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Harbour Hotels adds hotels in Brighton, Bristol and Salcombe to portfolio

30-Oct-2015 - Harbour Hotels has acquired hotels in Brighton, Bristol and Salcombe, taking its UK portfolio up to nine. 

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 26/10 - 30/10

30-Oct-2015 - What were the hottest hospitality stories this week? Here's our pick.

Marco Pierre White's Mr White's English Chophouse to open at Birmingham's Hotel La Tour

30-Oct-2015 - Mr White's English Chophouse, the latest restaurant brand created by chef Marco Pierre White and Black & White Hospitality, will open its first restaurant within Birmingham's Hotel La Tour next...

75% of families eating out in restaurants more regularly

30-Oct-2015 - Three quarters (75 per cent) of families are choosing to eat out together in restaurants more frequently than they were five years ago, according to a report commissioned by French...

Paul adopts Living Wage early

30-Oct-2015 - French bakery and café brand Paul has increased its staff wages to the National Living Wage ahead of its introduction in April.

Hospitality operators expect food sales to drop

30-Oct-2015 - Operators in the hospitality industry are bracing themselves for a drop in food sales figures with 30 per cent expecting either a fall in sales or no change at all,...

SMALL TALK

Nieves Barragán Mohacho on the culture behind the UK’s No.1 restaurant

30-Oct-2015 - Nieves Barragán Mohacho is executive chef at Barrafina Adelaide Street, the no-reservations tapas bar which took the top spot at the National Restaurant Awards in June.  

In Operation with...Foxlow

29-Oct-2015 - Hawksmoor co-founder Will Beckett talks to BigHospitality about the company's recently launched neighbourhood restaurant offering Foxlow and the ethos behind it for our fifth In Operation with... video. 

Street Feast owner London Union launches £3.5m crowdfunding campaign

29-Oct-2015 - London Union, the parent company of street food market operator Street Feast, has launched a £3.5m crowdfunding campaign to help it create a permanent street food market in central London. ...

Union Hanover Group taken over by Real Estate Debt Securities

29-Oct-2015 - Ownership of hotel development company Union Hanover Group has transferred to Guernsey-based lender Real Estate Debt Securities (REDS) after a proposed management buy-out fell through. 

Gisborough Hall undergoes £400k renovation project

29-Oct-2015 - Gisborough Hall hotel has recently undergone a £400k renovation project which has seen it refurbish 39 of its bedrooms.

Marco Pierre White opening first Leeds restaurant

29-Oct-2015 - Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has announced the opening of Marco’s New York Italian in Leeds’ Arena Quarter.

Brits spend £1.1b per month at independent restaurants

29-Oct-2015 - The British public is spending over £1b per month on dining out at independent restaurants, according to a new report.

Artigiano founder to open craft beer and sourdough pizza concept

29-Oct-2015 - Joe Hill, founder off espresso and wine bar group Artigiano, is launching a craft beer and sourdough pizza concept called Base & Barley which he aims to roll out to...

Zelman Meats: Steakhouse opening in Soho

29-Oct-2015 - The team behind Goodman, Beast, Rex & Mariano and Burger & Lobster, are launching Zelman Meats in Soho, London, in November.

K+K Hotels sold to US investors

28-Oct-2015 - A portfolio of 10 four-star hotels in major European cities has been sold to a joint venture between Goldman Sachs and US-based Highgate Hotels.

Millions of ‘lost’ UK entrepreneurs could benefit hospitality

28-Oct-2015 - A scholarship to tackle gender and race gaps in UK start-ups has been launched by business leader Reuben Singh.

Leon secures £11.5m funding towards expansion

28-Oct-2015 - Healthy fast-­food concept Leon has secured a funding package worth £11.5m from HSBC, BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Allegra Foodservice has reported.

The Royal York Hotel undergoes renovation

28-Oct-2015 - York-based hotel, The Royal York, is undergoing a multi-million pound renovation that aims to restore the property to its original glory while adding destination restaurant and bar concepts.

Employers must 'step up' and reach out to young talent

28-Oct-2015 - Hospitality businesses need to ‘step up’ and do more to recruit ambitious school leavers in to the industry, the head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned.

Eating out spend rises in London and South East

28-Oct-2015 - Spending on eating out in London and the South East has risen by three per cent year-on-year in September according to a report, with a growth of £3.

Rick Stein backs BHA over tipping transparency

27-Oct-2015 - Rick Stein has warned that the rising minimum wage could see restaurants attempting to use staff tips to make up the new rate.

Aloft Hotels launches emoji room service menu

27-Oct-2015 - Aloft Hotels is offering a new bonus to guests with a hangover or sugar craving - an emoji room service menu.

No show, no refund: The Clove Club on going ticketed

27-Oct-2015 - The Clove Club has been running a ticketed system since April in an attempt to combat no-shows and the system is paying off according to its co-owner Daniel Willis.

Pier Eight restaurant opening at The Lowry as part of £3m development

27-Oct-2015 - A new ‘modern British’ restaurant is opening at The Lowry arts centre in Manchester as part of a £3m development.

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