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BII launch Jeremy Allen Award to celebrate excellence in training

31-Oct-2012 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is celebrating the memory of one of the pub industry’s leading figures with the creation of a new award to recognise excellence in training...

Which? reports significant divide between best and worst rated hotel chains in the UK

31-Oct-2012 - Warner Leisure Hotels has topped a list of the best hotel chains operating in the UK with Which? members praising its child-free, luxury offer. 

Latin American Barrio Bars aiming for five London sites by 2013

31-Oct-2012 - The team behind Latin American-inspired bar concept Barrio Bars is aiming to increase its reach across the capital with plans to add sites in Clapham, south London and Notting Hill,...

Menzies' Prince Regent hotel in Chigwell undergoes £1m refurbishment

31-Oct-2012 - Independent hotel group Menzies Hotels has started a major renovation of the Prince Regent hotel in Chigwell as part of a £7m redevelopment programme across its 15-strong estate. 

Hospitality Management apprenticeship launched to take professionals higher

31-Oct-2012 - People 1st has launched the first ever Level 4 apprenticeship framework for the hospitality industry to bridge the gap between the supervisory skills gained in an apprentice’s early career and...

Recession-proof? How Jamie Oliver's restaurants are dealing with the downturn

31-Oct-2012 - In a special audio report recorded at The Restaurant Show, Jacques Dejardin, head of operations at Jamie Oliver, reveals how the group is looking to retail, takeaway and collection, event catering...

Laverstoke Park Farm ordered to change 'childish' ale and lager labels

31-Oct-2012 - An independent complaints panel has ordered producer Laverstoke Park Farm to change the labels on its bottles of ale and lager because it thinks the images on them could appeal...

Miele's new H20 tumble dryers 'virtually eliminate' running costs for hoteliers

31-Oct-2012 - Miele Professional is to launch a new commercial tumble dryer which is heated using hot water, virtually eliminating running costs for hoteliers and efficiently making use of existing energy.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen ramps up its expansion plans

30-Oct-2012 - Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has revealed plans to open another five restaurants before February 2013 as the brand steps up its expansion and acknowledges the explosion in diner demand for...

Patty and Bun completes ‘golden triangle’ of West End burger joints

30-Oct-2012 - Patty and Bun, the burger joint which has been running pop-up venues in London's Battersea and Soho, is set to open its first permanent site on James Street later this...

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Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants scoops independent restaurant prize at RSPCA Good Business Awards

30-Oct-2012 - Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants, which operates two sites in St Albans and Hertford, has won the independent restaurant prize at the 2012 RSPCA Good Business Awards which celebrates high...

Jason Atherton to open second London restaurant in partnership with Paul Hood

30-Oct-2012 - Jason Atherton is to open a second restaurant in London after signing the lease on a site in Soho’s Poland Street.

Licensed coffee bar and restaurant at heart of former Dundee Royal Exchange development

30-Oct-2012 - Caffe Borsa, a licensed coffee bar and eatery, is set to open early next month on the ground floor of a new event and office space following a £500k refurb...

Hilden's new RFID linen technology allows hoteliers to track laundry stock

30-Oct-2012 - Hilden, supplier of linen products and related services, has launched a solution for the hotel industry, fitting laundry with ultra-frequency Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, making it easier to track...

Redditch and Bluewater developments continue restaurants' growing relationship with shopping centres

29-Oct-2012 - Restaurant operators are being sought for a new shopping centre in the Midlands and Bluewater has reopened its Wintergarden dining area as the potential of high-footfall shopping centres continues to...

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DoubleTree by Hilton opens Marble Arch hotel, seventh London property

29-Oct-2012 - Upscale hotel brand DoubleTree by Hilton has announced it has opened its seventh London property with the launch of the DoubleTree by Hilton London – Marble Arch.

Nando’s swings to profit as chicken restaurant craze shows no sign of abating

29-Oct-2012 - Nando’s, the fast-casual Portuguese chicken restaurant chain, made a £14.7m pre-tax profit in the year to 26 February 2012, marking a strong turnaround from a loss of £7.1m the previous...

Are we moving forward? Hospitality business confidence falls but it's not all doom and gloom

29-Oct-2012 - Almost half of hospitality and leisure companies in the UK will not reach profit targets this quarter with an increasing number of business owners feeling pessimistic in outlook due to...

Barony Castle set to re-open as Mercure property following sale by De Vere Group

29-Oct-2012 - Barony Castle near Edinburgh will later this month be re-opened as the Mercure Eddleston Barony Castle Hotel and Spa following the sale of the property to Prestige Hotel Management.

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Indian Hotels plans to operate Orient-Express as separate company if takeover succeeds

29-Oct-2012 - Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces owner Indian Hotels has written again to Orient-Express Hotels, reiterating its desire to takeover the Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons owner and revealing it would operate the business...

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BHA workshop to help hospitality industry better campaign for VAT reduction

29-Oct-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) will be giving its restaurant, hotel and pub members some tips on how they can join the campaign to reduce VAT to 5 per cent...

Facewatch joins forces with Crimestoppers and ACPO to better tackle crime

29-Oct-2012 - Facewatch, the crime prevention scheme set up by Gordon's Wine Bar managing director Simon Gordon, has formed a partnership with charity Crimestoppers and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)...

Pimhill launches no wheat or nuts muesli

29-Oct-2012 - Pimhill Farm in Shropshire has launched a muesli which leaves out wheat or nuts, allowing hotels, restaurants and pubs to give customers with allergies or intolerances a wider choice at...

Joseph Holt acquires two Greater Manchester pubs

29-Oct-2012 - Manchester brewer Joseph Holt has announced it has acquired two Greater Manchester pubs within the last three months as its plans to expand its estate in the North West continue.

Marco Pierre White: Pearls of Wisdom

26-Oct-2012 - Once the holder of three Michelin stars, legendary chef Marco Pierre White is now a regular face on TV, fronting shows such as Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Wars and is...

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