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The Real Greek and Prestige London appointments

30-Sep-2011 - Kefi Ltd has appointed Christos Karatzenis as the new Head of Operations for The Real Greek, the London-based restaurant group.

Adam Bennett to represent Britain in Bocuse d'Or 2013

30-Sep-2011 - Adam Bennett, head chef at Simpsons restaurant in Edgbaston, has been chosen to represent Britain in the next Bocuse d'Or competition.

Lower-strength beer the way forward with 35p tax drop

30-Sep-2011 - Britain’s 5,000 beer brands bare to be boosted by new entrants into the lower-tax category as the fifty per cent tax break on lower strength beers goes live tomorrow.

1000 pubs signed up for Camra's cider pub accreditation scheme

30-Sep-2011 - The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has announced that over 1,000 pubs have now signed up to its cider pub accreditation scheme, ahead of National Cider and Perry Month which...

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Thistle Hotels welcomes award-winning head chef to Cardiff

30-Sep-2011 - Thistle Hotels has announced Iain Inman as the new executive chef of The Social restaurant at The Parc hotel in Cardiff.

Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards 2011 winners revealed

30-Sep-2011 - Having drawn up the shortlists and anonymously revisiting all the finalists, Time Out has announced London’s best new restaurants, bars and cafés of 2011.

Hot Diggidy Dog Sauce develops single-use sachet for foodservice sector

30-Sep-2011 - Hot pepper sauce supplier Hot Diggidy Dog Sauce, has developed a single-use sachet designed for use in restaurants, hotels and pubs.

Government to scrap or simplify 60 regulations affecting hospitality

29-Sep-2011 - Tourism minister John Penrose has announced plans set to scrap or simplify 60 regulations governing the food and hospitality industry.

New York's Flute Champagne bar and lounge heads for London

29-Sep-2011 - Flûte, the Champagne bar and lounge concept which started out in New York, is set to open its first UK site in London this autumn.

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Ed’s Easy Diner to open first midlands restaurant

29-Sep-2011 - Ed’s Easy Diner is set to open a new restaurant in Selfridges, in the heart of Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre on 17 October.

Toptable adds celebrity chef auction to Love Food Give Food Festival

29-Sep-2011 - Restaurant bookings provider toptable have added a new celebrity chef auction to the Love Food Give Food Festival run in partnership with Action Against Hunger.

Atul Kochhar ‘undecided’ on relocation of Vatika restaurant

29-Sep-2011 - Michelin-starred Indian chef Atul Kochhar is exploring a number of areas throughout the UK for the relocation of his Vatika restaurant, following the closure of the Southampton site on 20 September.

East Haugh House hotel wins and BigHospitality Best Service Award

29-Sep-2011 - East Haugh House hotel in Pitlochry, Perthshire, has been declared winner of the Best Service category in's Best Kept Secret Awards.

Christmas products: Decorations

29-Sep-2011 - BigHospitality takes a look at some of the Christmas decorations, including contamporary decorations from Ambius and an early bird deal on Christmas trees from With bookings for Christmas trees...

The Ivy former chef opens first solo venture

28-Sep-2011 - Ed Shaerf, a former chef at The Ivy, has officially opened his first solo project, One Blenheim Terrace.

London hoteliers shrugging off recession after another bumper summer

28-Sep-2011 - London hoteliers have so far successfully ridden out the economic storm, while rates in the provinces have remained ‘stubbornly flat’, according to the latest PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) report.

300 exhibitors confirmed for The Restaurant Show 2011

28-Sep-2011 - The new products and services of 300 exhibitors will be available to visitors to The Restaurant Show this year with many suppliers using the show to launch brand new innovations.

Christmas products: Drink

28-Sep-2011 - BigHospitality takes a look at some festive-themed drinks including Crabbie’s Mulled Ginger Wine, Medieval ale, Christmas coffee and Winter Shield ale. All of these drinks are available to the on-trade,...

Greene King to release 2.8% ale

28-Sep-2011 - Cask ale brewer Greene King is set to unveil Tolly English Ale, a new lower strength ale at 2.8 per cent ABV.

Luke Johnson buys majority stake in contract caterer Yes Dining

28-Sep-2011 - Luke Johnson has made his first move into the contract catering sector by buying a majority stake in contract caterers Yes Dining.

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Two UK airport hotels recognised in Holiday Extras Customers’ Awards

28-Sep-2011 - Travel add-ons provider revealed the UK’s best airport hotels in its annual Customers’ Awards, held in London on 15 September.

Top female chefs unite for Action Against Hunger

27-Sep-2011 - Four of the UK’s most renowned female chefs are joining forces for Action Against Hunger’s Fine Wine Auction and Dinner taking place next month.

Christmas products: Food

27-Sep-2011 - BigHospitality takes a look at some festive-themed food including Redwood’s turkey-style vegetarian Celebration Roast and Brakes tapas range and game casserole. All of these food products are sure to make...

The Latymer awarded fifth Rosette by the AA

27-Sep-2011 - The Latymer at Pennyhill Park has been awarded a fifth Rosette by the AA in its 2012 Restaurant Guide.

Food dubbed 'lifeline' for pubs despite higher operating costs

27-Sep-2011 - Food is being dubbed a 'lifeline' for many pubs, despite the operating costs involved in serving food being 7 per cent higher than they are in wet-led pubs, the Association...

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