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The current dominance of London on the global hospitality industry is something that still (happily) catches me off guard when on my travels. Over dinner one night last week at Amanyara, I got talking to the hotel’s sommelier who’d just returned from London on a work trip. Despite the somewhat remoteness of being on Turks & Caicos, hearing Winni, the sommelier, talk so fondly about the wine lists at Hide and 28˚~ 50˚, and her love of Dishoom (if there was one brand that could go global overnight...) there was something very pleasing about hearing our industry making waves around all parts of the world.

Also, a reminder that you still have a bit more time to take part in our Happiness in Hospitality survey - please click here.

Have a good week.


Night Tales

It’s five years since Jamie Rule, Lottie Campbell and Louis Hyams launched Night Tales as a pop-up. Now the trio have announced plans to open a permanent site next month in Hackney, at Bohemia Place on Mare Street. There will be Japanese food from Fat Baby and pizzas from Sons of Slice, a 300-capacity nightclub, an outdoor and two indoor bars.

Hawker Union

Meanwhile the Street Feast operation moves north with its next opening – to Wood Green. Hawker Union opens next Saturday and then every weekend in what was a warehouse and yard, now spruced up and with trampolines, pool table, feasting tables and five bars. The opening food traders include Fundi, Growlers, Petare and Black Bear Burger.


Kebabs and frozen margaritas sounds like a hit format, and BabaBoom is bringing it to a second site in August. Upper Street joins Battersea and the new branch will also see the launch of their own Baba’s Beer, and a £5 kebab special at lunchtimes.


Also opening a second branch is Roast, making a move into an increasingly crowded Fitzrovia. Roast Kitchen launches in the autumn with a more casual feel than the original, but still offering the roasts for which it is famous. Head chef Paul Shearing joins from Bread Street Kitchen.

World's 50 Best

Debate is still raging almost a week on from the announcement of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, last Tuesday in Bilbao. Four London restaurants made the list (Lyle’s, Clove Club, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Ledbury), but Clare Smyth’s Core was nowhere on the list, despite being named the World’s Best Female Chef by the same organisation.

Lady of the Grapes

Meanwhile, a new opening in Covent Garden aims to promote and support female winemakers. Lady of the Grapes will comprise a bar, restaurant and shop – owner Carole Byron hopes to raise awareness both of the vineyards and of natural and biodynamic wines. The food will be overseen by chef Victor Garvey, whose Encant restaurant was formerly in the space. 

Auction against Hunger

Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Auction Against Hunger, the annual charity fundraising event which always has a strong line-up. For 2018, it includes James Lowe, Anna Hansen, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Smokestak, Chantelle Nicholson, The Begging Bowl, and Breddos Tacos. Tickets, costing £60, can be bought here.

Kerridge's Bar & Grill

It has been confirmed that Tom Kerridge’s first London restaurant will be an eponymous bar and grill within the Corinthia Hotel. The opening is planned for September and Kerridge is working with head chef Nick Beardshaw, who has previously worked at The Hand & Flowers and Coach. Meat will be a major feature of the restaurant, which will have 90 covers.


New arrivals in central London this week are Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest, ROVI. The Wells Street restaurant, with Neil Campbell as head chef, has a semi-open kitchen with a huge Spanish-made wood fire. Meanwhile not far away, Dan Doherty has already made his changes to new pub, The Royal Oak. Food is served from this week.

...and closing

In less happy news, Prescott and Conran has closed its restaurants Parabola, Albion in Clerkenwell and Lutyens and put the company into receivership. Parabola, within the new Design Museum in Kensington, had been open for less than a year. 

Barry Tonks

Barry Tonks has joined The Restaurant at Sanderson hotel as executive chef. He most recently worked at Searcys in the same role, The Dorchester and L’Odeon restaurant. The Restaurant in the hotel is open throughout the day, with a new seasonal Menu of the Day created by Tonks priced at £28 for three courses.

Rich Woods

Together with Matt Whiley, of Talented Mr Fox and Scout bars, Rich Woods (left) aka The Cocktail Guy, is to join Adam Handling's operation. They will work on the drinks at Handling’s Eve Bar in Covent Garden, as well as planned opening Iron Stag in Hoxton and the recently announced Belmond Cadogan hotel collaboration.


Sommelier, Chiltern Firehouse

The award winning Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant is a dining destination in London headed by Michelin Starred Chef Nuno Mendes.

Our fine wine list is described as eclectic, our supplier list is well curated including niche and up-and-coming suppliers and our guests very knowledgeable.

We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate, intuitive and knowledgeable Sommelier to join our brigade.

Click here to read more and apply


Sous Chef, The Good Egg

The Good Egg celebrates the cuisine of Tel Aviv’s street food stalls & the flavours of the Middle East, as well as the food sold in the classic Jewish delis, grand old cafés, appetizing stores + bagel bakeries of New York & Montreal.

We’re hiring for two positions in the kitchen – we’re on the lookout for people with the right combination of character, experience and ambition to fit into for our small and fun kitchen team.

Click here to read more and apply

Deputy GM, The De Beauvoir Deli Co

We are looking for a Deputy General Manager to join our team in a full-time role. Working under our GM, they will manage the shop and a small team in her absence, including goods-receiving and inventory management, merchandising, ordering as well as opening/closing duties.

In addition, all staff are required to prepare hot drinks, serve on the deli counter, and serve customers from the till and at table.

Click here to read more and apply


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