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Following on from last week’s generosity from the hospitality industry towards charities, it’s now time to focus on itself, it seems. Last week’s exhibition and auction in aid of the brilliant Pilot Light mental-health support network – Chefs’ Hands – raised thousands, and the 50 stunning images of some of biggest names are still available to buy here

Meanwhile a dinner titled Good Food for Better Cause will take place on 16 December to raise money for the Refettorio charity, which has much support within the industry – but it also hopes to bring together a group of diners who can talk openly about the mental-health challenges they face by working in hospitality. Chefs from five leading London restaurants will be cooking a course each. CODE will share ticket information on its calendar and social channels when they become available.

Have a good week.

Senate Room

The Royal Academy has always been a good west end bolthole, and its new restaurant sounds promising. Senate Room has Stephen Beadle, late of the River Café, as its chef and the 60-cover room is designed by David Chipperfield. The new restaurant, operated by Company of Cooks, will open next month.


It’s all about the indoor food stalls these days (and not just because it’s winter). Next summer street-food specialist operator Kerb will open its first indoor site, in Covent Garden. Seven Dials Market will be inside what was banana and cucumber storage in Thomas Neal’s Warehouse across two floors. More details are to follow.

The Coach

Just in time for the Christmas party season, Clerkenwell pub The Coach – already established as a local favourite – has launched its bedrooms. The four rooms have the same understated chic look as the pub and dining room below – the idea of eating Henry Harris menus morning, noon and night is appealing.

Ninety One

And talking of places to hang out round the clock, a new ‘third space’ comprising office space, café, restaurant and bar is opening at the Old Truman Brewery on 6 December. Ninety One will have a series of chef residencies and at the weekend the bar stays open till 2am. Creatives can use the hub for work, fuelled by Nude coffee and café snacks.


The latest Boxpark, this time in Wembley, has confirmed 8 December as its opening date. Zia Lucia’s third site is among the launch operators… Hop, the Vietnamese day-time café and evening restaurant, will open in Leadenhall Market on 4 December… Fortnum & Mason has opened its City outpost, in the Royal Exchange, featuring a restaurant and retail space.

...and shopping

All the big guns have launched their Christmas food ranges, so givers and receivers might want to make note. CODE rates the River Café’s £250 hamper, the Ottolenghi range of packaged goodies themed around his books, The Wolseley’s terribly chic monochrome tea-for-one set and Lina Stores’ beautifully boxed panettones.

Mitsuhiro Araki

It is so small (and expensive) that not many people have experienced the cooking of sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki at his eponymous Mayfair restaurant. Now the holder of three Michelin stars is to return to Japan early next year, so it will soon be too late. However his deputy Marty Ryu will continue the ultra-high-end tasting menu.

Gemma Ellis

On 28 November the chef Gemma Ellis will launch a late-night bar menu at her restaurant Clifford’s, just off Fleet Street. She previously worked at The Harwood Arms (alongside James Cochran) and has waited until the restaurant settled into its groove before launching the bar snacks, focused on creatively minimising food waste.

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Marco Pierre White is on the neat gin. Sorry, make that Neat gin – he’s agreed to stock the bottles created by former EastEnder and current distiller Adam Woodyatt for his Black and White Hospitality sites. We expect they’re after a tidy profit.

At the VIP preview for the Fortnum & Mason at Somerset House ice skating, the Dumbwaiter bumped into Ruby, CODE's favourite finalist from this year’s Bake Off. However she wasn’t actually on the ice, so we can’t report on whether her slip-sliding was the equal of her vegan cake.

Over in NW6, at the new TĀTĀ Eatery pop-up, among the first through the door were David Houten and Rose Tuckey, the co-owners of nearby Hām. No rivalry here though; the pair were scoping it out ahead of bringing their whole team along.

There was a stellar turn-out for the launch of the Chefs’ Hands exhibition and auction, with plenty of people posing for a selfie in front of their own image. Tattoos helped identify some subjects, but everyone CODE spoke to agreed that one particular chef is immediately recognisable by his signature daringly low-scooped t-shirts.

From Camden to Chiswick. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

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