Chaiiwala Drive Thru

6th February 2023 Street food cafe, Chaiiwala, has opened the first Indian drive-thru in the UK. The site in Bolton, Greater Manchester, has been opened in partnership to serve an array of street food, hot and cold chai drinks and an all-day breakfast. After starting out serving cups of chaii on the streets of Delhi …

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Chop Chop at The Hippodrom

5th February 2023 Chinese restaurant group, Four Seasons, has opened a new site at London’s The Hippodrome. Chop Chop at The Hippodrome has opened on the ground floor of the Leicester Square venue, offering casual Cantonese dishes as well as late-night dining until 4am. The menu features Four Seasons’ signature Hong Kong-style roast duck, marinated …

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4th February 2023 Hrishikesh Desai, formerly of Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District, has taken up the role of chef-patron at Farlam Hall, a boutique hotel on the other side Cumbria. Hrishikesh, a 2009 Roux scholar, left the Gilpin in Windermere on Boxing Day, having run its kitchens for seven years. By the end he …

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Wagamama to Donate 1m Meals

12th January 2023 Wagamama, owned by The Restaurant Group, has launched a veganuary dish with a special partnership allowing one million meals to be donated to low income families. It has launched a new vegan take on its kare lomen dish – its regular menu is already more than 50 percent plant based. This will …

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Masala Zone Triples Turnover

11th January 2023 Masala Zone operator MW Eat has reported turnover has nearly tripled but that business was still being affected by the covid pandemic in its year to March 2022. It returned to profit and was cash-flow positive. However, turnover was still down by some 40% on pre-covid levels. The company, whose outlets include …

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Wasabi Up

10th January 2023 Wasabi, which operates 44 sushi and bento takeaway food shops and restaurants across London and the UK and sells its products through supermarkets throughout the country, increased its turnover by some 41% in the year to December, as stores saw an end to lockdown-related restrictions and the company continued to expand. Turnover …

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Living Wage

17th November 2022 Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Chancellor Jeremy Hunt have accepted officials’ recommendations and announced a significant rise in the national living wage from £9.50 an hour to £10.42.