Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

  • SOS goes out from community business as fundraisers at cafe become stranded in Europe

    SOS goes out from community business as fundraisers at cafe become stranded in Europe

    22-10-2020

      Staff and friends from a Gloucester café and community business who set out for Tanzania by bicycle are stranded on the continent and need your help to get to safety.  Bef...

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  • Revealing the ultimate super-safe social distancing choice for diners - the one-metre pizza

    Revealing the ultimate super-safe social distancing choice for diners - the one-metre pizza

    22-10-2020

    A Cotswolds pizzeria pop-up owned and operated by the Relish Group, has an ingenious new offering which guarantees dinner dates keep the required socially safe one-metre distance.  Pizzeri...

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  • £8.9m cash flows in to make Stonehouse and Stroud canal towns again after a 70 year break

    £8.9m cash flows in to make Stonehouse and Stroud canal towns again after a 70 year break

    20-10-2020

    Stroud and Stonehouse are set to become canal towns once againfollowing a £8.9 million grant to the Cotswold Canals Connected Project – expected to boost the economy by £5.5 millio...

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  • £349,500 will be used to create theatre for the people - and keep a Cotswold cultural venue alive

    £349,500 will be used to create theatre for the people - and keep a Cotswold cultural venue alive

    14-10-2020

    As we revealed yesterday (October 13), the Arts Council has announced it is to give £4 million to Gloucester organisations – and one of those businesses are beginning to celebrate. ...

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  • Much-loved cinema to re-open – despite facing £60,000 losses

    Much-loved cinema to re-open – despite facing £60,000 losses

    09-10-2020

    Earlier this week we reported how a privately run Gloucester cinema had won just shy of £9,000 from Government to help it through the pandemic.   It was widely hailed as good news, b...

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  • "Hamstrung by governmental ineptitude, confusing and ridiculous 'guidelines'" - Cancel The Curfew

    07-10-2020

    If the Government thought it was under enough pressure already to re-think the 10pm curfew for bars, restaurants and pubs, more is coming its way from Gloucestershire.  A rallying call has...

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  • Just the ticket: Independent cinema gets clip from £1.57blln Culture Recovery Fund cash

    Just the ticket: Independent cinema gets clip from £1.57blln Culture Recovery Fund cash

    05-10-2020

    As Cineworld announces plans to close its 128 UK cinemas putting 5,500 jobs at risk there was good news for one of Gloucestershire’s independents.  Sherborne Cinema in Kingsholm...

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  • Landmark Cheltenham buildings will run blood red tonight - in support of the events industry

    Landmark Cheltenham buildings will run blood red tonight - in support of the events industry

    30-09-2020

    You would expect nothing less than a show from an industry whose income depends on its ability to stage events – but tonight it hopes a world-wide spectacle will send a serious message to Gove...

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  • Warning – this article may make you very hungry: Cotswolds venues fly the flag for British Food Fortnight

    Warning – this article may make you very hungry: Cotswolds venues fly the flag for British Food Fortnight

    30-09-2020

    Despite a miserly economic climate for those in the sector Cotswolds businesses in the hospitality sector are determined to support their own.   And while it lasts, British Food Fortnight ...

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  • Hot deal: Sale of well-known Cheltenham restaurant agreed

    Hot deal: Sale of well-known Cheltenham restaurant agreed

    29-09-2020

    The owner of Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar has sold his sister restaurant East India Cafe to renowned Cheltenham restauranteur Mohammed Rahman.   East India Cafe was opened in November 2014 by Litu...

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  • Defiant hospitality trade saddles up for the fight of its life – and appeals to customers to keep coming

    Defiant hospitality trade saddles up for the fight of its life – and appeals to customers to keep coming

    25-09-2020

    Gloucestershire’s hospitality trade has a message – it is positive, it is open, it is in the fight of its life and if the words ‘we are all in it together’ ever meant anyth...

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  • Cheltenham will sparkle this Christmas – just without its festive market

    Cheltenham will sparkle this Christmas – just without its festive market

    18-09-2020

    It comes as no surprise, but not without disappointment, that Cheltenham’s Christmas Market has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Organisers behind the pop...

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  • Turn again Dick Whittington: Centuries old Gloucester pub will open its doors again

    Turn again Dick Whittington: Centuries old Gloucester pub will open its doors again

    17-09-2020

    Rumours of its departure from the treasure trove of historic Gloucester pubs forever are as tall as the tale told of its namesake, it appears.  As with all great myths, there is an element...

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  • Powerful new hospitality trade group set to serve Cheltenham businesses

    Powerful new hospitality trade group set to serve Cheltenham businesses

    16-09-2020

    That ever so enticing concentration of independent restaurants, B&Bs and hotels - key ingredient to Cheltenham’s appeal and success - are about to officially become a potent new collective...

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  • Cheltenham prepares to aim for the stars - and take the county with it

    Cheltenham prepares to aim for the stars - and take the county with it

    14-09-2020

    “We are not building from a standing start here. We are propelling something that is already growing. It is hugely exciting for Cheltenham,” said David Jackson.   That is a dir...

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  • Quays' architect has designs on attracting investment and opportunity to Gloucestershire

    Quays' architect has designs on attracting investment and opportunity to Gloucestershire

    14-09-2020

    Chris Ryder has been named as the new Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gloucestershire chair elect to represent the county’s businesses.  Mr Ryder, whose day job is ...

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  • Think Gloucestershire: To do that you need to learn more about it - and today’s your big chance

    Think Gloucestershire: To do that you need to learn more about it - and today’s your big chance

    12-09-2020

    As the GFirst LEP campaign continues to run county-wide and on their very website - encouraging us all to ‘Think Gloucester’ - today is a day like no other for you to do just that. ...

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  • On the eve of launching The Raikes Journal, we get a call.... from Mrs Raikes

    On the eve of launching The Raikes Journal, we get a call.... from Mrs Raikes

    12-09-2020

    On the eve of us launching The Raikes Journal we received a surprising message about the name we had chosen to use, and because today there is a Robert Raikes tour through Gloucester we decided to s...

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  • Brewery leads the way through the pandemic – as it 'moves boldly forward into uncertainty’

    Brewery leads the way through the pandemic – as it 'moves boldly forward into uncertainty’

    04-09-2020

    If you need evidence of the impact of lockdown on business look at Stroud Brewery – which lost 70 per cent of its trade overnight. And if ever you needed evidence some businesses will just not...

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  • Your ultimate staycation: Historic Cotswold hotel for sale at £6.5m

    Your ultimate staycation: Historic Cotswold hotel for sale at £6.5m

    27-08-2020

    If you are the kind of person unable to resist the thought of owning a historic property once part of the estate of one of England’s most famous kings, then just take a moment.  Ther...

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  • A portrait of the artist as a young man – the rise of a culinary star

    A portrait of the artist as a young man – the rise of a culinary star

    13-08-2020

    Every generation someone comes along who breaks the mould in their chosen field – makes the uncool cool and re-writes the rule book.  Gloucestershire could well be witnessing the bir...

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  • £10 million pot will be vital for Gloucestershire’s tourism sector

    £10 million pot will be vital for Gloucestershire’s tourism sector

    12-08-2020

    Work is ongoing to open access to a £10 million pot of money said to be vital for many in Gloucestershire tourism industry.  With lockdown putting their businesses on ice for a key t...

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  • 20 Questions: The couple behind that purveyor of tasty Italian-inspired treats, Non Solo Pasta, take on The Raikes Journal’s 20 Questions

    20 Questions: The couple behind that purveyor of tasty Italian-inspired treats, Non Solo Pasta, take on The Raikes Journal’s 20 Questions

    01-08-2020

    It is clear that if they had to choose the loves of their life it would be family and their native Italy, but a close second is the charm and people of the Cotswolds.  They seemed to come ...

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  • One of the Cotswold’s favourite pubs has reopened

    One of the Cotswold’s favourite pubs has reopened

    25-07-2020

    The Bathurst Arms has reopened its doors under an award-winning new management team and company.  Jordan Pelly, 27, the new general manager, promises a first for the area, a near all organ...

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  • So you want an economic recovery plan? This Gloucestershire market town could have just that

    So you want an economic recovery plan? This Gloucestershire market town could have just that

    24-07-2020

    On the day that compulsory face coverings in shops reminds us how long the shadow of covid-19 falls, the article below is a boon against negativity and points at a roadmap for others to follow. ...

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  • Holiday business plans would provide a

    Holiday business plans would provide a "vital boost to the local and regional economy" post covid

    23-07-2020

    Ambitious plans sitting with a Gloucestershire local authority awaiting a rubber stamp of approval would deliver a “vital boost to the local and regional economy”.  These are t...

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  • Pubs and clubs in Gloucestershire keep pressure on Downing Street

    Pubs and clubs in Gloucestershire keep pressure on Downing Street

    14-07-2020

    It was the first reaction from many in the licencing trade when the Chancellor finishes his statement last week – where is the VAT cut for those who make their living selling alcohol?  ...

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  • Cotswold hospitality businesses don’t like everything on Chancellor’s menu of measures

    Cotswold hospitality businesses don’t like everything on Chancellor’s menu of measures

    13-07-2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s promise of money-off vouchers for restaurant bills in August and VAT cuts from 20 per cent to five have been will not help some hard-hit businesses.  That is...

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  • Meet Mr Wright at top Cotswold hotel

    Meet Mr Wright at top Cotswold hotel

    10-07-2020

    Chris Wright, formerly of The Bell at Sapperton and The Five Alls, Filkins, near Lechlade, has taken a managerial role at one of Cirencester’s top hotels.  Mr Wright, 40, has enjoyed...

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  • Landlord sounds note of caution for us all on pub re-openings

    Landlord sounds note of caution for us all on pub re-openings

    29-06-2020

    As a nation rejoiced at news pubs and bars can re-open from July 4 a landlord from Gloucester’s decision not to heed the call should be a warning to us all.  Mike Hall, landlord of t...

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  • Some of the Cotswolds’ finest pubs reveal plans to open come July 4

    Some of the Cotswolds’ finest pubs reveal plans to open come July 4

    26-06-2020

    After 15 weeks in hibernation Cotswold pubs, two of which have walked off with top awards for their food and beverages on the eve of lockdown, have revealed plans to reopen.  The Swan at S...

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  • Date for pop-up Asian takeaway revealed for Cirencester

    Date for pop-up Asian takeaway revealed for Cirencester

    26-06-2020

    Renowned chef and culinary presenter, Pamela Chen, will kick start a series of pop-up takeaway events at one of Cirencester’s most popular bar and restaurants Somewhere Else – start...

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  • Gloucester sporting giant joins forces with Rugby Australia

    Gloucester sporting giant joins forces with Rugby Australia

    25-06-2020

    Rugby Australia has appointed Sports Travel & Hospitality Group (STH) as its exclusive travel provider, which sees the creation of new brand, Wallabies Travel.  The six-year agreement,...

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  • Pub openings is great news - but first order of the day remains safety says BIDs

    Pub openings is great news - but first order of the day remains safety says BIDs

    24-06-2020

    Boris Johnson’s news that pubs could reopen on July 4 as the lockdown is eased further has been greeted with cautious optimism by the influential Gloucestershire BID business groups.  ...

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  • Clever measures help Gloucester’s nightlife prepare for the 4th July

    Clever measures help Gloucester’s nightlife prepare for the 4th July

    23-06-2020

    After months of lockdown which shut down Gloucester’s night-time economy faster than prohibition, and which has threatened thousands of jobs county-wide, hopes are the Prime Minister has somet...

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  • Gloucester unites to call on Government to help save hospitality sector as we know it

    Gloucester unites to call on Government to help save hospitality sector as we know it

    15-06-2020

    Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel and Alok Sharman should by now have received a frank letter from a united Gloucester city centre calling for vital decisions to be made to save its hospitalit...

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  • How do you restart a sector worth £1.4blln to the Gloucestershire economy?

    How do you restart a sector worth £1.4blln to the Gloucestershire economy?

    03-06-2020

    Before Britain became embroiled in the pandemic Gloucestershire’s visitor and leisure economy was worth £1.4 billion to the county, according to figure to the end of 2019. Possibly more s...

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  • Boutique gin distillery bubbling away nicely – despite pandemic

    Boutique gin distillery bubbling away nicely – despite pandemic

    03-06-2020

    A Gloucestershire gems of the world of distilling fine spirits had all the ducks lined up nicely for an expansion – and then came covid-19.  Bottles of the juniper-berry-flavoured el...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 17. Greg Pilley. Adapting to survive - An independent brewer's tale

    Trading Through Coronavirus 17. Greg Pilley. Adapting to survive - An independent brewer's tale

    03-05-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Greg Pilley, managing director of Stroud Brewery, about meeting the challenges facing independent breweries who have seen sales slump du...

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  • County firms emerge as key players in Cheltenham hotel sale

    County firms emerge as key players in Cheltenham hotel sale

    30-04-2020

    Chris and Julie Taylor, the former shareholders and owners of The Clarence Court Hotel, have sold the business for an undisclosed sum.  Making the deal possible was one of the spa town&rsq...

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  • Plans for Olympic standard climbing centre left hanging by coronavirus

    Plans for Olympic standard climbing centre left hanging by coronavirus

    28-04-2020

    Plans for a new Olympic standard climbing and high ropes centre between Gloucester and Cheltenham are in among those in a holding position due to the coronavirus pandemic.  How precarious ...

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  • Hotel power list features Gloucestershire business talent

    Hotel power list features Gloucestershire business talent

    27-04-2020

    In a sector broadsided below the waterline by the coronavirus pandemic we bring you some good news from the hotel sector for Gloucestershire.  Sector publication Boutique Hotelier has publ...

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  • Luxury Cotswold hotel delivers home-cooked meals during pandemic

    Luxury Cotswold hotel delivers home-cooked meals during pandemic

    27-04-2020

    Pre-pandemic the luxurious Calcot & Spa hotel was a place many might aspire to visit – but in the eye of the storm the hotel has proved itself devoid of any airs and graces.  Usu...

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  • Outstanding growth and innovation win companies coveted Queen’s Awards

    Outstanding growth and innovation win companies coveted Queen’s Awards

    22-04-2020

    Sought after Queen’s Awards for business have gone to four Gloucestershire companies – with three recognised for “outstanding growth”.  The prestigious annual award...

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