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Gourmet Burger Kitchen is to open in Maidstone. The company has submitted a develop a site in the Lockmeadow Leisure Complex in Barker Road, formerly occupied by barbecue buffet restaurant Fogo Chophouse.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has also acquired a site at the new £45m Redrock Stockport development, recently opened a restaurant at the newly opened £12m Queen Street dining quarter in Exeter, the brand’s first site in Devon.

Founded in 2001 in Battersea, south London, Gourmet Burger Kitchen now operates almost 80 restaurants in the UK, including Canterbury and the Bluewater and Lakeside shopping centres.


East Kent Pub Reopens

East Kent Pub Reopens


Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has reopened the East Kent pub in Whitstable following a £275,000 refurbishment. Built in 1802, the historic pub is close to the town centre and beach. The makeover included creating a seating area at the front of the pub and a new patio and pergola-covered area with heating and lighting. More interior space has been created by moving the bar from the centre of the pub to the far corner, the removal of a dividing wall of the former games room.

The pub will be run by new licensee Philip Outram, a drummer in a local rock and roll band who has installed a new PA system to continue the East Kent’s live music tradition.”


Bulldozed Boozer

Bulldozed Boozer


A council has been forced to allow the demolition of an half-standing Kent pub which was torn down illegally. Locals were furious when bulldozers rolled up at a to the loved and historic community Battle of Britain pub and began an unauthorised demolition earlier this week.

Neighbours witnessed the machines turning up to Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, under the cover of night to start the work, undetected by council officers. Putnam Construction Services were forced to stop as soon by council workers, but then continued to illegally demolish the site yet again once the council officer's left.

Deemed dangerous by Gravesham council the remaining structure needs to be knocked down to make it safe. Developers Caldecotte Group applied to the council on 5th October to request a determination as to whether permission was needed prior to demolition of the building. That application has not been decided and on 7th October the developer confirmed in writing that “demolition will not begin until the prior approval application is determined”.

A council spokesman said: "Planning officers were astonished when they visited the site on 12th October 12, because demolition had begun. The site foreman said one wall had been rendered unsafe and would have to be removed but agreed to stop work until a further building control visit later that day. Officers returned and were shocked that much more of the building had been knocked down. A structural expert examined the building later that afternoon and reported that a large section of it had been rendered dangerous and now needed to be demolished."

The Battle of Britain pub was originally a wooden hut which stood behind the current building’s location. It was created by RAF personnel in 1947. It was built to commemorate a wartime event, when Gravesend was the first RAF station to operate the American P-51 Mustang III long-range single-seat fighter-bomber. In 1961, the owners of the pub purchased Shears Green House, which became the current Battle of Britain pub. The old hut was demolished in May 1962.

Putnam Construction services declined to comment.


Koh Awards

Koh Awards


Six Koh Thai Tapas sites have been shortlisted in this year’s Asian Curry Awards: Bath, Bristol, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Southsea and Lilliput. The company's Mark Hooper has also been shortlisted for 'Maitre d' of the Year'. Koh Thai Tapas as also been shortlisted in two categories for this year's Eat Out Magazine awards plus two local business awards in Dorset.

“As a company, we are proud to have been the first to break the traditional Thai eating concept by introducing a European tapas-style of dining whilst remaining loyal to cooking the very best in authentic Thai food. Although almost all of our chefs are Thai, we have made Thai food accessible and enjoyable to the wider market. Our focus stretches to achieving the complete dining experience. We are glad to see this consistency achieved, as confirmed by so many of the public voting us their ‘Restaurant of the Year' across sites." Andrew Lennox, CEO and Founder of the The Koh Group

The fast growth Thai chain has also been shortlisted for 'Best Brand' and 'Best Recruitment Campaign' in the Eat Out Magazine 2016 Awards, which take place on 1st November at The Gable in Moorgate, London.

The current ‘Awards Season' has highlighted Koh's strengths with shortlistings for both ‘Company of the Year' and ‘Restaurant of the Year' in Dorset-based awards.


TV's Kate Sliverton to present Curry Awards

TV's Kate Sliverton to present Curry Awards


This year’s Asian Curry Awards shortlist, determined by over 100,000 votes from spice loving members of the public, has been announced. The top restaurants will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London’s Mayfair on Sunday 23rd October 2016, presented by TV news reader Kate Silverton.

Over 900 guests including the county’s leading restaurateurs with their staff and customers, plus ambassadors and embassy officials, politicians, food writers, VIPs and celebrities, will attend. This year the awards were open to the country’s 20,000 Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways.

“Intense competition, chef shortages, rising costs make the restaurant business incredibly challenging – but the rewards for those who get the formula right are considerable,” said Yawar Khan, Chairman of the Asian Curry Awards. “The best restaurateurs have respond to customers’ changing customer tastes and encourage their chefs to innovate and produce the exciting, healthy and authentic dishes that today’s discerning diners demand.”

The Asian Curry Awards are design to recognise the best in the industry, encouraging ever higher standards and to inspire the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs to join this dynamic sector.

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; Buffet Restaurant of the Year; Event Caterer of the Year; Japanese Restaurant of the Year, with additional accolades for Chinese; Thai Restaurant and Indonesian Restaurants of the Year. There will also be a presentation of special Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual for their outstanding contribution to the industry. 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.

This year’s supported charities are Curry For Change and Royal Marsden.


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