In association with

Why do we work in hospitality? It’s something that fascinates us at CODE and despite the antisocial hours, often exhausting shifts and a pay cheque that doesn’t always quite reflect the blood, sweat and toil invested in delivering the best hospitality, there’s clearly a reason why we do it. And do it with such passion, attention to detail and pride.
Last year we launched our inaugural Happiness in Hospitality survey and report looking at the qualitative aspects of working in the industry – from mental health and wellbeing to staff benefits and perks. The report not only provided invaluable insight into how both employees and employers need to learn from each other through communicating more and investing in their people, but we even had restaurants adopt a new HR policy based on our findings.
Our Happiness in Hospitality survey is back for a second year. If you’d like to help shape the future of our industry, please take the survey. We’ll be publishing the results in autumn.
Have a good week.

Les Platanes

Chef Thierry Laborde and ops director Anton Efimov are opening Les Platanes on Bruton Place, on 20 May. The townhouse site on the historic Mayfair backstreet will be a contemporary French bistro offering a set lunch and more extensive à la carte menu, reinventing classic dishes. The name reflects plane trees, familiar in Provence and a nod to nearby Berkeley Square.

Fugitive Motel

Bethnal Green Gardens is the location of a new bar and kitchen called Fugitive Motel. It’s not, however, a place to stay – as well as a workspace, the all-day site will be serving coffee and pastries in the morning through to craft beers and sourdough pizza at night. The owners are two former musicians and the venue will be decorated in '50s America-style.


The eyecatching former Westminster fire station is the location for Atul Kochhar’s next restaurant. Mathura, named for a second century Indian king’s city, will feature Kochhar’s signature style of dishes and sits within the mixed-use redevelopment of the historic site. No confirmed date yet, but Mathura is due to open in the autumn.

Bar Douro

In summer, the popular Bar Douro in London Bridge will launch a spin-off in Broadgate. The contemporary Portuguese restaurant’s second site, Bar Douro City, will open at the new 1 Finsbury Avenue development in a listed building, with a small-plates menu and exclusively Portuguese wine list.


Last Thursday saw the first day of service for BAO Borough, and it was already packed by 1pm… The art deco-style Haxells restaurant and bar is now open within the Strand Palace Hotel… Anna Haugh’s long awaited solo restaurant Myrtle has launched in Chelsea… Something a little different: a new exhibition at V&A titled Food: Bigger than the Plate launches on Thursday…

... and pledging

Just launched, the Regent Street & St James’s Food Waste Pledge is a new initiative backed by 11 restaurants in the upscale area to improve their environmental credentials. Taking part are big hitters Café Murano, Ikoyi, Scully, Sketch, Stem and Hawksmoor, among others.

Café Barletta

A new 50-cover restaurant inside the quirky Dreamland amusement park in Margate is opening in June. It’s the idea of chef Jackson Berg (late of Kettner’s and Xiringito) and Natalia Ribbe (of Ladies of Restaurants) and will serve local produce. In addition, Café Barletta guests can sit around an 8ft olive tree at the centre of the concourse where the restaurant sits.

Albert’s Schenke

Mission Mars, the company behind the wildly successful Albert’s Schloss bar and restaurant in Manchester, has announced its opening a sister site in Liverpool. Albert’s Schenke (the latter word is German for tavern) is due to open this summer and is in a Grade II listed building on Hanover Street.

Ned's Club DC

For its second site, The Ned has announced that next year it will open Ned’s Club in Washington DC. The members’ club will inhabit a five-storey Art Deco building with views towards the White House and Washington Monument and have a restaurant, bar, library and a rooftop terrace.

Freak Scene

Scott Hallsworth is taking his Freak Scene restaurant on tour. Throughout May and June, he and partner Phar will be visiting Ibiza, Toronto, Iceland and Thailand, using local ingredients and giving them a Freak Scene-style spin. 

Richard Polo

Richard Polo, the restaurateur behind Joe Allen and Orso restaurants in Covent Garden, has died aged 84. The American born restaurateur had previously worked as a barman in New York before moving to London to open the theatreland basement restaurant in 1977. Jeremy King, Rowley Leigh and Russell Norman all worked at Joe Allen. Polo sold Joe Allen and Orso in 2012.

Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke, when not overseeing the food at Brunswick House and St Leonards, has been a driving force for the thus-far unofficial Pilot Light programme to support mental health in hospitality. Now Pilot Light is being officially launched during Mental Health Awareness Week to encourage employers to sign a pledge and get support for their teams.

Head of Sales, Bourne & Hollingsworth

Bourne & Hollingsworth Group are looking for a Head of Sales who will be responsible for all sales and the management of reservations across various event brands, including our Christmas and Summer corporate event offerings, and our Restaurant and Cocktail bars. The role will be central to all sales and reservations. The appointee will be a key member of the executive team and will lead and motivate a team of experienced reservations professionals.

Click here to read more

General Manager, Haya

Haya, launching at the beginning of August 2019 in Notting Hill, is a mediterranean restaurant with Israeli influence, based on a sharing concept. A particular focus will be given to the quality of food and service. The interior will have a warm and contemporary design with an art deco influence. The ideal candidate would have significant experience in a highly service focused restaurant, a love for food and wine and would enjoy working and training front of house.

Click here to read more

Head Chef, Brunswick House


Brunswick House is a grand dining room in an 18th century mansion in central London, entering its tenth year. Our menus are seasonal and produce led. We focus on giving an experience of judicious sourcing, bold flavours, accompanied by generosity and warmth.
We are looking for a motivated individual looking for a rewarding position working with the directors to maintain and further improve the high standards of this historic establishment.

Click here to read more

General Manager, The Barbary & Jacob The Angel

We want you to be the next General Manager of our award-winning restaurant The Barbary and its adjoining coffeehouse Jacob the Angel in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden.
This is a rare opportunity to join the senior management team behind one of London’s most exciting hospitality groups and, with it coming up to its third anniversary, you will become a pivotal part of the next chapter of The Barbary’s journey through continuing our history of success.

Click here to read more

A sneak peek round the door of James Lowe’s forthcoming Flor site in London Bridge revealed a steep spiral staircase that has, apparently, had the builders developing very strong calf muscles. Who needs Barry’s, eh?

Can’t wait for George Clooney’s take on Catch-22, coming to the small screen soon. From the still of Clooney et al in a truck piled high with tomatoes, let’s hope there’s a cooking scene featuring heritage produce and not a metaphor about rotten tomatoes.

It’s been one of the hottest restaurant openings of the year so far and it seems Gloria is still drawing in the celebs. Mick Jagger visited the Italian restaurant in Shoreditch last week. The Dumbwaiter wonders how much Satisfaction he got from his meal.

From Peckham to Parrillan. Here are the Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the Week.

restaurant of the week
The Clove Club

Tuesday - Saturday | Tasting Menu Offer

Isaac Mchale's trailblazing modern British restaurant

bar of the week
Green Bar

Every day | 30% off total bill

Quintessential hotel cocktail bar in the heart of the West End

Copyright © Nexus CODE Ltd 2019
The CODE Bulletin is published by Nexus CODE Ltd
CODE ® is a registered trade mark of Nexus CODE Ltd