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Hotels and B&Bs to benefit from VisitEngland’s Growing Tourism Locally campaign

31-Oct-2011 - Hoteliers and B&B owners throughout the UK will be welcoming the news that VisitEngland’s bid for additional funding from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has been successful.

PPL delay proposals for recorded music fee hike

31-Oct-2011 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and other industry trade bodies have succeeded in halting proposals for huge fee rises in the playing of music in UK pubs and...

Hotels given stark reminder to pay TV licence fees

31-Oct-2011 - UK hoteliers have been reminded to pay their TV licence after the Grove Hill Hotel in London was prosecuted and fined for failing to do so.

Caparossa Italian restaurant set for UK debut in Putney

31-Oct-2011 - Caparossa, a new Italian restaurant from the owners of a popular site in Naples, is set to open its doors in Putney Wharf later this month.

Be At One plans expansion with £8m Piper investment

31-Oct-2011 - Private equity specialist Piper has invested £8m in cocktail bar operator Be At One to enable it to expand at a faster rate.

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Marketing through Twitter and Linkedin to be focus of next Urbanohost networking event

31-Oct-2011 - Using social networking sites Twitter and Linkedin to improve marketing and sales for restaurants, hotels and pubs will be the focus of the next Urbanohost networking event.

Cenabo online meal pre-ordering software gives restaurants “greater foresight”

31-Oct-2011 - Cenabo, an online meal pre-ordering software that helps restaurants, caterers and hotels collect food and drink requirements from guests in real time, has been recently launched and is available to...

Vanilla Black duo to open second vegetarian restaurant in London

28-Oct-2011 - Andrew Dargue and Donna Conroy, the duo behind Michelin-recommended vegetarian restaurant Vanilla Black, are set to open a second site in the heart of London.

Head chef appointments at the Green Room and the Beach Bistro

28-Oct-2011 - The Green Room restaurant in Bournemouth and the Beach Bistro in East Sussex have appointed new head chefs, who both have a passion for using locally-sourced and sustainable food.

Wadworth opens cookery school to improve pub food quality

28-Oct-2011 - Family brewers Wadworth has opened the Wadworth Brewery Cookery School, providing training to members of its managed houses and tenanted pubs, in a bid to raise the food standards across...

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Zafferano to open festive pop-up restaurant at Natural History Museum Ice Rink

28-Oct-2011 - London-based caterer Zafferano has been awarded a contract to operate the catering offering at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink over the Christmas period.

Tapas Revolution to open at Bluewater

28-Oct-2011 - Tapas Revolution, the Madrid-style all-day tapas bar with a site in Westfield London, is set to open a second branch in Bluewater.

ETM to open first West End gastropub

28-Oct-2011 - Tom and Ed Martin, owners of the eight-strong ETM pub group, have confirmed they are to venture into London’s West End for the first time with the opening of The...

Almost a quarter of hospitality job seekers suited to management, test finds

28-Oct-2011 - A personality test taken by more than 1,000 people seeking jobs in hospitality has revealed that almost a quarter are suited to jobs in management.

Career Profile: Azad Miah

28-Oct-2011 - Azad Miah has worked in fine dining for more than 15 years. Having graduated in business management in 2008, Miah immediately opened his first restaurant, Amani, in Sanderstead. Following the...


London Film Museum packages at Marriott Hotel County Hall and bangers & mash at Bumpkin

28-Oct-2011 - Restaurants and hotels including the Marriott Hotel County Hall and Bumpkin tell BigHospitality about special events and promotions they’re running to attract customers.

Classic Cuisine launches bespoke frozen pie range

28-Oct-2011 - Classic Cuisine, the frozen ready meal manufacturer, is offering a new bespoke range of frozen pies available to bars, restaurants, pubs and catering establishments.

Revolution vodka bar chain aims to increase diner numbers

27-Oct-2011 - Vodka bar chain Revolution has unveiled plans to attract more diners to its 66 venues across the UK by introducing a raft of food-focused measures including an extended menu and...

Luminar placed into administration

27-Oct-2011 - Bar and nightclub owner Luminar has been placed into administration after its lenders refused to extend a waiver on loan repayments.

The Wolseley owners to open Covent Garden restaurant

27-Oct-2011 - Rex Restaurants Associates, owners of The Wolseley, will open a second all-day cafe-restaurant in London's Covent Garden next month.

No more red tape for pubs, says BBPA submission

27-Oct-2011 - The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has urged the Government stick to its guns on planning reform, which could liberate UK pubs from unnecessary red tape when it comes...

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Malcolm John to add jazz bar to Fish & Grill Putney

27-Oct-2011 - Chef Malcolm John is to open a jazz bar in the basement of his Fish & Grill restaurant in Putney.

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Choice Hotels to open Comfort Hotel Luton

26-Oct-2011 - Choice Hotels is set to open Comfort Hotel Luton next month, after re-branding and completely refurbishing the former Royal Hotel Luton.

Recommendation website launched as ‘antidote’ to hotel and restaurant review sites

26-Oct-2011 - A new recommendation and discount website is being brought to the market as the ‘antidote’ to hotel and restaurant review websites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp.

UK hospitality industry ‘won’t be ready’ for 2012 Olympics

26-Oct-2011 - The majority of consumers believe the UK hospitality industry ‘won’t be ready’ to welcome visitors for the London 2012 Olympics.

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