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The Art of ITALICUS Aperitivo Challenge opens for entry

The Art of ITALICUS Aperitivo Challenge is back with its fourth edition.

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Four people hospitalised after floor collapses at East London bar

Thirteen people were injured when the mezzanine floor of an East London bar collapsed on Saturday afternoon.

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Hospitality named best industry for women to work in

The accommodation and food services industry is the UK work sector where women are thriving most, according to a study published by Reboot Digital PR Agency.

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Hospitality firms urge VAT freeze as cliff edge nears

More than 250 business leaders from hospitality and leisure have written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging the Government to freeze VAT at 12.5%.

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UK hospitality industry launches £5 million recruitment campaign

Multiple industry bodies have united around Hospitality Rising, a £5 million campaign to tackle the sector’s job crisis.

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Registration for Banks & Facundo Classroom opens

Registration for the Virtual Classroom with Banks Fine Rums & Facundo Rum Collection, hosted by Jim Meehan, co-founder of Banks Rums, and Adolfo Comas, Bacardi Trade Brand Ambassador UK, is now open. 

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Pernod Ricard UK launches US' fastest-growing bourbon

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that it is bringing the super-premium Kentucky whiskey brand Rabbit Hole to the UK, the first European market to launch the brand.

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UKBG names UK rep for World Cocktail Championship

The UK Bartenders Guild has named Matteo Basso of the Malt Lounge & Bar in London the champion of its National Cocktail Competition.

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First look at Mr Lyan's Seed Library

Ryan Chetiyawardana and Alex Lawrence have revealed more details of the new Mr Lyan cocktail bar, Seed Library, which launches in London's Shoreditch in early March. 

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Aubrey London opens at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Aubrey London - a Japanese take on an English pub - opens today at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, with two distinctive bar experiences and accompanying Japanese cuisine.

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Maker’s Mark becomes world’s largest B Corp distillery

Maker’s Mark has become a certified B Corporation Certification becoming the world’s largest distillery, and the first in Kentucky’s, to do so.

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New hotel bar and restaurant opens at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Indian hospitality and hotel brand Taj have launched a new bar and restaurant at the five-star Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences.

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End of Plan B heralds new era, says UKHosptiality

Trade association UKHospitality has welcomed the removal of Plan B guidance, saying the hospitality industry can now fully begin its recovery.

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Class Bar Awards opens for entries

The Class Bar Awards - which aims to recognise the bars and bartenders who set the standard for hospitality and innovation across the UK, returns on Tuesday 24th May in London - is now open for entries. 

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Silverleaf to launch at Liverpool Street hotel

Chris Tanner, Simo of Milroy’s and Liam Broom, former bar manager at Callooh Callay, have announced the opening of a new cocktail bar at Pan Pacific hotel in London.

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St James Bar appoints ex-American Bar man as head bartender

Sofitel London St James has announced the appointment of Angelo Sparvoli, formerly of Kwānt and American Bar, as new Head Bartender of the hotel’s St James Bar.

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Scotland’s hospitality restrictions “indefensible” and “pointless”

Ahead of the First Minister’s briefing tomorrow (Tues 18 Jan), Scotland’s hospitality operators are calling for the Scottish Government to end restrictions, branding them “indefensible” and “pointless”.

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Pernod Ricard UK begins distributing La Hechicera

Pernod Ricard UK has become the new distributor for Colombian rum La Hechicera, after mother company Pernod Ricard acquired a majority stake in the brand for an undisclosed sum in March 2021.

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LCC owner Nightcap announces double-digit growth

Nightcap, the owner of London Cocktail Club among a portfolio of 27 bars, has announced net sales of £15.5m million for the first half of the 2021/2022 financial year, with a net sales increase of 46%.

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Avallen becomes a certified B Corp

Avallen, the Calvados brand founded by Stephanie Jordan and Tim Etherington-Judge, has become a certified B Corporation, a designation for the world’s leading sustainable and ethical companies.

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Bacardi launches non-alcoholic spirit brand Palette

Bacardi has announced the launch of a new non-alcoholic spirit brand created, in collaboration with Amsterdam-based bartenders. 

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Healthy Hospo launches GoFundMe to stave off bankruptcy

Healthy Hospo has launched a GoFundMe, looking to raise £10,000 to continue its work supporting hospitality professionals around the world.

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One in three UK drinkers regularly choosing low or no alcohol drinks

UK drinkers are increasingly choosing low and no alcohol products year-round according to the fourth annual survey into UK drinking habits conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Portman Group.

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BYOC Camden owner opens new Ukraine-inspired bar

Pinch, an eighty-cover cocktail bar has opened in Fitzrovia, London offering a “modern take on Ukrainian vodka infusions”.

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What brands do bars use? DI's Brands Report 2022 launches

Seeking to provide intel on the buying behaviour of the best bars in the world, Drinks International's Annual Brands Report has launched. 

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Sunak's £1bn fund for hospitality "doesn't go far enough"

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced measures to support England’s hospitality sector this festive period as Omicron cases rise.

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UK hospitality businesses set to lose £4 billion this December as customers cancel bookings

The government’s Plan B initiative to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will see hospitality businesses across the UK lose £4 billion of revenue in December alone, a report by UK Hospitality and Croydon Business Improvement District has found.

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Bars, restaurants and pubs could be forced to close in England under Covid Plan D

Hospitality venues could be forced to close again if a rumoured Covid Plan D is implemented to limit the steep increase of cases of the Omicron variant.

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Connaught Bar triumphs again at The World's 50 Best Bars

Connaught Bar from London was named the World’s Best Bar for the second year running in The World’s 50 Best Bars list, which was unveiled at the annual ceremony at Roundhouse in London tonight (December 7).

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Former Savoy man Elon Soddu to open “five-star neighbourhood bar”

Elon Soddu, former head mixologist at The Savoy, will open his debut venue, Amaro, on Wednesday December 8 in Kensington, near Hyde Park.