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Restaurateurs Urged to Embrace 24-Hour Economy16-09-2016
The Asian Catering Federation (ACF) which represents 20,000 ethnic restaurants in the UK, has urged its London members to embrace the opportunity all night tubes. London Mayor Sadiq Khan introduced the through-the-night Underground service on 16th August. With reports of over 50,000 Londoners a night taking advantage of the Underground’s move to 24-hour operation of its Victoria and Central lines, the new potential for restaurateurs close to a tube station is enormous.
The ACF Chairman Yawar Khan, who has urged his members located near a tube station, to rethink their business model ahead of the extension of through the night trains to include the Northern, Jubilee and Piccadilly lines.
“Many restaurants open every lunchtime, but rarely see a customer because of a lack of demand or the failure to offer lighter, less spicy dishes preferred at midday,” said Yawar Khan who added, “They would do better by opening later at night or offering breakfast.”
Khan believes there is a unique opportunity to provide authentic, healthy breakfast options including fish, yoghurt and fruit. He predicts there could be a resurgence of the kedgeree breakfast, made with haddock, eggs and rice, which was made popular by returning British colonialists who developed a taste for Indian food in Victorian times.
The AFC is not suggesting all restaurants open all night, every night, but only that they should assess the potential – and that those who do change their opening hours and promote themselves effectively.
The country’s best ethnic restaurants will be feted by the ACF at its annual Asian Curry Awards ceremony on Sunday 23rd October. This year’s supported charities are Curry For Change and Royal Marsden.
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Good Food Guide16-09-2016
The Compasses Inn in Crundale, near Canterbury in Kent has been named as the Good Food Guide’s Local Restaurant of the Year for the South East. Although no Kent, Sussex or Surrey restaurants made the guide’s top 50.
Oxfordshire restaurant Orwells was voted Restaurant of the Year in the guide’s Editors’ Awards.
The South East has six entries in the top list. From Berkshire The Fat Duck, André Garrett at Cliveden and The Waterside Inn feature, along with Artichoke in Buckinghamshire and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Orwells in Oxfordshire. The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the country; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback. The top restaurant this year is L’Enclume in Cumbria, which scored a perfect 10 and kept the number one spot for the fourth year running.
Two South East newcomers to the guide, The Pointer in Brill and The Little Gloster on the Isle of Wight have been noted by the guide as Best New Entries for 2017.
The top 10 positions are occupied by L’Enclume, Cumbria; Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall; Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire; Pollen Street Social, London; Hibiscus, London; The Fat Duck, Berkshire; Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London; Hedone, London; Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside;and Fraiche, Merseyside.
The Good Food Guide is at Waitrose priced at £12.99 or online thegoodfoodguide.co.uk
Cosmo Closed by Council16-09-2016
A Tunbridge Wells all-you-can-you-eat Chinese buffet restaurant has been closed over food safety fears, following an inspection by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's environmental health officers.
A spokesman for TWBC said: "We served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice to close the premises because it was considered that conditions there posed an imminent and significant risk to food safety."
An application has been made to the magistrates’ court for a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order to be served on the operator of the premises to protect public safety.
Such an order requires a business to make substantial changes before it can reopen.
Curlew For Sale13-09-2016
The Curlew restaurant his been put on the market for £695,000 by owners Mark and Sara Colley. Former Michelin Star holder and twice winner of the Sussex’s Best Dining Experience award, the Bodium fine dining venue caters 64 diners The garden seats a further 32 diners and there is parking for about 20 cars.
“The current owners have been running the business for eight years and have built a strong reputation among the local and wider community. The restaurant is fitted and maintained to a very high standard throughout and is in no need of further investment. It really is a beautiful property in a beautiful location, said James Hughes, of Christie & Co, who is handling the sale.
The Grade II listed, 3 bedroom freehold freehold, close to Bodiam castle is located in the River Rother valley near Sandhurst and Ewhurst Green near the A21.
The restaurant’s net turnover to the year ending March 2016 was £513,797. The freehold sale includes a 10,000 strong customer database.
A new Thai restaurant is to open in Ashford town centre this month. Ben Godfrey is launching Po Thai the restaurant Thai in Park Street on the site of the former Press Rooms premises.
The restaurant "with authentic Thai decor" will serve a lunchtime menu and Thai tapas dishes.
Located next to thee new Panorma buidling will be the only Thai restaurant in the town, the closest being The Swan at Charing.
With other cuisines available nearby including Italian and Indian,Godfrey sees their location as a good thing for business: “North Street is almost becoming the food quarter of the town,” said Godfrey.
The building will keep its current mezzanine floor and function room, which already has interest for yoga classes, life coaching sessions and art work.
Once established, the team plan to run Thai cooking courses at the venue.
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