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Over the summer we ran a survey that also included a section that allowed the industry to vote for some of their favourite people and places. More than 500 hospitality professionals voted in the first CODE Awards and here are the results, which can also be found in the new issue of CODE Quarterly.


Best hospitality: Soho House
Best staff food: St. JOHN
Favourite critic: Jay Rayner
Favourite chef: Tom Kerridge
Favourite restaurant to dine in: Hawksmoor
Favourite bar to drink in: Bar Termini


Have a good week.




The noted Morelands building on Old Street is the site for Fare, a new all-day project by Michael Sager and Marcus Dzelzainis. The bar and canteen, opening in November, will have a marble dining counter, grab-and-go coffee, cocktails and an open kitchen with grill. The head chef is Thomas Raymond, formerly of Ellory.

Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano, the Italian street food hub near Elephant and Castle, is to launch in Mayfair in the next six months, subject to planning permission. The restoration of the Grade I-listed St Mark’s church on North Audley Street by landlord Grosvenor Estates cost £5m; Mercato founder Andrea Rasca intends to focus on food sustainability with events, classes, restaurants and retail.

Boxpark Wembley

It’s not an area known for a wealth of good eating opportunities, so it’s good to hear that Boxpark Wembley has a strong line-up for its December launch. Its third site, close to the huge stadium and arena venues, will mix local operators with bigger names such as The Athenian, which will bring its Greek street food such as souvlaki and new vegan offerings, together with gourmet pizzeria Zia Lucia and Ugly Dumpling.


In mid-October, a new tea shop and cocktail bar in Covent Garden aims to showcase the product of Tetulia, a little-known tea-growing region in Bangladesh. From caffeine-heavy Bengal Builders brew in the morning through to tea-tinged cocktails at night in a menu designed by Enrico Gonzato from Dandelyan, Teatulia takes it's provenance seriously. The 16-seater site also has an evolving library; the first selection is curated by Tilda Swinton.

Michelin Bib Gourmand awards

Ahead of today’s announcement of the new Michelin stars (CODE is hearing strong gossip about two three-star possibilities), the Guide has announced its Bib Gourmands for this year. There are four terrific London restaurants in the list, so congratulations go to Sorella, Kudu, Farang and Petit Pois. And good luck to all the chefs in contention today.

World Restaurant Awards

Meanwhile the brand-new World Restaurant Awards, hoping to get some of the restaurant industry stardust for its ceremony which takes place next February in Paris, has announced its categories. As well as the expected restaurant of the year, best collaboration, best atmosphere and so on, will be tattoo-free chef of the year and an award for the best kitchen not to use tweezers…


Charlie Carroll opens the new Flat Iron, in King’s Cross, on 4 October, while down the road at St Pancras from today is The Barrel Vault, a new, unbranded pub from JD Wetherspoons. Meanwhile a new late-night cocktail bar, Head + Tails, launches on West End Lane in West Hampstead in mid-October.

... and closing

Saturday night will be the last service for Hackney favourite Legs; owner and chef Magnus Reid says a new venture is planned. There will be a temporary closure for Peckham’s much-loved Begging Bowl if their Kickstarter (which launches on 8 October) is successful. The plan is to revamp the kitchen and restaurant and add a new cocktail bar.

Claude Bosi

Hats off to Claude Bosi, winner of Chef’s Chef of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards last week. The award is voted on by peers and colleagues, which makes it deeply meaningful for chefs, as Bosi acknowledges. Claude Bosi at Bibendum was awarded the maximum five stars too, along with Core by Clare Smyth and Moor Hall. Next stop, Michelin.

Bryn Williams

CODE congratulates Bryn Williams, celebrating 10 years of his Primrose Hill restaurant Odette’s. The north London landmark has been open since 1978, and since Williams took over has become even more loved. A special menu for this month will celebrate the decade’s dishes. Meanwhile his Welsh restaurant, Porth Eirias, has just been awarded a Bib Gourmand too, so it’s been a good week.

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Tuesday saw a selection of the best chefs in the UK gather to compete to be crowned in the Boisdale’s Shooting Chefs Cup. The trigger happy band included Calum Franklin, Greg Marchand, Robin Gill and Jackson Boxer. Temper’s Neil Rankin came joint second with Lee Maycock. The proud winner was Nick Weston of Hunter Gather Cook.

Talking of Boxer, both he and Stevie Parle were quick to Twitter-nominate themselves in the tattoo-free chef category for the World Restaurant Awards (see above). Who else will put up their ink-free hand to enter?

The Michelin Guide announces their 2019 results this afternoon in London. The Dumbwaiter has heard rumours that a certain chef might be going from no stars to three stars. Core blimey!

From Sloane Square to Soho. Click here for The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

restaurant of the week
Gunpowder Tower Bridge
bar of the week
The Bloomsbury Club Bar

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