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JJ Food Service launches gluten-free chips and traceable meat

30-Sep-2014 - JJ Food Service is moving into the restaurant, pub and hotel sectors with a new range of gluten-free chips, as well as traceable British beef and Welsh lamb.

Veeno plans roll-out through crowdfunding

30-Sep-2014 - Italian wine café Veeno has launched a crowdfunding campaign and aims to open four new sites by June 2015.

News in brief

Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2014: winners revealed

30-Sep-2014 - One Canada Square, Topolski and Hutong Shard were among the UK winners of the 2014 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, held in London this week.

The Annual Hotel Conference 2014: a look at tomorrow's world

30-Sep-2014 - The Annual Hotel Conference will return to Manchester next month, bringing independent, boutique and consortium hotel owners and operators together to discuss the future of the industry. BigHospitality caught up...

ASAP looks to develop serviced apartment 'kitemark'

30-Sep-2014 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has revealed plans to extend its quality assurance programme into a ‘kitemark’ scheme to boost consumer confidence in the sector.

Record summer for Glasgow hotels

30-Sep-2014 - Glasgow hotels enjoyed a strong performance in August, closing a record summer boosted by sporting events.

The Fish & Chip Shop opens second site in the City

30-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Des McDonald will open his second The Fish & Chip Shop restaurant in the City of London this October, with plans to develop the concept into a national chain.

Scotland launches hospitality apprenticeship scheme

30-Sep-2014 - Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has announced the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme in partnership with five hotel brands.

News in brief

Roka announces October launch for Aldwych venue

30-Sep-2014 - Japanese restaurant Roka will open its latest venue in Aldwych in the last week of October.

The Restaurant Show 2014 preview

29-Sep-2014 - The Restaurant Show 2014 will take place at Earls Court in London from 6-8 October. 

The Church Group to launch first venue outside New York

29-Sep-2014 - US-based The Church Group has secured a site in London to launch its Louisiana-themed bar and restaurant concept Ninth Ward in the UK in early 2015.

Strada sold to Sun Capital Partners for £37m

29-Sep-2014 - Tragus Group has sold 43 Strada restaurants to Sun Capital Partners (SCP) for £37m, claiming to have ‘secured a sustainable future for the business’.

British tops list of UK diners’ favourite foods

29-Sep-2014 - British food is still the nation’s favourite according to Travelzoo’s latest survey on eating out preferences.

Heritage Estates acquires second Nottinghamshire hotel

29-Sep-2014 - Independent hotel group Heritage Estates has acquired Cockliffe Country House Hotel in a deal worth around £1m.

'Informed but informal' dominates dining trends

29-Sep-2014 - The increase in eating out and higher customer expectations are driving the continued growth of ‘informed but informal’ dining experiences.

Grub Club to launch crowdfunding campaign

26-Sep-2014 - Food start-up Grub Club will launch a crowdfunding campaign on 29 September to raise £250,000 to further the business.

Mövenpick announces gourmet dessert chef of the year winner

26-Sep-2014 - The Royal Opera House’s Louise Jayne Ridgen was crowned Mövenpick gourmet dessert chef of the year on 25 September following a live cook-off with five other finalists.

Tourism employment grows twice as fast as rest of market

26-Sep-2014 - Employment grew twice as fast in the tourism industry as in other UK sectors between 2009 and 2013, according to figures released Friday (26 September) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

News in brief

Luminar to open club in Ashford

26-Sep-2014 - Club operator Luminar has announced the signing of a 25-year lease in Ashford with plans to open a new venue in early December.

Apex to open first hotel in Bath

26-Sep-2014 - Apex Hotels has purchased a site in central Bath with the intent to open a 177-bedroom full service hotel.

#TaxEqualityDay: Sales boost for operators

26-Sep-2014 - Participants to Wednesday’s (24 September) Tax Equality Day reported sales increases of 10 to 20 per cent for the day, supporting their argument for VAT cut from 20 to 5 per cent.

#Socialchef: Storytelling key to enticing diners in

25-Sep-2014 - Complementing food pictures with stories about dishes and their provenance improves social media users’ perception of food and amplifies their emotions, according to new research by Digital Blonde and Artizian...

Independent Hotel Show 2014 preview

25-Sep-2014 - This year’s Independent Hotel Show will take place on 21 – 22 October at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London.

Small Talk

Harwood Warrington on Macdonald Hotels and the importance of food

25-Sep-2014 - Harwood Warrington recently took over as Macdonald Hotels’ restaurant operations director and has begun a multi-million pound redevelopment of the group's food and beverage offering.

Michelin Guide 2015: Chefs celebrate new stars

25-Sep-2014 - The Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2015  saw 14 UK restaurants win a coveted Michelin star. BigHospitality caught up with some of the chefs behind the winning venues to find...

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