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Global releases limited edition knife set

30-Oct-2009 - Global Knives are celebrating their 25th anniversary by launching a new limited edition range

Edinburgh’s David Ramsden expands his Dogs restaurant chain

30-Oct-2009 - Edinburgh-based David Ramsden has opened Underdogs, his third venture in 18 months and plans to open a fourth, Seadogs, next year

Lancaster London win Springboard's third Slingsby Challenge

30-Oct-2009 - Dressed as bees and beekeepers, a team from the Lancaster London Hotel are crowned winners of Springboard's third annual race around Hyde Park

Escoffier cuisine at 1906 and Indian Summer celebrates Diwali

30-Oct-2009 - BigHospitality rounds up the promotions, offers and marketing ideas being run by restaurants, hotels and pubs across the country

Marco Pierre White eyes expansion of Wheeler’s fish restaurant

30-Oct-2009 - Marco Pierre White has relaunched Luciano, his Italian restaurant in St. James’s, as fish restaurant Wheeler’s, with plans to expand the world’s ‘oldest and finest’ fish brand in London and...

Cedar Court appoints general manager for new flagship hotel

29-Oct-2009 - Cedar Court Hotels has appointed Andrew Coney as general manager at their new £20m flagship hotel in York

Heston Blumenthal not charged for Norovirus outbreak

29-Oct-2009 - Heston Blumenthal will not face any charges over alleged breaches of food safety legislation at The Fat Duck, which was forced to close earlier this year due to a health...

Four O Nine and Four Seasons Perthshire appointments

29-Oct-2009 - Four O Nine in Clapham, and The Four Seasons Hotel in Perthshire appoint new head chefs

Isigny Sainte-Mère to release Christmas Camembert

29-Oct-2009 - Normandy dairy producer Isigny Sainte-Mère has extended its cheese range to include a Small Camembert with Truffles

Pierre Koffmann’s Selfridges restaurant extended again

29-Oct-2009 - Selfridges & Co has announced that Pierre Koffmann’s pop-up restaurant, situated on the roof of the Oxford Street department store, will continue to run until the end of November

Kerrygold cheese and butter producer launches foodservice division

28-Oct-2009 - Irish and British dairy producer Kerrygold has launched a foodservice division that offers a range of cheese and butter developed exclusively for the catering sector

Government rejects plans for £250m Edinburgh hotel

28-Oct-2009 - Plans for a £250m leaf-shaped InterContinental Hotel and complex in Edinburgh have been rejected by the Scottish Government over fears that views of the city would be obstructed

Hospitality education faces cuts

28-Oct-2009 - Hospitality students could face cuts of up to 50 per cent in taught hours at colleges and the workplace, forcing the industry towards self-directed learning

Cairn Hotels acquires former Swallow-branded Imperial Hotel

28-Oct-2009 - The Cairn Hotel Group has acquired the Imperial Hotel in Newcastle-Upon Tyne for an undisclosed sum; a year after former owner Swallow Hotels put the property on the market

Britain's rat population to rise by 20% this winter

28-Oct-2009 - Rentokil Pest Control has warned hospitality businesses to take precautions ahead of an expected rise in Britain’s rat population this winter

Applications sought for 2010 HIT Scotland scholarship scheme

27-Oct-2009 - Applications are now open for the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland’s annual £100k emerging talent scholarship scheme

Discretionary service charges deter would-be diners

27-Oct-2009 - Mid-market independent and chain restaurants that ‘copy’ high-end establishments by automatically adding service charges to bills, are inadvertently putting diners off returning

Lahloo Tea and Damian Allsop launch new teas and infused chocolates

27-Oct-2009 - Lahloo Tea has teamed up with chocolatier Damien Allsop to create a new range of teas and infused chocolates.

Applications open for BCF Chef of the Year as Young Chef finalists revealed

27-Oct-2009 - Applications are now being invited for the British Culinary Federation’s 2010 Chef of the Year competition, as the finalists for the Young Chef competition are revealed

London hotel rooms fill up as rest of UK struggles

27-Oct-2009 - London hotels’ occupancy levels for September rose on last year, although those operating elsewhere in the UK continued to struggle

Brit named international Costa Coffee Barista of the Year

26-Oct-2009 - Costa Coffee has completed their search to find the world’s finest barista at their annual competition, with a British contestant taking first prize

Simon Hulstone to compete in 2010 Escoffier Challenge

26-Oct-2009 - Simon Hulstone, chef/proprietor of The Elephant in Torquay, will join a Le Cordon Bleu graduate as they compete in the 2010 International Escoffier Challenge

InterContinental to open second London hotel

26-Oct-2009 - The InterContinental Hotels Group is to open a second InterContinental hotel in London, due to launch in late 2011

William Drabble launches St. James’s Hotel’s Seven Park Place

26-Oct-2009 - Seven Park Place, the newly named restaurant at London’s five-star St. James’s Hotel, has officially launched this week with William Drabble, former head chef of Aubergine, at the helm...

Darlington College first to offer new customer service skills course

26-Oct-2009 - Darlington College has become the first venue in the UK to offer the National Skills Academy for Hospitality’s (NCAH) new Customer Service Programme

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