Last week we held an industry ‘town hall’ meeting, following the recent racist social media posts incident and the repercussions. It resulted in an important initial discussion amongst some of us in hospitality - and now we want to progress this further.

After hearing everyone's feedback, there's clearly demand for people to speak openly – about racism and other topics such as bullying, sexism and homophobia – in a safe environment. So we are planning to host a series of small industry workshops, which allow for us to share information and guidance. We will follow up with more information about these in due course.

Have a good week.



They’ve got strong scotch eggs at Scotchtails in Borough and great coffee at Lundenwic on Aldwych – now Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam are launching a new joint. Crispin will open on White’s Row in Spitalfields on 20 August, serving an all-day menu kicking off with bacon sarnies, right through to a single-plate dinner with glass of wine for £10 and more.


When the team behind 10 Greek Street get involved in a new drinks company, it’s worth noting. Braybrooke Beer Co is the result of Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali getting together with Nick Trower of Biercraft and Stephan Michel, who runs Mahr’s Brau in Bamberg. The German-style lager will be on sale at 10 Greek Street and to trade.

M Restaurants' Young Chef of the Year

Congratulations to Hamish Pearce, who has won the Young Chef of the Year title 2018 at the M Restaurants awards. The 22-year-old, who cooks at the Hackney restaurant Pidgin, beat 11 other finalists – all under 29 – with his menu for 50 priced at £45 a head. Hamish Pearce will be running his own pop-up at M Victoria Street from 7-11 August.

Auction Against Hunger

CODE is a big Action Against Hunger fan, and is very glad to hear that the annual charity auction has now been confirmed for 25 September. It will be at Borough Market again and the line-up’s pretty special: James Lowe, Anna Hansen, Nieves Barragan Mohacho, Smokestak, Luca, The Begging Bowl and Adam Handling Group and many more. Click here for more info.



After Rowley Leigh’s departure from Parabola restaurant inside the Design Museum, and operator Prescott & Conran going into administration, it wasn’t quite clear what would happen – but Searcys has taken over the catering and will continue to run a restaurant in the ultra-modern building, with a more ‘relaxed’, British produce- focused menu.

Michelin Guide

Debate on the relevance of Michelin stars continues in the industry, but nevertheless every restaurateur in the UK will be making a note in their diary of 1 October. That’s the date that the Michelin Guide has confirmed as when they will announce the 2019 stars. Will there be more women represented? Will a broader reach than traditional fine dining get a look in? These questions, like the venue, are TBC.

Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin has been announced as the new chef de cuisine at Simpson’s in the Strand. Martin’s wealth of experience – everywhere from Scott’s and Le Caprice to Home House and the Birley group – means he is well placed to modernise and refresh the menu of classics at the historic restaurant.

Niklas Ekstedt

Niklas Ekstedt will appear as the guest chef at Aster restaurant as part of an ongoing series. He will join fellow Scandivanian chef, Aster’s own Helena Puolakka, on 3 September for dinner and in conversation with Bloomberg’s Richard Vines. The menu is from Ekstedt’s new book Happy Food, a celebration of dishes that are good for physical and mental health.

Front Of House / Kitchen, Kricket at The Television Centre

Cult seasonal Anglo-Indian eatery Kricket, born in Brixton, serves a tantalising menu of seasonal plates. What started out as a pop-up now boasts a permanent residency in Soho and, more recently, the Brixton railway arches. This autumn, as part of the revamp of White City and the BBC Television Studios, Kricket will open another venue alongside the likes of Soho House and Bluebird.

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New Opening: Recruiting All Roles, Levan

Levan is the new opening from the Salon Brixton team. We are recruiting for all roles across the business. Come and join this all day, contemporary restaurant in Peckham serving sustainably sourced, modern European food and low intervention, forward thinking wines. We are looking for dynamic, experienced and personable candidates to make this opening a huge success and build a tight, friendly and professional team.

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In important iconic restaurant news, the legendary India Club on the Strand will remain open. It was expected to close due to the building it is in being redeveloped but Westminster Council rejected the plans.

The cast of Killer Joe clearly have good taste in restaurants. Orlando Bloom and his fellow cast members made their way to Brigadiers on Thursday evening for dinner after the play.

The Dumbwaiter read on Eater over the weekend that Spanish chef Albert Adrià is opening a cake shop and sparkling wine bar in the Hotel Café Royal.

From ROVI to Cora Pearl. Click here for The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

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