent opening in Epping.

Post-Brexit to boost UK hotel room bookings by 30 per cent

29-Jul-2016 - The post-Brexit effect will drive up hotel room nights stayed in the UK by 30 per cent year-on-year, in the second half of 2016, new data suggests.

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Happiness Forgets founder Alastair Burgess on opening his first restaurant

29-Jul-2016 - Alastair Burgess, founder of bars Happiness Forgets and Original Sin, talks about his move into restaurants as he opens Petit Pois bistro in Hoxton Square. 

Thaikhun, Comptoir and Absurd Bird to open first sites in Bath

28-Jul-2016 - Casual dining groups Thaikhun, Comptoir Libanais, and Absurd Bird are to open their first sites in Bath, as part of the SouthGate development ‘restaurant quarter’ near Bath Spa railway station.

The Palace in Manchester announces stellar chef line-up

28-Jul-2016 - Manchester’s Palace Hotel has announced a new trio of chefs, who between them have trained with names including Ferran Adrià, René Redzepi, Pierre Gagnaire, Massimo Bottura, Raymond Blanc, and Marco...

Seafood Pub Company adds 10th site to portfolio

28-Jul-2016 - The Seafood Pub Company has grown its portfolio to 10 after acquiring the Alma Inn in Lanshawbridge, Lancashire. 

British beer sales are rising overall despite on-trade drop, says BBPA

28-Jul-2016 - Overall British beer sales rose by 1.5 per cent in the last quarter, reversing a long period of decline in the sector, according to figures released today.

Danish bakers Ole & Steen to launch first UK restaurant

28-Jul-2016 - Danish bakers Ole & Steen have confirmed plans to launch their first international restaurant at London’s St James’s Market development.

Albert Adrià to collaborate with Virgilio Martinez at London’s Lima Floral

28-Jul-2016 - Chef Albert Adrià is to collaborate with executive chef of the Lima Group, Virgilio Martinez, in a one-off dinner at Lima Floral in London’s Covent Garden on 7 August.

Gary Neville unveils plans for Manchester hotel and restaurant scheme

28-Jul-2016 - Former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have unveiled plans to build a multi-million-pound hotel, restaurant and housing development in central Manchester.

Former RBS HQ in Edinburgh to house serviced apartments, restaurants and bars

28-Jul-2016 - The former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) building in Edinburgh is being converted into a hospitality hub, housing serviced apartments, a coffee house, bar and restaurant. 

Byron faces customer boycott over immigration row

28-Jul-2016 - Customers are threatening to boycott the Byron burger chain after dozens of its workers were arrested in a raid by immigration officials.

Alton Towers Resort to open CBeebies themed hotel

27-Jul-2016 - Alton Towers Resort is to open a CBeebies-themed hotel next year designed to host pre-school children and their families. 

Arora Group to open 298-room hotel at Heathrow T2

27-Jul-2016 - The Arora Group has been granted planning permission to build the first hotel at the new-look Central Terminal Area of Heathrow.

Dead Parrot bar manager wins Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship

27-Jul-2016 - Dave White, manager at the Dead Parrot bar in Horsham, West Sussex, has been crowned Monkey Shoulder's Ultimate Bartender for the second year running. 

Coppa Club owner considers Strada conversions and new sites

27-Jul-2016 - Coppa Club, the fledgling restaurant concept backed by Hugh Osmond’s Sun Capital Partners, is to look at a mixture of Strada conversions and new locations to fuel its openings pipeline...

Accor in talks to buy concierge group John Paul

27-Jul-2016 - AccorHotels is in talks to buy concierge service provider John Paul as it ramps up its challenge to Airbnb.

Wine & Brine named Waitrose Good Food Guide Local Restaurant of the Year

27-Jul-2016 - Wine & Brine, ex-Corrigan's chef Chris McGowan's restaurant in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has been named the overall winner of the Waitrose Good Food Guide Local Restaurant of the Year Awards 2017. ...

Rosa's Thai Cafe head chef Saiphin Moore on how to cook authentic Thai food

26-Jul-2016 - Saiphin Moore, co-founder and head chef at London Thai group Rosa's Thai Cafe, shares her aubergine salad recipe and explains the most important elements of her home cuisine.

Domino's Pizza plans sit-down UK restaurants

26-Jul-2016 - Domino’s Pizza could be set to open a series of sit-down restaurants in the UK.

Kent college opens training hotel staffed by students

26-Jul-2016 - A boutique hotel which claims to be the first in the UK run by a further education college has opened its doors.

Kurt Zdesar confirms plans for three London poké restaurants

26-Jul-2016 - Kurt Zdesar, the restaurateur and founder of London Soho site Chotto Matte has confirmed that he has put offers on sites at Liverpool Street, Soho, and South Kensington for his...

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