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Welcome to the first Bulletin of 2018. By this point in January, many of you are either into your stride – or struggling – with the traditional new-year health kick. Does it involve becoming a vegan for the month? Over the past couple of years Veganuary has become increasingly well-known, and certainly our inbox has been full of promotional press releases for this worthy (if grammatically torturous) event.

We’ve noted the continued rise of veganism over recent months and how so many restaurants, from fast casual to fine dining, are now offering vegan options, because there is a increasing demand. Grace Dent – whose first restaurant review for the Guardian we await with interest – did a fantastic piece on BBC’s Newsnight last week about veganuary and veganism, noting that it is a wake-up call for the British livestock industry on how they treat and farm their beef, pork and chickens.

We’ll admit that we’ve been cynical in the past and the unedifying events surrounding a chef in Shropshire who joked about ‘spiking a vegan’ and had to resign after a huge outcry hasn’t necessarily helped the cause. But we're definitely conscious now about eating less and better quality meat. Food for thought.

Have a good month.


The Daisy

A new private member’s lounge is opening in Manchester. The Daisy is below Tib Street’s Evelyn’s restaurant and bar and will offer a relaxed, discreet working and event space – it’s launching to founder members now. Sax Arshad of operators Zanna Group likens The Daisy to the bar culture in Paris’s Pigalle district, but it will also serve Ozone coffee and Rare Tea to its members. Follow @thedaisynq on Instagram for details on how to join.


A stark example of the uncertain times for Britain’s restaurants came last week when the Harrogate restaurant Norse posted a candid article about its struggle to survive on its website. Its title, 'Norse is under threat’ laid bare the difficulties when not enough customers come through the door, and explained that the Scandinavian menu that won it acclaim locally and with national critic Jay Rayner is changing to a more conventional offering. CODE wishes them luck.


Hugely popular both with the public and the industry, Leeds and Manchester’s Indian street food and craft beer place Bundobust has plans to open in Liverpool. Given the company’s commitment to a big site and quirky buildings, the search is on and founders Mayur Patel and Marko Husak are not putting a time on a launch. However already underway is a new production kitchen and brewery in Leeds.

Beatnikz Republic

Talking of craft beer… The Manchester microbrewery Beatnikz Republic will open a new bar and kitchen in the city centre in late spring, to showcase both its own eclectic array of brews but also frequent changes to the menu on offer. Different street-food traders will cook there for a month at a time, so visitors can try new dishes with their beer, which keeps things interesting. Owner Paul Greetham calls the accompanying doubling of the company’s beer production “very exciting, but terrifying!”

George Street

The Leeds scene will get a major boost next year when work is completed on an ambitious city-centre development by Town Centre Securities. At its heart will be an Aparthotel – built-in customers for the planned nine bars, restaurants and takeaways. The £20m project will break ground in spring 2019, to open the following year.

Jackson's Row

In other ‘further ahead’ news, the St Michael’s Partnership has submitted new plans for its ambitious Manchester development, on Jackson’s Row. Of course the involvement of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville makes headlines, but the planned 30,000 sq ft of food and drink space is what’s really interesting. The new scheme (which includes hotels, office space, apartments and more), if approved, would start work next year.

Tommy Banks

Our ears pricked up when we read an interview with chef Tommy Banks in Restaurant magazine. The chef behind The Black Swan at Olstead, which hit the headlines when voted TripAdvisor’s ‘best restaurant in the world’, has his eye on his home city of York as the location for a second restaurant. Banks, who runs the business with his family, says they would like to “do something more accessible in terms of location and price”.

Tim Allen

CODE ate chef Tim Allen’s excellent food at the Wild Rabbit pub in the Cotswolds, so was looking forward to him opening a restaurant in Manchester. However Allen has parted company with the Select Property Group, with whom he’d been working since September. Those who want to try his food should visit The French on 31 January, where he’s cooking with Adam Reid in aid of Hospitality Action.


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