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Supporting young talent in the hospitality industry is at the heart of what we do at CODE. So it’s great to see, in the midst of negative headlines around the restaurant world, that young talent is being encouraged and supported. We recently saw the announcement of the winner of the Gold Service Scholarship and then there’s the San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year award, which seeks to find talented newcomers from all across the world.

Entries are now invited, more details here. CODE is one of the media partners of the awards, so we’ll be following the no-doubt fiercely competitive judging.

This year’s NRB19 is also fast-approaching and CODE is particularly looking forward to the Bruntwood Debate with a panel chaired by Lucy Noone-Blake and Jason Atherton as headline speaker. CODE members can get 20% off their tickets here.

Have a good week.


Mission Mars

The operators are celebrating the acquisition of another site, this time in Liverpool. The Hub Alehouse & Kitchen, on Duke Street, is Mission Mars’s second in the city and 12th in total and joins their most busy brands – Albert’s Schloss and Rudy’s Neopolitan Pizza. The Hub site, on a curved corner, has 170 covers and was previously Bistro Qui.

Manjit's Kitchen

The popular street-food café Manjit’s Kitchen is opening a second site in Leeds after securing £40k via crowdfunding. The new branch, also serving Indian vegetarian dishes, will open in the summer. The big advance is that, unlike the original site which closes at the end of the day due its market location, the new Kirkstall Road location will be open in the evenings.



Beer and prosecco pong, retro arcade machines, karaoke machines and great drinks – it sounds like the new opening from the Jones Bar Group is a winner. Loop, on Merrion Street in Leeds, was previously The Pit, run by Arc Inspirations and its new owners have identified a gap in the market for an ‘upfront party bar’. Loop joins the group’s Roxy Ball Rooms brand.

Champagne & Fromage

The Champagne & Fromage brand, which has four sites in London and one in Bath, is making further inroads in the north. It is to open a second branch in Liverpool next month, as part of the Ashcroft Building, which itself is getting a swathe of new operators. As well as the upmarket snacks and drinks concept, it will also run its Coucou Canard spin-off in the same development.


Rosa’s Thai Café opens its first site outside London, in Albert Docks, Liverpool, on Monday… The Talbot Inn in Malton, taken over and renovated by seasoned hotel operators Sam and Georgie Pearman, is now open again… Sardinian restaurant Il Paradiso’s newest site, on York Place in Leeds, is open… The Manchester-based coffee company Grindsmiths has opened its third site, on Bridge Street…

... and closing

Grafene has served its last fine-dining menu. The King Street restaurant, which had been open since 2016 and was run by Paul and Kathryn Roden, who will take the concept to their Peak District hotel Losehill House… Kettlebell Kitchen, which offered healthy eating at three branches in Manchester, has ceased trading after going into liquidation; the Newcastle site of the same name is unaffected…

Lisa Goodwin-Allen

CODE congratulates Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft for the success of this year’s Obsession, the annual uber-culinary collaboration now in its 19th year. Goodwin-Allen oversaw a busy programme of guest chefs and the final total raised for the charity Hospitality Action was more than £40k.

Brian Hughson

Change is afoot at 20 Stories with the appointment of new head chef, Brian Hughson. The Liverpool-born chef has forged his 25-year career in the kitchens of Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, Henry Brosi and Marco Pierre White and promises to serve up “good honest food” to keep Manchester’s sky-high restaurant at the top of its game.

Head Chef, Issho

Combining exceptional service, high-quality cuisine, unique menus and a stunning setting, Issho is the place to come together for a truly unique experience.

We are looking for a Head Chef who can lead the team - being on the front line and leading the pass is a must. We are looking for someone who can train, motivate and develop the team. You must be resilient, with the ambition and drive to be part of a successful business.

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