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Career Profile: Peter Borg-Neal

23-Dec-2011 - Gastropub entrepreneur Peter Borg-Neal is the brains behind the six-strong Oakman Inns & Restaurants, which was last month nominated for Best Pub Company at Restaurant magazine's R200 Awards . Having started...

Wadworth launches 2.8% beer for January 'squeeze'

23-Dec-2011 - Wiltshire brewer Wadworth has created a 2.8% ABV beer for the January 'squeeze', designed for when consumers traditionally cut back on the calories they consume and their spending.

Hotel performance flat in November amid economic downturn

23-Dec-2011 - London hotel occupancy fell by nearly 2 per cent in November although the average daily room rate did see an increase, according to data released from hotel consultancy PKF which...

New hospitality apprenticeship scheme from De Vere Academy

23-Dec-2011 - Young people looking to build a career in restaurants, hotels and pubs and bars will be able to get access to a new apprenticeship scheme from 1 February 2012, The...

Living Ventures to open seven sites in 2012 and roll out new Oast House concept

23-Dec-2011 - Restaurant and bar operator Living Ventures is planning to invest £8m in the opening of seven new sites next year as well as roll out a new pub concept called...

Bird boxes at Premier Inn and cooking for friends at Rhubarb's The Gallery Mess

23-Dec-2011 - Restaurants and hotels, including Premier Inn, Park Plaza County Hall and The Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery, tell BigHospitality about special events and promotions they're running to attract more...

Chefs get more creative with Christmas menus this year as cost of ingredients rises 7%

22-Dec-2011 - Many chefs are being forced to be more creative with Christmas menus to remain profitable this year as the latest food price index shows that the ingredients used in a...

Hotel boards of directors need more women, says executive search firm

22-Dec-2011 - Women still account for less than a third of seats on hotel boards of directors of the top publicly quoted groups, according to the latest HVS Executive Search European Hotel...

HVS managing director wins top hospitality lifetime achievement award

22-Dec-2011 - The managing director of hotel consultancy HVS London, Russell Kett, has won a lifetime acheivement award from the Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management and IT (HOSPA) in honour...

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TV football in pubs: High Court date set

22-Dec-2011 - Karen Murphy, the Hampshire pub landlady who won a European court battle for the right to show foreign TV coverage of live football matches using a decoder, has received a...

Looking back at 2011: The 10 most-read stories in hospitality

22-Dec-2011 - What were the hottest topics in the hospitality industry in 2011? We've taken a look back through our news list and dug out the top 10 most read stories on...

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14-year-old London riots Ledbury thief pleads guilty

21-Dec-2011 - A 14-year-old boy who robbed diners in the two Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury during the London riots has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder and robbery.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower executive scoops HMA Young Marketer of the Year award

21-Dec-2011 - The Hotel Marketing Association (HMA) has named its Young Marketer of the Year as Sarah Tobler from The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London. Hotel marketing campaigns by De Vere...

Decline in pub drinking drives beer sales down

21-Dec-2011 - A decline in the number of people drinking in pubs has led to beer sales dropping by £2.2m this year, according to new data released by Mintel, although sales in...

Indian restaurateur wins 'copycat' court case against rival restaurant

21-Dec-2011 - The owners of an Indian takeaway in Rochester have been forced by the High Court to pay damages of £50k to Jamal Ahmed, chef and owner of Shozna restaurant, after...

Tortilla Mexican restaurant chain plans to open sites outside London

21-Dec-2011 - Tortilla, the fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain founded by Brandon Stephens, could open up to 25 sites both in and outside London in the next two years after receiving funding help...

Von Essen's Callow Hall bought out of administration

21-Dec-2011 - Former Von Essen hotel Callow Hall in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, has been bought out of administration by an unnamed private buyer for around £2.25m.

Antonin Bonnet leaves The Greenhouse: Arnaud Bignon announced as replacement

21-Dec-2011 - Antonin Bonnet, executive chef at Mayfair's French restaurant The Greenhouse, is to leave his position of six years to pursue other opportunities in 2012, the restaurant's owner MARC Restaurants announced today.

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Olympics style customer service training for thousands of hospitality staff in Northern Ireland

21-Dec-2011 - Hospitality and tourism staff in Northern Ireland are set to receive WorldHost customer service training ahead of key events in the next two years including the Titanic Centenary and Derry-Londonderry’s...

LPV International adds single estate Chinese teas to LuLin range

21-Dec-2011 - Tea trader LPV International has added three 'single estate' Chinese teas to its loose leaf range for the hotel, restaurant and pub sectors.

BigHospitality's Top 5 audio of 2011

21-Dec-2011 - Some of hospitality's biggest names have talked to BigHospitality in 2011 about the key issues facing restaurants, hotels and pubs and bars. As the year draws to a close we...

Hospitality management careers rewarded as IoH ‘Aspiring Managers’ are announced

20-Dec-2011 - Hotel and restaurant staff were among the winners as the London branch of the Institute of Hospitality awarded the achievements and career development of nine hospitality managers, some of whom...

Admiral Taverns continues to sell pubs as group releases financial results

20-Dec-2011 - Executive chairman Jonathan Paveley revealed reducing the Admiral Taverns estate to a 'quality core' and becoming the UK leading operator of community pubs was the priority for the group who...

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San Carlo Group’s John Thompson awarded Maitrise Escoffier

20-Dec-2011 - John Thompson, executive chef at San Carlo Group restaurants has been awarded the Maitrise Escoffier by the Conseil Culinaire Francais de Grande Bretagne.

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