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Former Caledonian Brewing director Martin Kellaway and former Tetley head brewer Ian Smith have teamed up to open their own brewery – the WharfeBank Brewery.

According to the M&C Report, the Orchid Group has revealed ambitions to reach an estate of 500 pubs and plans to double its Bar Room Bar portfolio.

The first sites of the proposed 60-strong pub restaurant expansion by Whitbread have been unveiled. The company will be opening two new-build Table Table restaurants in Barnsley and York in April.

The Donnington Brewery in Stow-on-the-Wold has been named the UK’s “Brewery of the Year” by the 2010 edition of the Good Pub Guide.

Jamie Oliver has announced that he is to expand his high street restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian with a new outlet planned for Bristol in 2011.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Sky is said to want to link up with the BBC and ITV to offer the World Cup in 3D.

Abode Hotels, the firm founded by Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines and greetings card entrepreneur Andrew Brownsword, is to double its property portfolio according to a report on

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts have announced the opening of a new 120-bedroom hotel in Windsor on the site of the former Caley’s department store.

and finally…a Liverpool pub that has an original Banksy mural on its outer wall (a 30-foot gun-toting rat) has sold at auction for £34,000 above the guide price of £114,000

Site of the week

The popularity of steaks continues – and one of the groups leading the the charge is a concept called Cote.

French in style, venues have a feeling of quality and deliver great value for money. They have one a number of awards – go and eat in one and you can see why!

Have been to one? – let me know what you think on my blog or face book pages on our website


Following a career with Scottish & Newcastle, Slug & Lettuce and the Spirit group Paul formed Magnify marketing in 2005. Its aim to be a leading customer communications agency for the leisure and hospitality industry. Magnify Marketing has grown supporting large national organisations as well as leading edge independents. Proud of our team and work we always look to add value at every turn and be fun to work with..... as life is too short to be miserable!

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