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Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from the BigHospitality team

21-Dec-2012 - With 2012 drawing to a close, BigHospitality would like to take this chance to thank all our readers for your continued support this year and to wish you all a...

Cooking the books: The dynamics and economics of the cookbook world for restaurants

21-Dec-2012 - Chefs are understandably keen to show off their food in print, but do they know how to secure a publishing deal? Following on from the news The British Larder is...

Top 10 most-read BigHospitality stories of 2012

21-Dec-2012 - What were this year's hot topics in hospitality? Find out what made the BigHospitality top 10 most-read stories of 2012 in this photo gallery.

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Anna Hansen named Harrods 'Chef of the Season' for spring 2013

21-Dec-2012 - For three months The Modern Pantry will be selling a range of takeaway meals, condiments, spices and pantry goods in legendary department store Harrods as chef Anna Hansen is named...

Poor performance across the board in November for London hotels

21-Dec-2012 - Hotels in London suffered a drop in occupancy, average room rate and revenue per available room (RevPAR) last month as November served up the second worst profit decline of the...

BigHospitality's 2012 look-back: Ping-pong and Hotel GB

21-Dec-2012 - The fifth and final part of our 2012 look-back featuring our top 10 most-read stories of the year investigates the impact the Channel 4 show Hotel GB had on the...

Tork creates hygiene training packs for hospitality businesses

21-Dec-2012 - Tork, a brand of Sweden-based tissue manufacturer SCA, has launched two training packs for caterers to download to help them train staff on important aspects of food hygiene.

The British Larder book shortlisted for Gourmand World Cookbook award

21-Dec-2012 - Less than a month following publication and just a couple of weeks after it was named the best cookbook by a UK female chef, The British Larder by Madalene Bonvini-Hamel has been...

Malaysian ex-rockstar 'launches' Penang! restaurant at Westfield London

21-Dec-2012 - Malaysian street food-inspired restaurant Penang! has launched at Westfield London with a concept driven by a fictional character named Mr Zuhri - a Malaysian ex-rockstar.

Hospitality businesses prepare to take advantage of £2.1bn Christmas domestic tourism spend

21-Dec-2012 - New figures released by VisitEngland show 12 million Brits, nearly a quarter of the adult population, are preparing to take a Christmas or New Year break in the UK -...

Russell Norman: Pearls of Wisdom

21-Dec-2012 - The former ops director of Caprice Holdings turned London restaurateur recently opened a third Polpo, his take on a Venetian bàcaro. Plans are under way for three central London sites, in Soho,...

Top five BigHospitality audio of 2012

20-Dec-2012 - From TV programmes showcasing the hospitality sector featuring Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay to an investigation of restaurant no-shows; our top five list of the most-listened-to audio of 2012...

Mews of Mayfair relaunches restaurant as British brasserie

20-Dec-2012 - Lounge and cocktail bar Mews of Mayfair has reopened its brasserie restaurant with a British theme following a full refurb and menu redesign ahead of a formal launch early next...

News in brief

Caterers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales asked to give views on Food Information

20-Dec-2012 - Caterers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are being asked to give their views on new regulations regarding how food information should be presented to the public. 

BigHospitality's 2012 look-back: The rise of Asian dining and the Michelin Guide 2013

20-Dec-2012 - As we move up our most-read list of stories on BigHospitality during 2012 to the top three and four articles of the year, we discuss the topics they approach, namely...

Roomzzz reveals plans to expand business to Liverpool and Chester

20-Dec-2012 - Roomzzz, the Yorkshire-based business which now operates five so-called 'aparthotels' across the UK, has announced it plans to open at least two further venues next year in Liverpool and Chester. ...

Damson restaurateur partners with Salford City College to create MediaCityUK hospitality training centre

20-Dec-2012 - Steve Pilling, co-owner at Stockport restaurant Damson, has gone into partnership with Salford City College to help set up a new hospitality and catering training centre which will be based...

Taywell Ice Creams launches Asian-inspired range of ices and sorbets

20-Dec-2012 - Artisan ice cream maker Taywell has launched a unique range of Asian-inspired ice creams and sorbets, including Thai tea sorbet, vanilla Pandan and lemongrass and chilli flavours, which are now...

Top five BigHospitality videos of 2012

19-Dec-2012 - As another busy year in hospitality draws to a close, BigHospitality is revealing the top five most-watched videos of 2012 - it was the biggest year yet for video on...

Aloft Hotels and London's Corinthia Hotel scoop top hotel marketing awards

19-Dec-2012 - The Hotel Marketing Association (HMA) has revealed the winners of its annual marketing awards and the recipient of its prestigious Young Marketer of the Year accolade with Aloft Hotels, Hilton...

Clancy brothers to convert Shoreditch railway arches into British restaurant

19-Dec-2012 - Brothers Danny and Kieran Clancy have unveiled plans to convert three railway arches next to Hoxton station in Shoreditch into a British restaurant and bar next year. 

Marshall & Stewart introduces luxury bed range designed specifically for hotels

19-Dec-2012 - Luxury handcrafted bed manufacturer Marshall & Stewart has introduced a range of three beds designed specifically for hotels to fit within hotelier's design budgets.

BigHospitality's 2012 look-back: Catering for diners with special dietary needs and the London 2012 Olympics

19-Dec-2012 - The third instalment of our 2012 look-back feature sees us take a closer look at two big stories from the year, including one about the impact of the London 2012...

News in brief

British tourist destinations should be exempt from EU red tape, argues former Tourism Minister

19-Dec-2012 - John Penrose MP, the former Tourism Minister, is calling on the Government to put pressure on the EU and ensure British tourist destinations are exempt from marketing red tape when...

Hospitality operators warned to prepare for food inflation surge in 2013

19-Dec-2012 - Food prices are set to soar next year and chefs and hospitality operators need to prepare for the impact on their businesses of a surge in food inflation, according to...

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