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Places now available for study tour of Chicago

29-Nov-2013 - Restaurant operators are being encouraged to sign-up for an educational and feature-packed study tour of Chicago next May.

Pub operator Spirit Group to look for 20 new managed sites

29-Nov-2013 - Pub operator Spirit Group plans to expand its Flaming Grill, Fayre and Square and Taylor Walker brands by finding up to 20 new sites over the next 15 months.

Inventive Leisure to extend Revolution bar refurbishment plan

29-Nov-2013 - A further 11 Revolution bars are to be given a revamp after Inventive Leisure announced it is to extend its investment programme across the 66-strong branded chain.

Ping Pong unveils new restaurant design as FY losses reduce

29-Nov-2013 - Ping Pong, the London-based dim sum chain, has today reported a reduction in losses over the past year, having recently unveiled a brand new restaurant design at its latest site...

Sector to find more space for rooms

29-Nov-2013 - Following the food revolution, the next growth area for the pub sector is gearing up to be accommodation, with a number of operators set to invest significant funds into growing...

Five Guys strengthens pipeline

29-Nov-2013 - Five Guys, the popular US burger chain, has lined up a further three openings of for the start of next year, as it looks to open up to 30 new...

Motel One reveals UK expansion plans

29-Nov-2013 - Motel One, the Germany-based, design-led budget hotel chain, is opening five more properties in the UK over the next three years, with a particular focus on tackling the highly competitive...

Daniel Pearse: Career Profile

29-Nov-2013 - Daniel Pearse, 28, has been head pastry chef for Hakkasan London for more than two years after stints at The Mandarin Oriental and The Langham. The pastry chef believes that...

Atlantic Foods to fire up taste-buds with new range of super-hot chili sauces

28-Nov-2013 - Atlantic Foods says its new range of super-hot chili sauces are guaranteed to raise the temperature of any meal.

Tragus to open new brasserie concept at Heathrow’s T2

28-Nov-2013 - Tragus Group, owner of the Café Rouge, Bella Italia, Strada and Belgo brands, is launching a new concept at Heathrow’s new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, next year.

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HOSPA names Career Investment Development Scholarship winners

28-Nov-2013 - HOSPA has announced the winners of its 2013 Career Investment Development Scholarships.

'Hotel hotspot' to get further boost with £7m Aberdeenshire development

28-Nov-2013 - An area of Scotland dubbed a ‘hotel hotspot’ is to receive a further boost with the £7m development of a 40-bedroom hotel, spa and conference centre.

Top industry figures confirmed for Hotelympia 2014

28-Nov-2013 - Tom Kerridge, Sir Terence Conran, Tom Aikens and Phil Howard are just some of the leading industry names confirmed for Hotelympia 2014, which takes place at London’s ExCel centre next...

Benugo to open two new sites in London

28-Nov-2013 - Restaurant, café and catering company Benugo is launching two new cafés in London next month, in Mayfair’s Hanover Street and within Victoria’s new mixed-use development, 62 Buckingham Gate. ...

'Strongest month of the year' for hotels

28-Nov-2013 - UK hotels collectively enjoyed the ‘strongest month of the year’ in October, with properties in London confirming their rebound and those in the Provinces remaining stable, according to two new...

Hilton snaps up three Jurys Inn hotels

28-Nov-2013 - Jurys Inn Hotel Group has signed a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide to convert three of its prime London hotels into DoubleTree and Garden Inn-branded properties. 

Marston’s offloads £90m portfolio as full-year profits grow

28-Nov-2013 - Marston’s has sold more than 200 of its sites for £90m as the brewer and pub operator looks to cut the cost of servicing its £1bn debt and improve the...

Alan Murchison Restaurants in liquidation

27-Nov-2013 - Alan Murchison Restaurants Ltd, which operated the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire, has been put into voluntary liquidation after running up debts of almost half a million pounds.

Hospitality Openings: November 2013

27-Nov-2013 - London is again the hub of all things new in our photo gallery for November, with Angela Hartnett's second solo venture, a Prohibition era-themed bar and a cocoa-based fine-dining restaurant all featuring among the...

New Forest Ice Cream targets festive menus with mojito sorbet

27-Nov-2013 - New Forest Ice Cream believes its new mojito sorbet can add a touch of glamour to festive menus.

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Gluten-free Chef of the Year competition winners named

27-Nov-2013 - The winners of the 2013 Coeliac UK’s Gluten-free Chef of the Year competition have been announced following a cook off by six finalists.

Travelodge's first JuMP apprentices graduate to become hotel managers

27-Nov-2013 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has taken on all 17 apprentices to have graduated from its first Junior Management Programme (JuMP).

City Pub Company plans £10m EIS-funded expansion

27-Nov-2013 - An ambitious pub company is seeking a further £10m in Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) funding to grow its estate to at least 20 pubs by the end of next year.

Accor overhauls business to improve performance

27-Nov-2013 - Accor’s new chief executive has announced the business will be divided in two in a bid to maximise operational performance, generate sustainable growth and boost shareholder returns.

Roka to open two new restaurants in London

27-Nov-2013 - Roka, Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant brand, is doubling its footprint in the UK with two new venues opening in London next year.

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