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YO! Sushi opens in Bromley:

YO! Sushi opens in Bromley:


The “über-cool“Japanese dining Japanese restaurant brand YO! Sushi has opened in Bromley, its second restaurant in Kent, creating 25 new jobs.

The 50-seater venue is located next to Debenhams on the ground floor at the Intu Bromley Shopping Centre in Bromley High Street.

The company has more than 70 sites across the UK including its other Kent restaurant at the Bluewater shopping centre.


Adrian Mowl: the Capuccio Years

Adrian Mowl: the Capuccio Years


Adrian Mowl, Kent chef-entrepreneur, who runs The Royal Harbour Brasserie in Ramsgate, has opened the new Fish & Beer bar concept in Broadstairs on the Albion Street site of former Greek restaurant Esme’s.

The bar serves eight different beers and fish dishes including paella, scallops and mussels.

Mowl was executive chef at the Olympic Village in 2012 and The Café at the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate.


Darling Buds “perfick” cookery retreat

Darling Buds “perfick” cookery retreat


The farm location used in the popular ITV series The Darling Buds of May starring Catherine Zeta Jones, David Jason and Pam Ferris, is now operating as a residential cookery school in Bethesden, Kent.

The new cookery school offers visitors a unique opportunity to relax while improving their baking skills. During practical sessions guests polish their skills, learn new techniques and then taste the results. Onsite accommodation is provided with all meals catered.

Courses are hosted by chef Alex Studd, who has worked for Jamie Oliver, with menus from cookery writer Ghillie James.

Darling Buds Cookery Retreats also offers ‘Bake Off’ style competitions, with challenges aimed at groups of friends, hen parties or team building exercises for work colleagues.

The packages offered included exclusive ussage of one of the farm buildings, lunch and champagne breakfast.


Some Like it Hot

Some Like it Hot


Lingham’s Chilli Sauce, is now exlusively imported into the UK by Sittingbourne-based Bennett Opie, to offer an authentic chilli sauce to use in an array of dishes and accompaniments to food service sector businesses

Unlike many commercial alternatives, Lingham’s is an all-natural chilli sauce made with fresh chillies and three additional ingredients – sugar, vinegar and salt. It contains no preservatives, colouring matter, artificial flavours or bulking material like tomato puree.

The sauce, which delivers a ‘heat’ rather than a ‘burn’ is used as an ingredient, condiment or as an alternative to traditional English breakfast sauces with aficionados using it to spice up a Full Monty.

With a heritage centred brand, the sauce was first made in 1908 and was devised to be specifically aimed at the English palette to provide a unique, versatile, sweet and spicy sauce. The same secret recipe is used today although Lingham’s now occupies a modern, automated factory in Selangor in Malaysia.

Lingham’s Chilli Sauce availbale in 1kg and 3kg plastic jars and can be used up to one month after opening is halal approved and suitable for vegetarians.


Secret Campsite seeks smallholders

Secret Campsite seeks smallholders


The Secret Campsite near Lewes in East Sussex, named by The Guardian as one of the country’s Top 10 campsites, is looking to recruit a network farmers and small holders to expand its operations further afield.

The environmentally-friendly Secret Campsite, which opened in 2012, with set up costs of £35,000, generates an income of c£75,000 operating 7 months a year.

Individual pitches are widely spaced. No cars, caravans, dogs or large groups are allowed on site – ensuring a tranquil and natural environment.

The Secret Campsite will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 11th and 12th November.

“Over the past three summers I’ve had so many customers tell me that I’m living their dream, but they have no idea how to get started or what’s involved in running such a project, I’ve set up franchise business model, to take the concept nationwide,” said Secret Campsite owner Tim Bullen, who has to turn scores of interested campers away each weekend because such the high demand.

Would be Secret Campsite owners need 8 or more acres of suitable land and capital of £35K. But Tim is keen to emphasise the business model is not just about profit and loss balance sheets.

“Most importantly franchisees need to buy in to our philosophy of what a campsite should be – a peaceful rural retreat with a warm welcome and a high degree of commitment to the customer, but no noisy club rooms or bingo,” said Tim who’s own site tops the list and receives almost exclusively 5-star ratings on guest review sites such as Cool Camping

Anyone buying into the franchise will be given advice on attaining planning consent, full marketing support, practical training, business consultancy, an online booking system, IT equipment and an exclusive geographic region for 10 years.

Ongoing annual costs, such as contribution to group marketing, are likely to be in the region of £25,000 leaving a net profit of around £50,000 per annum. Franchisees will also benefit from an established client database of campers who are looking to explore new areas but eschew the mass market of industrialised campsites and the faux experience of “glamping”. The business is recession proof, as camping is the cheapest of all holiday options. The rise in popularity of music festivals such as as Glastonbury and Bestival, means that there is strong growth in the outdoor holiday market.

The Secret Campsite is focused on ‘real camping’.

“Some guests regard our shower block and recharging facilities a step too far and would be quite happy to dig their own latrines – we’re not for those who would be happier in a luxury boutique hotel, looking to make a fashion statement at Notting Hill dinner party tables,” he said.


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