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Champagne Jacquart Rising Stars 2011 Awards: Finalists revealed

31-Aug-2011 - The eight chef/sommelier teams who will be competing for this year's Champagne Jacquart Rising Stars trophy have been revealed.

Le Cordon Bleu London offers first scholarship in school's 115-year history

31-Aug-2011 - For the first time in its 115-year history, cook school Le Cordon Bleu London is offering one student the chance to gain a scholarship worth £30k.

The Ledbury serves best food in London, claims Harden's

31-Aug-2011 - Notting Hill restaurant The Ledbury has been named as serving the best food in London, according to restaurant guide Harden’s, after topping the publication’s over £85 category.

Redefining the gastropub: Definition 4 - the craft pub

31-Aug-2011 - The fifth and final part of our feature series, first published in Restaurant magazine, looks at whether a pub serving restaurant-quality food alongside a vast selection of beers would be...

DIY smartphone app-building kit launches

31-Aug-2011 - Rippll – a smartphone marketing specialist – is offering a DIY app-building kit for hospitality operators looking to add value to their brand without the cost of hiring a specialist company.

Lib Dems propose new ‘binge drinking’ tax on alcohol

30-Aug-2011 - The Liberal Democrats are considering plans for an additional tax on drinks served in town centre pubs and bars to cover the cost of binge drinking.

Ex-Texture chef to open London restaurant

30-Aug-2011 - Ollie Dabbous, former head chef at Texture in London, is planning to open his first restaurant in central London this autumn.

Mid-market hotel to be built on Woolwich riverside

30-Aug-2011 - A 130-bedroom, mid-market hotel is to be built at the Royal Arsenal Riverside development in Woolwich, London with a launch date in spring 2013.

Evensus opens pop-up bar at Nido Tower

30-Aug-2011 - Event management company Evensus has opened a pop-up bar on the 32nd floor of the Nido Tower overlooking the City.


How to cut waste disposal costs

30-Aug-2011 - Most hospitality businesses strive to operate sustainably and cut their waste, but if waste disposal costs increase then the financial strain could outweigh the environmental benefits. Eoin Harris, senior practioner...

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YO! Sushi to open first restaurant in Norfolk

30-Aug-2011 - Japanese conveyor belt chain YO! Sushi is to open its 58th restaurant in Norwich near the city’s Chapelfield Shopping Centre.

UK hotels’ buoyant summer expected to dip in August

30-Aug-2011 - UK hoteliers have enjoyed a buoyant summer season so far, underpinned by a continued trend for the staycation, although operators are being warned not to expect the same result for...

Bar Sport aims to open in ‘every major UK town and city’

30-Aug-2011 - The founder of American-style sports bar brand Bar Sport says he is aiming to see a branch in every town and city across the UK as the company’s second site...

Netherlands’ Sloane’s Gin arrives in the UK

30-Aug-2011 - Netherlands distillery Toorank BV is launching its Sloane’s Gin in the UK, a spirit that has won numerous awards including the Best Gin and Best White Spirit at the San...

Former Nobu man takes helm at new Shoreditch pan-Asian restaurant

26-Aug-2011 - A new casual pan-Asian restaurant is due to launch near Spitalfields, London next week, headed by a former employee of Nobu London, Buddha Bar and Watatsumi.

Health experts call for ‘fat tax’ as obesity predicted to rise

26-Aug-2011 - The number of UK citizens classed as obese could hit 40 per cent by 2030, prompting experts to call on the Government to impose a tax on unhealthy foods.

Wetherspoon opens fourth pub at Gatwick airport

26-Aug-2011 - JD Wetherspoon has opened a new bar and restaurant at Gatwick airport’s newly renovated South Terminal arrivals lounge.

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Restaurants, pubs and hotels recognised for animal welfare policies

26-Aug-2011 - Due South in Brighton and Strattons Hotel in Swaffham, Norfolk, are among the nominated finalists for the RSPCA’s Good Business Awards 2011.

Howies Restaurant Group owners to sell off business

26-Aug-2011 - Scottish based restaurant group Howies has been put on the market following its owner’s decision to sell off the business.


Fashion lunch at Sketch and dishonourable drinks at Town Hall Tavern

26-Aug-2011 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels including London's Sketch and Leeds' Town Hall Tavern, tell us what promotions they're running to attract customers.

Pearls of Wisdom: Claudio Pulze

26-Aug-2011 - Restaurateur Claudio Pulze has been hugely influential in the industry over the last 36 years, opening 50 restaurants including Aubergine, Zafferano and Brasserie St Jacques. He is the founder of...

Essential expands Signature pre-made stocks and sauces range

26-Aug-2011 - Essential Cuisine is to introduce three new products to its Signature range of stocks and sauce bases, which will launch at The Restaurant Show on 10 October.

Average beer price breaks £3 barrier

26-Aug-2011 - The average cost of a pint of beer has broken the £3 barrier, as increasing taxes force prices up across the UK on-trade.

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Travelodge Bar Cafés to offer customers free Wi-Fi

25-Aug-2011 - Travelodge has announced plans to give customers free Wi-Fi while they are drinking and eating in its Bar Cafés.

Ignite to relaunch London restaurant Cocoon as Senkai next week

25-Aug-2011 - Ignite Group, the company behind British restaurant chain Bumpkin, is to relaunch its Regent Street restaurant Cocoon as a Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar next week.

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