Tributes paid to Kendal chef Matt Campbell who died in London Marathon

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TRIBUTES have been paid to MasterChef semi-finalist Matt Campbell who collapsed and died during this year's London Marathon. The 29-year-old from Kendal, who worked in Michelin-starred restaurants before becoming a…

Restaurants

Drake & Morgan to open second restaurant in Manchester centre

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DRAKE & Morgan is set to extend its presence in Manchester with the opening of a second site in the city centre this summer. The Anthologist in business development One St Peter's…

Lunya announces birth of new site at Liverpool’s Albert Dock

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LIVERPOOL based Catalan restaurant and deli Lunya has announced the opening of a new site at the Albert Dock this summer. Lunyalita will create 30 new jobs and see investment of £300,000…

MasterChef winner Simon Wood to open his second restaurant in Chester

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MASTERCHEF champion Simon Wood - the North's only winner of the TV competition - has revealed that he will open his second restaurant in Chester. He opened his first site, Wood Manchester,…

Hotels

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Buyer sought for Best Western Plus Samlesbury Hotel in administration

THE Best Western Plus Samlesbury Hotel near Preston has entered administration. “We can confirm that the Best Western Plus Samlesbury hotel, part of Squire Hotels Group, is currently in administration, but continues to trade as usual," said a spokesperson for Best Western GB head office.…

Major refurbishment underway at Suites Hotel & Spa in Knowsley

SUITES Hotel & Spa in Knowsley, Merseyside, is undergoing a major refurbishment. With 40 suites already fully updated, the six-figure investment in the project is scheduled for completion this May. Sales & Marketing Director Lyndsay Stanistreet-Tyer said: “We are delighted to announce the refurbishment of…

Question Time

Simon Shaw talks about his El Gato Negro’s first two successful years

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IT'S two years since tapas restaurant El Gato Negro opened on Manchester's King Street. During that time it has garnered a host of…

Former BBC boss Greg Dyke on his new life as a hotelier

THE second keynote speaker at this year's Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) taking place at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on October 11 and 12…

Pubs & Bars

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Elizabethan inn The Smoker reopens after £750k refurbishment

THE Smoker in Plumley, one of Cheshire's most historic and best-known inns, has reopened following…

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DV8 Designs gives the Victoria Walshaw in Bury a ‘rustic feel’

THE Victoria Walshaw in Bury has been transformed by Cheshire-based architecture and interior design specialists…

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Bowland Beer Hall in Clitheroe wins Camra pub conversion award

THE Bowland Beer Hall in Clitheroe, which lays claim to the longest bar in Britain,…

Business

Catering firm’s turnover spikes on back of Liverpool conferences boom

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NORTH West contract catering firm Carringtons is reaping the benefits of Liverpool's booming conference market.…

Manchester’s Pie & Ale company in administration with 33 job losses

THE company which owns of Pie & Ale and Bakerie restaurants on Lever Street in…

Hickory’s Smokehouse group reports 15% increase in sales

DEEP South style restaurant group Hickory's Smokehouse, founded in Chester by Neil McDonnell eight years…

Tourism

New research shows business tourism is booming in Blackpool

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BLACKPOOL has topped a list of UK destinations which showed the biggest growth in overnight business travel. The resort recorded…

Slump in Isle of Man visitors sparks criticism of tourism chiefs

VISITORS to the Isle of Man slumped last year by nearly 9% according to an official report just released. According…

Rachel McQueen to become new chief executive of Marketing Lancashire

MARKETING Lancashire has announced the appointment of Rachel McQueen as its new chief executive. "Rachel’s leadership qualities and extensive experience…

Suppliers

The three items of equipment you must have for a pizza the action

PIZZA is now the most popular dish purchased in UK restaurants with a market value of £1,271m, according to a report in Infographic…

Blogs

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Five ways to improve the chef experience in your restaurant

The customer experience is a priority for every restaurant.  But as an industry, do we give the same consideration to the chef…

Technology

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Macdonald Manchester pioneers group’s virtual tours of its hotels

THE Macdonald Manchester Hotel has become one of the first hotels in the country to offer prospective guests virtual tours of the…

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