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Rowley opens English café

23-Oct-2007 - Rowley Leigh has opened his first venture with business partner Charlie McVeigh since leaving Kensington Place earlier this year.

Shaun Hill re-opens The Walnut Tree

16-Oct-2007 - The Walnut Tree Inn in Abergavenny will re-open in November under the direction of Shaun Hill.

The Fat Duck waddles to double Front of House Awards triumph

16-Oct-2007 - The Fat Duck has scooped two awards at the Restaurant Show’s inaugural Front of House awards.

Chef Michael Wignall joins Pennyhill Park hotel

16-Oct-2007 - Michelin starred chef Michael Wignall has left The Devonshire Arms Hotel in Yorkshire to open a new restaurant in Surrey.

Ramsay’s star rising in Manhattan

16-Oct-2007 - Gordon Ramsay has added another two stars to his collection with the publication of Michelin’s 2008 New York City guide.

Developer plans townhouse collection

10-Oct-2007 - A property developer is planning to use a hotel he has acquired in Cheltenham,

Coulthard wants his cash back

10-Oct-2007 - Racing driver David Coulthard has filed a winding-up petition for the Dakota hotel in Nottingham.

Poofs, a piano, and pots of pounds

10-Oct-2007 - It’s a brave man who dresses in a kilt to meet four flirtatious gay men, but Samim Lidstone couldn’t help himself.

Turbulence grounds MWB sale

10-Oct-2007 - Marylebone Warwick Balfour (MWB) has postponed the sale of its Malmaison and Hotel du Vin chains, citing turbulence in the global credit markets.

Green light for Hilton takeover

10-Oct-2007 - Hilton Hotels Corporation’s (HHC) shareholders have approved the company’s £13 billion takeover by Blackstone, the US private equity group. Under the deal, due to be completed by the end of...

Say “adios” to Manuel

10-Oct-2007 - The hospitality industry is being urged to focus on improving staff skills to shake off “the Manuel factor” in time for the 2012 Olympics. Research by People 1st found the...

Upstanding Citizens

10-Oct-2007 - New chain to take Europe by storm

Calling time on web fakes

10-Oct-2007 - Under the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, it will become illegal next year for hotel staff to post rave reviews of their own premises on the web, but travel websites insist...

Whopper Award for Big Mac

10-Oct-2007 - Macdonald Hotels scoops top prize

Sherry Toasts new De Vere role

10-Oct-2007 - New CEO of Deluxe brand takes up the reins

Orient-Express puts brakes on Indian Hotels alliancee

10-Oct-2007 - Group denies claims that discussions are underwayy

Olympic Mission to Boost Star Grades

10-Oct-2007 - THE Government has launched a strategy to get more properties to sign up to the national stargrading scheme in time for the 2012 Olympics. Only 53 per cent of UK...

Whitbread wins glittering prize of Golden Tulip

10-Oct-2007 - Whitbread has acquired Golden Tulip UK for £44 million. The deal includes six hotels trading under the Tulip Inn and Golden Tulip brands, and a further nine which are due...

Orient-Express Hotels Restructures to Pursue Expansion

10-Oct-2007 - ORIENT-Express Hotels has re-organised its management in order to pursue growth plans. Among extensive changes, Nick Varian, formerly vice president of trains and cruises and Asian Hotels, becomes chief development...

Four left in fight for ex-Queens Moat group

10-Oct-2007 - Moorfield, Pedersen Group UK and Jefferson Hotels are among the remaining bidders in the £400 million auction of 19 former Queens Moat Houses (QMH) hotels. Property investment firm aAim is...

Developer Plans Townhouse Hotel Chain

10-Oct-2007 - Benjamin Bowen looks to the future after Cheltenham acquisition.

Centre Parcs wins Warren Wood row

10-Oct-2007 - Permission granted for £200m development

Down with the Kids

10-Oct-2007 - Apex set to appoint childrens board.

Locals hit Oval plans for six

10-Oct-2007 - Development proposals just not cricket.

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