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Massimo Bottura confirms London location for UK homeless kitchen

28-Apr-2017 - Massimo Bottura’s non-profit kitchen, Food for Soul, will open at St Cuthbert’s Centre in London’s Earl’s Court, the group has finally revealed.

Humble Grape to open third site as it smashes £1m crowdfund goal

28-Apr-2017 - Wine bar group Humble Grape has confirmed it will open its third site in Islington this summer, after smashing its most recent £1m crowdfunding goal.

María Fernanda Di Giacobbe on the power of chocolate

28-Apr-2017 - Winner of the Basque Culinary World Prize 2016, María Fernanda Di Giacobbe, works to empower disadvantaged women in Venezuela through chocolate production. As the 2017 prize approaches its deadline for nominations,...

Opening of the week: Del 74

28-Apr-2017 - What: This buzzy no-frills taqueria is the latest addition to London’s burgeoning taco scene.Who: Jorge Felizardo, who co-launched Taberna Mercado with Nuno Mendes, has teamed...

Brighton's Chilli Pickle hits crowdfunding target

27-Apr-2017 - Acclaimed Brighton Indian restaurant The Chilli Pickle has hit its £700,000 crowdfunding target to help expand its business across the south of England. 

People On The Move: April 2017

27-Apr-2017 - From Simon Rogan leaving Claridge's, Neil Moffitt stepping down from Hakkasan, and new senior roles at The Principal Hotels Group and Hotel du Vin, it's been an eventful month. We...

Simon Rogan to leave Fera at Claridge's and re-open Roganic

26-Apr-2017 - Chef-restaurateur Simon Rogan is to leave his Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s restaurant in a 'mutual agreement', and is in talks to re-launch his Roganic concept elsewhere.

Calcutta Street to open second site, in Brixton

26-Apr-2017 - Bengali-style Fitzrovia restaurant Calcutta Street is to open a second site in Brixton this June. 

Seven restaurants set for new £15m Chinatown food hub

25-Apr-2017 - Property developer Shaftesbury is to launch a new £15m food and retail hub in London’s Chinatown later this year.

Rosa’s Thai Market Kitchen: A “break away from shopping centre food”

25-Apr-2017 - The Rosa’s Thai Café group has explained its new concept, Rosa’s Thai Market Kitchen, as a “faster way of delivering the Rosa’s offering” and a “break away from shopping centre...

Cottons Caribbean restaurant to open two new sites

25-Apr-2017 - Caribbean restaurant group Cottons is to open two new sites, one in Shoreditch and one in Vauxhall.

Restaurants urged to apply for business rates relief

25-Apr-2017 - A £300m relief fund set up to help operators hit by rising business rates is now available for local councils to share out, the government has said.

Restaurant Eats Out: Behind The Scenes – Neil Rankin, Temper

25-Apr-2017 - In the fourth and final Behind The Scenes video in our Restaurant Eats Out Taco Tour series – which also saw us visit taco sites Wahaca, Breddos and El Pastor...

Monica Galetti: “More female chefs” should apply to MasterChef: The Professionals

24-Apr-2017 - Chef Monica Galetti has said she would like to see more female chefs enter the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals show this year, as the last week of applications draws to...

MONTHLY COLUMN

Pub design? It’s no small beer

24-Apr-2017 - As pubs scramble to reposition themselves for the 21st century, too many are embracing ruinous interior design

Westgate Oxford confirms three further restaurants

24-Apr-2017 - Westgate Oxford, the upcoming food and retail development, has confirmed three new operators for its £440m site.

Margarita cocktail contest comes to London’s Mexican restaurants

20-Apr-2017 - London restaurants and bars such as Wahaca, El Patron and DF/Mexico are to compete for the title of ‘best margarita in town’ in the city’s first ever ‘Margarita Rumble’ competition....

FEATURE

Pump up the volume: Is the music right in your restaurant?

20-Apr-2017 - Video by Hannah Thompson         Noisy music in restaurants is a contentious issue. Yet for many restaurateurs, music is crucial in adding warmth to their venues. Others are...

Ahi Poké to open in Nova Victoria as first step in expansion

19-Apr-2017 - Ahi Poké is to open its second site, in the London Victoria Nova development, in June.

Japan Centre to launch new London dining destination

19-Apr-2017 - The founder of the Shoryu ramen chain is to launch a new Japan Centre food hall in London, 40 years after it first opened in the capital.

Nominations for the Basque Culinary World Prize close in one month

19-Apr-2017 - There is just one month left until nominations close for the Basque Culinary World Prize, with the deadline extended to 19 May.

ASK THE EXPERTS

Seven ways to run an effective loyalty program

19-Apr-2017 - Tim Brown, senior director, sales consulting for food and beverage EMEA Oracle Hospitality, shares the results of a recent survey conducted by the hospitality technology solutions company on restaurant loyalty...

What does a 2017 general election mean for hospitality?

18-Apr-2017 - The hospitality industry has welcomed the announcement of a general election on 8 June as a chance to challenge politicians on the issues facing restaurants, hotels and pubs.

Bourgee steak and lobster to open first site outside Essex

18-Apr-2017 - Steak and lobster group Bourgee is to open its third restaurant, in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, as part of its plans to become a 'household, nationwide name'. 

Academy of Chocolate Golden Bean 2017 announces Filled Chocolate winners

18-Apr-2017 - The Academy of Chocolate Golden Bean 2017 awards has announced its first round of winners, in the Filled Chocolate category.