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We all know the importance of people to a business, especially in our industry. With the ongoing issues around recruitment and retention of talent in hospitality, we want to understand more here at CODE HQ. It’s for this reason that I’m happy to introduce you to our inaugural Happiness in Hospitality survey. We want to look into wellbeing and the quality of life for those working in the sector, as well as the industry’s perception.

The survey will take you less than five minutes to complete (and all answers will be kept in the strictest confidence). We will publish our Happiness in Hospitality report in the September issue of CODE Quarterly.

Click here to take the Happiness in Hospitality survey

Have a good week.


The Royal Oak

A Marylebone pub is to get some TLC, a new atmosphere and an exciting new menu, courtesy of ex-Duck & Waffle executive chef Dan Doherty. He announced last week that with business partner Andy Ward, he’s bought the historic Royal Oak on York Street and intends to give it a light brush-up before re-opening later in the month, citing the importance of keeping neighbourhood pubs open for their communities.

Soane's Kitchen

A cool person with a great idea in an amazing location… Soane’s Kitchen sounds very appealing. Alex Head, who set up the Social Pantry catering company, will open a new restaurant and cafe in the walled kitchen garden created by Sir John Soane (the 19th century super-architect) in Walpole Park, Ealing. Head’s simple, elegant menu will work well within the Pitzhanger Manor location when it opens in July.

Rosa's Thai

There are likely to be a lot more Rosa’s Thai restaurants opening, following the news that founders Saiphin and Alex Moore have sold a majority stake in their business to US private equity firm TriSpan (who also have an interest in Yardbird). The Moores will remain involved in the business and there are three new openings already planned for 2018.

Albion & East

Albion & East, the company behind Martello Tower and Canova Hall, in Hackney and Brixton respectively, are heading to Old Street for a new - as yet unnamed - venture. Already known is that the restaurant and bar will have its own distillery and bakery on-site, and when it opens in The Bower development, it will have the same Italian-American menu as the other locations.


Leaping into action on 9 July will be Gazelle, the new Albemarle Street restaurant from drinks expert Tony Conigliaro and chef Rob Roy Cameron. Meanwhile the folk behind Oxalis, which had a very successful pop-up in the Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho, have announced that they’ve opened their own place on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. And curry puffs have hit Covent Garden with the launch of fabled Singapore brand Old Chang Kee.

...and closing

Bad news for those who loved to grab a bite at the St John spin-off on Maltby Street - it will close on 24 June. But good news for those who loved the restaurant’s baked goods (and that’s everyone), because the plan is to focus on developing bakeries - with two planned to open this year in central London.

Anthony Bourdain

There was a huge and justified outpouring of grief last week, when it was announced that Anthony Bourdain had died. The acclaimed chef, author and broadcaster had a following that reached around the world and far beyond the food community, but his loss will be felt particularly by the chefs he inspired and whose work he championed. CODE adds its voice to the many who acknowledge his enormous influence and our sympathies go to his many friends and to his family.

Patricia Roig

Patricia Roig has just returned from Peru, where she went to further her knowledge of the cuisine, following her appointment as head chef of Lima Floral, in Covent Garden. Roig, originally from Seville, had worked in several high-end Spanish restaurants before joining Newman Street Tavern. In Peru she worked with Virgilio Martinez at Central, currently listed at number 5 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.


Head of Bars, The Ned

We are looking or a highly experienced, skilful and passionate candidate for our Head of Bars role with us at The Ned London.

The right candidate will have experience in managing multi Bar outlets with various concepts.

As Head of Bars you'll be responsible to oversee all the bars, ensuring product and service standards are met and implementing and maintaining procedures for maximum operating efficiency.

Click here to read more and apply

GM, The Marksman

The Marksman is seeking a General Manager who will be fully responsible for the operational and financial performance of the business.

The ideal candidate will lead the front of house team by example to deliver a warm and relaxed, yet exceptional standard of service to our guests.

You will work closely with chef-owners Tom and Jon to ensure that the quality of the food and service is consistently delivered.

Click here to read more and apply

Cultural Marketing Manager & PR Manager, Dirty Bones

Dirty Bones serves up NYC-inspired comfort food and cocktails to the best old-school beats this side of Brooklyn. Now with five locations in Kensington, Carnaby, Shoreditch, Soho and most recently Oxford, our Head Office team is growing.

We’re looking for an in-the-know Cultural Marketing & PR Manager with a broad range of events, PR and digital marketing experience to lead our events programme and take Dirty Bones and Dirty Vegan's PR & social media strategies to the next level.

Click here to read more and apply


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Thousands took to social media last Friday to post their thoughts after hearing the sad news about Anthony Bourdain. It was Barack Obama’s tweet that caught The Dumbwaiter’s eye. “He taught us about food – but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.”

To Brigadiers last week for a dinner hosted by Clerkenwell Boy. The latest opening from JKS will have the City boys all heading to Bloomberg Arcade thanks to the TV screens tastefully scattered around the restaurant showing sport and the Enomatic whisky machine that will come in handy once they’ve had enough of drinking beer from the self-filling pint glasses.

It seems everyone’s a winner at Pret after its recent sale. Not only do all employees of the high-street chain pocket £1,000 but its chief executive is apparently going to earn a cool £30m. Is that to eat-in or take-away?

From Southbank to Shoreditch. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

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