All news articles for December 2023

Akara West African restaurant Borough Market Aji Akokomi

Latest opening: Akara

By Joe Lutrario

Aji Akokomi’s follow up to his high-reaching Akoko restaurant takes its name from a black-eye bean fritter that originated in West Africa.

Pearly Queen oyster restaurant Shoreditch Tom Brown chef

Latest opening: Pearly Queen

By Joe Lutrario

Chef Tom Brown’s follow up to his Michelin-starred Cornerstone restaurant is focused on oysters and tips its mother of pearl-decorated hat to London’s Pearly Queens (and Kings).

What happened to the UK restaurant sector in 2023

2023: Review of the year in restaurants

By James McAllister

While operators big and small grappled with the impact of inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, 2023 also saw both investment and a degree of optimism return to the restaurant sector.

The key restaurant openings of 2024 featuring Jeremy King Ashley Palmer-Watts Michael O’Hare Ellen Chew Endo Kazutoshi

Restaurant radar: the key openings of 2024

By Restaurant

With new ventures from Jeremy King, Ruth Hansom, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Michael O’Hare and Ellen Chew, amongst others, 2024 is shaping up to be a banner year for new restaurant openings.

Bowie Tsang head sommelier Taku restaurant Mayfair

Uncorked: Bowie Tsang

By Joe Lutrario

The head sommelier at Mayfair omakase restaurant Taku on his love of German Riesling, Fitzrovia’s Noize and pairing sake with cheese.

Burger brand Amigos looks to reach 100 sites

Burger brand Amigos looks to reach 100 sites

By Joe Lutrario

London-centric burger brand Amigos is looking for franchise partners to help it reach its goal of reaching a total of 100 UK sites within the next five years.

Six by Nico to launch new Glasgow flagship and launch two new concepts in the city

Six by Nico to launch new Glasgow flagship

By James McAllister

Tasting menu restaurant Six by Nico is investing £3m to overhaul its Glasgow estate with the launch of two new concepts and a new flagship location in Merchant City.

Pie master Calum Franklin to launch Paris restaurant Public House

Calum Franklin to launch Paris restaurant

By Joe Lutrario

Former The Holborn Dining Room executive chef and self-styled pie master Calum Franklin will launch a restaurant in Paris early next year.

Sam’s Waterside restaurant Brentford Sam Harrison

Latest opening: Sam’s Waterside

By Joe Lutrario

Following success in Hammersmith, West London specialist Sam Harrison has opened another water-adjacent restaurant, this time within the Brentford Project development.

Friday five: the week's most read stories

Friday five: the week's most read stories

By Restaurant

MasterChef The Professionals winner Tom Hamblet's residences, the departure of Nathan Davies from SY23, and the relaunch of Knightsbridge stalwart Sale e Pepe were among this week's most read hospitality stories.

Chef Nathan Davies to leave SY23 restaurant in Aberystwyth

Nathan Davies to leave SY23

By James McAllister

Welsh chef Nathan Davies has announced he is to leave his Michelin-starred Aberystwyth restaurant SY23.

Martina Marini founder and sommelier Rolling Grapes

Uncorked: Martina Marini

By Joe Lutrario

The founder and sommelier at Holloway wine bar Rolling Grapes on Isabelle Legeron, Savoie’s Domaine Bruno Lupin and why Sherry still doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Megan’s restaurant to return to Parsons Green

Megan’s to return to Parsons Green

By Joe Lutrario

All-day dining brand Megan’s is returning to West London’s Parsons Green having taken on the former Le Pain Quotidien site on Parsons Green Lane.

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