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Landmark's gluten-free afternoon tea and cookery classes at Corrigan's Mayfair

28-Aug-2009 - BigHospitality rounds up the promotions, offers and marketing ideas being run by restaurants, hotels and pubs across the country.

Good Food Guide honours Blumenthal's Little Chef

28-Aug-2009 - The Little Chef in Popham, revamped earlier this year by Heston Blumenthal, is given a score of 2/10 in the 2010 Good Food Guide

TGI Friday's fined £30k for running 'filthy kitchens'

28-Aug-2009 - The American-themed restaurant chain pleaded guilty to six food hygiene offences in court on Wednesday after inspectors found dead cockroaches, mouse droppings and grease-encrusted cabinets in its kitchens

Four Seasons executive chef joins The Berkeley

28-Aug-2009 - Shaun Watling, formerly of the Four Seasons Park Lane, has been appointed executive chef of The Berkeley in Knightsbridge

The Restaurant Group report strong first-half results for 2009

28-Aug-2009 - Frankie and Benny’s operator The Restaurant Group (TRG) has reported ‘strong results’ for the first half of 2009, with revenue increasing by three per cent to £210m

Win a pub restaurant competition scrapped due to red tape

28-Aug-2009 - A prize draw to win the Arbor Lights pub restaurant in Walsall was cancelled at the last minute following enquiries from the Gambling Commission

Permission granted to build £30m luxury hotel in Leeds

28-Aug-2009 - Planning permission has been given for a luxury £30m hotel to be built in the centre of Leeds, although developers are still seeking an operator

Voting opens for Readers' Choice restaurant

28-Aug-2009 - Readers of Restaurant magazine and BigHospitality are urged to nominate their favourite restaurant for the Readers' Choice Award in this year's National Restaurant Awards

Lisa Allen’s BigTalent

28-Aug-2009 - As one of the north’s leading female head chefs, Lisa Allen of the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor in Lancashire reveals the lengths she’ll go to, to remain competitive amongst her male...

Darroze ditches a la carte menu

28-Aug-2009 - Restaurant Helene Darroze in Paris is to axe its à la carte menu in October, serving a tasting menu only and may bring the idea to her London restaurant at The...

Thistle hotels creates brand manager role

27-Aug-2009 - The hotel group, due to complete a £100m refurbishment project across its estate by next year, appoints its first brand manager to ensure the company's new brand philosophy is projected to staff and...

Lost Society to launch third London restaurant and bar

27-Aug-2009 - Restaurant and bar operator Lost Society is to open its third venue in Putney, at the former site of Bar Room Bar

Comptoir Libanais to open two more sites

27-Aug-2009 - The Lebanese canteen and delicatessen brand is to double its estate by opening branches in Paddington and Finchley

Number of diners booking tables online doubles

27-Aug-2009 - The number of diners reserving a table online has more than doubled in the last year, but less than 10 per cent of UK restaurants use online booking systems

Momma Cherri's closes its doors

27-Aug-2009 - The Brighton restaurant made famous on Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares closes as funds dry up

12m Brits to take August bank holiday trip

26-Aug-2009 - VisitEngland's August Bank Holiday Trip Tracker estimates that 30 per cent of Brits plan to stay away from home for at least one night this coming weekend with four fifths of...

First tickets go on sale for London Restaurant Festival

26-Aug-2009 - The first phase of tickets to a range of events at the inaugural London Restaurant Festival go on sale to the public today

Future uncertain for Kinnaird Estate's hotel

26-Aug-2009 - Staff at Kinnaird Estate in Scotland wait to hear what their future holds after owner Constance Cluett Ward announced her retirement from the hotel business

Shilpa Shetty buys 33% stake in V8 Gourmet

26-Aug-2009 - The Bollywood actress and model has bought a 33 per cent stake in Tiffinbites and Bombay Bicycle Club operator V8 Gourmet with her entrepreneur fiancé, Raj Kundra

BBPA appoints Brigid Simmonds as chief executive

26-Aug-2009 - The British Beer and Pub Association has appointed Brigid Simmonds, formerly of Business In Sport and Leisure as its new chief executive

How To book offers business advice to ambitious hotels

26-Aug-2009 - A new book, entitled How To Run A Great Hotel, aims to help hoteliers strive for excellence in their business

Sodexo reviews payroll system after underpaying staff

26-Aug-2009 - The contract caterer has implemented a new payroll system, after it was revealed they were paying thousands of staff below the National Minimum Wage

Country Range launches Rainforest Alliance Certified Tea

26-Aug-2009 - Country Range Group's new premium tea blend hopes to target ethical consumers

Bristol chefs back talent

26-Aug-2009 - Bristol chefs Jonray and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias from Casamia and Louise McCrimmon from Harvey Nichols have been helping to promote cooking skills in three local schools

Hakkasan may move to central Mayfair

26-Aug-2009 - London's fine dining Chinese restaurant Hakkasan, currently based near Tottenham Court Road, is looking for a site in Mayfair

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