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Merry Christmas and happy new year

24-Dec-2008 - The team at BigHospitality would like to wish all our loyal readers a very merry Christmas and a happy new year

Delia and Jamie dethrone Nigella

24-Dec-2008 - Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver take the crowns as best-selling cookery book authors of the year, knocking Nigella Lawson off her throne

New Year’s launch for Conran’s Boundary

24-Dec-2008 - Terence Conran’s first private venture in 20 years, Boundary in Shoreditch, set to launch on New Year’s Eve

Premier Inn to build Floatel

23-Dec-2008 - Budget hotel chain Premier Inn unveils plans to build the first floating budget hotel in Hartlepool next year

Blumenthal's Little Chef a revelation says food writer

23-Dec-2008 - The Good Food Guide editor Elizabeth Carter gives the Popham branch of Little Chef a glowing review and believes Heston Blumenthal could turn the ailing chains fortunes around

Orchid close 14 pubs days before Christmas

23-Dec-2008 - The Pubco currently in administration has been forced to close 14 sites in the run up to Christmas

Rustic crockery range

23-Dec-2008 - Dudson introduce an earthy, rustic range of crockery, entitled Prairie

Chef’s eBay Christmas lunch raises £5k

22-Dec-2008 - David Duverger, the chef that auctioned his services on eBay for Christmas day, has raised £5k for charity

New managers join Relais & Chateaux's Kinnaird Hotel

22-Dec-2008 - Husband and wife team Max and Anne Schaeflien join the Kinnaird Hotel in Scotland as food & beverage manager and house manager respectively

Smollensky's sites sold

22-Dec-2008 - Kornicis Group buys the Smollenskys sites in Canary Wharf and on the Strand

FSA warns restaurants against bogus letters

22-Dec-2008 - The FSA is warning restaurants about a circulation of bogus letters demanding payment of supposed food safety fines

Peach pub and Barnham Broom hotel appointments

19-Dec-2008 - Pub group Peach employs a new GM for The Thatch in Thame and Barnham Broom hotel in Norwich appoints a manager for its new spa

London's Cafe Royal closes its doors

19-Dec-2008 - The 143-year-old venue will trade for the last time as the Cafe Royal on Sunday before work starts to turn it into a luxury hotel

Chelmsford restaurant conversion gets go-ahead

19-Dec-2008 - Building work to turn part of an old brewery in Essex into a restaurant has been slated for early next year after plans were approved by the council

FSA chair to leave next year

19-Dec-2008 - Dame Deirdre Hutton, chair of the Food Standards Agency has announced her decision to leave at the end of her four-year term

VisitEngland announces new chairman

19-Dec-2008 - The national tourism body VisitEngland appoints Lady Penny Cobham as its new chairman

Hotels rewarded for innovative marketing

18-Dec-2008 - Etap, Hilton, Holiday Inn and De Vere were among the hotel groups to be rewarded for their marketing efforts at the 2008 Hotel Marketing Awards

Weak pound is silver lining for hospitality industry

18-Dec-2008 - The Tourism Alliance renews its calls to the government to invest in tourism to help the industry benefit from the increasing number of foreigners visiting the UK to take advantage...

Business profile: Richard Caring

18-Dec-2008 - Richard Caring has announced expansion plans in 22 countries. And involvement with a Brighton greengrocer. Whats going on?

Crowne Plaza hotels tell guests: go to sleep

18-Dec-2008 - A trial of a new service to help business travellers relax and fall asleep by giving them a switch off call kicks off at Crowne Plaza hotels across the UK...

Horizons acquires Menurama and Quickbite

18-Dec-2008 - Foodservice analysts Horizons widens its tracking service by adding two of FMCGs products - Menurama and QuickBite - to its portfolio

Mario Batali freshens up his Crocs

17-Dec-2008 - The American chef has created a flamboyant new signature shoe for the Crocs Bistro work range

MEPs vote to impose 48 hour working week

17-Dec-2008 - British workers may soon be limited to working 48 hours per week, after MEPs voted against keeping the UK’s opt-out clause

Whitbread, Best Bar None and von Essen appointments

17-Dec-2008 - Whitbread appoints an executive director, Best Bar None a chief executive, and von Essen a sales director

Economic crisis continues to affect UK hotels

16-Dec-2008 - British hoteliers experienced a bleak November as room rate, yield and occupancy all fell

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