Friday Five: the week’s top news

This week's top news stories include the JKS Restaurants brining its Arcade food hall concept to Battersea, the closure of Bristol's Pony Bistro and the reveal of the 10 chefs that will vie to become the 2022 National Chef of the Year.

Latest opening: Solstice

Kenny Atkinson’s second Newcastle restaurant will see him “push his skills” in what looks to be a play for two Michelin stars.

Uncorked: Sergi Guillen Beneito

The wine director at Ormer Mayfair by Sofian on having to pour a bottle of 2001 Petrus down the sink and Castilla Leon-based producer Alvar de Dios.

Josh and Holly Eggleton’s Pony Bistro to close its doors

Josh and Holly Eggleton’s Pony Bistro restaurant in the Bristol suburb of Bedminster will close its doors at the end of the year to allow the siblings to focus on the upcoming relaunch of their Chew Valley flagship The Pony and Trap as the Pony Chew Valley....

Artfarm acquires The Groucho Club

Artfarm has acquired The Groucho Club, the famed Soho private members club which has acted as a hub for the arts, literature and media community in London for the past four decades.

How I Got Here: Amy Corbin

The co-founder of Peckham's Kudu mini-empire on juggling a young family with restaurants, the staffing crisis and her father and mentor Chris Corbin.

The Lowdown: Karen’s Diner

An Australia-founded restaurant group that prides itself on its foul-mouthed service is hoping to launch a string of sites across the UK.

FiLLi makes another play for UK market

Fast growing United Arab Emirates-founded chai and Indian street food franchise FiLLi will have another crack at the UK market later this month having launched a site just ahead of the pandemic.

Flash-grilled: Sara Masarotti

The general manager at The Drunken Butler in London's Clerkenwell on how confidence can keep you calm under pressure during a busy service, and an unusual Pokémon-related guest request.

Book review: Oren

Israeli-born chef Oded Oren’s first cookbook contains definitive recipes for a number of Middle Eastern staples alongside more creative dishes.





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