In light of recent events it is important we stop and look at how we spot, call out and address abusive behaviour in our restaurants. With social media, the idea of 'the restaurant' is wider than just the four walls. How do we navigate that landscape and support our community to ensure that it’s a safe space to work in?

We are hosting a panel discussion in London at 7pm on Monday 30 July with Andy Oliver of som saa, Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok, Ben Chapman of Smoking Goat & KILN and Elizabeth Haigh. Chaired by Anna Sulan Masing, it will address the recent racist social media posts plus a wider look at what has been learnt, what there is still to learn and how we can discuss difficult subjects.

This panel discussion should be seen as the beginning of an ongoing dialogue, which we hope you will take to your own place of work – not just on racism, but wider inequalities in the industry. CODE will work with employers and employees to draw up a progressive document of guidelines to be published – contributions and comments very welcome.

This is an industry-only, community event. It will be free to attend but ticketed. If you would like to register to come along, please email:

Have a good week.

Adam Hyman and Lisa Markwell


Those jetting off from Heathrow Terminal 3 will be delighted to hear that they’ll be able to eat at Spuntino right in the airport. Russell Norman and Richard Beatty signed a deal with TRG Concessions for UK airports earlier this year and have now announced that the first of the New York Italian all-day restaurants and takeaways will open in December in T3. Expect a children’s menu too, plus a doughnut machine and their signature small plates.


From Brixton to Peckham … Chef Nicholas Balfe of Salon is adding a second restaurant. Levan will open in October in a converted warehouse space as an all-day site, going from breakfast tartines to hearty lunchtime salads to Balfe’s signature modern bistro food in the evenings. As at Salon, there will be an unusual wine list to choose from too. We like the sound of comté fries and 50-day aged rump cap with wild garlic aioli.

Two Lights

Big news from the acclaimed Clove Club: they will open a new restaurant, also in Shoreditch, in September. Two Lights will be headed by chef Chase Lovecky, currently head chef at The Clove Club and the name is a nod to his home state of Maine in the US; the menu will be ‘modern American’. It is, of course, the group’s third restaurant, after the Italian-focused Luca in Clerkenwell.

Farmer J

Opening this August in London Bridge is a first proper restaurant for Jonathan and Ali Recanati – the people behind Farmer J. The eponymous all-day venue will – unsurprisingly – focus on the same fresh produce that they serve at the grab-and-go café in Leadenhall, but this will be a more formal setting, serving a wide range, from small plates at a bar to shakshuka to share at weekend brunch.

PX+ Festival

The festival for the hospitality trade which happens on 24-26 August in Hertfordshire has told CODE that one of the features will be a rocking ‘Experimental Barn’. Rural shenanigans will be on offer from the Experimental Group – cocktails and DJs, served from 5pm to 3am, for attendees who’ve been at the discussions and events during the day to kick back with.

The Modern Pantry

To celebrate 10 years of her popular Clerkenwell restaurant, Anna Hansen will be including some dishes on the menu by fellow chefs with whom she’s worked. In August The Modern Pantry will feature Shaun Searley, Chantelle Nicholson, Ravinder Bhogal and Claire Clark, among others. CODE also likes the sound of a special birthday tea too, featuring a cheddar and sumac scone and Earl Grey panna cotta.


Quietly opened in Notting Hill is 7 Saints, the first restaurant from James Gummer, formerly front of house at The Wolseley and Isabel. The All Saints Road restaurant has an elegant, short menu on its website, with a wine list selected to pair well with specific dishes.

...and closing

Last week saw the closure of all 22 Cau restaurants, as parent company Gaucho went into administration; the first branch had opened in Guildford in 2011. Meanwhile a more recent proto-chain, Waka, has closed its first branch, in the City. The Peruvian/Japanese takeaway had recently expanded into a second site in White City Place, which remains open.

Soren Jessen

He already runs Ekte and 1 Lombard Street, and now Soren Jessen has announced that he will open a new restaurant, Borealis, in Borough next month. The Danish-born restaurateur has partnered with office-space company Fora to open a café and dining room on the ground floor of it's new Borough High Street space, along with a PDR and roof terrace that can be used for events. The menu will feature Nordic dishes.

Jeremy Fox

The guest chef series at Lyle’s is consistently strong, and the next event is particularly exciting. On 14 and 15 August, Jeremy Fox will be cooking at James Lowe’s Shoreditch restaurant – bringing his expertise from the Rustic Canyon restaurant in California to showcase farm-to-table cooking. Fox is a multi-James Beard Award winner and author of the acclaimed ‘On Vegetables’ book. Tickets are £65 per head.

Assistant Manager, Native

With a menu dictated by the land, Native celebrates the best of British produce in a creative and exciting way, with an English wine offering to match.

Having relocated to London Bridge we are looking for an exceptional assistant manager to learn, thrive and join us on our journey with exciting plans for the future! We are looking for somebody creatively minded with a great personality and passion for this wonderful industry.

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Junior Sous, Darsham Nurseries Cafe

Darsham Nurseries is an independent plant nursery, shop and restaurant in coastal Suffolk. Highly praised in the national press, the restaurant is now in its fourth successful year.

Our on-site kitchen garden provides for our daily menu with a clientele who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and appreciate our original and adventurous menus. With the business continuing to expand, we are looking for a junior sous chef.

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The Japanese have always led the way when it comes to achieving excellency. Chef Endo Kazutoshi told The Dumbwaiter he flies water in from Tokyo to cook his sushi rice because the water in London is too hard.

To the boardroom of Fortnum & Mason last Thursday night for a special dinner cooked by Wagyumafia from Tokyo. Guests including Fay Maschler, Jay Rayner and Pierre Koffmann dined on a feast of wagyu dishes including Wagyumafia’s infamous cutlet sandwich.

The Dumbwaiter recently heard how Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker originally met before they went on to create Zuma. Apparently they both went to the same hairdresser. 

From Southwark to Seven Dials. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

restaurant of the week
Lantana London Bridge
offer of the week
Bibendum Wines

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