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restaurant news VAT CAMPAIGN PLANS SECOND UK TAX EQUALITY DAY FOR SEPTEMBER 24 Following on from what it claims was a successful Tax Parity Day, which took place in 15,000 pubs and restaurants across the UK in September 2013, campaign group VAT Club Jacques Borel has announced plans for a second such event. Pubs and restaurants will once again be encouraged to support the campaign to reduce the level of VAT in the hospitality sector by lowering prices on food and drink by 7.5%. Prices will be reduced for one day only, in order to show the benefits of a VAT cut to 5%. At present all food and drink in pubs is subject to 20% VAT, compared to supermarkets which benefit from a zero VAT rate. Jacques Borel said: “Tax Parity Day was an outstanding success and the perfect way to reinforce our message to the public that lower VAT in the hospitality sector will deliver lower prices and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

50 NEW MARCO PIERRE WHITE RESTAURANTS TO BE ROLLED OUT ACROSS UK OVER FIVE YEARS Chef, restaurateur and TV personality Marco Pierre White has signed a master franchise agreement with Sanguine Hospitality Limited for it to oversee the roll out across the UK of the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and Marco’s New York Italian concepts, which is expected to total 50 new franchised restaurants within five years. Sanguine, a hotel development company, will use its vehicle New York Italian Ltd, in which Marco Pierre White is a shareholder. Investment fund manager company Tritax Group has structured the opportunity as an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) qualifying company, which allows investors to benefit from tax incentives offered by HMRC. It aims to attract investment from the private equity market. Marco Pierre White said: “I am delighted to have signed a master franchise agreement with Sanguine that will see us open 50 new restaurants across the UK and Northern Ireland over the next five years. “There is no better suited location than Manchester to embark on this ambitious expansion plan. With Manchester now attracting talent away from London, the City is in a prime position to capitalise on the continued economic recovery.”

EATING AND DRINKING OUT ACCOUNTS FOR 92% OF UK LEISURE SPENDING RISE The Greene King Leisure Tracker has highlighted a 6% growth in household leisure spending from January to February (£191 to £203), with £11 of that £12 increase (or 91.6%) coming from eating out and drinking out. Greene King’s commercial director Steve Jebson said: “The increase has been driven up by the impact of the half-term holiday and the gradual recovery of the consumer finances after the festive period. “An improvement in spending was also seen more clearly outside London and the south east, and by ‘households with kids’. “With the economy slowly improving we are confident that this will eventually filter down to the wallets and purses of consumers but we do not believe that is happening yet.


The first restaurant under the master franchise agreement – Marco’s New York Italian – will be in Corporation Street, Manchester in a new 181-room Hotel Indigo, part of the Indigo branded chain run by InterContinental Hotels Group. It is due to open at the end of 2015. Located on the ground floor, the 150-cover restaurant will have its own entrance with branding and visibility to appeal to non-hotel residents by attracting passers-by. The whole project in Manchester is expected to create 350 jobs (50 in the restaurant itself, 86 in the hotel and up to 200 on construction. All employees will be recruited locally, to help fuel the local economy, with chosen trainees and apprentices for Marco Pierre White and Hotel Indigo provided with training with the aim of placing them into full-time employment at the end. A further two Hotel Indigo hotels featuring Marco Pierre White restaurants are already planned to begin this year, Cardiff city centre and London. All three Hotel Indigo Marco Pierre White hotel/restaurants in Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle (which opened in 2011, 2011 and 2012 respectively), have traded well ahead of expectations in their first year.

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Opal’s abv is going up

A penny off a pint in the latest budget doesn't seem like enough to explain the prices at new value pubs opening in Stockton on Tees and Atherton. The pubs, which get their new PoundPub branding next month, will be serving half pints of beer and cider for £1, with full pints coming in at a whopping £1.50.

It’s handbags at dawn in Sambuca Land. A UK High Court lawsuit over the strength of Opal Sambuca’s abv has resulted in a confidential settlement… and will mean a change to the Opal liqueur products available in the UK.

The pubs are part of the Here for Your Hospitality hotel and pub company. They'll apparently be hitting those price points on drinks such as Fosters, Strongbow, Theakstons and John Smiths. You won't be surprised to hear that the response to this move hasn't been all positive. Leader of Stockton Borough Council councillor Bob Cook was quoted in the Darling & Stockton Times as saying: 'We are concerned about the potential impact of these proposals.'

Twist again If the prospect of spending some time with Disaronno alongside the Mediterranean isn't enough incentive, consider what you'll learn at the brand's cocktail Boot Camp while you're there. This is what awaits the winners in each of the 15 markets in which the Disaronno Mixing Star competition operates. To get involved, all you have to do is submit your twist on a Disaronno Sour. A panel of experts will select those that are good enough to join the crew in Cantine Florio in Marsala in Sicily later this year. Once there, there's a fascinating schedule in store, with talks on subjects such as: 'Alchemy of liqueurs and distillates', 'The science of taste', and 'The perfect serve.' The plan is that this will turn into a biannual event. There's not much time though - entries must be in by 9 May.

Distill East London’s craft distilling scene might only be in its early infancy, but it’s in rude health. The latest part of the capital to acquire some stills is Victoria Park, at the soon-to-be-opened East London Liquor Company. The distillery is taking shape as we speak, at the old glue factory in Bow Wharf, complete with two copper stills ready to begin production of a range of spirits. Three gins, a vodka and a whisky are all in the pipeline already – the latter will age on site for the requisite three years. Alex Wolpert (pictured, left, formerly of Barworks, which has a small stake in the distillery) is at the helm, while Jamie Baxter (pictured, right, of Chase and City of London Distillery fame) is manning the stills. In the interests of offering a holistic experience, there will be a cocktail bar on site where visitors will not only be able to sample the distillery’s wares, but also see them being made through a glass wall. Operations are expected to commence in April.


Under EU Spirit Drink Regulations, sambuca must have a minimum abv of 38%, but Global Brands released the 30% abv Opal Sambuca in the UK in 2011, prompting legal action from a rival brand and its distributor. Antica Sambuca distributor Hi-Spirits teamed up with Antica’s distiller Antiche to bring the lawsuit against Opal distiller Fratelli Francoli and its then-distributor Global Brands, and a confidential settlement was reached yesterday. ‘We’re pleased with the outcome, although we obviously regret the need to bring legal proceedings,’ said Dan Bolton, Hi-Spirits’ MD. ‘In partnership with Antiche, we have worked hard over the past decade to establish the Antica Sambuca brand and to bring sambuca as a category into the mainstream of the UK spirits market. We are committed to protecting both the Antica Sambuca brand and the sambuca category generally.’ Instil Drinks Co now represents Opal liqueurs in the UK, and speaking to Nick Rodgers, head of Instil today, he revealed that the 30% abv Opal Bianca has been replaced by the 38% abv Opal Sambuca, and Opal Nera’s abv will also be brought into line with minimum EU regulations this summer. ‘We have been looking at the possibility of increasing the abv since we took over distribution in 2013 and see this as an opportunity to put Opal back on the map as a favourite for bartenders and consumers,’ he said. ‘Opal Bianca 30% has already been replaced with Opal Sambuca in a new tall bottle, whereas Opal Nera’s abv will increase in the summer with the same much-loved packaging. I am delighted that Opal is reverting back to a premium Sambuca strength. ’

Lake District Hotels eyes younger Millennium & Copthorne Hotels market with seventh hotel launches lifestyle brand Lake District Hotels Limited has acquired its seventh property, The Queens Hotel in Keswick.

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The family-run business is hoping to attract a younger clientele to the property, in line with Cumbria Tourism’s marketing objectives to increase the number of younger visitors to the area by 10% within four years.


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“To achieve this they are targeting the ‘Career & Kids’ segment’, it is an area we are keen to develop, there’s a gap in the market and we feel it will really benefit the town too,” said Lake District Hotels marketing director Daniella Hope. Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc. has launched a new lifestyle “The Queens is perfectly positioned to capture more of that brand called Monogram Collection. market. We already have two other Keswick hotels, but we feel the Queens’ proposition is different and complimentary.” The Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London is the first Monogram Collection hotel to launch, with additional hotels to be added in Europe The 35-key hotel, which dates back to 1825, was owned and this year. operated by Catherine Williams and her husband Peter for 30 years, before management was passed to their daughter Monogram Collection will be a portfolio of hotels with individual, hisRebecca and son-in-law Paul Grindley when Peter sadly toric, stylish or unique characters – ranging from heritage to designer passed away. lifestyle hotels around the globe. , the company said in a statement. Millennium & Copthorne Hotels acquired the hotel – formerly known as the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour– on December 24, 2013.

Plans submitted to turn Dundee mansion into boutique hotel Plans have been submitted to turn a historic Dundee jute baron’s mansion into a boutique hotel, according to a report on the Evening Telegraph. The business currently provides bed and breakfast If approved, the conversion of accommodation, with the Queens Head Café Bar offering Taypark House on Perth Road lunchtime and evening meals. in the West End would create

more than a dozen new jobs.

Mark Webster has been appointed general manager, he said: “It’s very much business as usual through the summer whilst The proposal for the listed we plan for the refurbishment in the Autumn which will of building, which has been used course, make the most of the hotels existing charm”.

as medical offices, a nursing Lake District Hotels’ other six properties comprise The Lodore home and an NCR guest house, Falls Hotel and Borrowdale Hotel in the Borrowdale Valley; could restore its original lay Skiddaw Hotel and The Kings Arms in Keswick; the George In a statement to planning Hotel in Penrith and the Inn on the Lake at Glenridding. officials, Ritchie Hawkins, who also owns the Balgowan House B&B, said: “It is our proposal to restore Taypark House to its former glory and offer a private boutique guest house offering eight bedroom suites over the first and second floors.

“Each will boast their own large ensuite bathroom tastefully fitted out in period Victorian style,” he continued. “Most bedrooms take full advantage of the 180-degree panoramic views across the botanical gardens towards the River Tay and Fife beyond. “It is our vision to offer residents and visitors to Dundee the opportunity to visit and stay in one the finest remaining examples of a jute baron’s mansion and, following the discovery of the original plans, it will be restored to the original room layouts but with a modern twist of exciting lighting, furnishings and period-colour palette.” The house was originally built as a home for Alexander Low, of Hillbank Works.


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A new style of funding for hoteliers and restaurateurs The economic crisis has brought a much-needed shake-up of funding sources and the funding landscape for the hospitality sector is looking more diverse and accessible than ever. There are many alternatives to the traditional banking and loan models that can provide the flexible help that hospitality operators need for things such a refurbishments, new equipment, or even to help plug a seasonal cash flow gap. We look at some of the options. Business cash advance: This is seeing considerable growth and one of the companies leading the way is Liberis, which to date has given more than £70m in funding, advancing between £2,500-£300,000 each time. Repayment is linked to earnings as a set percentage of credit/debit card receipts and as it’s also unsecured funding, home and assets remain safe. According to its CEO, Paul Mildenstein, “The simplicity and flexibility of our model is a real bonus for hoteliers and restaurateurs — one cost agreed at the


outset, no fixed payments, and no time limit on repayments. The money is paid back only as the business earns, so it fits perfectly with seasonal highs and lows. Funding is also fast and straightforward, in as little as 7 days.” Crowdfunding: This enables large numbers of individuals to contribute a small amount of capital towards a total funding target. The return on investment is in the form of rewards (products) or equity. Peer-to-peer lending: This allows investors to lend to many businesses at once, thus enabling the business to borrow from many different people, accepting the lowest interest rate offer. Asset-based financing: This model allows businesses to access funding by putting up assets as security against a loan. Assets could be anything from inventory, equipment or accounts receivables. Whilst there is no one-size-fits-all solution and it’s important to take expert advice, it does seem that funding opportunities for the hospitality sector are back out there.

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The London Wine Fair 2014 The London Wine Fair is now in its 34th year and 2014 marks a return to Kensington Olympia, its home before it moved to ExCeL in London’s Docklands. 2014 will see over 670 exhibitors and many thousands of wines to try, many of them launching at the show.

MyWineFair MyWineFair is an online tool available to all those who register for the Fair (via and is essential for navigating the many hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of wines. It enables visitors to search for wines by various criteria in advance of the Fair in order to create a usable, personalised list. It is invaluable for visitors who may only have a few hours to spend at the Fair, especially true of the time-poor on-trade. Visitors can also search for seminars, tastings, masterclasses, popups and other mini events at the show, make appointments with exhibitors and save these searches, notes and events into a personal folder, which can be downloaded, printed or synchronised. Exhibitors: ones to watch Key suppliers to the on-trade will be taking stands at the 2014 LWF. These


include: Accolade; Bibendum; Concha Y Toro; Enotria; Fells; Louis Latour; and Mentzendorrf to name just a few. New exhibitors for 2014 The London Wine Fair is always about discovery, be it a new winery available in the UK for the first time or a new country. Azerbaijan will exhibit; the first time its wines have been seen in the U.K. The Douro and Estrela will also be at the Fair for the first time, as will the Madeira Wine Institute. Italy will have

its biggest presence to date with Umbria exhibiting for the first time and Campania and Sicily returning after an absence of four and one year, respectively. Brewhouse The Fair will have a dedicated beer section for the first time in its 34 year history to reflect the burgeoning interest in Craft Beer from the on-trade. Brewhouse will be a table top tasting dedicated to small batch, specialist and craft beers. To date, 15 breweries have registered to exhibit, including: Harbour Brewing; Liberty Beer; Fordham & Dominion American Craft Beers; Meantime; Portobello and Freedom Brewery.


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esoterica is a new feature for 2014; a “show within the show” that will be exclusively for smaller independent importers or agents. esoterica will be a table-top tasting located on the balcony of the National Hall. Esoterica Exhibitors will be able to show 14 wines, designated for the on-trade (and independent) sectors, per table. This feature is set to attract a number of smaller, niche companies to the show for the first time.

Briefings, Masterclasses, Speaker’s Corner and Pop-ups The London Wine Fair will host over 60 briefings, masterclasses, Speakers Corner sessions and pop-ups over three days, many of which are specifically for the ontrade. Up to date details can be found via MyWineFair on the www. web-site. Highlights include:


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SPEAKERS CORNER Monday, 2nd June 13:00 - 13:30: Sake – decoding the label Tuesday, 3rd June 09:30 - 10:30: Wake Up the Brazilian in you With two major sporting events coming up in the country the eyes of the world are on Brazil. The wineries are well distributed in the UK now and visitors to the fair can find out more about what the wines and what the marketing opportunities offer their businesses. Wednesday, 4 June 10.30 – 11.00: Mr Trotter’s Pork Cracklings’ Mr Trotter’s Great British Pork Cracklings’ representative in earth, will be sampling his pluperfect piggy bits.

MASTERCLASSES Monday, 2nd June 16.30 – 17.15: Italian wines are sparkling! Sparkling wine is a buoyant and profitable sector of the global wine trade; Prosecco has put Italian sparkling wine on the world stage but other top quality Italian sparklers are waiting in the wings. Tuesday, 3rd June 13.30 – 14.15: Vermouth Masterclass at the London Wine Fair Ed Scothern from Italian trattoria Mele e Pere in Soho will be demonstrating how to make the perfect vermouth Wednesday, 4th June 11.15 – 12.00: Sherry The sherry renaissance really has taken off. This Master Class explores 6 different styles of sherry

GALLERY THEATRE Monday, 2nd June 15.30 – 16.00: Maximising the shelf life of your wine This presentation will look at the latest products available for wine stability, oxygen management in bottling and aging, and closure selection

When and how to get there Monday 2nd June 10.30 - 18.30 Tuesday 3rd June 09.30 - 18.00 Wednesday 4th June 09.30 - 17.00 Olympia has a dedicated rail station Kensington (Olympia), which is served by the London Overground and national rail networks. A further five underground lines are connected within short walking distance. The LWF Roof Gardens Benevolent Party The Benevolent, The Drinks Industry Charity has joined forces with the London Wine Fair organisers to host The Roof Gardens Benevolent Party to celebrate the end of the 2014 show, as well as raising vital funds for the trade charity. The party will kick off after the last day of the Fair, at the legendary Kensington Roof Gardens from 7pm. Tickets will cost only £45 to include a barbeque, disco and a selection of premium wines, beers and spirits, to be provided by the industry’s top producers. All proceeds from the event will go directly towards helping vulnerable members of the trade facing medical or financial hardship. To buy tickets, please visit: 11


venue profiles

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Stunning new development Novikov Restaurant & Bar is the first restaurant outside Russia for the Novikov Restaurant Group, the phenomenally successful company headed by Arkady Novikov, the restaurant guru who has changed the face of dining in Moscow.

comprises a superb assortment of antipasti, Tartare di Salmone o Tonno and Carpaccio di Manzo among them, followed by a selection of homemade pasta. Fish dishes are of the calibre of Branzino Arrosto con Caponata (Roasted Wild Sea Bass Fillet served with Sweet & Sour Sicilian Vegetables), whilst meat includes Piccione al Forno con Cavolo Nero Located in the heart of Mayfair, Novikov (Oven-roasted Pigeon with Sautéed Cavolo Restaurant & Bar combines a superlative Nero). culinary offering with innovative Additionally, a standalone Lounge Bar is set contemporary interiors. to become a must-visit destination, with The venue is divided into two distinct dining its extensive cocktail menu, live music and areas. The Asian Restaurant specialises in performances by some of the world’s top DJs. Chinese and Pan Asian cuisine, with a menu Set across three floors, the venue’s gorgeous designed by highly skilled and experienced interiors are the work of Geometry Design Japanese-trained Head Chef Jeff Tyler. Tyler Moscow, overseen by Keir Townsend Project is known for his love of experimenting with Managers. different textures, flavours and ingredients, a talent that is much in evidence in dishes The main entrance off Berkeley Street leads such as King Crab with Penang Sauce and into the Asian Restaurant. Here cool granite Pork Belly with Spicy Glaze. Also on the menu walls complement the striking lacquered is an extensive range of sushi, dim sum and ebony bar-counter decorated with a jade barbecued and charcoaled dishes, Spicy Lamb stone belonging to Arkady Novikov himself. Materials used in this area - wood, stone and Cutlets and Miso Black Cod included. leather - are all natural. They are offset by The Italian Restaurant meanwhile offers subtle features such as a wall of cracked stone regional Italian fare with a contemporary and bamboo chandeliers. The atmosphere twist. Created by Marco Torri, the menu here is at once welcoming and relaxing, but


subtle enough not to distract from the food itself. A real feature of the Asian Restaurant is its open kitchen. Fronted by an amazing display of seafood and vegetables, it evokes the atmosphere of an Asian food market. The Italian Restaurant offers a very different ambience. Although still modern in design, it has much more of an elegant feel, complete with an imposing wood-fired oven, suede wall panelling, handmade Moroccan tiles, mirrors in solid oak frames and chandeliers with candles. Complex, state-of-the-art lighting systems can change the atmosphere from sunrise to sunset, from season to season. Finally there is the Lounge Bar, furnished with an eclectic collection of objects from different countries and periods. Here guests will find antiques placed next to contemporary furniture, Asian accessories next to classical chandeliers and brightly coloured velvets next to antique leather.

Jeff Tyler – Head Chef, The Asian Restaurant

In 2004, having trained and cut his teeth in his native New Zealand, Tyler decided to make the move to Japan. There he became a protégé of Mr Toshkatsu Chiku-san, President of Chiku Ya Restaurant Group in Hamamatsu, working

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Jeff Tyler´s most recent position was at the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech where as Chef de Cuisine, he was responsible for the creation and execution of Morocco’s premiere contemporary Japanese restaurant. Prior to this, he assisted on the operational side of the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, working alongside the 5-times Michelin award winning chef Carmen Ruscalleda.


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as the only westerner in a solely Japanese team and environment. During this time he enjoyed handson experience in a sashimi factory and trained in tempura, sushi and other traditional dishes.

Tyler then left Japan to hone his skills in such leading establishments as the deluxe Mangapapa Petit Hotel in New Zealand and Roka in London. In early 2011, Jeff was invited back to Japan, spending a month at the Shizouka tuna markets, mastering the art of whole tuna cutting.


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venue profile Aamir Ahmad, Sean Galligan and David Garrett, co-founders of award-winning contemporary furniture retailer Dwell, have made their debut in the restaurant sector with the launch of Indian restaurant Zumbura. The opening fulfils a lifelong ambition by Ahmad to open an authentic Indian eatery in the UK, one that would offer the type of food he ate whilst growing up, but within a restaurant setting. Located in Clapham Old Town, this cool and sophisticated 45-cover restaurant showcases the traditional cuisine of the Purab region of North India. Bringing something unique to the market, its menu features a range of unusual home-style dishes, with a contemporary twist, that offer even the most knowledgeable of diners a new and exciting culinary experience. Many of the culinary creations are personal to Ahmad, having been passed down through generations of his family. In charge of the kitchen at Zumbura is Raju Rawat, who brings with him over 15 years’ experience working in both the UK and the subcontinent and who helped develop popular Indian street food brand, Moolis. Raju’s focus at Zumbura is on delivering fresh, aromatic, healthy and light dishes that are totally authentic but without compromising on flavour. Main course highlights include kullia (aromatic lamb and turnip stew, slow cooked on the bone for a full meaty smoky flavour), shami kebab (flat lamb kebabs, twice cooked for a velvety smooth texture), keema mutta (spiced minced mutton with peas) and machli ka salan (pollock fish curry with mustard seeds and fenugreek). Zumbura also offers a comprehensive array of vegetable dishes, including two



prized for their purification and nutritional benefits: karela (bitter gourd here cooked with lentils) and ghugni (black chickpeas with a tangy mango and onion dressing). The restaurant also offers weekend brunch and lunch menus featuring a variety of small plates and wraps. Alongside a selection of wines and spirits is an exciting cocktail list featuring such signature creations as Cucumori Chilli (Hendricks Gin, St Germaine, cucumber, chilli & coriander), Indian Negroni (Woodford Reserve, Aperol, Antica Formula, Cointreau & Peychaud Bitters) and Molly Moo Moo (Stoli Vanilla, Stoli Raspberry, Limoncello, fresh raspberries, apple & passion fruit juice).

THIRTY SIX By Nigel Mendham

Thirty Six is a refined dining room in the Mayfair area of London. Making your lunch or dinner a pleasurable experience throughout, the team boast the perfect blend of passion and knowledge when it comes to indulgent British ingredients with a modern twist. A lively, relaxed atmosphere helps the conversation flow freely, The Dukes Bar is the ideal setting for a glass of wine after a hard day’s work, to then move comfortably through to main dining room of THIRTY SIX where you’ll enjoy your pick of a balanced, carefully thought out menu. Head Chef Nigel Mendham, awarded three Michelin Rosettes, brings with him a wealth of experience and love of quality ingredients reflected in every dish. The food here is focused very much on flavour and texture with dishes such as the confit duck (as featured opposite) or the beautiful Pork Textures, the ingredients of which are clearly sourced carefully to offer the best meat with the punchy flavours. For the main, The Butternut Squash, with Lentils, Goat Curd & Rich Savoy Cabbage shows a Chef delivering on flavours and aesthetics rather than hiding behind expensive cuts or gimmicks, a pleasure to taste. Finishing with the Rhubarb & Custard twist, with a ginger crumble, velvety Bourbon Vanilla & Sorbet, only the best is selected for THIRTY SIX & DUKES discerning guests. The Hotel known for the infamous “Shaken not Stirred” Line has a Diamond Forever with this fantastic restaurant. To book a meal at THIRTY SIX By NIGEL MENDHAM at DUKES ST JAMES LONDON contact 0207 491 4840 or visit Nightly rates in a Dukes room at DUKES ST JAMES LONDON start from £290 inclusive of VAT. For more information please call 020 7491 4840 or visit


Cubbins new range of Luxury Interior Accessories have been received extremely well by the hospitality and interior design industry. Our three new collections consist of accessories for bathrooms, bedrooms and general hotel areas. painted to match a client’s colour scheme. Useful accessories such as tissue box covers, waste paper bins, laundry bins and amenities trays can all be completed with a clients own branding.

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while the larger 5 star luxury hotels are preferring to design their own range of wooden hotel accessories, complete with their own branding. No Ten Manchester Street Hotel

Artwork solutions for all your Interior Design Projects Portobello Art is an artwork consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the interior design, hotel and leisure industries. Specialising in producing bespoke artwork, Portobello Art design, source and manufacture images to meet a detailed brief, taking schemes from the concept stage through to manufacture and installation. Working with interior designers and hotel groups on a regular basis, Portobello Art understand not only the pressures of rollout programmes and opening deadlines but also the importance of ensuring budgets are met. Clients include Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Ramada, GLH Thistle Hotels and CenterParcs, amongst others as well as many designers and architects. Recent projects include: the brand new ‘humidor’ in the luxury 4* No Ten Manchester Street Hotel, where Portobello sourced all the images which were printed onto canvas and then over painted to make them look like original oil paintings. Premier Inn has been, and continues to be, one of their largest ongoing projects over the last few years, where Portobello have provided more than 20,000 canvas prints for over 10,000 bedrooms in over 250 hotels. Premier Inn

The Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites on the Olympic site Portobello were delighted to be asked to provide over 2000 pieces of artwork and mirrors. However, the designers wanted something unique and dramatic for the reception area – hence an ice cream cone on top of the Orbit! Portobello are always looking to add new products to their range and although they’ve been printing and installing digital wallpaper for many years they have now gone one step further and have introduced one piece wallpaper – no joins! This was recently installed in the stairwell at the Holiday Inn, Huntingdon, where they used this fabulous image of the racehorse “Whistlejacket“ the famous painting by George Stubbs. Managing Director Richard Lewis said: “At Portobello Art we understand that every customer and every project is different. We will work together with our clients to develop and create artwork that is innovative and practical and stands out from the crowd whether for a single project or for brand rollouts. Our main objective is to achieve total customer satisfaction.”

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As an international melting pot for creativity and design talent, Clerkenwell is home to some of the best design showrooms, representing leading brands from both the UK and around the world.

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Showroom partners remain integral to Clerkenwell Design Week. The festival, now in its fifth edition (20 – 22 May 2014), once again partners with over 60 local showrooms across Clerkenwell, to promote their latest designs and creative projects. Participating showrooms range from high-end contract furniture, to lighting, kitchen, bathroom and material manufacturers.

Key Collaborations The festival’s veteran Vitra will be hosting a range of engaging activities during Clerkenwell Design Week. Celebrating fifteen years of Ron Arad's Tom Vac chair (left), Vitra has invited over 20 leading architects and designers – from AHMM and Coffey Architects, to El Ultimo Grito, Jump Studios, MCM, Morag Myerscough, Morey Smith and Woods Bagot – to re-style this iconic design. The completed pieces, one of which will be selected as the winner by Ron Arad, will be unveiled at Vitra’s showroom on 20 May. Furthermore, to mark the festival’s fifth edition, Vitra will run a Find The Five competition where five Eames’ Wire outdoor chairs will be hidden around the key show venues. Visitors who can locate all five chairs will then enter a draw for the chance to take one home with them.

Offering a portfolio of contemporary Italian furniture brands, .IT_All About Design will unveil an exciting collaboration – entitled From Art to Design - between Edra and The Campana Brothers at Clerkenwell Design Week. On 20 May at Detail, the designers will open an exhibition of their masterpieces, as well as their latest designs for Edra (right). The exhibition, sponsored by Toscana Promozione, will explore how design and production process render both a piece of art and a successful, commercial product. The designers’ Boa sofa for Edra will also be showcased at the .IT_All About Design showroom during the festival.

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Domus and Italian ceramic house Mutina will showcase a new range of tiles, entitled Mews (right), by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby at this year’s festival. The Mews collection is inspired by the landscape, history and personality of London, and by the variety of textures characterising its infrastructures, such as bricks, wooden floors and irregular geometrical patterns. On 22 May, the designers will host an evening talk about their new collaboration with Domus at the showroom.


20 – 22 May 2014


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Product Launch Highlights Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Germany-based furniture manufacturer Kusch+Co will showcase its latest collections, alongside some of the company’s design classics from the last 75 years. Meanwhile, office furniture expert Sedus (below) will open its Sedus Café, featuring furniture by Carl Hansen & Son, Swing Up - Sedus’ latest ergonomic seating design, and Ashton Bentley’s advanced, integrated solutions for presentations, video conferencing and telepresence. Rejoining the festival this year is the high-end office and contract furniture manufacturer, Brunner. Designed by McDowell+Benedetti Architects, the three-storey showroom will house the brand’s latest ranges, from the Hoc Bar (below) and A-Chair collections by Jehs+Laub, to the Fina Club range by Wolfgang C. R. Mezger. Also specialising in office furniture, UK manufacturer Hands will showcase its next generation table systems, Transcend and Prime, alongside its new executive workplace collection, Pure and storage range, Shadow.

Exclusive to Clerkenwell Design Week, flooring specialist Nora will create a pop-up space at The Zetter Townhouse to present its high-performance rubber floorings, while Dauphin will unveil its newly refurbished showroom and launch its new acoustic sofa Cocone. The Poltrona Frau Group will bring its recent Milan preview to the festival, showcasing the new collections from Alias (right), Cappellini, Cassina and Poltrona Frau.

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Focusing on industry issues, UK commercial furniture manufacturer Connection (below) will discuss the value of embracing BIM (Building Information Modelling) with interior designers, specifiers and furniture makers at the festival, following a recent announcement that by 2016, Level 2 BIM will be mandatory for government contracts. Meanwhile, as part of its ongoing research into the workplace, office furniture manufacturer Orangebox will present its latest white paper report, looking at shared, collaborative workspaces, as well as the new challenges of mobile hand held technology.


20 – 22 May 2014


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Our mind-blowing Big Blo range consists of air-filled couches and armchairs, inspired by the authentic Chesterfield. It combines the look, comfort and quality of the traditional sofa, with next-level Dutch design and mobility. Sure thing the Big Blo will make you, your grandparents, as well as your hipster friends smile. Size matters; create your lounge area with the Big Blo 1-seater, Big Blo 2-seater and/or Very Big Blo (4-seater). The entire collection is now available in the colours: stone white, black and red. The Big Blo is made from robust UV-proof PVC with additional bottom vinyl protection, which makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor. An electric pump is included to inflate and deflate the Big Blo within minutes. Designer: Jeroen van de Kant.

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shaped seating part, allowing six persons to join the table. This cosy eye catcher is easy to move but sturdy and available in many colours, patterns and weatherproof fabrics. We now oer the DoNuts Original (black), DoNuts Solids (17 colours), DoNuts Leather-Look (18 colours), and DoNuts Animali (black, bronze, white). All DoNuts are UV-proof and suitable for both indoor and outdoor. An electric Big Pump is included to inflate and deflate the tube within minutes. The smart valve system prevents DoNuts (go crazy!) is a striking table-seating over-pressure." combination with an inflatable doughnutTo order please contact Barry Perrin on: | Tel: 01992 611 415 | skype: barry.perrin


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Neon lights and signs are traditionally associated with advertising for shops, bars and restaurants, but are now becoming increasingly popular as a form of statement lighting or art for homes and businesses alike. They are a way of bringing originality and personality to virtually any interior space. Neon Creations are specialists in creating unique one-off pieces of custom made neon artwork, offering recreations of logo’s, brand names, favourite sayings, and images and shapes. A truly unique piece of neon lighting is to actually recreate a person’s own handwriting. As we communicate closely with our clients, we are able to advise early on in the process the feasibility of a particular idea, and offer advice to ensure that the finished neon lighting matches the original idea as closely as possible. Our team is passionate about making neon lighting - it is not just a job to us. With all design and manufacture undertaken in-house in our UK workshop, we are able to offer assurances of high quality materials and workmanship.


Many of our clients are in the restaurant, bar and hotel sectors, with a custom made neon sign being an obvious choice for not only attracting customers to the premises (it’s a well known fact that the human eye is drawn to light!), but also for making the décor unique and personal to them. The hip burger joint, Almost Famous in Manchester, commissioned us to recreate their winged burger logo in white and yellow neon, ready for the opening of their new restaurant in Manchester back in November 2013. It makes a really great focal point right above the doorway into the restaurant! We began working with Pieminister in March 2013, when they appointed us to reproduce their ‘Live & Eat Pie’ slogan in bright orange neon, for their Stokes Croft, Bristol restaurant. Since then we have completed further neon lighting for another restaurant in Bristol, the Manchester restaurant, London, and most recently Cardiff.

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The London based Meringue Girls, who have re-invented the simple meringue into something more vibrant and colourful, wanted their logo replicating in neon, ready for the launch of their recipe book towards the beginning of 2013. What better way to promote their brightly coloured meringues than a bright pink neon sign!



Last September we were heavily involved in the production of both exterior and interior neon lighting for the Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen in Leeds. The independent venue is spread over 3 floors and comprises 2 bars and 2 kitchens. The exterior boasts a 7m long neon sign with the venue name, with internal signs including directional neon signage for the ‘Roof Garden’ and advertisement for the ‘Slice Bar’. Forum Café Bars in Sheffield have commissioned us to make 3 different custom made neon signs over the past 9 months. Two of these were to advertise their offering of pit grill BBQ food, and the other to promote that they offer the ‘Best Cocktails in Town’. Not only do we work with a wide range of business clients, but we also work with private individuals that want to highlight their love of food and drink with a unique and personalised neon sign. The ‘Rob’s Pizza’ neon light was our client’s gift to her husband, to use both outside next to his pizza oven, and when not in use outside, it takes pride of place in their kitchen. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any neon requirements you may have, whether to advertise your business, or simply brighten up your interior. Tel: 01204 655866


Funkin Brazilian Passion Ingredients: 50ml cachaça 50ml pink grapefruit juice 50ml Funkin Brazilian® cocktail mixer Method: Fill a glass with ice and add the cachaça, pink grapefruit and Funkin Brazilian® cocktail mixer. Stir and garnish with wedges or orange and lime.

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Funkin Raspberry Summer Martini Ingredients: 50ml vodka 50ml Funkin Raspberry puree 10ml Funkin Lemon puree 10ml Funkin Sugar Syrup

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Method: Chill a martini glass in the fridge or by filling with ice and water and setting aside. Shake together the vodka, Funkin Raspberry puree, Funkin Lemon Puree and Funkin Sugar Syrup using a cocktail shaker. Serve in the chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.


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Funkin Raspberry Summer Martini Ingredients: 50ml vodka 50ml Funkin Raspberry puree 10ml Funkin Lemon puree 10ml Funkin Sugar Syrup

Funkin Tropical Deuce Punch Ingredients: 100ml Pimms 300ml Funkin Brazilian速 cocktail mixer Top with soda

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With the World cup in brazil looming and looking to be a main focus of this summer’s events, we at Eat Drink Sleep thought we would take a look at some of the best beers from each of the competing nations.

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brazil brahma extra Golden colour with a short lived white head. Aroma is malty. Taste is lightly sweet but with a small bitter hoppy finish. You would of course take this over regular Brahma


croatia ozujsko psenicno neftrirano Pours hazy golden to orange with a white head. Fruity with wheat, coriander and malt. Sweet, but quite balanced. Easy drinkable and quite refreshing.

mexico corona extra

cameroon kadji beer

Sweet cereal grain aroma. Nothing too o-putting. Clear pale gold with a white head that billows but leaves quickly. Taste is watery with a husky grain backing. Slight bitterness at the end.

It pours golden yellow with a thick white head and lightly hazy. The nose is dough, flour, light spice and dried grass. The taste is dough, spice, pithy lime, earth, soap and grass with a dry, faintly citric finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Actually not too bad. Pretty refreshing.

spain estrella damm

australia kooinda black ipa)

Golden and clear with a nice white head, average duration and light lacing. Mild aroma of malts, light bitter hops, floral notes and solvent. Similar flavor, thin and crisp with a light body

Murky dark brown appearance with a solid tan head. There is an initial woody taste with burnt coffee and dark malt flavours. Progress into dark fruits and grapefruit and finishes with some citrus and resin. A dry, strong hop finish.

netherlands hertog jan grand prestige Pours a very dark ruby red with a foamy off-white head that dissolves into a ring. Very sweet aromas of dark cherries, grape bubblegum, prunes, some caramel. The nose is somewhat sour and transitions into sweeter malt tastes and finally bitter notes, with a silky body and soft carbonation. The alcoholic aftertaste is very subtle.

chile szot negra stout Poured black, with light beige head, pretty looking beer. Slightly bitter aroma, oak, coffee, chocolate, malts. Strong flavors of chocolate and coffee, roasted wood and malts.



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columbia bbc chapinero porter

greece santorini crazy donkey Pours slightly hazy amber with an off-white head. Citrusy and yeasty aroma with pine and hints tropical fruits and barnyard. Moderate sweet with some strange yeasty notes and a fairly mild bitterness for an IPA.

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Pours dark ruby red color with a small head. Aroma of faintly toasted malts, some licorice, tart fruits, faint chocolate and ash. Flavor of malts, cocoa, some fruit notes, distant berries and ash. Strong carbonation, watery palate, dry finish

ivory coast flag speciale cote d’lvoire

Very light yellow coloured beer with no carbonation and a small diminishing white head. Sweet pilsener malty adn slightly alcoholic hinted aroma. Medium palate. FInish is very light, wattery and short pilsener malty hinted.

japan hitachino nest espresso stout


Opaque Black in colour. Very Malty; lots of espresso coffee, roasty malts, chocolate, caramel, some vanilla. Fruity; blackcurrants and dark fruits. Really intense coffee smell and taste; but not extreme. Nicely balanced. Very smooth.

Patricia is a Classic Uruguayan beer, and it is one of many beers from Uruguay. Clean and crisp refreshing beer. Golden and appealing hue and color. Not super complex lager, but It is a simple good beer.

italy birra del borgo sedicigradi Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of toffee, wine, caramel, brandy, plums and wood, flavor is sweet with wood, vanilla, rum and plum liquor, full bodied

costa rica costa rica’s libertas tropical golden ale Pours a medium gold with a medium white head with decent retention. Aroma of sweet bread, white grapes, and mild tropical fruits. Flavor to match. Moderate body.

england fullers london porter) Dark brown body with a tan head. Malty aroma, some chocolate, some caramel. Sweet taste, notes of chocolate, coffee, some smokiness. Thick texture. Very soft carbonation



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NE W The GIGA X8 speedy professional coffee machine The NEW high-performance GIGA X8 Professional with its elegant finish comes with a unique speed function, allowing it to prepare perfect coffee in record time. The optimally extracted coffee is mixed with hot water inside the machine by means of an extra bypass, absolutely no flavour is lost during the process. The speed function and time-saving, intuitive operation along with a large water tank and coffee grounds container allowing for flexible and mobile use make the GIGA X8 Professional ideal for use in catering.

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bean-to-cup technology, has invested £15,000 in training to help their commercial partners get up to speed on the company’s latest launch, as well as learning new techniques in café efficiencies.

As an ingenious feature, the air intake is electrically adjusted by a geared stepper motor. For example, when making a latte macchiato, the machine automatically dispenses hot milk into the glasses, followed immediately by milk foam and finally coffee – saving valuable time.

More than 120 people attended the exclusive training events held at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Oxfordshire, and at the York Racecourse, which saw JURA launch the top-of-the-range GIGA X8 Professional. In an industry where speed is of the essence, attendees had the chance to see how the new product can create efficiencies for their customers, and how JURA’s technology has innovated to meet the demands of the fast growing end user market. Ideal for use in busy barista bars, restaurants, coffee lounges, bistros and other catering spaces, the latest addition to the JURA range comes with a unique speed function, allowing it to prepare perfect coffee in record time.

The GIGA X8 Professional is available to purchase at an RRP of £4395.00 + vat. For end users who want the option to pay as they go, JURA can offer the THINKSMART leasing option to its customers who want an alternative to outright purchase.

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High performance The high-performance GIGA X8 Professional with its elegant black aluminium finish comes with a sizeable five litre water tank. The large coffee grounds container allows for flexible and mobile use of the state-of-the-art machine, and also incorporates the power of three thermoblocks and three pumps to prepare a range of 29 speciality coffees at just the touch of a button.

Technical perfection The machine also includes two ceramic disc grinders to ensure even grinding of the coffee beans for optimum aroma. The discs are made from a wear-free technical ceramic which are amazingly fast and they also reduce grind time by 25 per cent. The GIGA X8 Professional is also available with a permanent water connection, delivering maximum performance for all caterers alike.

Intuitive operation Adding even more convenience for independent café owners, the machine is easy to operate and programme, and has been designed to be very easy to care for. The integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programmes also reduce the effort involved to a minimum and guarantees TUV-certified hygiene.



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coffee Two cups of coffee a day cuts overall risk of dying by 10 percent, research shows How good is coffee for your health? For years, research has gone both ways, with some studies finding it boosts risk for heart disease, while other studies find it could be protective against breast and skin cancers. A large-scale study of 400,000 people offers good news for coffee-drinkers: you might just live longer. The study is the largest ever done on the issue, and the results should reassure any coffee lovers who think it’s a guilty pleasure that may do harm. And whether it’s regular or decaf doesn’t even matter. “There may actually be a modest benefit of coffee drinking,” said lead researcher Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute. The study, published online in the May 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, kicked off in 1995 and involved 402,260 AARP members ages 50 to 71 who lived in California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Atlanta and Detroit. People who already had heart disease,

stroke or cancer weren’t included in the study, nor were extreme eaters who ate too many or too few calories per day. The rest gave information on coffee drinking once, at the start of the study. “People are fairly consistent in their coffee drinking over their lifetime,” so the single measure shouldn’t be a study limitation, Freedman said. Of the participants, about 42,000 drank no coffee. Most people had two or three cups each day, and about 15,000 reported drinking six cups or more a day. By 2008, about 52,000 of the participants had died. Compared to those who drank no coffee, men who had two or three cups a day were 10 percent less likely to die at any age. For women, it was 13 percent. Even a single cup a day seemed to lower risk by 6 percent in men and 5 percent in women. The strongest effect seen in the study was in women who had four or five cups a day - an impressive 16 percent lower risk of death. In general, coffee drinkers were less likely to die from heart

Coffee Defies Gravity, Surges to 26-Month High on Brazil After surging 19 percent the past four weeks, coffee extended its ascent. Futures jumped to the highest in more than two years yesterday, after drought damage in Brazil prompted Volcafe Ltd. to cut its outlook for the crop in the South American country, the world’s top grower and exporter. The worst Brazilian drought in decades ravaged plants earlier this year, and production of arabica beans will be 18 percent less than projected, Volcafe, a unit of commodity trader ED&F Man Holdings Ltd., said in an e-mailed report yesterday. Coffee futures jumped as much as 8.3 percent, driving volatility to the highest since 2000. “People are realizing every day that there’s damage, and that the losses will be hard to quantify,” Hernando de la Roche, a senior vice president at INTL FCStone in Miami, said in a telephone interview. “Traders are jittery because of the uncertainty about the Brazilian harvest and what it would mean to world supplies.” The global harvest, which includes the robusta variety, will fall short of demand by 11 million bags, Winterthur, Switzerland-based Volcafe estimates. That would mean a world deficit about the size of production in Colombia, the second-largest supplier of the premium arabica beans, which are favored by Starbucks Corp. A bag weighs 60 kilograms, or 132 pounds.


or respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, injuries, accidents or infections. No effect was seen on cancer death risk. None of the risk reductions were big numbers though, and Freedman can’t say how much extra life coffee might buy. “I really can’t calculate that,” especially because smoking is a key factor that affects longevity at every age, he said. About two-thirds of study participants drank regular coffee, and the rest, decaf. The most widely studied ingredient - caffeine - didn’t play a role in the new study’s results. No one knows why. Coffee contains a thousand things that can affect health, from helpful antioxidants to tiny amounts of substances linked to cancer.

What your coffee says about you? According to a study in which clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula analysed 1,000 coffee lovers and examined common personality styles and psychological traits, how you take your coffee is a good indication of what sort of person you are, although she adds that despite the intriguing results, that “We are no more defined by our coffee orders than we are by our astrological signs.” Coffee-drinking has a cultural dimension to it that cannot be ignored. Durvasula found that those who drink black coffee are your basic old-school purists. These hard-headed individuals gravitate towards the simple life. But they can also be abrupt, moody, impatient and even averse to change. Interestingly, the French, who drink their coffee black, exhibit many of these tendencies, including a purist’s traditionalism and disciplined approach to food (and life), a great deal of self-possession and a world view that tends not to centre around material things. And, of course, it also explains the famous Parisian irritability Latte drinkers, the study indicates, are people-pleasers and comfort-seekers, who can be slightly neurotic. These folks are open, generous, ready to help others and have a tendency to overwork and neglect themselves.

Brooklyn Roasting Helping Pilot To-Go Cup Sharing Program Brooklyn Roasting Company is helping to pilot test a new reusable to-go cup program that aims to reduce paper and plastic waste throughout New York.

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The blue “Good to Go” cups launched yesterday and are the result of a Sustainable Cup Challenge led by fellows at the Do School in Dumbo, an innovation and education lab that provides support platforms for the projects of select “social entrepreneurs.” The cup project responds to one of the retail coffee industry’s worst blemishes: the fact that there are many billions of plastic-lined paper cups and plastic lids sent to landfills each year in the United States. The pilot with Brooklyn Roasting involves a reusable blue plastic cup. For now, users buy the $5 cup with a free coffee, which they later return to the cafe or other drop-off locations, while keeping the lid in order to verify their participation. Cups are thoroughly washed and returned to circulation, with patrons currently getting a discount on Good to Go cup drinks. At this point, the program doesn’t deviate much from any number of reusable cup programs run by individual coffee retailers, but the bigger vision is to expand the program to a wider range of retailers and drop-off locations, to make the process as smooth as possible for consumers. With the support of sponsors like Newman’s Own Foundation and Dekeyser and Friends Foundation, the group has been working with the New York City Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, and will be developing infrastructure for the concept over the next 10 months. The popular analogy is that these could be the Citi Bikes of coffee cups.

Costa Coffee profits rise again

Costa's booming sales helped drive Whitbread's underlying group pretax profit rise 16.5% to £412m in the year ended 27 February Britain's seemingly insatiable appetite for coffee helped Costa owner Whitbread beat City forecasts for annual profits.

France after four stores that opened last year in coffee-conscious Paris performed well.

added: "There are signs of an improved consumer trend outside the M25 but it's very early days."

Profits at the coffee chain's 1,755 shops in the UK and Ireland rose 22% to £110m with revenue at stores open a year or longer up 5.7%.

Costa's booming sales helped drive Whitbread's underlying group pretax profit rise 16.5% to £412m in the year ended 27 February - beating analysts' consensus forecasts of £402m.

He said the company would open extra hotels this year and that there would be more refurbishment of Premier Inn rooms, including upgrading wifi and installing air conditioning.

Costa opened 177 branches in Britain last year and served 400m cups of coffee. The chain's worldwide sales were £1.2bn and are on course for a target of £2bn by 2018 as it targets 2,200 UK stores and expands abroad.

The company increased its annual dividend by 19.9% to 68.8p, in line with the rise in profit after tax, which was boosted by the government's staged reductions in corporation tax.

Costa opened a net 73 new shops in China last year, giving it 326 stores in 30 cities with more openings on the way in the world's most populous nation. Harrison said: "In China we are seeing growth of the coffee shop culture. Starbucks are growing in China in the same way we are. The Chinese really have a taste for Western coffee shops." Whitbread is also expanding Costa in

Profits at hotels and restaurants, including Beefeater and Brewers Fayre, rose 11% to £348m, helped by total sales up 13% at the budget Premier Inn hotel chain. Harrison said the London economy was "going from strength to strength" and



Harrison said: "We delivered double-digit growth throughout the teeth of the recession and we continue to do that now the economy is on a more positive note. After tax profit is up 20%; the dividend is up 20%." He said the dividend would keep increasing with profit after tax but that Whitbread had no plans to use share buybacks or a special dividend to return more cash to shareholders.



Muffin Break selects QED counters for new UK café bakeries One of the UK’s fastest growing café bakery companies has selected QED Avalon counters for the new outlets that it is opening throughout 2014. Quality Equipment Distributors (QED), based in Glasgow, is a leading UK designer and supplier of modular bar, coffee shop and food service equipment, with a wide range of contemporary and classic module styles for catering and retail environments. Muffin Break, which opened its first UK café in 2001, has selected QED’s Avalon patisserie counters because they provide the ideal modular chilled display system for its large selection of freshly baked muffins, cakes, quiches, sandwiches and wraps. The QED counters are in sizes from 600 mm to 1800 mm wide. They are straight glass models on three display levels with a constant temperature range of +4 – +8 º C and generous chilled under-storage space. Muffin Break has opted for a simple white counter base, although they are also available in a large selection of wood veneer and coloured laminate finishes. Muffin Break has more than 300 café bakeries worldwide, including over 50 in the UK. There is a planned programme of expansion to double the number of British outlets over the next 12 months. All produce is freshly baked on the premises and its muffins are available in over 200 flavours, with high fibre, Gluten free and savoury varieties available. The company is especially proud of its great tasting coffee, which is sourced from a three generation family-owned business in El Salvador. The blend was developed exclusively for Muffin Break and designed to complement its food range. It is made from 100% Arabica beans, sourced from premium growing regions, and roasted exclusively for in the UK. Recent Muffin Break store openings that include the QED Avalon display counters include: Middlesbrough, Wigan, Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Wandsworth and Leeds, with many more to follow.


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Inside Out’s guide to What’s Hot this Summer...

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Here’s a selection of the very best new designs of exterior furniture, which judging by the trends we’ve spotted, will be featuring this summer in the most happening locations. Stick with the same tired old furniture you’ve used year on year at your peril because this summer will be bright, colourful and hot!

Inside Out Contracts are well-known in the industry for being ahead of the rest when it comes to the latest furniture designs. Every year Inside Out’s team visit the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest European furniture trade fair, to bring back "what's hot" with the best newly launched pieces.

Sparkle stool & Twinkle table Guaranteed to add sparkle & style to your exterior area, the Twinkle table & Sparkle stool complement each other like Pimms & Lemonade on a summers day. When the sun ground.

Fleur Table & Chair Aptly named, Fleur Chair and Table epitomise French Design & style. This retro design combined with function allows the table & chair to blossom creating a chic & bohemian environment. Delicate in design but manufactured with ‘commercial-grade strength’ these pieces are available in a fountain of colour choices to suit wherever it’s situated. Luxembourg chair, table and bench A Strong post modern aesthetic combined with an adventurous sense of colour the Luxembourg, zings and draws attention to any outdoor area. Like its names sake, The Luxemburg chair, table and bench draws inspiration from its most design conscious neighbours, with fourteen pieces available in its range the Luxembourg will bring European cafe culture

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Dune Chair With Matching Table This isn’t a direct reference to Paul Arrakis and John Paul Gaultier, but it’s exuberant enough! A truly adaptable folding chair in a wide choice of colours from the muted pastels so favoured this year, to a range of ‘fruit’ colours to suit a any palette. The Dune Table & Chair epitomise French Design & style perfect for long summer days and evenings.

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Grace Chairs & Folding Table A great chair, manufactured to a very high standard suitable for contract use. The Grace has an elegance not usually seen in outdoor furniture.


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The Grace range is one of Samuel Wilkinson’s creations, an award winning designer in the metal furniture industry. Showcasing clean, minimalistic design, The Grace has drawn inspiration from early 20th century wood furniture. Available as a side chair, armchair and folding table and powder coated in either a bright red or lichen green. This range has desirable characteristics of being both light and stackable/folding and is a perfect choice for any café restaurant or bistro environment where furniture is constantly moved around a space is limited. Ideal for commercial use and with a 2 year frame guarantee

Happy Stools a stackable outdoor ‘contract grade’ barstool is hard enough. But one in a range of attractive contemporary colours and in a variety of heights? The price is is a rarity of good choice, many options and great design – what’s not to be happy about?


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Barlow Tyrie

2014 New Collections The Chesapeake range is an extensive new collection in solid teak, initially comprising an armchair, side chair, innovative swivel rocker complete with Sunbrella fabric cushions and 2 metre and 2.8 metre dining tables. The range is being extended to include a 113cm circular dining, low tables, lounger and deep-seating furniture. Its ‘look’ marries aspects of the traditional, such as rolled armrests on the chairs and rolled edges and curved sides to the dining table, with clean, crisp contemporary touches that include nylon glides on the bottom of tapered legs. Click Here for more information

Titan is an impressive new teak dining table made using recycled teak off cuts. The name suits this robust design that is presented in a rustic look that will appeal to a variety of tastes and outdoor locations. The Titan range is part of our new Rustic Teak Collection that uses traditional teak, featuring knots and a varied grain pattern. This is part of the design ‘charm’ for this product and is not considered a flaw, as the final finish matches other Barlow Tyrie products. Click Here for more information

Standing alongside the Chesapeake and Titan designs is Piazza, an entirely new range in powder-coated aluminium, developed specifically for the contract market. Piazza armchairs, side chairs and a 60cm pedestal bistro table are available in a wide choice of colours and combine contemporary styling with Barlow Tyrie’s high quality manufacturing. Click Here for more information

Our new Equinox range of dining tables have a Stainless Steel frame and with the hard-wearing ceramic table top, it makes Equinox a very durable product, as well as, adding a slick modern finish to any living area. The ceramic table top is available in: Ash, Ivory and Storm Grey (our special order colour) for those who want something a little different. The Equinox tables come in a range of sizes starting at a small pedestal table (70cm square) perfect for any outdoor balcony space, all the way up to our Equinox ceramic extending dining table, (360cm rectangular). Click Here for more information

These innovative new designs and collections from Barlow Tyrie, which look set to become a modern day classics. Over three generations, Barlow Tyrie’s quality and reputation is define by our ‘aim for excellence’. For further details, please view our products online or see your nearest stockist. Barlow Tyrie Limited | Braintree, Essex CM7 2RN, England | Tel: + 44 (0)1376 557 600 Webmail: | Email:



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Style, Flexibility, Speed & Cost Wins Albion Canvas Co Contract For Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s New Food Court Yorkshire Wildlife Park has erected a Clubhouse, made by Albion Canvas Co in their Somerset factory, to provide a flexible food court during the peak season and host corporate and function business during the rest of year. The main 12 metre x 24 metre structure, with an overall height of 5 metres, has been made using a clearspan (ie no central pole) aluminium frame covered in canvas which is produced in Scotland. The sand and green colours, with clear plastic sides which can be opened, help the Clubhouse blend seamlessly into the landscape. It has been designed with integrated sections providing space for a holding kitchen and serving equipment at the back and a porch on the front. The next extension, currently under discussion, may


be an extended canopy which will offer shelter from sun or rain for additional al fresco seating.

Albion Canvas Co developed the Tsavo Clubhouse as an extension of their most popular Safari Tent. It is available in 6m spans to any length in 3m bays. The Because of the nature of the structure, concept grew out of talking to customers Yorkshire Wildlife did not need planning who wanted a unique design for festivals, permission. The Clubhouse is secured to weddings, cafes and bars, with a clear span a concrete base with 300 bolts and took a structure, rather than traditional marquees team from Albion Canvas Co just four days with centre poles, but with a more rustic to construct. The cost, excluding the base look. but including erection, was £70,000. Yorkshire Wildlife Park opened in April Commenting on the new structure, 2009 aiming to become a dynamic Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Commercial conservation centre, working with Director, Mike Bennett said, “After communities at home and around the research on the internet we asked world to help save habitats and wildlife, three companies to quote. Albion won and to provide visitors with a unique because their structure provided the most experience. Giraffes are the latest animals flexibility and appropriate style, as well to be joining YWP to live in a £350,000 as offering the best operational solution. state-of-the-art enclosure. The Giraffe We had considered a more traditional enclosure follows the famous Leopard structure but in keeping with the Park’s Heights, the world’s largest and most development plan over the next 3 to 5 spectacular leopard enclosure. years a temporary/permanent building offered more flexibility and was a sounder financial decision.” Tel +44 (0) 1823 665849

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The term 'franchising' has been used to describe many different forms of business relationships, including licensing, distributor agreements and agency arrangements. In its most familiar sense, the term ‘franchise’ has arisen from the development of what is called 'business format franchising’. The principle is simple - some companies choose to grow, not by developing in the conventional way but, by granting a franchise license to others to sell their product or service.


May 2014

is one such company which is leading the way in franchising. In 2013 Denny's celebrated its 60th Anniversary as America's Diner. Today Denny’s® has over 2,100 casual dining restaurants operating in 10 countries, including 1,600 in the US and almost 400 in Japan. The brand has now begun to expand outside the US into the Americas, the Middle East and Asia, with further plans to enter the UK market.




Many Brits enjoy Denny’s when they visit Disneyworld in Orlando. Now Denny’s is planning to enter the United Kingdom market. They see a large market due to their Mission Statement, menu offering, pricing and broad menu offering. Denny’s Mission Statement is to serve customers great tasting, quality food along with outstanding hospitality and, where possible, for 24 hours a day. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night menus all the time, so families and groups of friends or business associates can select a great range of food items from a diverse menu. Denny’s is ranked in the top 10 of all US franchises by ‘Entrepreneur’ magazine. And they are ranked #1 in family dining. 90% of Denny’s system is franchised. Denny’s uses innovative, brand building advertising to stay relevant on TV, the social web, radio and print. In the past two years, Denny’s Facebook fans have increased by 360%! Denny’s is a publicly held and listed company on the NASDAQ under DEN and is an iconic brand with 98% awareness in the U.S. Denny’s is also the 4th largest full-service American brand in number of international locations behind Chili’s, Outback, and Applebee’s. Denny’s is now seeking one or more food and beverage companies in the United Kingdom to become Area Licensees, developing 3 or more restaurants in a region. These will be stand alone, mall-based, travel centre, university-based and airport locations, all of which flourish in the US and other countries where Denny’s operates. This is therefore a great opportunity for food businesses which have a thorough understanding of the local marketplace, as well as the expertise to ensure the success of the Denny’s brand in the UK.


Tonteria, Guy Pelly and Marc Burton’s Mexican-themed bar and nightclub in Chelsea, launched their 2nd ever international party last week on Thursday 3rd April for the Formula 1 Bahrain! Jet-setters from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and Bahrain. privately invited by X-clusive events founder Rashid Al Gaoud, came to watch the spectacular action-packed wrestling show based on Tonteria’s Monday Night theme TonteMania atop The Domain Hotel. Tonteria PR Director Jessica Patterson brought her sexy entourage of Do Not Disturb latex-clad catwalk models in black masks with whips and TonteMania wrestlers. Royals and dignitaries partied to hip hop music spun by 50 Cent’s DJ Whoo Kid who was flown in from New York for the special occasion. At midnight, in Imari on the 35th floor of The Domain Hotel, a huge sparkler show with bottles of Bacardi were delivered by the Do Not Disturb models and TonteMania wrestlers to a very special royal (not to be disclosed).


In a random chain of events, the next morning DJ Whoo Kid and Jessica took a fleet of super cars and one of the Do Not Disturb models Abbie Golledge to star in his upcoming music video with narration by LL Cool JJ “God is a DJ” premiering later this year. TonteMania rocked the Middle East! Can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next...



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