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This week saw the launch of the latest edition of CODE Quarterly. It features the now-annual list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality and has really struck a chord in the industry, according to the social-media attention and responses we’ve received. Of course, there are far more women affecting change around the country than we could possibly include, but it provides a great talking point (and it’s never too early to nominate for next year!)

From Asma Khan’s exclusive staff meal recipe, to the secrets of Cherie Sprigg, Nyetimber’s award-winning head winemaker, and from Nieves Barragán-Mohacho discussing her career to Lisa Goodwin-Allen’s behind the scenes at uber-chef collaboration Obsession, there are many inspiring stories. In the spirit of equality, there’s also a brilliant piece by wine consultant Zeren Wilson on giving up alcohol and Simon Rogan’s diary of the challenges and rewards of opening two new restaurants in Hong Kong, plus much more…

Have a good week.



A new all-day Italian restaurant in Islington will serve pizzas and pastas – no surprise – but will also bring that country’s flavours, specifically Milanese, to breakfast. So diners at the Essex Road site can expect dishes like eggs benedict made with Parma ham. Owner Giuliano Lotto has also had the Italian restaurant Il Baretto in Marylebone since 2008.


The fried-chicken brand Chik’n is opening a second branch in May. Wardour Street will join Baker Street in the proto-chain from Carl Clarke and David Wolanski, who have admitted that they got things wrong when they first launched and are now focused on ‘fast food not rushed food’. There will be craft beers and new sauces to go with the sandwiches and wings.

Bread Ahead

Boxpark Wembley will have a new neighbour in late summer when Bread Ahead opens a huge new bakery, restaurant and cookery school at Wembley Park. The new site, on Olympic Way, will house a 220-seater space for breakfast, lunch and dinner – good news both for visitors to the nearby stadium and for residents at the ever-growing nearby residential developments.


The bakery brand behind Kapé and Pan is opening a third branch, Kapihan, in Battersea Park. According to Eater, the Filipino menu will include kimchi croissants, other cakes, bakes and the potent black coffee with dark sugar added. Kapihan, from operators David and Nigel Motley, is scheduled to open in late April or early May.


Master Wei, the new restaurant from the chef of the acclaimed Xi’an Impression is now open in Bloomsbury… The Halal Guys start serving their signature offering in Leicester Square from 30 March… Vinegar Yard is a new all-day food, drink, shopping and exhibition space on St Thomas Street, opening on 3 April… Another fried chicken joint, Thunderbird, is opening a third site at Villiers Street next month…

... and closing

Curators Coffee Gallery on Margaret Street was shuttered last Friday, having been one of the first into the prestige coffee market when it opened five years ago… Pizza Storm in Wandsworth is not quite closing, but changing to become Rebound – still serving pizzas and pasta but with added shuffleboard and foosball, hoping to tap into the competitive socialising trend (and for more on this, read the feature in the new CODE Quarterly)…

Emma Underwood

Congratulations to Emma Underwood, who has announced that she is joining Robin Gill’s new restaurant Darby’s as general manager. Underwood most recently worked as GM at Stem in Mayfair and before that was at the innovative Stockport restaurant Where The Light Gets In. Darby’s, in a new development in Nine Elms is Gill’s biggest project yet – with 100 covers.

Roger Wade

Congratulations to Roger Wade, the creator of Boxpark for receiving the Retail Week award for best retail destination. The Shoreditch and Croydon sites – opened in 2010 and 2016 respectively – were the winners for their blend of street-food vendors and shopping mall, with Wade saying that “retail is a form of entertainment”.

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New York restaurateur Danny Meyer was in town last week. He was spotted having lunch at Jikoni in Marylebone with Bloomberg's Richard Vines.

The other night, the Dumbwaiter heard a new term for all those crowdfunding initiatives, coined by one of London’s leading restaurateurs. He was less than complimentary about established names using this method, calling them – in a suitably culinary twist – Ponzu schemes.

Asma Khan popped into the CODE Quarterly launch drinks last week but only for five minutes saying, with much good grace, that Darjeeling Express bookings have gone crazy since her Chef’s Table appearance. And she’s done so many selfies with fans that her smile muscles are exhausted.

Was it his smouldering appearance in a previous CODE Quarterly that started Jackson Boxer's modelling career? We only ask because he nipped out from his new spot Orasay last Thursday to appear on the Hermès catwalk.

Blacklock has quietly introduced an “off menu” burger, the #Blacklist, which the Dumbwaiter can confirm is delicious. The DW is old enough to remember when Joe Allen did a similar thing back in the day, but there it was the tastiest thing to order, unlike Blacklock which is also rocking a very strong pie’n’mash.

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