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A friend of mine – who dines out a lot in central London but is not involved in the industry – messaged me over the weekend making a rather interesting point about a restaurant he was in. “The order of service leaves a little to be desired. I get that you can’t open a restaurant in London these days without the phrase ‘the food comes when it’s ready’, but should the sea bass be arriving before the avocado salad?”

He’s right. Certain dishes are clearly more suited to the first part of your meal than the latter, yet so often they arrive in reverse. Do kitchens do this because it makes life easier, as opposed to catering to how people want to eat? It can result in diners (not just me) leaving restaurants still rather hungry - as so often sharing plates means you get a forkful of a few dishes over an hour or so but never quite enough to actually eat. An informal sharing-plate place should observe a logical order, or – even more controversial – what’s wrong with the straightforward starter, main and dessert?

Have a good week.



Hot on the heels of news of the
return of Henry Harris to the London restaurant scene comes confirmation that Rowley Leigh – another stellar name – is taking over the Parabola restaurant within Kensington's Design Museum, with pretty-much immediate effect. Leigh had previously acted as a guest chef there, after the closure of Le Café Anglais and his return is great news for the many fans of his classic cuisine.

Bluebird NYC

Bluebird's expansion – to White City in early 2018 – isn't the only bit of wing-spreading for the D&D restaurant. It's just been announced that a New York outpost will open in Midtown (Columbus Circle, to be exact) next spring. There will be a New York chef appointed in the near future, but in the meantime CEO Des Gunewardena is plotting the details of exporting the buzz of the Chelsea favourite to Manhattan.

Feast Canteen

Disgruntled west Londoners who feel the other side of town gets all the exciting openings are about to change their tune. Feast Canteen, from the Pergola team, will transform the dingy food court at Hammersmith's Kings Mall into a buzzing all-day destination for eating in and (via Deliveroo) ordering out. The plan is for outlets to rotate, but kicking things off in January are hot-name operators including Breddos Tacos, Patty & Bun and Salvation Noodles. 


We've always felt that Fergus Henderson is one of hospitality's great showmen, so it seems fitting that St. JOHN will be running the food offering at London's newest theatre, the Bridge, when it opens next month. The theatre is the brainchild of Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, both previously at the National, so expect great shows, as well as St. JOHN's superior snacks and cakes, plus drinks from the mother restaurant's terrific wine list. 


Thought Dead Rabbit at Claridge's was incongruous? Well how about a taste of ol' New Orleans in the elegantly restrained Beaumont Hotel? For three days at the end of the month, the 112-year-old institution Galatoire's will be serving its classic dishes – think gumbo, shrimp, oysters – in the hotel's Colony Grill Room. The pop-up is timed to coincide with another pop-up – the New Orleans Saints are playing the Miami Dolphins here when the NFL Series comes to London.

The Daniel Pontifex Scholarship

There's a wonderful opportunity for one tenacious person working in the UK hospitality industry to take a paid trip to explore Australia's food and wine scene – could it be you? The scholarship, now in its 20th year, was set up in memory of Daniel Pontifex, who was killed in a car accident while working at London's Kensington Place. Entries are open now and as you'd expect from a scheme in partnership with Wine Australia, the emphasis is on the country's vineyards and producers. Click here for more details.

Alain Ducasse

The chef who inspires so many is expanding the education aspect of his business by teaching "the DNA of French cuisine" in cookery schools worldwide – the aim is to reach thousands, the focus initially will be in his existing schools. We applaud an industry veteran's commitment to passing on his knowledge to future generations.

Source: The Caterer

Clément Leroy

The MARC restaurant group has been quick to announce the chef who will lead The Square when it reopens later this year. Clément Leroy joins from Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly, although he has spent much of his career to date under the notable chef Guy Savoy. His style is a lighter version of the French classics, which sounds like a good fit for Mayfair.


Marketing Manager, Señor Ceviche

Señor is looking for a determined, entrepreneurial and motivated Marketing Manager to join our expanding team and growing business. Working alongside the founders, this person will ideally come from a hospitality marketing background (any previous experience in operations is a bonus too), as a Marketing/Brand Manager and looking to join an exciting start-up business with lots of opportunity for progression within a growing restaurant brand.

Please click here to view the full job specification and details of how to apply.

Brand Ambassador, PLACED App

Hospitality recruitment platform, PLACED, made by hospitality people for hospitality people uses smart technology to match quality jobseekers to the best restaurant vacancies in London. We’re a fast growing tech startup already working with 700 awesome venues in town!

We’re looking for a Brand Ambassador to join our young, enthusiastic team in forging fruitful relationships with key people in the industry.

The ideal candidate understands the hospitality industry and is a go-getter with a penchant for building strategic relationships.

Please click here to view the full job specification and details of how to apply


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To the River Café last night for a party to celebrate its 30th birthday. Ruth Rogers and her team welcomed guests including Nigella Lawson, Jeremy King, Simon Hopkinson and Giorgio Locatelli. Rogers reminisced about some funny stories over the years, including when one guest stopped a member of staff to ask where the ladies were. To which the River Café team member replied, “they’re in Italy.”

Victoria Beckham celebrated her New York fashion show, as always, with lunch at Balthazar. Her and her family make it a routine to head to Keith McNally’s Spring Street restaurant every year. The Dumbwaiter hears they tucked into a juicy bottle of a 2012 Gaja Barbaresco.

Rumour has it a new restaurant critic has been appointed at The Sunday Times. By George, we know who we’d prefer to take over the much coveted weekly slot but rumour has it a rather well-known journo will be taking up the reigns. It's a Long shot – but we can still hope.

From Merrion Street to Middlesex Street. Please click here to read The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.


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Sunday | 30% off drinks 


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