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New sites for Fire & Stone

24-Dec-2009 - Fire & Stone, the contemporary pizza chain owned by CG Restaurants, has unveiled dynamic expansion plans as it seeks to open at least six new restaurants over the next 18 months

Von Essen appoints new general manager for The Forbury Hotel

24-Dec-2009 - Charles Morgan joins the luxury hotel group from Menzies Hotels to head up the Reading hotel it bought out of administration in October

The Chocolate Festival 2009

23-Dec-2009 - BigHospitality ventured out in the cold to The Chocolate Festival 2009 at London's Southbank Centre, to find out how chefs and restaurateurs could add a little sparkle to their Christmas...

Review of the year 2009: Pubs

23-Dec-2009 - Beer tax continued to rise and a record number of pubs closed, but it wasn't all doom and gloom in the pub sector in 2009. As the year draws to...

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Sensory dining event raises £40k for HIT Scotland

23-Dec-2009 - A sensory dining event in Edinburgh has helped raise £40,000 for hospitality training charity HIT Scotland

3G adds Italian dishes to main course range

23-Dec-2009 - 3G Food Service & Seafood Solutions has added a selection of Italian inspired dishes to its main course range that are designed to be served in 'all types of catering...

Power cut destroys Christmas business for Smithfield restaurants

23-Dec-2009 - Operators in London’s Smithfield Market claim to have lost thousands of pounds’ worth of trade and stock because energy supplier EDF failed to stop power cuts over the Christmas period....

Restaurant chains encouraged to take a stand on VAT levels

22-Dec-2009 - Restaurateur Jamie Barber, owner of the Villandry and Kitchen Italia brands, has called for large restaurant companies to do more to persuade the government to support the industry

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Benares to re-open in January

22-Dec-2009 - Atul Kochhar’s Berkeley Square restaurant Benares will re-open on 18 January 2010 following a fire in the ventilation system in September.

CAMRA to launch legal challenge to OFT

22-Dec-2009 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is calling on consumers to help fund a legal challenge against the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) report that ruled out action against the...

Review of the year 2009: Hotels

22-Dec-2009 - As the year comes to a close we take a look back at the hotel sector's major events of the year

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Industry urged to sign up for Hotelympia 10k

21-Dec-2009 - Members of the industry who are thinking of entering this year's Hotelympia 10k race are being urged to do so before 31 December to avoid the January VAT increase

New chefs for The Fishes and Malbec Petit Bistro

21-Dec-2009 - Tim Luff  joins Peach Pub Group's The Fishes in Oxford as head chef while Malbec Petit Bistro in Stratford-upon-Avon takes on  Phil Gordon as chef to help out in the...

Pre-Christmas trading disappointing for UK hotels

21-Dec-2009 - Hoteliers are being told to ‘take heart’ from strong occupancy levels recorded in London and Edinburgh, as most of the UK experienced difficult trading in the run-up to Christmas

Review of the year 2009: Restaurants

21-Dec-2009 - As the year comes to a close we take a look back at the restaurant sector's major events of the year

Electronic warning sign helps control pub noise levels

21-Dec-2009 - An electronic, noise-activated warning sign has been launched to help pub and restaurant operators keep noise levels within acceptable limits

Mixologist wins chance to open restaurant with Raymond Blanc

18-Dec-2009 - Mixologist JJ Goodman and his friend and business partner James Hopkins are given the chance to open a restaurant with Raymond Blanc after winning the third series of the BBC...

Chef Bruno Loubet to open restaurant at The Zetter Hotel

18-Dec-2009 - Bruno Loubet is to open an 85-cover restaurant at boutique hotel The Zetter in Clerkenwell, in February next year

London tops list of worldwide New Year’s Eve destinations

18-Dec-2009 - London, Edinburgh and Blackpool will be the top UK destinations for Brits on New Year’s Eve, according to research conducted by hotel price comparison site Trivago.co.uk

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Les Routiers Awards winners announced

18-Dec-2009 - Eight hotels, restaurants, pubs and inns have been awarded by guide Les Routiers UK for demonstrating 'quality, value and great hospitality'

Pearls of Wisdom: Henrik Muehle

18-Dec-2009 - Henrik Muehle, managing director of St. James's Hotel and Club in London, shares his thoughts and experiences of working in the hospitality industry

Sherlock Holmes Hotel's free drinks for sleuths ballet dancers at Little Bay

18-Dec-2009 - BigHospitality takes a look at some of the promotions, offers and marketing ideas being run by restaurants across the country

Charlotte’s Place acquires Chiswick Fishworks for second site

18-Dec-2009 - The former Chiswick branch of Fishworks, which went into administration in January this year, has been acquired by Ealing-based Charlotte’s Place for an undisclosed sum

Hallmark adds Elizabeth Hotel Hull to portfolio

18-Dec-2009 - Hallmark Hotels has bought the Elizabeth Hotel in Hull out of administration, growing its portfolio to five

Pub trade should work together, says ALMR

17-Dec-2009 - The pub trade should 'put aside any differences' and work together says the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers

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