Friday Five: the week's top stories

By Stefan Chomka

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Friday Five: the week's top stories

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A round-up of the biggest hospitality stories you might have missed this week

The UK’s first restaurant themed around cannabis ingredient CBD will open in Brighton. The Canna Kitchen will be a vegetarian and vegan restaurant​ with its dishes and cocktails having the option of the addition of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive legal constituent of cannabis, believed to have therapeutic benefits. The restaurant will open on Duke Street in the city, and will have a roof terrace where a CBD Turkish coffee and mint tea will be serves and also a subterranean log cabin-style lounge serving non-alcoholic CBD-infused cocktails.

Chef Aiden Byrne is making a dramatic return to Manchester House​, the restaurant he helped set up before leaving last year to open D&D's 20 Stories. Byrne, who oversaw the restaurant from 2013-17, says he intends to confirm the restaurant 'as a staple of Manchester's dining scene' once again.

An investigation into some of the UK’s leading pub chains, including Harvester, Hungry Horse, JD Wetherspoon and Slug and Lettuce, has found that customers have been served with ice and soda contaminated with faecal bacteria​. The BBC’s Watchdog Live says faecal coliforms – bacteria usually found in the gut and associated with faeces – were present in samples of either ice or soda at all the pub chains it had investigated.

Rotisserie chicken delivery brand Clockjack has been liquidated​, marking the end of the once restaurant brand. The restaurant previously operated in sites in the capital in Botolph Alley, Monument; Denman Street, Soho; and Powis Street, Woolwich before moving to a delivery-only model.

The Patisserie Valerie saga rumbles on, with the accountancy firm which acted as auditor for Patisserie Holdings now under investigation following the finding of a multi-million pound black hole in the bakery chain's finances. A probe has been launched in to Grant Thornton UK LLP, which audited Patisserie Holdings’ financial reports from 2015-17.

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