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Record Breaking Thai Debut30-08-2016
Koh Thai restaurant group has announced record breaking numbers for its latest opening, in the Hampshire market town of Romsey.
Since launching at the end of July, the Thai tapas eaterie has averaged 90 covers a night, selling 832 pints of Asahi lager and creating 121 of its favourite Dragon’s Ruin Stolichnaya vodka-based cocktail. Chicken Satay was the top selling dish, with 467 servings in its first month.
“Opening night was the talk of the town. The venue was at maximum capacity, welcoming guests from an endless list of who’s who is Romsey," said Koh Thai founder Andrew Lennox, adding, “You will find the restaurant to be the busiest place in town on the weekend.”
A multi-award winning national restaurant brand that originated in Dorset 7 years ago, has become a major player in the restaurant industry – defying conventions with its unique blend of European and Thai flavours.
Asian Curry Awards Deadline29-08-2016
Spice lovers have until midnight on Friday 30th September to vote for their favourite restaurants for the sixth Asian Curry Awards (ACA). The awards are open to Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways.
An expanded format sees the creation of new categories for Curry Pub, Buffet Restaurant and Event Caterer. There is also a separate category of vegetarian restaurants and Middle Eastern and Turkish can enter for the first time.
Winners will be announced at another high profile, glittering awards ceremony, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair on 23rd October.
“These awards are design to recognise the best in this industry and encourage ever higher standards and the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs to join this dynamic sector,” said Yawar Khan, Chairman of the Asian Curry Awards.
The full list of national award categories is:
• Fine Dining Asian Restaurant of the Year
• Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year
• Asian Takeaway/Delivery of the Year
• Newcomer of the Year (restaurants established less than 3 years)
• Lifetime Achievement
• Buffet Restaurant of the Year
• Curry Pub of the Year
• Chef of the Year
• Vegetarian Restaurant of the Year
• Event Caterer of the Year
• International Asian Restaurant of the Year
There are also 10 regional awards for the top Asian restaurants in London, London suburbs, South East, South West, East, South Coast, North, Midlands, Wales and Scotland & Northern Ireland. Curry fans can vote online; by tweeting the restaurant Twitter handle quoting the #asiancurryawards hash tag; or emailing the restaurant name and location to: firstname.lastname@example.org
East Kent College has opened a 28-bedroom 4 star hotel school in Broadstairs, offering students a “live work” experience.
Named after ship builder magnate, Sir Alfred Yarrow, The Yarrow is set in a Grade II listed building dating back to 894.
Following a multi million refurb with a 64 cover restaurant, the 120 capacity event space, salon and spa.
East Kent College owns and operates the hotel, which will train students from the catering, hair and beauty departments.
Bank Hol Beer Fest27-07-2016
The Abergavenny Arms in Frant near Tunbridge Wells is to host a four-day beer festival over the August Bank Holiday, from Friday 26th to Monday 29th August. The highlight of the event will be live music in the pub garden with a hog roast on the Sunday.
During the festival the imposing 16th century pub, which is open all day for food, will serve 18 different beers. These will include many local craft beers and guest ales from around the UK and beyond.
“For me, the final bank holiday Sunday of the summer is the best day of the year,” said pub landlord Richard Burrell. “Party all day with no work to worry about the next morning – except for us poor pub workers.”
A popular destination for beer enthusiasts, the bar normally offers no fewer than six hand pulled ales from Kent and Sussex brewers, such as Harvey’s Best, Tonbridge Coppernob, Long Man’s American Pale Ale and Best Bitter, Larkin’s Traditional and Dark Star’s Hophead. Also stocked is Curious Brew from Chapel Down Brewery.
During the beer fest, the usual selection of premium lagers will be added to when the Abergavenny Arms becomes the first hostelry in south east England to serve newly imported gluten Goa Premium Beer from India. Until now the unique 4.8% pilsner had only been available at a few select restaurants.
The will be a barbecue available all day in the beer garden - recently named one of the best in and around Tunbridge Wells by the Kent & Sussex Courier newspaper
The pub, situated by the A267, is a popular stopping off point for Londoners visiting the Sussex coast.
New categories in Asian Curry Awards22-07-2016
Nominations for the sixth Asian Curry Awards (ACA) are now open. This year sees the awards expanded to include Turkish and Middle Eastern restaurants and takeaways for the first time. New award categories for vegetarian, curry pub, buffet and event caterer have also been created.
Curry lovers can nominate their favourite restaurants for The awards which are open to Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Nepalese, Pakistani, Singaporean Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways.
Last year’s top accolade went to Vivek Singh’s acclaimed Cinnamon Club, which was named Best South Asian Restaurant (Central London).
“To survive and thrive, restaurant owners must respond to customers’ changing customer tastes and chefs need to innovate and produce the exciting, healthy and authentic dishes today’s discerning diners demand,” said Yawar Khan, Chairman of the Asian Curry Awards, adding,"These awards are designed to recognise the best in this industry and encourage ever higher standards and the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs to join this dynamic sector,” added Khan.
Whilst the judging criteria are heavily weighted towards the quality of the food and cooking; additional points will be awarded for ambience, customer service, community involvement and hygiene.
The full list of national award categories is:
Fine Dining Asian Restaurant of the Year
Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year
Asian Takeaway/Delivery of the Year
Newcomer of the Year (restaurants established less than 3 years)
Buffet Restaurant of the Year
Curry Pub of the Year
Chef of the Year
Vegetarian Restaurant of the Year
Event Caterer of the Year
International Asian Restaurant of the Year
There are also 10 regional awards for the Best South Asian restaurants in London, London suburbs, South East, South West, East, South Coast, North, Midlands, Wales and Scotland & Northern Ireland.
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