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I was in Copenhagen on Friday when the news about Uber possibly losing its licence to operate in London flashed up on my mobile. I’m in two minds about TFL’s ruling - on the one hand getting around London might not be the same (or as cheap) again but, of course on the other, the taxi hailing app has got some questionable ethical issues to sort out.

Whatever your feeling towards Uber, if the business is forced to stop running in London, I worry it will have a detrimental effect to the hospitality industry. Will people go out less? Go home earlier to make the last tube? And will that restaurant you wanted to go across town suddenly seem like too much of an effort to get to on the tube and bus? As I spent my weekend surrounded by Danes cycling around Copenhagen, maybe two wheels is the way forward.

Have a good week.


The Good Egg

It’s a hit in Stoke Newington, so the news that The Good Egg is to open a second branch in Soho is most welcome. Also welcome for west-end workers is an all-day menu featuring Challah French toast sandwiches, Hanukah-style brisket hash and za’atar fried chicken (the theme is the Jewish café culture of Montreal-meets-Tel Aviv’s street food). Plans are at early stages, and there’s a crowd-funding scheme underway. Watch this space (which is snuggled next to the more-imminent Pastaio).


Sushi meets sandwich in a new concept that launches next month on Great Windmill Street. Inigo will offer sushi hand rolls from a grab-and-go kiosk, everything from traditional combos to veggie and vegan alternatives, and all will be finished with a blast from the blow-torch to crisp the nori and make the rice the optimum temperature. It’s not just sushi, there will also be breakfast, salads and soups plus and – this is welcome for Soho’s queues if they play it loud – a soundtrack by investor (and Kooks man) Luke Pritchard. 

CODE Hospitality is an advisor to Inigo


More Soho news (who said Zone One is tricky?!) – this time it’s exciting Dulwich pop-up Oxalis finding a new home at the Sun & 13 Cantons. The site has a track-record for innovative and energetic operators, so chefs Max de Nahlik and Nick Ross hope to continue the tradition with their British produce/French technique menu. We say that the sound of short rib poutine, or grouse with beef dripping toast, grouse parfait and shallot and cep miso puree sound like winter winners. The residency starts early next month.


Hot on the heels of their Yosma head chef, Hus Vedat, getting a well-deserved shortlist nod at the YBFs, the owners Good Food Society announce they are to launch a new venture. Hovarda, an Aegean (for which read Greek/Turkish) restaurant and bar, will open on Rupert Street in November, offering a menu led by seafood grills and with a wine list heavy on Greek varieties. There will also be an upstairs cocktail bar, which chimes well with translation of ‘hovarda’: ‘a generous host with a free spirit’.

The Watch House

Alarm bells are ringing in all the best ways for the arrival of a new branch of The Watch House, this time in Fetter Lane. Rushing City folk can enjoy Ozone coffee and hearty breakfasts and lunches on the go, but in the evening (for which read City knock-off time of 5pm) there will be martinis and tapas. Owner Roland Horne already has branches in Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge so this gives fans another good pit-stop option. Oh, and the grab-and-go bags are among London's most stylish too.

Cut & Grind

More arrivals afoot at Kings Cross, where you could be forgiven for thinking that there are enough restaurants now. But burger company Cut & Grind has a slightly different approach: it is opening its first site inside the student accommodation Urbanest. There’s nothing like a captive audience - if they can tear themselves away from their screens to watch the open-kithcen action - and a student love of burgers is well documented, so we’ll watch this launch with interest.

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Arnaud Stevens

When you’ve worked for Koffmann, Ramsay, Rhodes and Atherton, you probably greet any pressure with aplomb, so we’re sure that Arnaud Stevens is calm about the launch of his first venture, a bakery and small plates restaurant – called Plate – in the M by Montcalm Hotel. There’s no shortage of bread aficionados in Shoreditch, so the Plate Bake section’s ‘bread flight’ is bound to go down well, as well as the marmite bread that Stevens made famous at Sixtyone restaurant in Marble Arch. There is also be a larger mix-and-match menu at the all-day venue.

Will Beckett

CODE applauds Will Beckett and the rest of the committee (which includes Mark Hix and Karen Jones) for A Good Dinner – a new initiative in aid of important food and water poverty charities Action Against Hunger, Magic Breakast and The One Foundation. The launch event, a rather fabulous-sounding dinner (with special Bibendum wines) for 200 on 11 October, brings together hospitality figures from investment, operators, advisors and more. We can be sure that the ‘money can’t buy’ auction will be pretty stellar too. For more information and tickets, email


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Now that the Sunday Times has finally appointed a new restaurant critic, The Dumbwaiter wonders who will replace Marina O'Loughlin at The Guardian? He also wonders if it was discussed in Ibiza, where Instagram revealed that Marina spent the weekend in Ibiza with fellow critic Fay Maschler. 

Also spotted travelling on Instagram was Nigella Lawson, first of all in the Himalayas (well, at Madade D posting a dish she'd enjoyed). She'd gone there on a Marina recommendation, but the domestic goddess then hopped on a real plane for a pre-book launch jaunt to South Africa. 

At the Restaurant Conference last Wednesday, Jeremy King was interviewed by MCA Editor, Mark Wingett. King noted, interestingly, that his group of restaurants, which includes Brasserie Zédel and Bellanger, has started looking to the over-50s when it comes to recruitment. The term 'silver server' comes to mind.

The Dumbwaiter dined at Core by Clare Smyth last week. Her new restaurant in Notting Hill is located in the former Leith's site and although Prue herself hasn't eaten there yet – Bake Off duties apparently – Smyth's former boss, Gordon Ramsay has been in a couple of times already.

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