All news articles for December 2009

Fire & Stone wants to expand outside London

New sites for Fire & Stone

By Stefan Chomka

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

One of the new dishes: Chicken Arrabiata with Penne Pasta

3G adds Italian dishes to main course range

By Emma Eversham

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 establishments'

Review of the year 2009: Pubs

Review of the year 2009: Pubs

By Becky Paskin & Emma Eversham

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 a close take a look back with BigHospitality at the major events of this year

The Chocolate Festival 2009

The Chocolate Festival 2009

By Becky Paskin

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 menus with chocolate

Atul Kochhar's restaurant will re-open following work to repair fire damage

Benares to re-open in January

By Stefan Chomka

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

CAMRA's Jonathan Mail holds a copy of the legal appeal

CAMRA to launch legal challenge to OFT

By Gemma McKenna

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 beer tie.

The Hotelympia 10k race in 2008

Industry urged to sign up for Hotelympia 10k

By Emma Eversham

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

Tim Luff joins The Fishes in Oxfordshire as head chef

New chefs for The Fishes and Malbec Petit Bistro

By Emma Eversham

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 restaurant's busy kitchen

2009 has been a difficult year for the hotel industry

Pre-Christmas trading disappointing for UK hotels

By Becky Paskin

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