All news articles for January 2015

A bit on the side: restaurants maximise revenue with innovative add-ons

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A bit on the side: restaurants maximise revenue with innovative add-ons

By Carina Perkins

Soaring costs, changing consumer demands and the rise of the big brands mean independent eateries can’t afford to rest on their laurels. BigHospitality looks at some innovative ways that restaurants are extending their offer to maximise returns and keep...

The BBPA has called for another cut in beer duty to help revive beer sales in pubs

Off-trade beer sales overtake on-trade for first time

By Carina Perkins

Sales of beer in supermarkets and off-licences overtook pub sales for the first time on record last year, according to the latest data from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Porky's outlines 2015 expansion plans

Porky's outlines 2015 expansion plans

By Ruth Williams

Porky’s, the Memphis BBQ restaurant, is rolling out four sites this year as part of its plan to reach 10 over the next two years, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report.

More than a quarter of people said their biggest concern about going away on their own was having to eat on their own

Eating alone is biggest concern for solo travellers

By Emma Eversham

Restaurant staff are being urged to make solo diners feel more comfortable after a survey found that a quarter of British diners feel they receive worse service when dining alone. 

London diners were asked about the factors influencing their restaurant choices

Survey reveals London dining habits

By Carina Perkins

Local sourcing and provenance are more important to Londoners than the reputation of a restaurant’s head chef, according to new research from Camden eatery Gilgamesh.

Freebies can help get people through the door, while loyalty schemes can help you retain customers

Infographic: Adding loyalty to the menu - does it pay off?

By Carina Perkins

Restaurants should offer freebies when they first open to increase footfall and build customer loyalty through reward schemes, according this new infographic from marketing and loyalty platform provider Coniq.

David Carter of Smokestak, the barbecue street food concept currently at The Tasting Room at Broadgate Ice Rink

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David Carter of Smokestak on why he swapped fine dining for barbecue

By Emma Eversham

A former front-of-house manager at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and Roka, Barbudian David Carter turned his back on fine-dining in 2013 to launch barbecue street-food concept Smokestak which is currently in situ at The Tasting Room at Broadgate Ice...

The Bocuse d'Or 2015 in pictures

Bocuse d'Or 2015 in pictures

By Carina Perkins

The UK team took 10th place at the Bocuse d'Or 2015 in Lyon this week, with Norweigan chef Orjan Johannessen from restaurant Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri in Austevoll impressing the jury to win the competition.

The UK hotel industry enjoyed a great year in 2014, with cities like Edinburgh recording strong uplifts in profits

Hotel profits up across UK in 2014

By Carina Perkins

The UK hotel industry had a ‘great year’ in 2014, with strong December performance helping push profits up across London and the provinces, according to the latest UK Chain Hotels Market Review from Hotstats.