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Earl of Sandwich relaunching at Bluewater

Earl of Sandwich relaunching at Bluewater

By Liam Garrahan

Having closed its only UK branch in March 2014, Earl of Sandwich has announced that it is to be returning to England in Bluewater shopping centre, Essex.

Heston’s dishes blasting into orbit

Heston’s dishes blasting into orbit

By Liam Garrahan

Heston Blumenthal is to create seven dishes for British astronaut, Tim Peake, which will be blasted into space to give him a flavour of home during his six-month mission on the International Space Station.

Taiwanese concept Mr. Bao opening in Peckham

Taiwanese concept Mr. Bao opening in Peckham

By Liam Garrahan

Taiwanese restaurant, Mr. Bao, is set to open its doors Peckham, London, with the aim of ‘breathing new culinary life and much-needed Asian flavours’ into the community.

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ALMR: E-cigarette ban in Wales ‘unhelpful’

By Liam Garrahan

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has accused the Welsh Government of being ‘unhelpful’ after its decision to amend plans for a ban on e-cigarettes in public places, and says that there is no evidence to support the decision.

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The Peninsula London: Planning permission granted

By Liam Garrahan

Joint venture developers, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor) and The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels ltd. (HSH), have been granted planning permission to build The Peninsula London hotel on London’s Hyde Park Corner in central London.

IHG opening Stock Burger Co. in January

IHG opening Stock Burger Co. in January

By Liam Garrahan

Stock Burger Co., a new burger-centric bar and restaurant from hotel group InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is set to open in Brighton on 14 January.

The Red Hotels kitchen team

Shift revamp at Red Hotels to tackle chef crisis

By Liam Garrahan

Chefs at Red Hotels properties in Cornwall are to benefit from new shift patterns which will see them have two days off per week in an attempt to tackle the chef shortage and improve their work/life balance.

JD Wetherspoon admits data breach

JD Wetherspoon admits data breach

By Liam Garrahan

JD Wetherspoon has become the latest hospitality business to admit that some customer and staff data, including credit and debit cards, names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, and dates of birth, has been accessed illegally by a third party.

Pizza Hut launches apprenticeship scheme

Pizza Hut launches apprenticeship scheme

By Liam Garrahan

Pizza Hut, has launched its first apprenticeship scheme which will see the company pledge 1,500 new apprenticeships across all of its restaurants over the next five years.

61% of Brits to dine out on Christmas Day

61% of Brits to dine out on Christmas Day

By Liam Garrahan

Almost two-thirds of the British public have opted to eat out on Christmas day to alleviate the stress of cooking on themselves and their families, according to a report by Bookatable, while the website has seen a 251 per cent increase in Christmas bookings...

ALMR calls for ‘healthy options not harmful taxes’

ALMR calls for ‘healthy options not harmful taxes’

By Liam Garrahan

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has asked the Government to consider the impact of the sugar tax on pubs and bars and that the tax alone is unlikely to tackle issues regarding obesity.

Hospitality Openings: November 2015

Hospitality Openings: November 2015

By Liam Garrahan

BigHospitality monthly round-up of openings includes the highly anticipated German Gymnasium as well as a first solo venture for Jun Tanaka.

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Sugar Tax: Report urges Government to ‘wake up’ and take action

By Liam Garrahan

The Government Health Select Committee has urged MPs to take action and introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks, although it has expressed concerns that the hospitality industry could  ‘absorb’ the tax instead of passing it onto consumers. 

christmas dinner booking

Christmas dinner bookings up 200% since 2012

By Liam Garrahan

Christmas dinner bookings in pubs and restaurants have risen 202 per cent since 2012, according to research by Mitchells & Butlers, the company behind Toby Carvery, Harvesters and Sizzling Pubs.

Permanent site for Lucky Chip Burger & Wine

Permanent site for Lucky Chip Burger & Wine

By Liam Garrahan

London-based pop-up restaurant, Lucky Chip, is set for its first permanent site with the announcement that it will open the 70-cover Lucky Chip Burger & Wine on Dalston’s Ridley Road in January.

People on the Move in Hospitality: November 2015

People on the Move in Hospitality: November 2015

By Liam Garrahan

BigHospitality rounds up a number of appointments across the hospitality sector including the arrival of a management team for Oxford’s first Hilton, The Robert Parker Collection and El Gato Negro.

Good & Proper Tea founder Emilie Holmes is now making her brand a permanent fixture in London

Tea’s time: Good & Proper Tea to open permanent site

By Emma Eversham

Loose leaf tea and crumpet concept Good & Proper Tea is set to open its first permanent site in London’s Shoreditch next week with the hope it will help establish the tea bar on the UK’s high streets.

Giggling Squid speed up expansion plans after investment

Giggling Squid speed up expansion plans after investment

By Mark Wingett

Giggling Squid, the Thai restaurant chain led by Andy Laurillard, is set to accelerate its expansion plans after confirming that the Business Growth Fund (BGF) has taken a significant minority stake in the business and investing £6.4m in the process,...

D&D London opening rooftop restaurant in Leeds

D&D London opening rooftop restaurant in Leeds

By Liam Garrahan

London-based restaurant group, D&D London, is continuing its expansion into the north of England with the announcement of a second opening in Leeds in late 2016.

The Lucky Onion announces 2016 expansion

The Lucky Onion announces 2016 expansion

By Liam Garrahan

The Lucky Onion, a Cotsworld-based collective of hotels and restaurants, has announced that it is to expand its collection in Spring 2016.

People 1st launches new apprenticeship campaign

People 1st launches new apprenticeship campaign

By Liam Garrahan

Workforce development charity, People 1st, has launched a new campaign to help hospitality companies understand and prepare for 2016’s apprenticeship shake-up, while benefiting from greater staff retention and profitability.

Paul adopts Living Wage early

Paul adopts Living Wage early

By Liam Garrahan

French bakery and café brand Paul has increased its staff wages to the National Living Wage ahead of its introduction in April.

Mimosa adding club expansion

Mimosa adding club expansion

By Liam Garrahan

Chelsea-based bar and restaurant Mimosa is set to launch its own club on 3 December with the aim of appealing to the area’s ‘glitterati’. 

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