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Food Inflation

14th November 2022 Inflation in food and drink prices hit a record high of 18.8% inSeptember, according to the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index.After reaching 15% in August, the Index surged again during September. This means inflation has been in double digits in every month of 2022since January. Dairy and oils and fats prices rose …

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David Yeo Opening

13th November 2022 Hong Kong-based Aqua Restaurant Group, founded by David Yeo, is towill open its fifth London venue. Shiro, in London’s Liverpool Street, willfollow Shard, Hutong, Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Nueva. It will feature asushi counter and robata counter, with an outdoor terrace, serving“intensely flavoured” crystal sushi. In addition to its London sites, Aquaoperates …

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Customers Demand Value

12th November 2022 Half of UK consumers are dining out less than at the start of 2022, whileguests are increasingly looking for value and variety. Findings from aRevenue Management Solutions survey of consumers found 51% ofthose surveyed are eating out less restaurants to save money. Additionally, 70% said they compare prices prior to placing their …

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Egg Shortages

11th November 2022 Fears of egg shortages have arisen in the hospitality sector. TheBritish Free Range Egg Producers Association suggests Britain’s eggproduction could plunge by eight million next year, with analystspredicting empty supermarket shelves at Christmas. Bird flu andfarmers reducing the size of their flocks, are blamed.

Trading Hours Cut

10th November 2022 More than a fifth of UK restaurants and cafes have cut their hours sincethe summer, in a bid to cut energy costs, according to new analysis bythe Office of National Statistics (ONS). The analysis showed food anddrink service firms were more likely than any other sector, in order toto deal with soaring …

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Gastro Tours

9th November 2022 Owner-chef Dev Biswal, has rebranded his Kent Ambrette restaurant inCanterbury as ‘Cook’s Tale’. Employing “hyper local” ingredients thefine dining anlo-Indian concept pays homage to Geoffrey Chaucer’sC14th ‘Canterbury Tales’ anthology – Biswal has also launched a gastrotravel arm taking parties initially to Croatia and India.

Michelin Srat for Hakkasan

9th November 2022 The Tao Group Hospitality has been awarded a Michelin star in theinaugural Abu Dhabi Michelin Guide. Hakkasan Abu Dhabi joinsHakkasan Hanway Place, Hakkasan Mayfair and Hakkasan Dubai inholding stars. In 2003 Hakkasan Hanway Place was the first Chineserestaurant to receive a Michelin star in the UK guide and has retained itever since, …

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Gunpowder International

8th November 2022 Siblings Harneet and Devina Baweja are to open the first overseas siteof their home-style Indian kitchen concept Gunpowder, in the Portuguesecapital Lisbon. The 60-cover restaurant will feature an open kitchen anda 12-seater terrace. The home-style menu will showcase recipescollected from Harneet’s travels to Bombay and Goa, with seasonalfresh seafood from carefully selected …

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Darjeeling Express Return

7th November 2022 Chef Asma Khan has found a permanent new site for her celeb-hauntDarjeeling Express. Khan opened her female-only brigade CoventGarden restaurant in 2020 after requiring a much larger space followingsupper clubs and a spell at a space in Kingly Court. Before opening the doors of the new location, Darjeeling Express is operating as …

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Sammer Taneja to Launch Fin

6th November 2022 Exec Chef of the Michelin-starred Benares restaurant, is seeking abacker to open ‘Fin’, an Indian fish restaurant in London. Fromlandlocked Delhi, Taneja admits to being “obsessed with preparingseafood, while working in Western restaurants.