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The Lowdown: General Election 2024

It’s less than two weeks to go until the country heads to the polls, but what, if anything, are the main political parties promising to help support the hospitality sector?

Latest opening: Ardfern

Chef Roberta Hall McCarron can now safely be called prolific with a total of three Edinburgh restaurants to her name.

Friday five: the week's top restaurant stories

This week's top news stories include El Celler De Can Roca's plans to launch Scotland outpost, McDonald’s ending its AI drive-thru trial in US, and Dorian Janmaat's new Cornwall restaurant.

Uncorked: Beth Bond

The co-owner of Cumbria’s The Cottage in the Wood on Chinon-based producer Martine Budé, overseeing a compact list and how Radikon’s Ribolla Gialla changed her palate forever.

Flash-grilled: Oliver Milburn

The director of the London-based Kitty Fisher’s Group on the generosity of American tourists, his worst review (as an actor), and memories of dining in Brittany.

Hospitality groups see sales rise 3.6% in May

Britain’s leading hospitality groups achieved year-on-year sales growth of 3.6% in May 2024 despite disappointing weather in many parts of Britain, the latest CGA RSM Hospitality Business Tracker reveals.

Latest opening: Nanyang Blossom

Former Hakkasan and Duddell’s chef Daren Liew has launched a top-end Knightsbridge restaurant that explores the interplay between Malay and Cantonese cuisine.

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