Restaurant Update - November 2023

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The latest news, products and services from the restaurant industry, for the restaurant industry NOVEMBER 2023


Trends from the American Craft Brewing World [click here]




The latest news, products and services from the restaurant industry, for the restaurant industry NOVEMBER 2023


Trends from the American Craft Brewing World [click here]


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Eucalyptus – The Refresher Hill Hassall Botanics, The Eucalyptus Beverage Company, discovered a novel way to infuse a sophisticated E u c a l y p t u s e ss e n ce i n t o a rejuvenating, everyday drink. The one word that came back over and over again at tasting events was “refreshing.” The bubbles in sparkling water served to amplify the aromatic qualities of the Eucalyptus globulus leaves and in Hill Hassall Botanics’ signature drink, The Refresher, they really deliver. The Refresher is one measure Hill Hassall Botanics’ Eucalyptus cordial, five measures sparkling water and a wedge of lime or cucumber to garnish. Eucalyptus is a pleasant surprise on the palette: cleansing, moreish, delicate and novel. Easy to make and a unique taste to enjoy and present to guests. Fantastic after exercise or when winding down in the evening. At 50ml a serving and a 1:5 blend with sparkling water The Refresher costs just over £1 per 300ml serving. Mature Eucalyptus globulus leaves are harvested by hand in a purposeplanted Eucalyptus grove at Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight, so for those that want to know where their products come from, we can trace the special flavour straight back to the grove. The botanic garden on the Isle of Wight has the largest outdoor collection of Eucalyptus in the U.K. Eucalyptus grows particularly well in the microclimate there which is 5oC hotter than the U.K. mainland. As ash, elm and oak disappear from the U.K. landscape, we may see more and more Eucalypts in U.K. gardens and woodlands.

The Refresher is not only a great new taste, it is good for you. 1.8-cineole or Eucalyptol is a natural organic compound found in Eucalyptus globulus. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been proven clinicallyeffective in treating upper and lower respiratory tract diseases. When we look to plants used medicinally by indigenous people, we often find an effective, if out of use, medicine chest. The Aborigines used Eucalyptus to alleviate skin, joint and lung conditions. Indeed, Eucalyptus finds its way into many modern-day products. Many medicinal herbalists count Eucalyptus as a core plant remedy. Beyond The Refresher mixologists have found Hill Hassall Botanics’ Eucalyptus cordial to be a versatile mixer, an exciting addition to a classic G&T, a Mojito, a boost for juices like orange, cranberry and apple. Everyone likes a unique new refreshing taste whether competing for Cocktail of the Year or just making that breakfast orange juice more appealing. Available on



Using the power of scent to connect with customers

Studies have shown that smell is intricately linked to memory and emotion, making it the most powerful of all our senses. By harnessing the power of scent, businesses can build important connections with their customers that go far beyond transactional, according to phs Greenleaf.

phs Greenleaf has introduced a new Sensamist fragrance

Scent marketing, as it has come to be known, creates

Sensamist is a powerful scent diffuser that uses advanced

an invisible bond with a business’ customers that

technology to deliver a fine mist of scent, perfect for

elicits positive emotions and can influence customer

lobbies, hotels, restaurants and retail environments.

for customers looking to boost Christmas spirit – and spending – this festive season. ‘Winter Warmer’ is a nostalgic blend of signature Christmas scents, including baked cinnamon apples, creamy vanilla, rich brown sugar and delicate notes of nutmeg, designed to evoke happy festive memories and emotions.

behaviour. “Scent is a key marketing tool in the run-up to “It’s about creating an enjoyable and memorable

Christmas in particular,” added Stephen Dieppe. “Our

sensory experience for the customer that increases the

favourite festive smells can instantly transport us to

time they spend with a business and generates positive

the excitement and comfort of Christmas time, stirring

emotions towards a brand,” said Stephen Dieppe,

up feelings and reminding us of positive memories and

Managing Director of phs Greenleaf, which provides

experiences we have from that time of year.

interior and exterior planting and landscaping services to businesses across the UK.


“The scent works across so many different




example, festive scents in a hotel lobby will evoke memories of the comfort and warmth of Christmas at home, instantly making it feel a more welcoming and homely environment for guests to relax in. In a retail environment, it boosts mood, creates excitement and subtly reminds shoppers that it is time to start the Christmas shopping. “More and more brands are using scent to evoke the feelings they want customers to experience to influence their spending habits and attitudes to a brand. Cinemas use popcorn scents to evoke happy, nostalgic memories of previous movie trips and to promote the purchase of snacks. Supermarkets use baked bread scents to make customers feel at home and comfortable in their stores, whilst directly them to the freshly baked section. Many car retailers even have individual scents for different makes of car, each designed to bring about the desired emotions about driving that particular model. “Harnessing the power of scent is an easy and subtle way to create connections with a customer that will last long after the purchase has been made.” phs Greenleaf has been providing award-winning planting, interior and grounds




over 25 years. It also offers a range of pre-decorated and pre-lit Christmas trees in a range of sizes with matching accessories, including wreaths, garlands and tabletop trees. View phs Greenleaf’s Christmas





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École Ducasse recognised World’s Best Culinary Institution École Ducasse’s iconic Paris Campus has been awarded World’s Best Culinary Training Institution 2023 and Europe’s Best Culinary Training Institution 2023 by the World Culinary Awards, as voted for by the culinary community, industry experts and consumers worldwide.

As a sister competition to the World Travel Awards – established to recognise excellence in travel and tourism and currently commemorating their 30th anniversary – the World Culinary Awards, now in its fourth edition, is a globally recognised platform that celebrates and rewards culinary excellence. These awards honour exceptional achievements in various categories, including culinary education, restaurants, chefs, and more. The two prestigious award titles demonstrate École Ducasse Paris Campus’ dedication to culinary education and its unwavering pursuit of culinary perfection. École Ducasse was founded in 1999 by Alain Ducasse, who with 34 restaurants, 20 Michelin stars is the most influential and decorated chef in the world. Today, École Ducasse comprises three schools in France: Paris Studio in the heart of Paris, Paris Campus very close to the French capital, and the École Nationale Supérieure de Patisserie (ENSP) in Yssingeaux, Haute-Loire. École Ducasse has also developed a network of schools throughout the world: in Thailand, India and the Philippines. Each year, this worldwide network of schools welcome more than 3,000 students, from young students to professionals and gastronomy enthusiasts, all of whom share a single passion: taste and gastronomy. Today, the institution is the leading the way in culinary arts and pastry education, offering courses taught by renowned professionals: from Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen in France) to World Champions, experts and artisans. The renowned culinary institution has also just announced the expansion of presence in the United Arab Emirates with the establishment of the École Ducasse Abu Dhabi Studio – a pioneering venture in the area. The École Ducasse Abu Dhabi Studio will offer by year-end a unique opportunity for aspiring chefs and culinary enthusiasts to access avant-garde and distinctive culinary education in the region. In earning the two titles of World’s Best Culinary Training Institution 2023 and Europe’s Best Culinary Training Institution 2023, and in turn rewarding École Ducasse’s commitment to excellence and the unique training standards provided at its Paris Campus, École Ducasse Managing Director Elise Masurel said: “Today’s chef plays multiple roles, embracing the responsibility of feeding our contemporaries and engaging with the cultural and social currents of the times. This recognition underscores our contemporary vision of chefs as experts, managers, entrepreneurs, global citizens, and, above all, major players in the eco-responsibility landscape.


École Ducasse team Julian Mercier, Executive Chef; Elise Masurel, Managing Director; and Adeline Molière, Academic, Development

It acknowledges our dedication to shaping the future of gastronomy.” Meanwhile, The Swiss Michelin Guide has once again recognised a gourmet restaurant at the heart of Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. For the second year in a row the prestigious guide has awarded 1 star to Chef Stéphane Décotterd for “Stéphane Décotterd”, along with a 1 Bib Gourmand for “Le Bistro by Décotterd”, both part of the “Maison Décotterd” complex. Commenting on these awards, Stéphane Décotterd said: “I would like to thank my entire team for their hard work and commitment, and I am proud to be able to share this magnificent award with them. I would also like to thank all the producers in the region with whom I’ve forged close links over the last few years of working together. They are all part of my philosophy of favouring local produce and producing regional, eco-responsible cuisine.” “We are honoured to have the “Maison Décotterd” at the heart of our institution,” said Frédéric Picard, CEO of Glion Institute of Higher Education. “This is a unique opportunity for Glion students to draw inspiration from the exceptional culinary talents of the Chef and his brigade.” First-semester Bachelor students spend four weeks on placement at “Maison Décotterd” – alternating between the gourmet restaurant and its kitchen, the bistro and the bar. The “Maison Décotterd” complex comprises four culinary areas: the gourmet restaurant “Stéphane Décotterd”, “Le Bistro by Décotterd”, the Bar and the Lounge, forming a veritable gastronomic destination in a spectacular setting. The brand-new Lounge recently opened its doors in partnership with the prestigious cognac brand Louis XIII and Champagne Télmont. Here, guests can enjoy wines and spirits with spectacular views of the Alps and Lake Geneva. To find out more about École Ducasse, visit their website:


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TRENDS FROM THE AMERICAN CRAFT BREWING WORLD The Great American Beer Festival, organised by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit association representing small and independent American craft brewers, recently took place in Denver, Colorado, and represents a good barometer of trends in American craft brewing. The States is often perceived as trend-setters in the category so watch out for new developments starting over there and coming over here. Having said that, the prevailing trend remains IPA in its

American craft beer is available through national

many iterations. In 2022, the IPA category accounted for

wholesalers or on line

43% of all craft beer sales in the US, up from 30% in

Nevada UK Many of the American craft beers available

2017. That means four in every ten craft beer sales in

in the UK are recent medal winners from World Beer Cup

America is an IPA. While American IPA continues to lead

2023, the biggest and most competitive beer contest in

in sales, the IPA category continues to grow because it

the world. Registration for next year’s World Beer Cup is

has taken on new dimensions.

open 7 November – 5 December 2023.

Athletic Brewing, or Sierra

The ongoing expansion of IPA’s popularity can be attributed to two distinct segments: the Imperial/Double IPA (DIPA) and Juicy/Hazy IPA. Imperial/Double IPA caters to a discerning demographic who seek out higher alcohol by volume, audacious boldness, pronounced bitterness, and robust hop aromas and flavours. Juicy/hazy IPA, however, appeals to a fresh audience of beer enthusiasts with its subdued bitterness and velvety mouthfeel, and represents a more approachable experience for those new either to the world of craft beer or the world of IPA. On the Festival floor, Double and Triple IPAs were plentiful with brewers innovating through a variety of creative brewing techniques and ingredients such as a DIPA aged in Oloroso Sherry barrels at 15.4% ABV. Low/ no alcohol is also growing and appeals to the healthconscious Gen Zers who are more focused on wellness and mindful drinking. Within the no or low alcohol category, hop-forward Pale ales and IPAs are increasingly found among the often seen lighter styles. Beyond the IPA craze, other categories performing strongly include fruit beers in a variety of iterations such

Free resources for chefs and restauranteurs are

as fruited classic styles or sour beers, and a collection

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of lighter, lower ABV beers like lager, blonde ale, golden

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MEET ADAM DAVIE, GENERAL MANAGER AT THE NEWLY REFURBISHED DOUBLETREE BY HILTON OXFORD BELFRY Adam Davie, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry maps out a refreshed vision for the resort following a recent refurbishment and relaunch. Nestled in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, with the Cotswolds on its doorstep and Blenheim Palace close by, DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry is a premium four-star resort. The hotel offers 154 well-appointed bedrooms, a modern restaurant and bar, expansive 17-acre gardens and an impressive on-site bar. With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality and leisure industry, working at Hilton Resorts, Sofitel and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Australia, Hong Kong, China and Japan, Adam Davie is now leading DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry into its exciting next chapter. “We’ve invested over £500k in our conference areas, restaurant, bar, and coffee machines to show our commitment to our guests – offering an exceptional experience. We also provide additional amenities such as car charging points, private dining areas and social spaces for corporate events,” notes Adam Davie, General DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry is hosting a Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry. showcase evening for corporate guests and regular events bookers later this month, as a way to showThe next phase for the hotel Adam says will be driven by team off the new facilities and welcome guests back to members delivering exceptional service. the hotel. He notes that expectations have changed following Covid, and recruitment has proven difficult post-Brexit, however, we’re working hard to overcome this industry challenge and focus on the development and retention of good team members – meaning first and foremost clients feel looked after and valued.

DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry is proudly part of The QHotels Collection, which consists of 19 hotels and resorts across the UK. ABOUT THE QHOTELS COLLECTION

The investments strategically align with the hotel’s sustainability Formerly known as The QHotels Group, The goals, with a strong emphasis on resource management, recycling QHotels Collection comprises of 19 hotels and and efficient waste reduction. resorts consisting of individual as well as branded hotels, including DoubleTree by Hilton and Delta Looking ahead, DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry remains by Marriott. dedicated to supporting its local community. The hotel is delighted to announce partnerships with organisations like the Proud Members of The Green Tourism Scheme, The RedKite Foundation, aiming to help struggling families, join local QHotels Collection is committed to a sustainability sustainability programmes and donate essential hygiene products programme which focuses on: People, Places and to local homeless charities. Planet – encouraging this through the engagement of its employees, guests, suppliers, and investors. “We’re planning further investments in the hotel refurbishments, including bedrooms, events spaces and conference facilities – For more information, visit there’s still plenty more to come!” adds Davie.


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ADAGIO announced as title partner of Eric PÉRON during the Arkea Ultim Challenge – Brest

ADAGIO, the European leader in aparthotels, announces the signing of a strategic partnership with the navigator Eric PÉRON, for a brand new sporting event, the Arkea Ultim Challenge, the first race around the world, solo, in a maxi-trimaran. ADAGIO will be the title partner of this multihull, owned by Ultim Sailing. The Arkea Ultim Challenge – Brest, around the world from West to East, via the 3 capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn), represents a real human and technological challenge that Eric PÉRON will have to confront against five other navigators including the prize lists are among the most extensive in French sport. The start of this global event will be given on 7th January 2024 in Brest. This collaboration between ADAGIO and Eric PÉRON, skipper with numerous podiums, illustrates not only ADAGIO’s desire to engage in daring projects to develop its notoriety, but also its ambition to explore and support human and entrepreneurial adventures, along with having a strong local impact. Making a difference, offering unique moments of exchange and exceptional experiences, creating emotion, giving meaning to the collective are all affinities that brought together the adventurer and the new sponsor.

ADAGIO has chosen to take on this challenge alongside me, this is excellent news! I have desired to participate in this project in the Arkea Ultim Challenge Brest for a long time; we dared to launch it last winter with French Touch Oceans Club, my partner club for five years. With the trust of ADAGIO, for whom this will be a first experience in ocean racing, is an immense privilege. Participating in this very first solo world tour aboard an ULTIM is not trivial; I know that I will be supported by ADAGIO and all of its collaborators. I look forward to flying their colours high and sharing great moments with them throughout this incredible adventure.” Virginie BARBOUX, Senior Vice-President Customer and Marketing at ADAGIO continues:

This sporting partnership was initiated by the Sport&Co agency, a sports marketing agency, a subsidiary of Hopscotch Sport. French Touch Oceans Club, Eric PÉRON’s historic partner club, also supports the project.

“ADAGIO is at a structuring and ambitious stage in its development. We were looking for a differentiating and innovative sports projects to partner with to strengthen ADAGIO’s notoriety and embody our values of Audacity, Sharing and Responsibility. The meeting with Eric and his team convinced us that participating in this unique and exceptional solo offshore race would allow us to make our brand resonate in the most beautiful way and to experience an individual and collective human adventure outside the common. Eric will benefit from the support of the 129 aparthotels in our network and his 1,200 committed employees.”

Eric PÉRON declared: “I am very happy and proud that

Ocean racing embodies values that are important to the aparthotel brand: audacity, innovation, responsibility, ambition, performance, a taste for commitment and surpassing oneself as well as team spirit, collective and sharing. The Finisterian’s authentic personality, passion for travel and determination to push the limits immediately won over the ADAGIO teams.


Maison Villevert is mobilising global partners in 20 countries to raise funds for Wine to Water. and cocktail culture who initiated the first #JustOneShift fundraiser to support Wine To Water ten years ago. Jean-Sébastien Robicquet gathered all Gary’s friends in Cognac to suggest the idea of participating in a charity project. The world’s greatest cocktail legends enthusiastically accepted the idea: ‘The Maestro’ Salvatore Calabrese, ‘the King of Cocktails’ Dale DeGroff, the Godfather of British bartending Peter Dorelli, Japan’s most famous bartender Hidetsugu Ueno and spirits educator Philip Duff.

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal and Nouaison Gin, two brands within the portfolio of Maison Villevert. created by Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, founder and CEO of Maison Villevert, are launching a global fundraising initiative across 20 countries to raise money for the non-profit organisation Wine To Water. The aim is to mobilize the world of bar and mixology to raise money via tip donations, public donations and an auction of a captured moment of mixology history. The fundraiser will unite the drinks industry in the mission of providing clean water to the populations that don’t have it. The charity project will donate 100% of the proceeds to Wine To Water, founded in 2007 by Doc Hendley who is an ex-bartender and friend of Gaz Regan (1951 – 2019). The organisation is committed to supporting life and dignity for all through the power of clean water. The funds raised will be used to implement clean water projects around the world. The projects financed include digging and repairing wells, supplying areas with filtration systems and storage containers, and educating locals on how to maintain fresh water supplies. The idea of this fundraising project was initiated by Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, Founder and CEO Maison Villevert who wished to pay tribute to Gary Regan as one of the world’s leaders and legend in mixology

The link between Maison Villevert, JeanSébastien Robicquet and Gary Regan dates back 2010 during the famous G’Vine Gin Connoisseur Programme (GCP). The GCP’s global quest to find the world’s best gin bartender also provided the scene for a moment in bartending history: a photograph accidentally captured Gaz Regan’s first ever ‘Finger Stirred Negroni’ before it became Gaz’s signature move that became so famous it was immortalized as a stainless-steel bar spoon in the life-size shape of his finger.Funds will be raised by three revenue streams with 100% of the proceeds donated to Wine To Water. Three Methods of Fundraising 1. Trade | Global outreach to donate a sum from #JustOneShift during the campaign from the bar industry to 2. Consumer | #ICanIDo direct donations to Wine to Water to 3. Public Auction | Bid for the original finger-stirred Negroni photo* + 10 year anniversary photo + Gin 1495 set (one of only 100 recreations made of the world’s oldest known gin recipe dating back to 1495). “Maison Villevert has initiated this fundraising to uphold two strong beliefs: Firstly, water is an integral part of the life of every single person on the planet and we should be entitled access to clean water. Secondly the legacy of pioneer Gary Regan should be upheld and continued. The two beliefs combined will bring a powerful message to an industry focused on the importance and perpetuation of water, in its many forms” Jean-Sébastien Robicquet PAGE 17



SPRING FAIR & TRENDBIBLE OUTLINE 2023 GIFT, HOME & LIFESTYLE TRENDS Spring Fair, the UK’s most inspirational wholesale marketplace for home, gift and fashion, partnered with leading global futures agency TrendBible, to provide visitors to the show last week with an exclusive preview into the key Home & Interiors and Gifting trends for 2023. Kate Usher, Senior Trend Consultant has uncovered the consumer behaviours, lifestyle choices and key trends set to underpin product and design trends for the home, gifting, and celebration. Following a series of aftershocks from the pandemic, emotional reactions and lifestyle disruptions have inspired a generation of innovations to think anew about how we live and consume. The Home & Interiors Macro Trends 2023 overview covers 4 trends; Radical Nature, Age of Emotion, Empowered Minds, and Dawn of the Digiscape. Focusing on Age of Emotion, Kate outlined the key elements driving the trend including active engagement, cultivating kindness, decision exhaustion, calm commerce, and recuperative rituals. The thought starters included considering the need for quieter and more streamlined retail, simplicity across product and marketing lifecycles, spaces for honest discussion, and being considerate of those with decision exhaustion by putting ease of purchase at the heart of your approach. Looking more closely at the 2023 Home and Lifestyle Trends, which includes Future Eden, Age of Sensitivity, Superbloom and Altered States, Kate talked through Age of Sensitivity. Driving the trend for togetherness, sensual please, healing, preserved memories and introspection, are grief management, embracing fragility, and postpandemic healing. A colour palette of soft lilacs, creamy yellow, peach and blues, are injected with burgundy and a rich deep sea blue, with ribbon shapes, stained glass, and packaging mimicking objet d’art, and handmade papers generating a healing and intuitive gentleness. The Home & Interiors Autumn Winter 2023 Forecast Lust for Life followed. Lust for Life shouts out loud about empowerment for all. It’s a call to unapologetic, joyful and sensuous lifestyle choices and design. Full of fun and confident options – rather than limits and taboos – this trend is all about ungendering traditions and being proud of yin/female energy; regardless of one’s personal identity. The Gifting Trends for 2023 Session included The Future of Celebration 2023 Forecast – Quiet Regrowth, a trend that sees life slowing down even further, with a quiet yet considered pace of life emerging. Driving this trend are concerns for the planet reaching crisis point, and a strong connection to nature in our celebrations becomes the utmost priority. This


influences the ‘design to last’ mentality that runs through this story as well as prompting new zero-waste packing opportunities and luxurious non-toxic gifting ideas. When it comes to throwing a party, appreciating and embracing the process and the craftsmanship behind the food, styling and décor becomes as important as the event itself. This brings the creative process into the spotlight, amplifying not only the dedicated skill of crafting, building and making, but also celebrating the mistakes and imperfections made along the way. Brands and retailers need to connect with a consumer that embraces celebrations and occasions with a conscious mindset and a greater appreciation for the artisan. The long-lasting relationships and bonds with loved ones are nurtured and treasured as modern families re-establish new rituals and traditions. The colour palette brings together cobalt, grey, yellow, lilac, red, brown, and blush, while natural textures, barely there florals featuring muted earthy shades, long bending stems and minimal dried leaves nod towards the unrefined minimal and rustic aesthetic of this trend. Traditional techniques such as lino-cutting, fine art printing and embossing are given a new lease of life, adorning cards, packing and stationery as well as influencing new mindful crafting activity kits. A renewed interest in foraging sees books to inspire and educate about this practice become key. Consider the longevity of gifts, partywear and décor by looking for ways they can be woven into the fabric of the home, repurposed or reused beyond their original role. The focus is on sustainable materials and manufacturing processes. The TrendBible talks are now available to view on demand at

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The Knight of Notting Hill is gastropub in the heart of The Knight of Notting Hill is a brand-new gastropub boasting sumptuous interiors, an eclectic mix of seasonal classic pub food, cocktails, craft beers, wine & live music. Chef Akash Singh brings exceptional pedigree and versatility to the stove following stints at Benares followed by the opening of Three Falcons St John’s Wood in 2022 which recently received rave reviews by Giles Coren in his Times column. Food & Drink A well-executed menu of dishes designed to appeal to the eclectic mix of locals and tourists in the Ladbroke Grove area includes the likes of Garlic Madagascan Prawn with sourdough £18, Pork belly tacos with piquillo pepper and homemade ketchup £16, Old Delhi Butter Chicken with Butter Paratha £17, Pappardelle with Blue Cheese and Crispy Sage £14.40. For desserts, the launch menu kicks off with comforting classics such as homemade tiramisu and spotted dick and custard. Cocktails, created on request or from the menu, include house signature: The Knight: tequila, lime juice and Cointreau and a selection of immaculately presented classics from a Cosmopolitan to a Negroni and an Old Fashioned, to name a few. Interiors A harmonious balance of original Victorian features and design-led contemporary touches create an elevated space for the next generation of pub-goers. Neo-classical columns, dark stained wood, tiled floors around the bar, etched glass windows wrapping the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Lancaster Road, and an imposing mirrored bar are balanced with smart new banquette seating in smooth dark leather, marble-topped tables, modern chandeliers, chic wallpaper and a top-notch sound system for live music events A New Era for One of the Capital’s Most Storied Music Pubs The opening ushers in a new era for one of London’s most storied pubs. Previously known as The KPH, this 157-year-old imposing Victorian pub has played host to an illustrious line up of musical acts. Tom Jones played his fist gig here in the 60s followed by The Clash, Phil Lynott and Paul Weller to name a few.


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