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OHH Pubs acquire The George in Braunton25-11-2015
The family owned West Country OHH Pub group is taking over The George Inn in Braunton in North Devon and bring it in line with OHH’s other properties which have 5 AA Stars.
Its Bear & Swan pub in Chew Magna near Bristol has just achieved the prestigious hallmark of the country’s highest quality ‘Inns with Rooms’, in common with their Old House at Home near Castle Combe in Wiltshire and Northey Arms near Bath.
The George is close to the renowned Saunton Sands Hotel, over looking the 3-mile long stretch of beach which offers some of the best surfing in the country. Golfers are attracted by Saunton Sands Golf Club, which has two of the country’s finest links courses.
Use of ‘Le Verre du Vin’ technology, which removes the air from opened bottles, means that the pubs offer an extensive selection of new and old world wines by 3 glass sizes: 125ml, 175ml and 250ml. The bars also stock a good range of ales, lagers and ciders.
The food is the remit of Roux-trained executive chef, Chris Alderson. Recognised by leading restaurant guides, including Michelin, the restaurants source local fresh quality produce to offer modern British food of an exceptional standard.
OHH has been short listed in for the Publican Awards 2016 for ‘Best Accommodation Offer’. Award winners will be announced at Battersea Evolution in London on 15th March.
Thanksgiving Supper at Saltwood on the Green24-11-2015
Saltwood on the Green restaurant’s American born owner Jeff Kipp, recently named one of the county’s top three chefs the Food & Drink Awards, is to serve a special Thanksgiving Supper on Thursday 25th November.
Tickets for the “American-ish” 4-course dinner with paired wines, cost £50 a person. The evening begins at 7:30pm with a welcome aperitif.
“Harvest suppers, like America’s Thanksgiving , aren’t a big thing here in the UK, which is a shame because the abundance of quality local produce at this time of year is fantastic, ” said Jeff Kipp, “Regulars at the restaurant have been pestering me to put on a special dinner marking the occasion, so here it is.”
Asian Curry Awards winners21-11-2015
Leading Asian restaurateurs, VIPs, embassy dignitaries and
celebrities gathered for a glittering gala dinner at the London Hilton to
honour the winners of Asian Curry Awards 2015 on Sunday 15th
In association with NOQU and the Asian Curry Club, the 5th Asian Curry
Awards 2015 was hosted by TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing
winner, Natasha Kaplinsky.
Standing in for Pat Chapman, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide
and chairman of the awards’ judging panel, who was unable to
attend, fellow judge George Shaw reported “a strong industry trend
towards more high quality, authentic, regional dishes, with a modern
gastronomic twist and healthier, light options on menus.”
The top award for Best South Asian Restaurant (Central London) went to
Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Club, which reopened this year following a £1
million refit. Singh had to see off strong competition for the award
whose short list included Cyrus Todiwala’s Café Spice Namaste and the
Michelin starred Tamarind and Quilon restaurants.
Regional awards for Best South Asian Restaurant were presented to:
Babur in Forest Hill (London Suburbs), Shozna in Rochester (South East),
Bay Leaf in Bristol (South West), Indian Summer in Brighton (South Coast),
Royal Tandoori in Corby (East Midlands), Ramadan in Cudworth (West
Midlands), The Days of the Raj in Newcastle (North East), Royal
Nawaab in Manchester (North West), Aagrah Restaurant in Sheffield
(Yorkshire), Purple Poppadom, Cardiff (Wales), The Light of Bengal in
Aberdeen (Scotland), Valley Connection, Bury St Edmunds (East of
Raj Bari in Yarm (North East), Charcoals in Glasgow (Scotland) were
Regional Best Newcomer Awards went to: Royal Nawaab in Perivale
(London), Curry Leaf Café in Brighton (South Coast), The Don in Welwyn
Garden City (South East), Nurjenna in Southgate (London).
Navadhanya Restaurant in Cambridge (East of England) and Urban
Tandoori in Bristol (South West), Shabir Hussain of Akbar’s Group of Restaurants in North of England and
Scotland was named The Curry Champion 2015.
Frank Khalid, owner of Elbrook Wholesale, Chak 89 Restaurant and
Banqueting in Mitcham and West London Film Studios in Hayes won the
Life Time Achievement Award for his charity works.
Best Take Away awards went to: Alishan Tandoori in Camberley (South
East Central), K2 in Wimbledon (London Suburbs), Curry Pot in
Dunfermline (Scotland), Taj Cuisine in Lower Stoke (South East).
The accolades for Best Thai went to Giggling Squid in Bristol (South
West) and Lemongrass in Crawley (South East).
Best Malaysian was Ning in Manchester; Best Japanese - Poppy Hana
in London; Best Singaporean was Singapore Garden in London; Best
Indonesian -Wurung Tuijuh in Brighton; Best Sri Lankan – Ayubowan in
West Glossop, Derbyshire; Best Chinese - Sanxia Renjia in London.
Best International Cuisine went to Chez Mumtaj in St Albans.
Shabir Hussain of Aakbar’s in Bradford was named Curry Champion 2015.
Chef Awards went to – Jiwan Lal of Babur in Forest Hill (London Suburbs)
adding to his already impressive trophy cabinet ; Abul Monsur of Taj Cuisine in Chatham (South East) Shanker Pandey, Everest Inn Ashford, Kent, (South East) Salim Siddique, Raj Bari in Yarm (North East); Abul Sobur, Zafran, Essex (East of England), Mohd Bilal Uddin, Bayleaf, Bristol (South West); Moinul Alom, Nahar, Newcastle Emlyn (Wales); AbdulHamid, India onthe Green (Scotland) and Nasser Awan, Sapna Caterers in Wembley(London).
Swedish Restaurant of the Year Awards went to Indian Garden
Restaurant and Waipo Chinese Restaurant whilest Restaurant Ho’s (Chinese) and Shanti Gossip (South Asian) were Highly Commended.
Sponsors were NOQU, Square Mile Insurance, Kingfisher Beer, Aroma Icecream, Cobra Beer, Mhd Shah & Co and Hillside Travels.
The Asian Catering Federation (ACF) and NOQU takeaway ordering platform developer, are partnering to allow restaurants take control of their brand identity, whilst boosting online ordering.
NOQU allows restaurants to implement cost-effective online ordering, whilst retaining a strong brand identity. NOQU will educate takeaway outlets on customer relationships building and driving online on a series of roadshows, as ACF encourages its 1,500 members to adopt the platforms.
“A handful of big players dominate online ordering in the takeaway market – but they don’t always represent the best commercial benefits for our members,” said Yawar Khan, chairman, Asian Catering Federation, adding: “Using the system, restaurants are able to collect their own data, run promotions and marketing as they like. It’s more competitive – charging only 5% commission on orders, compared to an industry average of 12%.”
Rob McMillian, CEO, NOQU commented: “We live in a digital world … today’s consumers increasingly want to browse menus and order online when purchasing food to takeaway. Consumers also order up to 25% more online than when in a restaurant."
As part of the long-term partnership, NOQU has become a lead sponsor of ACF’s Asian Curry Awards.
Business Growth Fund (BGF) has acquired a “significant minority stake” in Giggling Squid restaurants for a £6.4m investment.
Giggling Squid, which has a portfolio of 13 properties, will use BGF capital to finance further expansion, with many more sites opening within the M25. BGF has introduced Simon Kossoff, Chairman and former CEO of Carluccio’s, who becomes Giggling Squid’s as non-exec Chairman alongside Jon Simon, Investor at BGF, also joins the board.
The business employs around 300 staff across its thirteen sites and is expected to generate revenue in excess of £12m this year. A further 1,000 jobs nationally are expected to be created over the next 4 years.
“Ultimately, we remain a food led business and Simon Kossoff’s appointment as chairman is a real coup for us,” said Pranee, adding, “We have massive respect for his achievements at Carluccio’s, a brand we see as having played a central role in redefining the quality customers now expect from high street restaurants.
The announcement came on the same day that Giggling Squid's Bristol branch collected the accolade for'Best Thai' at the Asian Curry Awards held at the London Hilton.
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