Jamie Oliver’s restaurants to face administration
UK television chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant business is preparing to file for insolvency, putting around 1,300 jobs at Jamie’s Italian, Fifteen and Barbecoa at risk.
WLC Eats: Skylon
wlc heads to Skylon on London’s Southbank to test-drive its new menu, devised by Finnish-born chef Helena Puolakka, gorging on cured salmon on rye, fresh pappardelle in a smoked tomato sauce with creamy goat’s cheese and a heavenly chocolate tart.
Government restrictions on EU migration would ‘devastate’ UK hospitality industry
The government’s plans to place a minimum salary requirement on EU citizens living and working in the UK would be ‘devastating’ for the hospitality industry, according to industry leaders.
UK restaurant closures reach ‘epidemic levels’
The number of restaurants filing for insolvency in the UK has nearly doubled over the last eight years, according to accountancy firm Moore Stephens, with the uncertainty over Brexit and rising business rates contributing to a cocktail of pressures.
British restaurants closing at rate of 10 per week
The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 2% in 2018, the equivalent of more than 10 closures a week, according to a recent report.
The Good Food Guide reveals top 50 UK restaurants
The Good Food Guide, published by Waitrose and partners, has released its list of the top 50 restaurants in the UK with a total of 14 from London, including the first restaurant to win top marks with its debut in the guide.
St. John to open permanent bakery in Neal’s Yard
Following two successful pop-ups, nose-to-tail restaurant St. John is to open a permanent bakery in Neal’s Yard in London’s Covent Garden next month.
UK restaurants battle against 4.8% drop in sales
The UK’s July heatwave saw punters pour into UK pubs, leading to a 2.7% hike in sales, but restaurants struggled to compete, suffering a 4.8% drop in trade, according to the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.
Hot tip: 28-50 Maddox Street
Every Monday, 28-50 Maddox Street offers discounted prices across a selection of fine wines selected by Clement Robert MS.
Google maps to ‘match’ your tastes to any restaurant in the world
A new function on Google Maps promises to tell you if you are a ‘match’ for any restaurant in the world, based on the paces it knows you have already been too, personal tastes and user reviews of the restaurant.
New on Wine List Confidential: Hakkasan Mayfair
Group buyer Christine Parkinson’s deep, detailed wine list is introduced with quirky titles such as ‘Curious Vines: Distinctive Wines’, and for Champagne, ‘Late Disgorged’.