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Diba to open in Chelsea

3rd August 2022 Diba, the London-based, Persian restaurant concept, has secured its third London site, in Chelsea. The concept, which is led by Hamed Meybodi, has secured a lease on 386 Kings Road, for its third site, with an opening planned for later this year. The business currently operates sites in Paradise Road, Richmond, and …

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Hospitality sector ‘abandoned’ by Government

27th July 2022 Hospitality sector ‘abandoned‘ Almost two-thirds of hospitality businesses feel abandoned by the government, accoring to a survey of 201 decision-makers within hospitality businesses. The findings revealed that: 79% think that restoring hospitality VAT to pre-pandemic levels should have been delayed for at least 12 months 35% want the government to subsidise energy …

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Canterbury’s Ambrette rebrands as The Cook’s Tale

26th July 2022 Hyper local menu to support local economy and reduce food miles Cookery classes and gastro travel arm revived Takeaway “curry” offered for the first time Owner-chef Dev Biswal, is rebranding his multi award-winning Ambrette Restaurant in Canterbury to The Cook’s Tale. The upmarket Anglo-Indian restaurant in Canterbury, offering “modern Mumbai dining”, is …

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Obituary: Pat Chapman

Patrick Lawrence Chapman 20th December 1940 to 23rd July 2022 Pat Chapman, the food writer, broadcaster and author, best known for founding The Curry Club and its Cobra Good Curry Guide, was a longtime friend of the Asian Catering Federation and chaired the panel of judges of its awards for many years. He was born …

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Chopstix Growth

23rd June 2020 Quick service restaurant brand Chopstix has opened its 71st UK store, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. Chopstix has moved into the former Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop in High Street. The store has been developed alongside franchisee group Sparta Foods, which has previously opened and operated Chopstix’s first dark kitchen trial site, in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. …

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Fantuan London Debut

20th June 2022 Fantuan Delivery, the largest Asian food delivery service platform in North America, has announced its entry into the UK market. The company will initially operate in London, with plans to extend its service to other major cities in the UK, including Birmingham and Liverpool, via their food ordering app. Founder and chief …

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Ken Hom CBE

7th June 2022 Celebrity chef Ken Hom has been awarded a CBE for services to charity, the culinary arts and education. It recognises the impact he has made on the UK embracing Chinese cuisine, and by becoming the country’s most recognisable ambassador for Asian culture. Hom’s media career began in 1984 with his first television …

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‘Beer Gate’ and ‘Party Gate’ venues shortlisted in Asian Restaurant Awards

25th May 2022 Two curry houses believed to have provided the takeaways for controversial political party meetings, have both been shortlisted for this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards, being held in Manchester on 27th June. The Spice Lounge in Durham, which is thought to have provided the food for Labour leader Keir Starmer and other party …

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