Northern stars shine at Northern Restaurant & Bar

Twelve of the North’s most talented chefs, including Mark Birchall, Michael Wignall, Mary Ellen McTague, Shaun Rankin & Tom Parker, with a sprinkling of Michelin stars, prepare their signature dishes and share their own secrets and tips to take back to your kitchen in Chef Live at NRB19.

 Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019, the North’s hospitality trade exhibition, is delighted to announce the line-up for the Chef Live theatre which includes award-winning names plus a sprinkling of Michelin stars from chefs including Tom Parker and Mark Birchall, and also rising stars such as Anton Piotrowski and Josh Overington.

Asda extends an invite to enjoy plenty of Bloody Marys – but there’s a string attached

The UK’s biggest-ever brunch is set to take place next month – and one of the country’s biggest grocers is calling for people to sign up, take part and help put a key issue for women firmly on the table.

Backed by Asda and hosted by their Hey Girls period product range (a buy-one-give-one social enterprise)  the Bloody Big Brunch is being held on Sunday 3rd March in a bid to end period poverty for good.

OpenTable turns the tables on no-shows

  • A third of restaurant diners admit they have failed to show for a reservation at some point in their life
  • OpenTable data reveals more no-shows occur from phone bookings (4.6%) than online (4.4%)
  • London, Manchester and Leeds are the UK cities where diners admit to the most no-shows
  • OpenTable launches new Book Responsibly campaign to educate diners and make them think before no-showing for a reservation

Over a third (33.7%) of UK diners reveal they’ve failed to turn up to their table booking without informing the restaurant at some point in their life. However, data from OpenTable finds that restaurant goers are less likely to no-show if they have made an online reservation. In 2018 only 4.4%* of online bookings through OpenTable in the UK resulted in a no-show, compared to 4.6%* of phone reservations.


Mamounia Lounge (, the Middle Eastern restaurant, cocktail bar and subterranean late-night den in the heart of Mayfair on Curzon Street, has unveiled its new event package, which is available for corporate and private hire. 


Victory House – MGallery by Sofitel is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the West-End, overlooking London’s iconic Leicester Square.

M Restaurants introduces a new fixed ‘Starting Wage’ and calls on the hospitality industry to follow suit

The group will now pay all employees a minimum wage of £10 an hour

M Restaurants have announced that from 1st March 2019 they will introduce a Starting Wage for all employees at £10 per hour.  This is £1.79 higher than the national minimum wage, coming in at £8.21 an hour for those 25-years-old and over.

The Top 6 Restaurant Trends to Watch Out For This Spring

Having been working with clients in the hospitality sector for 18 years, hospitality marketing communications is my agency’s, Big Cat’s, bread and butter. The diversity of the sector keeps it so exciting and the ever-changing food trends, changes in health and nutrition and new products and concepts mean that restauranteurs and those working in hospitality need to make sure they are one step ahead and keeping their finger on the pulse for what’s emerging and attracting customers.

Here’s a list of six food and drink trends to look out for this Spring!

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa’s Employee of the Year awarded luxurious holiday abroad

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa has announced Kelly Whitby, Bar Waitress as Employee of the Year 2018. The prestigious accolade recognises Kelly’s provision of consistently exceptional service to Hotel guests. To help Kelly celebrate, Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa has awarded her a luxurious holiday for herself and a guest to a European destination of her choice including transportation.

Assembly Hotels Group’s Bed for a Bed Initiative

Assembly Hotels Group is a young, fun and imaginative hospitality operator; serious about creating cutting edge living, stay and entertainment spaces.

With a growing hotel portfolio that currently consists of Victory House – MGallery by Sofitel, Hotel Indigo – 1 Leicester Square and Assembly London, the group look forward to welcoming new hotel properties to the family later this year.

Hosting a memorable networking event

You may think that having 500+ connections on LinkedIn is impressive, but there’s nothing more worthwhile than meeting someone face-to-face, talking about your career and discussing what the future holds for both yourself and your industry. 

Having an established brand that people recognise and being an active social media presence is essential, no matter what sector you’re operating in. But, we’re often blinded by how many connections and followers we have and therefore lack healthy, positive and truthful engagement.