In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Unruly emus banned from Australian pub
Two emus, named Carol and Kevin, have been barred from their local pub in western Queensland after stealing from punters and defecating on the floor.
Pub landlord installs electric fence around his bar
The landlord of the Star Inn in the Cornish town of St Just has installed an unusual deterrent to enforce social distancing at his pub.
New Neverspoons app launched to support independent pubs
A new Android app which finds alternative independently-run pubs close to J. D Wetherspoon pubs and other major chains has already proved popular.
Publican builds full-size Spitfire replica during lockdown
Those gearing up to visit a pub in England this weekend are advised to expect changes, but visitors to the Selsey Arms in West Sussex will be treated to another surprise: a Spitfire.
Pubs and restaurants will be ‘last to open’ after UK lockdown
UK cabinet minister Michael Gove has warned that pubs, bars and restaurants would be “among the last” to re-open when lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
Updated: UK bars, pubs and restaurants told to close
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told pubs, bars and restaurants to close “as soon as they reasonably can” and not re-open to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.
Decision to deny visas for low skilled workers creates ‘huge challenge’ for UK on-trade
The UK government’s decision to deny visas to low-skilled workers is set to create a “huge challenge” to the UK’s pub, bar and restaurant sector, the drinks trade has warned.
Ed Sheeran to turn London restaurant into gastro pub
Pop star Ed Sheeran has secured a new alcohol licence for his Notting Hill restaurant Bertie Blossoms, allowing those not dining to buy a drink.
Pubs, bars and restaurants report rise in festive trading
UK pub, bar and restaurant groups reported that sales grew by 2.5% over the six weeks of the festive season, compared to the same period in 2018, with spend increasing on both food and drink.
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen to be turned into a pub
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s former flagship restaurant and the headquarters for his social enterprise, Fifteen in Shoreditch, is to be turned into an east London pub.
Xavier Rousset and Mark Jarvis reopen Gunmakers pub
Master Sommelier Xavier Rousset and Angelo chef Mark Jarvis have joined forces to reopen much loved Marylebone pub the Gunmakers this month.