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Boozy lunches make a return

30-Nov-2015 - The consumption of alcoholic beverages such as beer, cider and wine, at lunchtime is on the increase, according to a report by M&C Allegra Foodservice. 

Scottish pub first to accept Scotcoin as payment

30-Nov-2015 - A Glasgow pub has become the first pub in Scotland to accept Scotcoin, a digital currency that aims to create a ‘self-sustaining economy’ that is ‘totally decentralised’.

Sugar Tax: Report urges Government to ‘wake up’ and take action

30-Nov-2015 - The Government Health Select Committee has urged MPs to take action and introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks, although it has expressed concerns that the hospitality industry could  ‘absorb’...

Azurmendi Bilbao chef Eneko Atxa to open restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel

30-Nov-2015 - Basque restaurant Azurmendi Bilbao has announced plans to open an 'informal' restaurant and bar at One Aldwych Hotel in London.


Michelin-starred Galvin brothers to open first pub in London's Spitalfields

30-Nov-2015 - Acclaimed chefs Jeff and Chris Galvin have announced the opening of their first foray in to the pub trade with the opening of ‘Pub de Luxe’ HOP in London’s Spitalfields...

Hospitality Openings: November 2015

30-Nov-2015 - BigHospitality monthly round-up of openings includes the highly anticipated German Gymnasium as well as a first solo venture for Jun Tanaka.

Hotel restaurants to serve up 507 tonnes of turkey every day in December

30-Nov-2015 - Hotel restaurants across the UK are expected to serve an average of 507 tonnes of turkey, 9.9 million chipolatas and 50 tonnes of stuffing to guests every day over the next...


How to get your head around SEO

30-Nov-2015 - Tom Beasley, founder and CEO of Wired Media gives advice to hoteliers looking to take control of the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) for their websites.


Spotlight on service: How do you define good service?

27-Nov-2015 - What is good service? Restaurant, hotel and pub operators often talk about making it a key focus of the business and how it is integral to its success, but how...

Amaris Hospitality begins multi-million pound Mercure re-brand

27-Nov-2015 - Amaris Hospitality has re-branded two of its hotels to Accor’s Mercure collection as part of its drive to create a £2bn hotel group.

The top five stories in hospitality this week 23/11 - 27/11

27-Nov-2015 - What were some of the top trending stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Ex-Salt Yard chef opening 90's inspired Soho chicken restaurant

27-Nov-2015 - Ex-St John and Salt Yard chef Billy Stock is opening a new Soho fried chicken restaurant which claims to cook-up ‘the best chicken burger in the capital’.

The Detox Kitchen opening in London in January

27-Nov-2015 - Lilly Simpson, founder of The Detox Kitchen, has announced plans to open a new flagship deli in London’s Fitzrovia district on 4 January.

Apprenticeship levy will cause 'extreme irritation' to businesses, pub boss warns

27-Nov-2015 - The boss of the Oakman Inns pub chain has criticised the Government’s planned apprenticeship levy as an ‘extreme irritation’ to businesses.

Christmas dinner bookings up 200% since 2012

27-Nov-2015 - Christmas dinner bookings in pubs and restaurants have risen 202 per cent since 2012, according to research by Mitchells & Butlers, the company behind Toby Carvery, Harvesters and Sizzling Pubs.


Chef David Kelman of Ellenborough Park Hotel on why spending time out of the kitchen could help solve the chef shortage

27-Nov-2015 - Over the last few years David Kelman, executive head chef at Ellenborough Park hotel in Cheltenham has spent his spare time teaching secondary school pupils to cook and mentoring them...

BII invites publicans to enter Licensee of the Year Awards 2016

26-Nov-2015 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is inviting publicans to enter the Licensee of the Year Awards 2016. 

Snoozebox unveils portable hotel room that transforms in to a theatre

26-Nov-2015 - Snoozebox – the portable hotel company - has unveiled a new design which allows its rooms to be transformed in to a theatre, dining room or office.

Restaurants and bars to open in Waterloo’s ‘Banksy Tunnel’

26-Nov-2015 - London restaurateurs will be given the chance to open in the Waterloo railway arches made famous by street artist Banksy.

Plans announced for North West sports village

26-Nov-2015 - Further plans have been unveiled for Mill Farm Sports Village in Lancashire which will now include a sports bar, restaurant and café.

Hotels warned after hackers target guest credit card details

26-Nov-2015 - Hilton Worldwide has become the second major hotel company this week to admit to a security breach which allowed hackers to steal customers' credit card details.

Permanent site for Lucky Chip Burger & Wine

26-Nov-2015 - London-based pop-up restaurant, Lucky Chip, is set for its first permanent site with the announcement that it will open the 70-cover Lucky Chip Burger & Wine on Dalston’s Ridley Road...


Service Tips: Gold Service Scholarship finalists on how to give great service

25-Nov-2015 - With our spotlight firmly on service and front of house we asked the finalists of the 2015 Gold Service Scholarship for their best tips for delivering great service.

Restaurants and hotels braced for Black Friday sales boom

25-Nov-2015 - Restaurants and hotels are set to cash in on this year’s Black Friday madness, with UK shoppers expected to spend £3.49bn over the four-day period.

What does the Autumn Statement mean for hospitality?

25-Nov-2015 - The Autumn Statement brought good news for the hospitality sector with a slashing of business rates, but failed to mention a cut in tourism VAT.

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