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Happy New Year! For many in hospitality, the cold, quiet days of January are a time of conflict – pleased to finally be able to take a break after the Christmas frenzy, but anxious because of a general seasonal downturn in restaurant bookings.

Then there’s the annual obsession with Dry January and Veganuary (we can never tell whether it’s genuine interest or a media confection). Of course after the excesses of festive eating and drinking we could all do with re-establishing some balance, but pity our sommeliers and steak restaurants.

Here at CODE we’re doing what we’d call Madamuary – starting our list for the 100 most influential women in hospitality, to be published in the spring edition of CODE Quarterly. It was fantastic to see three of last year’s entrants recently receive honours. An expert panel makes the final choices, but if you want to highlight someone, please feel free to email:

Have a good week



One of Istanbul’s big hitters is coming to London in two weeks, with the opening of Yeni on Beak Street, Soho. Chef Civan Er and partner Cem Bilge plan a menu based on the eclectic mix of influences on the Turkish city’s food, so expect Jospered-octopus and smoked buffalo milk ice cream in the onyx and tiled interior.


A slight tweak on the name, but Gizzi Erskine and Rosemary Ferguson’s heralded burger is back with a new residency in Shoreditch’s Tea Building. Just opened, the site will be serving up the meat-free fast food until April and, as the name suggests, the dishes and drinks will look and taste indulgent, while being healthy.

Emilia's Pasta

Carb-loading continues with news of a second site for Emilia’s Pasta, the Italian restaurant that started in St Katharine Dock back in 2016. Branch two, from 27-year-old restaurateur Andrew Macleod, will be in Aldgate from February, with fried parmesan balls, classic pastas and revolving specials list.

Stem + Glory

Next Monday sees the launch of a first London branch of popular Cambridge vegan restaurant Stem + Glory. The Bartholomew’s Close all-day restaurant will have an open kitchen and chef’s table, as well as seven-course tasting menu events which are big sellers in the original space. The bar will serve vegan drinks too.


Hot on the heels of Covent Garden, Eater is reporting that Dai Tai Fung will open a second branch as part of the Centre Point line-up… Meanwhile in Covent Garden, the clean-eating bar and restaurant Redemption has opened a third site… Just before Christmas the P Franco team announced they would be opening a new joint, Peg, in the old Legs space. It’s slated for early next month…

... and closing

It was sad to see the staff Instagram posts from the very last service of Fera at Claridge’s on New Year’s Eve – the restaurant is now closed, with no announcement yet of a replacement… Meanwhile London institution The Wolseley is currently shuttered, but it’s only till Thursday (renovations are underway)… TĀTĀ Eatery is finishing up its Kilburn residency on 31 January, in preparation for its Old Street opening in spring…

Thomasina Miers

Congratulations to Thomasina Miers, awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list. The Wahaca boss is joined in recognition by new CBE Alison Brittain, who has run Whitbread since 2016 (overseeing the Costa sale to Coca Cola), and Nisha Katona, founder of Mowgli, who got an MBE. 

James Lowe

Chef James Lowe mentioned to CODE last year that he was looking at opening something in London Bridge and now it’s confirmed: he and business partner John Ogier will add Flor to Lyle’s, their Shoreditch restaurant. Also backed by JKS, Flor will be a wine bar and bakery on Bedale Street, and has a late spring opening planned.

We are an award-winning collection of four venues ranging from our Georgian public house The Blue Posts to our intimate coffeehouse Jacob the Angel – not forgetting The Palomar and The Barbary of course!

Our diverse group is looking for a creative, hands-on and perceptive Head of Communication to be the frontline ambassador of everything that we do.

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Delivering sustainably sourced seafood in London daily, here at the Wright Brothers we value everyone that walks through our doors whether it’s a hungry guest or a charismatic Restaurant Manager.

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Fraser Communications is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working Directors, Managers and Executives across all levels to join us in our London office.

Specialising in public relations and social strategy for the restaurant and food industry, our client base includes high profile chefs, restaurants and food brands in London and the UK.

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KERB runs exceptional street food markets their next project is the biggest yet - Seven Dials Market, a permanent, two-floor covered market in the heart of Covent Garden. 

As General Manager, you will be the first point of contact for tenants within the Seven Dials Market. You will need to understand their businesses, monitor and support them in improving their overall performance including compliance, sales growth and levels of customer service.

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The Dumbwaiter had a drink with MEATliquor boss Scott Collins over the holidays but it was business between the Barolos for Collins, who had some important-looking documents printed for him in the pub’s office – watch out for big news from the burger business…

Scuber Eats? Is it just the Dumbwaiter that gets that sinking feeling when reading that apparently the official paperwork for the company the government has signed to provide cross-channel freight ferries after Brexit was cut and pasted from a meal-delivery company’s contract.

Front of house staff usually have to study the food sections to make sure they recognise reviewers when they come in, but with kerfuffle-king William Sitwell joining the Telegraph as restaurant critic, they need only have read as far as the news pages.

Pierre Koffmann was spotted in the queue outside Din Tai Fung the other day but looked happy not to have to line up for the very first pizza at the box-fresh James Street branch of Homeslice on Friday night. 

From Sherwood Street to Siena. Here are The Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the week.

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