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The customer is always right, aren't they?

23-May-2007 - Of course we all want to keep the customer happy, but what about when they're just plain wrong? The customer is always right. Aren't they? What about if one goose-stepped...

Carluccio's turnover up 20%

23-May-2007 - Carluccio's restaurants and food shops has announced that turnover rose by 20 per cent to £25.9million in the 26 weeks to March 25 2007. Three new stores opened in the...

The ‘living statue' restaurant

23-May-2007 - Gruesome nightmare or interesting talking point? Welcome to Living Tables When the table appears to be dressed as Marilyn Monroe and hands you a vol-auvent, it's probably time to slow...

Sykes named Executive Director of Clapham House Group

23-May-2007 - David Sykes has been named as Executive Director of The Clapham House Group after two years at the company. Chief Executive Paul Campbell said, ;David's appointment to the board is...

Restaurants under pressure to reduce salt levels in food

23-May-2007 - Restaurants are under increasing pressure to reduce levels of salt in food. Here's how to do it It is a widely acknowledged fact that much of the UK's population eats...

Daniel Clifford's gastropub The Headley launches

23-May-2007 - The ‘gastropub' – everybody's doing it but Daniel Clifford's doing it in Essex There's been an embarrassment of riches on the ‘gastropub' scene of late, with Gordon Ramsay's Narrow and...

Benugo Bar & Kitchen to open in British Film Institute

23-May-2007 - Warner brothers Ben and Hugo predict great things for Benugo with the arrival of their first restaurant on London's Southbank Ben and Hugo Warner, owners of 18 Benugo café delis,...

Loch Fyne Restaurants posts highest ever net turnover

23-May-2007 - Growth in property portfolio helps Loch Fyne hit record turnover, while further expansion continues apace Loch Fyne Restaurants has posted its highest ever net turnover, in the year ended December...

Brilliant's low fat Indian cuisine

23-May-2007 - Dipna Anand's low cholesterol Punjabi cuisine has put her at the top of her class When Dipna Anand set about putting her restaurateur father Gulu Anand on a diet, she...

Restaurant Group sales up 4%

23-May-2007 - The Restaurant Group has said that like-for-like sales for the first five months of the year were up by four per cent, just ahead of expectations. The company, which owns...

Individual Restaurant Company to sell Bank Aldwych

23-May-2007 - The Individual Restaurant Company has agreed terms to dispose of Bank Aldwych to the property's landlords for £3.5million in cash. The sale is expected to go through by mid-July with...

UK's ‘eating out' market worth £17.7bn

23-May-2007 - The UK's ‘eating out' market is now worth £17.7billion, according to Mintel research company's British Lifestyles 2007 report. The value today shows a rise of 18 per cent on 2002's...

Menus That Talk

23-May-2007 - Good news for the visually impaired who don't read Braille. A restaurant customer has just launched her alternative creation – Menus That Talk – at Chicago's National Restaurant Association Restaurant...

Giancarlo and Caldesi to open Italian restaurant in Bray

23-May-2007 - Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi, who own two restaurants and a cooking school in Marylebone, London, have exchanged on a restaurant site in the culinary epi-centre of Bray in Berkshire in...

Head Chef of Jessica's restaurant leaving to open own restaurant

23-May-2007 - Jessica’s head chef leaves to pursue dream of opening own restaurant Glynn Purnell, Head Chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Jessica's in Edgbaston, Birmingham, is leaving the restaurant to open his own...

Fine Burger to expand portfolio to 10

23-May-2007 - Fine Burger Co is the latest burger chain to announce expansion plans, with property agent Shelley Sandzer recently appointed to acquire more sites in a bid to add a further...

Barrogill the first north highland blended malt

23-May-2007 - Barrogill, the first North Highland blend, is selected by Prince Charles himself Watercolours, children's books, organic farming, ideal village building, faith defending, explaining to ignorant pharmacists and doctors how narrow-minded...

Drink to rejuvenate with Tzu

23-May-2007 - The idea of drinking to ‘balance yourself' might seem like a novel concept to those of us who generally sup for precisely the opposite reason but that's how the Tzu...

Thierry Beyris of Le Cercle tells us what works and what doesn’t in his restaurant

23-May-2007 - Confit Tuna with Crispy Melting Pork and Béarnaise Sauce The tuna is cooked in olive oil at about 50ºF (10ºC) so that it looks raw but is bursting with the...

Sales increase for Cafédirect Fairtrade

23-May-2007 - Cafédirect Fairtrade hot drinks company, which has a coffee shop in London W1, has announced a sales increase of nine per cent to £21.6million in the financial year ended September...

Yates's in Basingstoke sold for £1.35 million

23-May-2007 - On behalf of Laurel Pub Co, Davis Coffer Lyons has sold the freehold of Yates's in Basingstoke, Hants, for £1.35m to a couple who plan to launch a new bar...

Concept Venues relaunch Geale's

23-May-2007 - Revamped fish and chips institution WHO? | Mark Fuller, Garry Hollihead and Andy Taylor of Concept Venues (The Embassy, The Inn on the Green) relaunch Notting Hill's fish and chip...

Gary Rhodes W1 Restaurant in The Cumberland

23-May-2007 - Further in-roads for Rhodes WHO? - Star chef Gary Rhodes follows up his Rhodes W1 Brasserie at the Cumberland hotel in London, with the elegant Rhodes W1 Restaurant. Brian Hughson,...

Bombay Bicycle Club takes 25-year lease on site in Surbiton

23-May-2007 - The Bombay Bicycle Club has taken a 25-year lease on a 650sq.ft ground floor site in Surbiton, Surrey. Shelley Sandzer acted on its behalf to agree a surrender of the...

El Bulli style brought to Farnley Tower Hotel

23-May-2007 - Hit it in Durham WHO? | First-timers Raj and Roopal Naik bring a slice of el Bulli style to Farnley Tower Hotel. Chef Sean Wilkinson arrives from Middlesbrough's Attitude to...

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