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This Friday sees the annual International Women’s Day and there are more events in London to celebrate it than ever before. The Stoke Newington restaurant Wander is putting on a dinner with women producing the ingredients and wines, and cooking and serving the food on plates made by women; it’s a powerful message. There’s a women-led team hosting all sorts of events on 8 March at Soho House White City – starting with 7am yoga and ending with a Laura Mvula gig. Meanwhile over near Carnaby Street, three neighbouring operators have collaborated on an IWD dinner: Judy Joo (who is hosting at Jinjuu), Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express and Mira Manek of Chai By Mira are cooking together, which sounds like a recipe for success.

CODE’s editor, Lisa Markwell, will be sending the spring edition of the Quarterly magazine to press on Friday. Fittingly, it features our annual 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality list (subscribe to the Quarterly here). At CODE we are all for equality in all aspects of hospitality, but applaud this day, as it raises the profile of many female role models doing brilliant work - as they say: ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’.

Have a good week.



The middle of March sees the opening of Bambusa on Charlotte Street – a modern Asian café from Rohit Chugh. He is of course, the man behind Roti Chai and Chai Ki – but  this new restaurant is not just Indian in style. The all-day site has dishes inspired from across Asia, with a build-your-own combo idea, and will be available to take away, as well as eat in.

Fatt Pundit

London has seen quite a few dumpling places open in recent months but smoked rabbit wontons and Tibetan momos are new… Both will be on the menu at a new Indo-Chinese restaurant in Soho, arriving later this spring. Fatt Pundit will be on Berwick Street, in a 60-seater space serving lunch and dinner. Also on the menu, cocktails inspired by India’s fruit vendors with a Chinese twist.

Cannon & Cannon

Sean Cannon has spent a long time building up his British charcuterie business, and now he wants to expand further. Cannon & Cannon has launched a crowdfunder, asking for investors to join the ‘salami army’. The business moved from Borough to Bermondsey last year and now seeks investment to buy new machinery and target the major supermarkets.

CODE is an investor in Cannon & Cannon

Kitchen Provisions

The next arrival at Coal Drops Yard is not another place to eat, but nevertheless we expect to see a lot of chefs there. Kitchen Provisions is a shop started in Stoke Newington and the new outpost will, in addition to selling very high quality knives from Japan and elsewhere and other kitchen kit, offer knife-sharpening workshops and other collaborative ventures.


From today, popular African-food chef Zoe Adjonyoh is bringing her Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen to W12 Studios… Jinli and Shanghai Modern are new arrivals in Chinatown, at the Central Cross development… If you like that kind of thing, Amsterdam’s famous The Avocado Show restaurant is at Bluebird Chelsea from 11-24 March…

... and closing

Balcon at the Sofitel hotel in Pall Mall has closed – a new restaurant is promised soon… The adventurous Portugese Londrino, in Bermondsey, closed last week… Mayfair favourite, Anthony Demetre’s Wild Honey is on hiatus, with the site up for sale… and St Martin’s Lane hotel has shuttered its Asia De Cuba concept… Finally, Aside in Peckham is closed until further notice.

Lello Favuzzi

A new head chef has been announced for Mortimer House Kitchen. Lello Favuzzi, who was previously head chef at L’Anima for 10 years, takes over at the Fitzrovia restaurant which has a neighbourhood feel and an unusual mix of classic Italian dishes and Middle Eastern influences. So expect charcoal cauliflower with za’atar and smoked burrata among the dishes on the menu.

Emily Watkins

Emily Watkins, the chef proprietor of the much-loved Kingham Plough gastropub has left the enterprise, along with her partner Miles Lampson. Watkins, who had previously worked at The Fat Duck and had a winning dish on Great British Menu, opened the gastropub with rooms in 2007. It has been sold to another couple experienced in food, Matt and Katie Beamish, who plan to keep it going with little change.

Assistant General Manager, The Clove Club



An incredibly rare opportunity has arisen within our team; The Clove Club are looking for an industry leading Assistant General Manager. We are looking for a true hospitality professional to take the reins at our restaurant, working closely with our General Manager and Co-owner, Daniel Willis, to run one of the most progressive and forward thinking, World’s 50 Best listed and Michelin starred restaurants in London.

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Marketing, Sales & Events Manager and Operations Manager, Gunpowder Restaurants

As our Marketing, Sales & Events Manager you will work closely with our founder to develop and execute strategy to increase the reach and impact of our restaurants through social media, communications, events management and marketing.. We are also on the lookout for an enthusiastic, bright Operations Manager with awareness and understanding of financial controls who loves the hospitality scene and lives and breathes the industry.

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Head Chef, Issho



Combining exceptional service, high-quality cuisine, unique menus and a stunning setting, Issho is the place to come together for a truly unique experience. We are looking for a Head Chef who can lead the team - being on the front line and leading the pass is a must. We are looking for someone who can train, motivate and develop the team.

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General Manager, Bar Story & Peckham Springs

Bar Story & Peckham Springs have been at the forefront of Peckham’s nightlife scene for the past 15 and 5 years respectively. Both are renowned for their high-quality and affordable cocktails. The General Manager will play a particularly crucial role in leading the front of house team, ensuring the best possible guest experience and delivering consistent sales targets, GP and labour cost KPIs.

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Social media slapdown of the week – or possibly year – goes to Nigel Slater, whose posts from Japan led to a comment from someone asking for recommendations for a forthcoming trip. “Sorry, Helena, I’m not a f***ing travel agent” was the response.

The Dumbwaiter popped along to the party for the opening of Adam Handling at the Belmond last week. Guests enjoying the magnums of Billecart-Salmon included Martyn Nail, Russell Norman and Claire and Pierre Koffmann. However, The Dumbwaiter noticed one industry guest checking out the bar booths during the party to see how comfy they were. Never not working are you, Fernando. 

It may have been drizzling outside (onto a patiently waiting queue) but inside new Shoreditch trattoria Gloria, it was a different story. Guests who joined Clerkenwell Boy for dinner found the combination of masses of candles and carbs a shortcut to hot flushes. Or was that the masses of negronis?

The line-up for Celebrity Bake Off – Jeremy Paxman, Russell Brand, Johnny Vegas and John Lithgow - is quite something. Wonder if any of them have done stages to prepare for the work ahead? We hear Russell Brand is often on the phone to Tom Kerridge.

From Shoreditch to SW3. Here are The Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the week.

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