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Suko opens Zapp Thai Market

5th Augsut 2022 Sukho Group has opened a new supermarket venture as a brand extension to its Thai casual concept, Zaap Thai, in Nottingham. Zaap Thai Market has opened on the former Lifestyle Express shop in the city’s Upper Parliament Street. The supermarket stocks a range of Asian groceries. Zaap Thai ready meals, made by …

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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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