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Le Bistrot Pierre to grow to 20 sites by 2018

30-Sep-2013 - Small French restaurant chain Le Bistrot Pierre is to double the number of restaurants in its estate to 20 by 2018 after agreeing a multi-million pound capital financing deal. 

Restaurants championing local food and food festivals big draw for domestic tourists

30-Sep-2013 - Restaurants and pubs serving locally-sourced food and towns and cities hosting food festivals have become a major draw for domestic tourists, according to VisitEngland with more than three quarters of...

Olympic Café & Dining Room to open within revamped London Studios

30-Sep-2013 - Olympic Studios, the famous West London recording studios that hosted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and U2, will re-open its doors to the public in October as...

'The future of hotel food': Marriott partners with River Cottage for new menu

30-Sep-2013 - Marriott Hotels has today partnered with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage to revolutionise its food offering in a bid to become ‘sustainability leaders’ within the hotel industry. 

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Pizza Express launches UK's first pizzaiolo apprenticeship

30-Sep-2013 - Pizza Express has launched the UK's first pizzaiolo apprenticeship - a new nationally recognised qualification in pizza-making. 

Orchid’s ‘pubs and people’ focus helps deliver modest growth

30-Sep-2013 - The Orchid Group has reported what it calls ‘a period of significant progress’ in 2012, with a modest underlying sales growth across its c240-strong estate following a refinancing of the...

Restaurants and pubs backing Tax Parity Day report 20% sales uplift

30-Sep-2013 - Restaurant and pub operators backing last week's Tax Parity Day say cutting their prices by 7.5 per cent for one day helped boost sales by up to 20 per cent.

Yau's oriental cooking sauces hits the UK

30-Sep-2013 - A new range of gluten-free oriental cooking sauces is now available to foodservice businesses across the UK as the product’s creators want to help change negative, unhealthy perceptions of Chinese...

Tonkotsu heads to Hackney railway arch for second site

27-Sep-2013 - Just over a year after opening a debut site in Soho, the team behind ramen restaurant Tonkotsu is doubling up on the concept, with a second venue opening in Hackney...

Hotel chains have reasons for optimism after strong showing in August

27-Sep-2013 - As expected, year-on-year figures for London’s hotel market were down last month, due to the uplift during the 2012 Olympics. But when comparing August 2013 with the same month in...

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Greene King develops video training app for pub staff

27-Sep-2013 - Cask ale brewer Greene King is bringing ‘the next generation of learning’ to its Hungry Horse pubs, with the launch of a series of training apps for its members of...

Mark Greenaway: Pearls of Wisdom

27-Sep-2013 - When he left school aged just 15, Mark Greenaway dreamt of having his own restaurant. Twenty years later, that dream was realised with Greenway’s eponymous establishment opening in Edinburgh. Having...

Real ale shakes off old-man image, fuels boom in new breweries

27-Sep-2013 - Cask ale has lost its image as an ‘old man’s drink’ and now appeals to a broad range of drinkers, with the majority of licensees claiming the beer is bringing...

Mr Trotter's adds 'Proper Potato Crisps' to range

27-Sep-2013 - Mr Trotter's, the creator of Mr Trotter's Great British Pork Crackling and Mr Trotter's Great British Chestnut Ale, has branched out further with its bar snacks, adding 'Proper Potato Crisps'...

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People 1st to run free training session at Hospitality House

26-Sep-2013 - Sector skills council People 1st's training company is hosting a free training event at the Hospitality Guild's new training hub Hospitality House next month. 

Michelin Guide 2014: Two stars for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Greenhouse

26-Sep-2013 - The Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2014 has awarded Heston Blumenthal's Dinner and Mayfair restaurant Greenhouse two Michelin stars, while 15 other establishments including including Lima, Jason Atherton's Social...

New chicken restaurant Gallus, Empire of Chicken to open in London with plans for expansion

26-Sep-2013 - A new chicken restaurant called Gallus, Empire of Chicken, will open its doors in London this month with founder and chief executive Ramsey Assal already planning to grow the business...

People on the Move in Hospitality: September 2013

26-Sep-2013 - BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the industry with this last month seeing a number of new appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including 

IHG to increase London hotel presence with opening of Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment

26-Sep-2013 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a deal to open its seventh hotel in London under its upscale brand Crowne Plaza. 

Shaun Rankin: ‘Consistency’ the key to gaining a Michelin star

26-Sep-2013 - Shaun Rankin, whose St Helier restaurant Ormer has received its first star in the 2014 edition of the UK and Ireland Michelin Guide, believes consistency and a good relationship with...

Healey’s launches apple juice-based energy drink Cornish Bite

26-Sep-2013 - Rattler cider producer Healey's has launched an apple juice-based energy drink which it claims has a more natural approach than other energy drinks on the market.

Grillshack team to open new restaurant and bar in London's Soho

25-Sep-2013 - The team behind Grillshack, the new fast-casual concept in Soho backed by Richard Caring, has confirmed that it is set to open a new restaurant and cocktail bar called Jackson...

Michelin Guide 2014: Chefs celebrate new stars

25-Sep-2013 - With Michelin upgrading two restaurants to two-star status and awarding 15 restaurants with their first star, BigHospitality has caught up with some of the chefs who are celebrating their awards...

Martin Morales' Shoreditch restaurant Andina to open in December

25-Sep-2013 - Ceviche restaurant founder Martin Morales is to open his second restaurant in Shoreditch this December under the name Andina. 

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Creative Taste wins Greenwich Park catering contract

25-Sep-2013 - Creative Taste, the cultural and heritage division of caterer Creativeevents has won a five year contract to provide catering at Greenwich Park's cafes and kiosks.

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