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Bun in the oven02-03-2015
Clients of a former Brighton brothel have been disappointed to find it has been reborn as a trendy bakery.
The once house of ill-repute on Elm Grove is now The Flour Pot artisan bakery, owned by Oliver Hyde, selling hand crafted breads, cakes, patisserie and coffee Small Batch.
Guildford opening for Giggling Squid24-02-2015
Giggling Squid, the Thai chain led by Andy and Pranee Laurillard, has completed on its 13th site, a former Cafe Rouge in Guildford, Surrey, which will re-open later this year.
This will be the chain’s second site in Surrey, with plans to open two more in the county in 2105. The company, which operates ten sites, will also open in Bristol and Salisbury next.
The new 90-seater restaurant in Guilford's Chapel Street, on the former site of Cafe Rouge, will sit between Cotes and Loch Fyne, following major refurbishments.
Other Giggling Squids are located in Brighton, Hove, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells, Henley-on-Thames, Reigate, Stratford-upon-Avon, Marlow, Horsham and Sevenoaks
Jonathan Neame, chief exec of the Faversham-based Shepherd Neame brewery – the oldest in Britain - has been named Kent’s most influential business person, by Kent Business magazine. Neame, who tops the list of the county’s top 40 commercial leaders is chairman of the Beer & Pub Association and will become chairman of the tourism agency Visit Kent later this year.
Gusbourne Estate wine event at Saltwood on the Green18-02-2015
Saltwood on the Green restaurant, near Hythe, has announced a programme of monthly set menu gourmet dinners with matched drinks offerings. The next six months will see chef-owner Jeff Kipp’s dishes matched with South African and Kent wines, artisan cocktails, wild food, craft beers and Kentish ciders.
The special 4-course gourmet evenings cost c£50 a head and begin with diners being presented with one of the restaurant’s speciality artisan cocktails upon arrival at 7.30pm.
On 31st May the restaurant will showcase award-winning wines from nearby boutique producer Gusbourne Estate with its director Ben Walgate.
"Saltwood is at the vanguard of elegant contemporary dining and we are honoured to join a revered selection of local producers in supplying the restaurant,” said Gusbourne Estate Chief Executive Ben Walgate,” adding, “I’m really looking forwarding to the evening, introducing Gusbourne to the dinners and enjoying some of Jeff's beguiling dishes carefully paired with a selection of our wines."
Gusbourne Estate wines also feature on lists of many of the UK’s most renowned dining establishments, including Le Gavroche, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, The Fat Duck, Nathan Outlaw at the Capital, L’Enclume and Northcote
24th February - South African Wines
31st March - Gusbourne Estate Wines
28th April – Artisan Cocktails
26th May - Wild Food
30th June – Local Craft Beers
28th July - Kentish Ciders
Casual Dining Design Awards finalists17-02-2015
Over forty casual dining pubs and restaurants will competing for design awards at this month’s Casual Dining Show at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, on 25th -26th February.
The Casual Dining Design Awards includes three categories – Best Designed Independent Restaurant, Best Designed Multiple Restaurant, and Best Designed Casual Dining Pub.
This year’s shortlist includes high street names ASK Italian, Nando’s, wagamama, and Pizza Hut Restaurants, plus a range of entries from scalable independents.
Five venues will compete for the prestigious Best Designed Casual Dining Pub award: Adventure Bar, Clapham Junction, London (designed by Mystery Ltd), The Castle, Tooting, South West London (designed by Fusion Design and Architecture), The Dispensary, Aldgate, City of London (designed by Jackie McWeeney Interior Design), Kings Head, Bessels Green, Kent (designed by Design I.D.), Old Bridge Inn and Coffee House, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire (designed in-house by Bulldog Hotel Group).
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