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Salisbury plane for Thai tapas

Salisbury plane for Thai tapas


Within days of announcing its eleventh opening, set for Bristol after Christmas, the fast growing Giggling Squid Thai restaurant chain, revealed plans for a new site in Salisbury. The latest venture will be the group’s first venue in Wiltshire.

The prime site in Market Place of the cathedral city centre, currently operated as a Strada restaurant, will become the largest restaurant in the group, with seating for 120 diners on the ground floor area, occupying 3,000 square feet. A former hotel, the building offers extensive space for offices and staff accommodation.

Giggling Squid will invest £150,000 refurbishing the property and expects to open to the public around Easter 2015, creating 20 new jobs.



Star Gazing

Star Gazing


The New Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2015 is published today. There are no new 2 or 3 star restaurants.

Gymkhana in Mayfair received its first Michelin star. Nearby Nobu restaurants have had their stars removed. A total of 14 new restaurants were awarded a Michelin star replacing 14 restaurants who lost theirs, including Chapter One in Bromley, although 5 of these have been closed.

Neither Manchester restaurant hoping to achieve the city’s first Michelin star, The French at The Midland and Manchester House on Spinningfields, were recognised. The Star Inn at Harome in Yorkshire, the pub overseen by chef Andrew Pern, has regained the its it lost in 2011 having held it since 2002.

26 restaurants including 64° in Brighton and Indian Essence in Bromley gained a Bib Gourmand for offering good food for under of £28 for 3 courses.

Those deleted from the list of Bib Gourmands include the Ginger Pig in Brighton and Three Mariners in Faversham.

In Kent, Apicius (Cranbrook), The Curlew (Bodiam), Thackerays (Tunbridge Wells), The Sportsman (Seaslater,)West House (Biddenden)retained their stars.


Diwali celebration to benefit Curry Tree

Diwali celebration to benefit Curry Tree


Brighton’s Indian Summer restaurant is to host a Diwali celebrationon Sunday 2nd November, with a percentage of proceeds being donated to the Curry Tree charitable project.

There will be a sitar player from 7pm, with annual Diwali quiz with prizes, vivid rangoli patterned paintings, beautifully dressed staff and a special Diwali menu alongside the usual Indian Summer a la carte offerings. The Diwali menu comprises a trio of traditional street snacks as starters with a Royal Indian Summer Thali main course followed by a Trio of Desserts showcasing Indian sweetmeats and ice cream.

The 3-course menu costs £25.95, of which £2 will be donated to Curry Tree, which raises funds to help alleviate the plight of the malnourished, starving and poor of South East Asia and the world.

Diwali, often referred to as ‘The Festival of Lights’, is a five-day Hindu festival, which occurs on the fifteenth day of Kartika – the lunar month in the Hindu calendar which begins with the new moon in November.

During Diwali, houses are thoroughly cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Laksmi, Goddess of wealth, in to people’s homes. The festival is probably the largest South Asian festival on the calendar and represents to Hindus roughly to what Christmas and New Year does to Christians.

The Curry Tree is a charitable fund which raises money for specified causes and onward transmission of funds raised to appropriate charities and NGOs helping alleviate the plight of the malnourished, starving and poor of South East Asia and the world. . Founded by Federation of Specialist Restaurants chairman Peter Grove, trustees include TV chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE, award-winning cookery writer Mridula Baljekar and leading restaurateurs. Recent beneficiaries have included Restaurants Against Hunger and Oxfam.


Curry Capital of Britain shortlist announced

Curry Capital of Britain shortlist announced


The finalists for this year’s Curry Capital of Britain organoised by the Federation of Specialist Restaurants have been announced as: Brighton, Leicester, Leeds, Wolverhampton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle; Edinburgh, Nottingham, Northampton, Liverpool, Oxford, Manchester and London East/South/West/North/Central.

Four times winner Edinburgh declined to enter this year because of the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games

Brighton, the only city in the south east to named will be represented by a four strong restaurant team of Chilli Pickle, Indian Summer, Bombay and Ashoka.

Curry lovers can vote for their favourite city by email to votecity@fedrest.com.
Polling closes 26th September. The winner will be announced following National Curry Week on 20th October.

www. thechillipickle.com

Giggling Squid extends tentacles westwards

Giggling Squid extends tentacles westwards


The fast-growing Thai tapas concept, Giggling Squid, has acquired a prime site in the upmarket Clifton Village area of Bristol, known for its wealthy sophisticates and vibrant student population.

Giggling Squid will invest around £100,000 refurbishing the Princess Victoria Street site, currently operational by an 88-seater Strada restaurant, and expects to open after Christmas, creating around 20 new jobs.

The latest opening is part of an impressive expansion plan, which has seen sales growth is 93 percent this year.

The group expects sales to double this year and again next, as 5 of its existing sites broke trading records in August.


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