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Travelodge Southport Hotel up for sale ahead of opening

30-Nov-2011 - The new six-storey Travelodge hotel in Southport has been put up for sale ahead of its opening.

Oyster norovirus fears 'out of proportion' says restaurateur

30-Nov-2011 - Oyster supplier and restaurateur Robin Hancock has criticised the wider-press for taking the risks associated with eating raw or lightly cooked oysters 'out of proportion'.

Harbour Hotels reveals plans for £25m luxury hotel at Southampton’s Ocean Village

30-Nov-2011 - Harbour Hotels, operator of five hotels along the South Coast, is set to build a brand new, £25m hotel and spa in Southampton’s Ocean Village.

Brooklyn Bite pizza chain to exploit ‘gap in the market’ with first UK restaurant in Chelsea

30-Nov-2011 - New York pizza concept and cocktail lounge Brooklyn Bite is set to hit the UK having secured its first site in London’s Chelsea, with plans to open several more London...

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Neil Robertson quits the British Institute of Innkeeping

30-Nov-2011 - Neil Robertson, chief executive of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), has announced plans to quit after three years in the role.

Majority of diners expecting to use discount vouchers in restaurants this Christmas

30-Nov-2011 - Restaurants offering discounts to diners are set to remain popular this Christmas with 71 per cent of diners saying they intend to use them to get money off meals out...

Sammic updates vegetable preparation machines to increase food production

30-Nov-2011 - Catering equipment manufacturer Sammic has launched a new three-model range of highly durable, heavy-duty vegetable preparation machines available to hotels, restaurants, fast food outlets, pubs and clubs.

Travelodge begins aggressive expansion with pub and supermarket deals

29-Nov-2011 - Travelodge has announced plans to develop seven new hotels alongside supermarket developments and pub companies as part of an ‘aggressive growth strategy.’

Little Chef to revamp brand with new signage

29-Nov-2011 - Roadside restaurant chain Little Chef is to roll out a completely new range of internal and external signage across all of its 162 sites over the next four years.

Chancellor George Osborne offers help to SME businesses in autumn statement

29-Nov-2011 - Chancellor George Osborne has offered help to small and medium-size businesses (SME) in his autumn statement, which also promises to relax red tape around health and safety and make it...

People on the Move in Hospitality: November 2011

29-Nov-2011 - With the launch of a brand new feature, People on the Move, BigHospitality rounds up the latest appointments in the hospitality industry. This month sees key appointments at hotels, restaurants...

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Harbour & Jones to open £5.5m cafe at Cutty Sark site

29-Nov-2011 - Harbour & Jones is to open a £5.5m cafe at the site of the famous tea clipper the Cutty Sark in Greenwich next year.

Fred Sirieix and Simon Vincent to fight former boxing champion Clinton Mckenzie for charity

29-Nov-2011 - Fred Sirieix, general manager at Galvin at Windows restaurant, and Simon Vincent, Hilton Worldwide’s president for Europe, are stepping in to the boxing ring to take on a former champion...

Hilton UK to provide 1,500 new hospitality jobs by 2014

29-Nov-2011 - Hilton has claimed it will create an extra 1,500 jobs in the industry by 2014 with the opening of 20 new hotels expected to happen in the next two years.

Café Fish owner buys Livebait Manchester out of administration

29-Nov-2011 - Richard Muir, the owner of Edinburgh restaurant Café Fish, has bought Livebait in Manchester days after the restaurant’s former owner Paramount Restaurant Group went into administration.

Hospitality’s Sir Rocco Forte, Martin Wishart and Richard Solomons receive honorary degrees

29-Nov-2011 - Chef Martin Wishart and hoteliers Sir Rocco Forte and Richard Solomons are the members of the hospitality industry who have been awarded honorary degrees by universities this week.

£1bn youth jobs fund: The hospitality industry’s reaction

28-Nov-2011 - Following the recent revelations that the Government is to inject £1bn of new funding into a new scheme to tackle youth unemployment, leading hospitality industry bodies have given BigHospitality their...

Torex launches cloud-based POS system for restaurants, pubs and hotels

28-Nov-2011 - Technology provider Torex has launched a cloud-based Point of Sale (POS) system for use by staff in restaurants, hotels and pubs.

Hospitality entrepreneurs on the rise

28-Nov-2011 - The numbers of young entrepreneurs starting up businesses in the hospitality industry is on the increase, according to a recent report, which defined the sector as ‘vulnerable’ due to short-term...

Eden Hotel Collection buys its second von Essen hotel

25-Nov-2011 - The Eden Hotel Collection has bought von Essen’s The Mount Somerset country house hotel, the second von Essen hotel to be bought by the company in a month.

‘Beer can be a sales driver for restaurants,’ says Master Beer Sommelier

25-Nov-2011 - Master Beer Sommelier Mark Stroobandt believes restaurants across the UK ‘aren’t giving beer the respect it deserves’ and has given his top tips of beer and food matching to increase...

New road salt plant aims to help leisure industry combat wintry conditions

25-Nov-2011 - Workplace product specialist Slingsby has invested in a new road salt distribution centre and bagging plant, in an effort to meet the demand from the hospitality sector over winter.

Robert Cook: What the restaurant and pub industries can learn from the hotel sector

25-Nov-2011 - Malmaison and Hotel du Vin chief executive Robert Cook has claimed that restaurants and pubs should be applying similar business approaches and sales techniques to those used in his hotels...

Compass cuts salt sachet contents by 25%

25-Nov-2011 - Contract caterer Compass has reduced the contents of its salt sachets by 25 per cent, as part of a government drive to improve the food on offer to the nation.


Gospel Brunch at Altitude 360 and Wednesday Wine at Playboy London

25-Nov-2011 - Restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars from across the UK including Altitude 360, Playboy London, Sandman Signature Hotel and The Beach Bistro tell BigHospitality about special events they're running to attract...

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