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Spending on eating out rises but transaction spend falls

30-Sep-2016 - Consumers are spending more on takeaway services ‒ including Deliveroo and Hello Fresh ‒ and eating out more frequently overall, although average transaction value has fallen across casual dining and...

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 26/09 - 30/09

30-Sep-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Grosvenor exits Peninsula Hotel Hyde Park joint venture

30-Sep-2016 - Property firm Grosvenor has exited the joint venture it set up with Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) to develop the £500m Peninsula London Hotel on Hyde Park Corner.

Government to 'name and shame' unhealthy restaurants

30-Sep-2016 - Restaurants, pubs and cafes face being named and shamed unless they take steps to make their food and drink healthier, the Government has said.

River Cottage Deli confirms permanent site at ExCel London

30-Sep-2016 - The River Cottage Deli, from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is to become permanent at exhibition venue ExCel London, after its successful pop-up earlier this year.

SMALL TALK

Dave White of Dead Parrot bar on competition and bartending success

30-Sep-2016 - Dave White, manager of the Dead Parrot bar in Horsham, West Sussex, beat over 120 contestants to win the Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender competition in July for the second year...

Manitoba Tigella restaurant to open in London

29-Sep-2016 - A new Italian restaurant, Manitoba Tigella, is to open on London’s New Oxford Street, focusing on the tigella, a traditional disc-shaped stuffed bread from Northern Italy.

Leonardo Hotels to open second UK site in Edinburgh

29-Sep-2016 - Leonardo Hotels – the European arm of the Israeli Fattal Hotels Group – is to open its second UK property in Edinburgh next month.

M Restaurants launches £1.5m crowdfunding push to aid expansion

29-Sep-2016 - The M Restaurants group in London is looking to raise £1.5m in crowdfunding via the Seedrs online investment website, to aid the expansion of offshoot brand M Social.

Hospitality Openings: September 2016

29-Sep-2016 - This month has seen a blossoming of new openings, including Basque group Sagardi, a new Dirty Bones, Asian-style tapas site Tootoomoo Islington, and revamped classics Quo Vadis, Bluebird, and Cinnamon...

Night Tube causes surge in late-night restaurant bookings

29-Sep-2016 - Bookings for late-night restaurant tables have risen steadily in the first month since the launch of the Night Tube.

Healthy food concept Food Yard to debut in London

29-Sep-2016 - Healthy dining concept Food Yard will open its first site on Fulham Road next month.

Jamavar Indian restaurant with former Gymkhana chef comes to London

29-Sep-2016 - Jamavar, a fine-dining Indian restaurant headed up by Rohit Ghai, former group executive chef at Michelin-starred sites Gymkhana and Trishna, is to open in London’s Mayfair in mid-November.  

In Operation with...Dishoom

28-Sep-2016 - In this latest video from our In Operation with... series we visit Indian restaurant group Dishoom to find out about its origins, its people focus and future plans. 

Spanish hotel group Room Mate outlines UK plans

28-Sep-2016 - Spanish hotel group Room Mate is planning to launch in the UK with central London its first target. 

Ceru to open permanent restaurant following London pop-ups

28-Sep-2016 - Levantine restaurant concept Ceru is to open its first permanent site after holding a series of pop-ups in London and catering at summer festivals. 

Four Holiday Inn hotels to be rebranded to Crowne Plaza brand

28-Sep-2016 - Four Holiday Inn hotels are undergoing refurbishment work to become Crowne Plaza hotels, including upgraded bedrooms, new communal areas, meeting spaces, and a new restaurant.

Matt Gillan planning to open Brighton restaurant

28-Sep-2016 - Chef Matt Gillan is to host a series of pop-ups in Brighton ahead of plans to launch his first restaurant in the city in 2017.

James Durrant now executive chef of the Stafford London hotel

28-Sep-2016 - James Durrant, former executive chef at Jason Atherton’s Maze and Maze Grill, is now executive chef at the five-star, 105-bedroom Stafford London hotel in St James.

Emilia's pasta restaurant to open at St Katharine Docks

28-Sep-2016 - Padella is facing competition from a new fresh pasta restaurant opening at London’s St Katharine Docks.

British hospitality workers earn 18% more than EU counterparts

28-Sep-2016 - British restaurant employees are earning on average 18 per cent more than those from other EU countries and 20 per cent more than people from non-­EU countries, according to new...

AccorHotels launches Jo&Joe brand to appeal to Millennials

27-Sep-2016 - Hotels giant AccorHotels is to launch new brand, Jo&Joe, in a bid to combine the traditional hotel format with the newer, more disruptive hostel and private-rental concepts.

Harrods plans to open first late-night restaurant

27-Sep-2016 - Harrods is planning to transform the basement space currently occupied by its fine wine department into a late-night restaurant. 

LOBOS meat and tapas bar to open second London site

27-Sep-2016 - London meat and tapas bar LOBOS is to open its second site, in Soho’s Frith Street, in mid-November.

Travelodge appoints technology officer to drive digital growth

27-Sep-2016 - Travelodge has appointed its first chief technology officer as part of a plan to innovate its digital operations.

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