While London restaurants remain shuttered, we’ve rounded up 10 new openings we’re looking forward to this year, from seafood sanctum Manzi’s to the Batman-themed Park Row.
HK to ease curbs on on-trade with vaccine incentive
Social distancing measures at Hong Kong restaurants and bars are expected to be relaxed on the basis that employees and customers are vaccinated.
Berkmann offers 50,000 bottles of wine to indie on-trade venues
Drinks distributor Berkmann Wine Cellars will be donating 50,000 bottles of wine to independent hospitality venues in the UK to help them get back on their feet post pandemic.
New online grower Champagne retailer and wine club targets growth
Sip Champagnes, a new online retailer and wine club championing grower and small-scale Champagne producers, wants to target the UK on-trade and expand into Europe.
PM rules out ‘vaccine passports’ for outdoor hospitality reopening
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled out using Covid-status certification when outdoor hospitality reopens in England next week, and has stated it also won’t be required for the resumption of indoor dining.
Pernod Ricard UK predicts ‘massive boom’ in on-trade sales
David Haworth, the head of Pernod Ricard UK, is expecting a “massive boom” in on-trade sales when restrictions on opening are eased.
Let beleaguered pubs trade as off-licences, urges CAMRA
With a ban on takeaway alcohol sales imposed on the English hospitality sector, CAMRA is urging the government to save pubs by letting them trade as off-licences.
Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites
In UK restaurant news: a new app for the hospitality sector launches, the commercial rent moratorium is extended and restaurateurs from the Midlands lobby the government for extra support.
Jascots appoints administrators
UK on-trade supplier Jascots has appointed administrators as the restrictions placed on the hospitality sector prove too much to overcome.
Hospitality and pub trade bodies call for alcohol duty reform
UK Hospitality and the British Institute of Innkeeping have called for an alcohol duty reform, proposing a simpler system that incentivises on-trade alcohol consumption.
25 million Brits want to visit hospitality venues in December
As many as 25 million Brits have expressed a desire to visit restaurants, bars and pubs in December, according to a report from the insights division of Bibendum.
50,000 hospitality venues won’t be able to reopen after lockdown
Over 50,000 hospitality venues won’t be able to reopen and trade under the government’s tier system when England comes out of lockdown on 2 December.