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Shameless plug alert: the Winter edition of CODE Quarterly is now at the printers and will be being sent out to subscribers next week. Though we say so ourselves, it’s a zinger. There’s the list of 30 under 30, the best young talent of the hospitality scene (plus a further ten rising stars snapping at their heels). There’s one of our most creative chefs, Sam Buckley of Where The Light Gets In, describing the heir-anarchy that’s replaced hierarchy at his restaurant. There’s also a report on how our meat-focused restaurants feel about the rise of veganism, and reviews of the latest heavyweight chef-authored cookbooks. And much, much more.

To start receiving the Quarterly direct to your door from the Winter edition, subscribe now by following this link. App members get a sweet discount on the cover price too, as well as great deals at an ever-growing roster of restaurants and bars. Food for thought as Christmas approaches!

Have a great week.

The Dixon

Details are confirmed on a new hotel at Tower Bridge that’s situated inside an old police station and magistrates court. The Dixon, part of the Autograph collection of hotels, will open in January with 193 rooms, making it a significant part of the area’s regeneration. Of particular interest is the restaurant, called Provisioners, which will be led by hospitality veteran Clive Watson.


The cuisines and approaches of Japan and Italy meet in a new sharing-plate restaurant in Dalston next February. Angelina is a partnership between GM Joshua Owens-Baigler (who trained at The River Café) and ex Bocca di Lupo chef Daniele Ceforo and as well as the food, there will be a hidden drinking den. Angelina is heavy on the social aspect of eating, so the menu is £48 for eight plates, or a daily plate for £9.


Winter, and everyone’s thoughts turn to comfort food. So it’s welcome news that Stevie Parle’s carbfest Pastaio is opening up at Canary Wharf. It’s planned as a long-term pop-up, on Crossrail Place at Street Feast, and will feature all the hearty pasta dishes that are such a hit at Soho. (And in other good news, both sites are launching click-and-collect.)

Wild Rice & Mamasan

Next week sees the launch of two new Thai restaurants in Soho, or is it one with two parts? Wild Rice will be on the ground floor of the Brewer Street site and Mamasan in the basement – between them they’ll offer everything from street food dishes and bubble tea to smart sharing plates using British ingredients with fiery Asian flavours and combined there are 60 covers.


Kutir, Rohit Ghai’s new restaurant, is now open just off Sloane Square – the name means cottage but the site is rather more luxurious… The unstoppable Pizza Pilgrims team is opening its latest branch, at London Bridge, on 30 November…

... and closing

It’s been a long time coming, but finally the doors will close next February on the original MEATliquor on Welbeck Street, as the site is to be redeveloped as a hotel. CODE expects there to be a hell of a final-night party…

Javier Cedillo-Espin

In travel news, the former CEO of onefinestay, Javier Cedillo-Espin has been appointed chief executive by Sweet Inn. Cedillo-Espin, who also counts AccorHotels among his previous experience, will be developing the company which takes long term leases on apartments and books them out like full-service hotel rooms. Sweet Inn currently operates in 11 cities, including London.

Dominic Rowntree

Dominic Rowntree, whose Samphire and Salsify food blog has many fans, is making a career change – joining Mayfair’s Guinea Grill as part of the front-of-house team. In his many years of going to restaurants, Rowntree will have a strong understanding of good service, and is currently receiving formal training. He will also work with the landlord Oisin Rogers on the pub/restaurant’s social media presence.


We are looking for a talented and creative FOH and chefs to join our team at Smoking Goat Shoreditch.

We like to work in a friendly, fast paced environment where research, creativity and new ideas are encouraged from everyone. We serve Thai Barbecue where our cooking is influenced by the street food stalls and late night canteens of Bangkok.

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With two new Clubs opening in 2019, Lanserhof at The Arts Club and The Arts Club Dubai, we are currently seeking someone who can work across both London Clubs, managing the membership team in London. Lanserhof at The Arts Club is a members’ only gym and medical spa, situated opposite the Club on Dover Street, and this position will oversee the membership in all aspects, whilst also supporting the team for The Arts Club London.

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At Fortnum & Mason for a dinner cooked by Jackson Boxer and inspired by seafood taxidermist Hannah Horton, the Dumbwaiter was surprised to see his table neighbour, Sue Webster. The celebrated artist is famously a vegetarian… so there were no prawn or octopus innards for her.

Talking hospitality with Blacklock’s Gordon Ker last week, it turns out that the three restaurants’ playlists – all shimmery eighties dance classics – are compiled by Ker himself. The chopmeister makes no bones about his love of music.

Meanwhile Tom Kerridge was overheard telling a couple who have already been in seven times for lunch at his new Bar & Grill in the Corinthia that if they make 10 visits they’ll get a stamp on a card and a free coffee. Not entirely serious, but switch coffee for a martini and we’d be up for it…

Worms on the menu? Trade, the private members’ club for the hospitality community opening in January, tells the Dumbwaiter that the Early Bird discounted membership offer finishes on Friday. Visit for more info.

From Exmouth Market to Edinburgh. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the week.

restaurant of the week
Floral by LIMA
bar of the week
Goose Island Brewpub Shoreditch

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