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What you’re doing: Christmas special

29-Oct-2010 - Christmas in hospitality this year will be all about adding value to your services so you attract – and keep – new customers, while at the same time keeping your...

Marriott plans for 100,000 more hotel rooms

29-Oct-2010 - The hotel chain Marriott plans to add over 100,000 hotel rooms to its international operations over the next two years, the group told investors this week

Hospitality benchmark names top brands for customer service

29-Oct-2010 - A hospitality benchmarking survey has named Living Ventures, John Lewis cafes and restaurants, Wagamama, Premier Inn and Maison Blanc as the top five multi-branch brands for customer service

Pearls of Wisdom: Claire Clark

29-Oct-2010 - The former pastry chef at Napa Valley’s The French Laundry has been running a pop-up patisserie at Harvey Nichols in London, and has hopes of opening her own dessert-focused restaurant...

Jamie Oliver presents new London BBQ restaurant Barbecoa

28-Oct-2010 - Jamie Oliver will next Friday open his long-awaited BBQ restaurant Barbecoa at One New Change in the City with New York Chef Adam Perry Lang.

JD Wetherspoon lets diners plan personalised menu online

28-Oct-2010 - JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is giving customers with special dietary requirements the opportunity to plan their pub meal online

Profitable Christmas: Data capture for January

28-Oct-2010 - Christmas is a time for good cheer, plenty of treats, and general jolliness. But if you’re in the hospitality industry, Christmas is all about welcoming those extra people who come...

Zizzi trials breakfast concept with national roll-out planned

28-Oct-2010 - Zizzi will be testing a new breakfast concept at some of its branches, with plans to introduce the new ‘Brunchetta’ menu across all sites next year if it proves to...

Profitable Christmas: Adding value to hospitality

27-Oct-2010 - Tightened consumer belts over the Christmas period need not be as damaging to the hospitality industry as you might fear. Despite the expected slowdown, here are some simple measures that...

October frozen, chilled and ambient food additions for 3663

27-Oct-2010 - Foodservice provider 3663 has added a selection of chilled, ambient and frozen products to its range this month, including a Raspberry Trifle Cheesecake and a Goat’s Cheese & Cranberry Tart

Hotels fare well but future could be tight, says consultant

27-Oct-2010 - Strong hotel business in most parts of the country over the past few months will help brace the industry for a tough road ahead as the effects of the Government’s...

Busaba Eathai eyes retail sites for expansion

27-Oct-2010 - Busaba Eathai – the Thai restaurant chain founded by Alan Yau – is to open two shopping centre sites before the end of 2010, one of these – in Bicester...

Pizza Express unveils radical restaurant template

27-Oct-2010 - Casual dining giant Pizza Express has unveiled its new restaurant design template in Richmond, featuring a central theatre-style kitchen, banquette-seat tables with their own parabolic roof domes, bespoke music and...

Profitable Christmas: Cut seasonal costs

26-Oct-2010 - With consumer spend expected to drop this Christmas, the last thing you’d want is for your business expenses to eat away at your potential profits, but there are several small,...

BBC’s The Restaurant winners open cocktail bar with Raymond Blanc

26-Oct-2010 - The winners of the BBC’s TV show The Restaurant – JJ Goodman and James Hopkins – will open a cocktail bar with Raymond Blanc at the end of November

Le Gavroche sommelier receives AFWS Excellence award

26-Oct-2010 - The head sommelier at Le Gavroche in London has received one of the top accolades in this year’s Awards for Excellence from The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS)...

Beer sales fall after spending review fears

26-Oct-2010 - Consumer fears of impending spending cuts, combined with wet summer weather, saw beer sales drop by 10 per cent in Q3 this year

Fentimans breaks into alcoholic ginger beer market

26-Oct-2010 - Natural soft drinks manufacturer Fentimans has developed its first ever alcoholic drink using a recipe dating back to the early 20th Century

Profitable Christmas: Attract spend-wary customers

25-Oct-2010 - Although the hospitality sector is recovering well after the recession, and despite consumers’ traditional increase in spend during December, the Government’s £80bn spending cuts may mean that restaurants, pubs and...

Food group expands at ExCel London as Olympics approach

25-Oct-2010 - The food and drink firm Creativevents has added a new ‘healthy’ café to its catering facilities at the ExCel London convention centre, as part of its investment strategy leading up...

Roux brothers invite 2011 scholarship entries

25-Oct-2010 - A call for entries has been sent out for the 2011 Roux Scholarship, with the recipe for the prestigious chef’s award this year focused on monkfish

People 1st looks for 100 most influential women in hospitality

22-Oct-2010 - Women working in the hospitality sector could be recognised for their achievements in a new initiative by People 1st, which will next month start a search for the 100 most...

Chiller breaks at The Bonham in Edinburgh and Halloween Tea at Podium

22-Oct-2010 - Restaurants hotels and pubs, including the Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh and Podium Restaurant at Hilton Park Lane, tell us about the extra activities their planning to attract customers this Halloween

BaxterStorey sponsors Simon Hulstone’s Bocuse d’Or bid

22-Oct-2010 - BaxterStorey has announced that its Foundation will provide sponsorship to Simon Hulstone as he competes in the World final of the Bocuse d’Or in January

Plans for luxury hotel above Harrods

22-Oct-2010 - Qatar Holdings, which acquired the London department store Harrods earlier this year, is considering plans to open a luxury hotel on the upper levels of the store.

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