Dining trends

We have rounded up insight on the hottest food and beverage trends hitting pubs, restaurants and hotels, as well as the latest analysis of the eating out market. 

Shoryu's Tak Tokumine on souping up his ramen business

15-Aug-2017 - Tak Tokumine opened his first restaurant in 1980 within the Brewer Street building that now houses Mark Hix’s Soho flagship. Located below his Japanese grocer and bookshop, it was to...

Clare Smyth: How the UK's top chef is out to make fine dining cool again

07-Aug-2017 - Clare Smyth became the first British woman to hold three Michelin stars at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Now she’s striking out alone with her Notting Hill restaurant Core, and she’s on a mission to make fine dining...

Douglas McMaster: “I'd love to open Silo in London"

01-Aug-2017 - The zero waste chef on trying to move his Brighton restaurant to London, setting up a small plates restaurant with cocktail maestro Ryan Chetiyawardana and his ambition to run one...

The Lowdown: Ichibuns

27-Jul-2017 - It sounds like a complaint you’d go on Embarrassing Bodies for...It does rather, but Ichibuns is not a medical complaint but rather a Japanese-inspired restaurant...

Scott Hallsworth sells Kurobuta and launches new pop-up

24-Jul-2017 - Scott Hallsworth has launched a new London pop-up following the sale of his Kurobuta restaurant group.

The Lowdown: Ready-made soft boiled eggs

20-Jul-2017 - Is it April Fools Day already?It’s no yolk. This one is legit. In a claimed world first, bulk ingredients supplier Brusco has worked out a...


Ikoyi founders: "We want to change perceptions of west African cuisine"

14-Jul-2017 - School friends Ire Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan open a permanent home for their Jollof cuisine restaurant concept Ikoyi in London’s St James’ Market later this month.

Handmade Burger Co collapses in to administration

07-Jul-2017 - Handmade Burger Co was placed into administration yesterday (6 July) with nine of its 29 restaurants being immediately closed. 

Restaurant radar: July 2017

04-Jul-2017 - From an English dim sum restaurant to an upscale Japanese burger joint, here are the July openings you need to know about

David Biffani on bringing Copenhagen's Mother pizza to Battersea Power Station

23-Jun-2017 - Cult Copenhagen pizza restaurant Mother is launching its first international outpost at the Battersea Power Station development next month. We spoke to co-owner David Biffani about his plans.

"It's bulls**t that all food in China is delicious": Andrew Wong's top six Chinese food myths

19-Jun-2017 - The well-regarded chef busts the most common myths and misconceptions about Chinese cooking and champions the importance of proper technique

Opening of the week: Neo Bistro

16-Jun-2017 - What: Anglo chef-patron Mark Jarvis and former Harwood Arms head chef Alex Harper have teamed up to open a stripped back restaurant of quiet ambition...

Big in Denmark: Sticks'n'Sushi's Andreas Karlsson on its future plans

15-Jun-2017 - With two new openings later this year, Danish-born, Japanese restaurant brand Sticks’n’Sushi is finally on a (sushi) roll

Jason Atherton: Sosharu to open in Shanghai, but Brexit has stalled future expansion

13-Jun-2017 - Jason Atherton is to open his Japanese concept Sosharu in Shanghai next year, but has warned that Brexit could put the brakes on his plans for further restaurants. 

National Restaurant Awards 2017: The Sportsman once again named UK's best

12-Jun-2017 - The Sportsman in Kent has once again been named the UK’s best restaurant in the 2017 Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. 

Is traditional French sauce making set for a comeback?

12-Jun-2017 - Has traditional French sauce making had its day or are gelatinous, old-school sauces poised to make a comeback?

Massimo Bottura on bringing his food waste fight to London

06-Jun-2017 - Massimo Bottura is chef patron of Osteria Francescana, the three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy, which topped the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and came second...

New pecking order: Carl Clarke and David Wolanski on their new fast casual concept CHIK’N

31-May-2017 - The founders of hipster-fried chicken restaurant Chick 'n' Sours are hoping to redefine the chicken shop with their new 'guilt-free' fast-casual concept CHIK'N. On London's...

Sunday service: How London restaurants are rethinking weekends

24-May-2017 - They do things differently at Ceviche Old Street on a Sunday. While the rest of the week the Peruvian restaurant is the place to go for its eponymous raw fish...

Building bridges: Inside Bristol's booming restaurant scene

17-May-2017 - It may be the best place to live in Britain, but what opportunites does Bristol hold for restaurants?

Beyond buns: The Bao team on their new grown-up restaurant Xu

09-May-2017 - Later this month, Bao’s founders Shing Tat Chung, Wai Ting Chung and Erchen Chang open Xu, their more grown-up and ambitious Taiwanese restaurant. And there’s not a gua bao in...

Opening of the week: Lympstone Manor

05-May-2017 - After 21 years working at two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park, chef Michael Caines has struck out on his own. We checked out the food and vibe...and, er, learn what it's got...

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...


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


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...