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Antipodea all-day brasserie and bar to launch from Brew Café group

31-Oct-2016 - The team behind London-based café group, Brew, is to open a new all-day dining, bar and retail venture named Antipodea, in west London’s Kew Gardens, next month.  

Former Firmdale director Carrie Wicks joins Leeu Collection as CEO

31-Oct-2016 - Carrie Wicks is now chief executive of the South Africa-based Leeu Collection, after her shock departure from the role of operations director of Firmdale Hotels in January.

Roomzzz Aparthotels to open 97-bedroom aparthotel in York

31-Oct-2016 - Planning permission has been granted for a new 97-bedroom Roomzzz-branded aparthotel in York, expected to open in summer 2018.

BTC UK to develop Bow Street Magistrates' Court into boutique hotel

31-Oct-2016 - Holdings and investment firm BTC UK has bought Bow Street Magistrates Court with the intention of turning the Grade II-listed building into a 100-bedroom boutique hotel. 

Eating out spending ‘robust’, but pressure rising on businesses to speed up service

31-Oct-2016 - Spending on eating out in restaurants, pubs and cafes rose in the past three months, although businesses are feeling more pressure than ever to deliver a super-fast service, according to...

Wasabi secures new bank funding for expansion

31-Oct-2016 - Wasabi, the sushi and bento chain, has secured a new £25m bank loan from HSBC to help it open 20 new sites and develop its flagship 65,000sq ft central processing...

Andrew Brownsword pledges to rebuild Royal Clarence hotel after fire

31-Oct-2016 - Andrew Brownsword, the owner of The Royal Clarence hotel in Exeter, has pledged to rebuild the historic building after it was destroyed by a fire last Friday (28 October). 

Ninth series of MasterChef: The Professionals to air from 8 November

31-Oct-2016 - BBC Two’s MasterChef: The Professionals is to begin its ninth series on 8 November, with Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing and former Le Gavroche chef Monica Galetti returning as judges.


How to personalise the hospitality experience for different nationalities

31-Oct-2016 - With the UK benefiting from an uplift in visits from international travellers Joel Brandon-Bravo of Travelzoo discusses why and how hospitality businesses can personalise the experience for international guests to help...

Blanc, Loubet and Palmer-Watts collaborate for annual Christmas charity dinner

28-Oct-2016 - Michelin-starred chefs Raymond Blanc, Bruno Loubet, and Ashley Palmer-Watts are to collaborate for the annual Hospitality Action fundraising dinner at Brasserie Joël, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 24/10 - 30/10

28-Oct-2016 - From the industry’s reaction to the Heathrow expansion, to the best pub of the year, we revisit some of the week’s top stories

US pizza group Jules Thin Crust opens first UK site

28-Oct-2016 - Jules Thin Crust, the US organic thin crust pizza company, has opened its first UK site, in Putney, south west London.

Smiths of Smithfield to open first new site in three years

28-Oct-2016 - Smiths of Smithfield is to open its first new site in three years, with a restaurant and bar in London’s Cannon Street on 21 November.

The Marksman, Bethnal Green named Michelin Pub of the Year 2017

28-Oct-2016 - The Marksman pub in London’s Bethnal Green has been named Michelin Pub of the Year 2017, after beating 500 other establishments in the Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2017.


Ashdown Park Hotel GM Ben Booker on maintaining successful independence in hotels

28-Oct-2016 - As Ben Booker approaches his 10th year as general manager at Elite Hotels Group's Ashdown Park Hotel in East Sussex, he shares his tips on running a successful independent hotel

Travelodge announces Norfolk expansion plans

27-Oct-2016 - Travelodge has opened is first hotel in Thetford and confirmed plans to launch a further four sites in East Anglia.

Roux chef David Simak wins first ever Chocolate Dessert of the Year contest

27-Oct-2016 - David Simak, head pastry chef at Albert and Michel Roux Jr’s Crossbasket Castle in Glasgow, has won the first ever Chocolate Dessert of the Year contest, in front of a...

Carluccio’s introduces VR video with ‘biggest ever menu overhaul’

27-Oct-2016 - Carluccio’s, the Italian-style restaurant group, is to introduce virtual reality (VR) glasses to customers when it launches its biggest ever menu overhaul this November.

Victor Garvey changes Duende to Encant ahead of expansion

27-Oct-2016 - Victor Garvey is changing the name of his Spanish restaurant Duende to Encant ahead of the opening of a second site next year.  

Parabola’s guest chef series to include Jeremy Lee and Martin Morales

27-Oct-2016 - Parabola, the soon-to-launch restaurant at London’s relocated Design Museum, from Peter Prescott and Sir Terence Conran, is to host a stellar guest chef series including Jeremy Lee and Martin Morales....

Cote begins Limeyard expansion in Staines

27-Oct-2016 - Casual dining chain Cote has secured a second site for its American-themed restaurant Limeyard as part a planned expansion in the South East.

Yorkshire Meatball Co closes Harrogate store

27-Oct-2016 - The Yorkshire Meatball Company has permanently closed its store in Harrogate blaming an influx of chain restaurants to the town. 

Government to probe rights of ‘gig economy’ staff

27-Oct-2016 - The rights of ‘on-demand’ workers such as Deliveroo drivers are to be reviewed as part of a new Government low pay inquiry.

Leon to challenge 'Superfood Salad' name ban

26-Oct-2016 - Leon could be forced to change the name of its ‘Original Superfood Salad’ after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled that the product broke marketing laws.

GBK boss: “It’s business as usual since takeover”

26-Oct-2016 - Gourmet Burger Kitchen CEO Alasdair Murdoch says its ‘business as usual’ across the company's growing estate following its takeover by Wimpy owner Famous Brands almost two months ago.

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