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The winter edition of CODE Quarterly has just been published, with its annual feature on the 30 under 30 talents in the hospitality industry. It is always inspiring to hear about the people pushing forward in their careers, and showing that it’s not all about London. There’s a brilliant array of talent, including Ellis Barrie, opening a new restaurant in Liverpool next year; Alexandre Freguin, head sommelier at Moor Hall; Joseph Otway, Where The Light Gets In’s head chef; Laudy Gibba-Smith, head waiter at L’Enclume and of course, Tommy Banks, who opened Roots in York to join The Black Swan.
You can read more about them, and much more in the new edition of CODE Quarterly, a subscription to which also makes a great last-minute Christmas present! More info here
This the last bulletin of the year, so until we’re back in January, we wish you well through this busy period and, of course, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  
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Tipu Sultan

An empty site in Nottingham will become a third restaurant for the fast-growing Tipu Sultan concept. The Pakistani food operators - whose signature dish are Sultani chops - are already in Birmingham and Leicester and the Sherwood site is first in the next wave of expansion, to include London, Bradford and Luton.


The former steak restaurant FSK in Summer Row, Birmingham, has been taken over by operator Aktar Islam and opened as the Italian-themed Legna. Islam, who was formerly chef director of Lasan, already runs the Indian restaurant Opheem close to his new venture and is drawing on his travels through Italy for Legna’s menu.


An interesting development at Liverpool bar 81. The speakeasy style venue is trialling a ‘no-phone’ policy, to encourage guests to connect with each other over their cocktail menu. Graffiti Spirits, who run 81 as part of eight venues across three cities, has restricted the trial to two days a week… for now. Talk about an Instaban.


A new restaurateur arrives on the Sheffield scene with an announcement by Matt Helders. Helders, for those who don’t follow music, is the drummer in the Arctic Monkeys and he told NME that he plans Ambulo as an all-day café, to open in 2019. Perhaps diners should be aware that one of their hits was ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair.’


Aiden Byrne has opened the evolution of his restaurant-before-last. Restaurant MCR in Spinningfields started service ten days ago, after the chef returned to his former site from 20 Stories… Korean concept Ban di Bul has launched a second site - on Bold Street in Liverpool - to join its Manchester restaurant…

... and closing

Fera at Claridges, once Simon Rogan’s London flagship, will close after its last service on 31 December. The Cumbria-based chef-patron has two other restaurants in London and is currently working on openings in Singapore… Fraiche, Merseyside’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, has closed. Chef Marc Wilkinson has run the 10-seater Oxton restaurant since 2004, and has said he plans to open again in a new location at a later date. 

Sat Bains

Congratulations to Sat Bains, whose restaurant has been named number one in the UK and fourth in the world in the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Restaurants Awards, compiled by TripAdvisor. Bains, who holds two Michelin stars, beat Adam’s, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, L’Enclume and The Black Swan to take the top UK spot. His sous chef, Laurence Henry, meanwhile is in the finals of MasterChef: the professionals on TV.

The Pearmans

The popular duo who launched, and then left, the Lucky Onion group of hotels and pubs have announced their new venture. Sam and Georgie Pearman will relaunch The Talbot, a 17th century pub in the Yorkshire village of Malton, working with Tom Naylor-Leyland, whose family have owned it for many years. With their reputation for stylish interiors and a buzzy atmosphere, the February re-opening will be worth a visit.

Inver opened in 2015 to critical acclaim, with top marks in reviews across the board, and is now listed among the UK’s best restaurants. We are located right on the shore of Loch Fyne, on Scotland’s wild west coast. The quality of the produce the kitchen enjoys is unparalleled. Our small team is growing. We are looking for a sous chef or head chef to join us in March 2019, when the restaurant re-opens after our winter break.

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The Lowry Hotel must be disappointed that José Mourinho has got the sack from Manchester United. The manager had been living at the hotel for two and half years, spending more than £550k during his stay. Wonder if he got a discount on the mini bar?
The Dumbwaiter was left a bit wide-eyed by Gino D’Acampo’s conversation about his sex life on the Keith Lemon Christmas TV show. The celebrity restaurateur, who is expanding his My Coffee & Deli Bar within the Manchester Next site, should perhaps put smelling salts on the menu.
Nuts are so over. Coffee shops around the country might want to take note: according to the ritzy grocers Whole Foods, pea milk is the new non-dairy alternative that early adopters are going to start demanding from January. Old joke alert: how do you milk a pea?

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