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BHA welcomes Government rural broadband investment plan

23-Dec-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will invest in broadband technologies in rural areas.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from BigHospitality

23-Dec-2016 - That’s all from us for 2016! BigHospitality would like to wish its readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you all for your support over...

EasyHotel to open in Leeds

23-Dec-2016 - ‘Super-budget’ hotel brand EasyHotel has revealed plans to open a £5m site in Leeds.

MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean on winning 2016

23-Dec-2016 - The MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 winner, Gary Maclean, was crowned victorious last night. We spoke to the Glasgow-based chef-lecturer (and husband, and father-of-six) the morning after to talk winning, culinary...

Contactless spending rises in restaurants and bars

23-Dec-2016 - Contactless spending in restaurants rose 62 per cent in the past year, according to the latest data from Barclaycard.

People On The Move In Hospitality: December 2016

22-Dec-2016 - In the last gallery of 2016, we look at some of the stellar individuals making moves, including at Leon, Grace Hotels, the Boparan Restaurant Group and D&D London. 

Simpsons announces L’Enclume as latest guest chef collaboration

22-Dec-2016 - Simpsons – the Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms owned by chef-restaurateur Andreas Antona, with chef director Luke Tipping – has announced Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume as its first guest dinner for 2017.

Manorview Hotels buys ninth site

22-Dec-2016 - Manorview Hotels and Leisure Group has bought its ninth property, The Star & Garter in West Lothian.

Accor to focus on Mercure expansion in 2017

22-Dec-2016 - AccorHotels is to focus on expanding its four-star Mercure brand across the UK in 2017 after making a string of acquisitions in the past year.

BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner to be announced tonight

22-Dec-2016 - The final of this year’s BBC MasterChef: The Professionals TV show is to conclude this evening, with one of the three finalist chefs to be crowned 2016 victor.

Kerridge, McHale, and banning tipping: The top 5 hospitality interviews of 2016

22-Dec-2016 - It's been a bumper year for interviews, as we chatted to some of the world's finest chefs, innovative restaurant owners, and most impressive hoteliers. Here's our pick of the top...

From frogs to oysters: The top 5 hospitality videos of 2016

21-Dec-2016 - From chefs’ best career advice to the re-invention of oysters, we had the honour of filming some truly great professionals this year. With so many innovative concepts and brilliant insights...

Hoteliers urged to tap into ‘micro-stay’ market to stay ahead

21-Dec-2016 - Hoteliers are advised to tap into the ‘micro-stay’ market and open their hotel rooms up for as little time as three hours, to boost occupancy and compete for business from...

Hospitality industry backs proof of age scheme

21-Dec-2016 - Hospitality trade bodies are backing a Government scheme to encourage young people to stop using passports as proof of age on nights out.

Macdonald Hotels cuts debt by half a billion pounds

21-Dec-2016 - Independent hotel group Macdonald Hotels saw turnover rise five per cent to £163m in the year to 31 March, with operating profits of £17.7m 

Hospitality urged to put safety first at fireworks shows this New Year’s Eve

21-Dec-2016 - Hospitality businesses have been advised to follow strict safety guidelines this New Year’s Eve when inviting the public to any fireworks displays or events.

Hilton to open hotel at Doncaster racecourse

21-Dec-2016 - Hilton is to open its first hotel in Doncaster at the town’s historic racecourse.

UK on brink of 'new wave' casual dining boom

20-Dec-2016 - The number of restaurants in the UK has risen rapidly in the past five years, but pubs and bars are continuing to close, according to a report by the Association...

Matt Gillan reveals details of debut Brighton restaurant

20-Dec-2016 - Chef Matt Gillan has revealed further details of his debut Brighton restaurant ahead of its opening next year.

UK diners look to set menus and vouchers to get best value, says poll

20-Dec-2016 - Eating out in the UK is on the rise, with diners looking to set menus, vouchers, and promotions to achieve best value for money, according to new research.

Encant’s Victor Garvey reveals more on second restaurant Rambla

20-Dec-2016 - Victor Garvey, chef-patron of London Spanish-style restaurant Encant (previously known as Duende), has revealed more details about his second solo site, Rambla, in Soho in 2017.

The biggest issues in hospitality in 2016

20-Dec-2016 - The hospitality and tourism industry faced numerous challenges in 2016, from the ongoing tussle with Airbnb to the rise of plant-based dining.

Master Innholders seek new members

20-Dec-2016 - The UK’s top hoteliers are being invited to apply to join the Master Innholders in 2017.

Loungers bought by Lion Capital in £137m deal ahead of further expansion

20-Dec-2016 - Loungers, the 94-site casual dining group of brands Lounges and Cosy Club, has been acquired in a majority stake deal by Lion Capital, in a £137m deal. 

Real Junk Food Manchester launches crowdfunding campaign

19-Dec-2016 - A food waste cafe headed up by a former Fat Duck chef has launched a crowdfunding campaign to open its first semi-permanent restaurant in Manchester.

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