Latest eating & drinking out news & insight

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    Peter Marks: ‘Eden is not where we want it to be’

    2019-12-05T08:22:00Z

    The Deltic Group’s new Eden concept is “a work in progress”, chief executive Peter Marks has told MCA – but the plan is to expand it once the kinks are ironed out.

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    A successful restaurant story – Nando’s

    2019-12-05T08:21:59.490Z

    How about this for a straightforward, five point recipe for scalable restaurant success? Step 1, target the highest eating out frequency demographic with a highly affordable offering. Step 2, develop a distinctive proposition that avoids imitating any direct competitor. Step 3, keep the product offer tight to support consistent product quality. Step 4, develop a format strategy that works across multiple locations while not overpaying for sites. Step 5, work hard on building loyalty and repeat custom.

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    Loungers: ‘We see further opportunities in the evenings’

    2019-12-05T08:21:53.090Z

    Loungers sees further opportunities to boost its trade in the evenings, particularly when it comes to drinks sales, chief executive Nick Collins has told MCA.

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    Interviews

    Brewhouse & Kitchen: ‘Pubs are starting to think more like restaurants’

    2019-09-27T07:31:00Z

    Brewhouse & Kitchen’s head of food and innovation, Tommy Knight, reveals to Food Spark’s Sarah Sharples some of the dishes coming to the new menu in October, how he is using spent grains to make nachos and the possibility of a beer doughnut ice cream sandwich.

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    Robinsons acquires Individual Inns

    2019-12-05T14:55:15.670Z

    Robinsons Brewery has acquired six-strong pub operator Individual Inns, in a deal which boosts its managed estate to 20 sites.

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    Opinion

    2019 – a year of rising input prices for food and drink

    2019-12-05T08:22:00Z

    Prestige Purchasing’s chairman David Read looks back on an expensive year for operators, and discusses the outlook for food and drink costs in 2020.

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    Nearly half of Londoners choosing restaurants over delivery

    2019-12-05T08:21:40.740Z

    Almost half (42%) of Londoners still choose eating out at ‘traditional’ restaurants over food delivery apps or cooking at home, the Annual Taste of London Food Report has revealed.

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    Market Taverns acquires The Cleveland Arms

    2019-12-05T08:21:35.017Z

    London pub operator Market Taverns has acquired The Cleveland Arms in Paddington for its sixth site.

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    Anstey departs Joffe family business

    2019-12-05T08:21:15.767Z

    Joffe family mainstay Sam Anstey has resigned as operations director to peruse new opportunities, MCA understands.

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    Jo Fleet named ‘unsung hero’

    2019-12-05T08:21:00Z

    Flat Iron, Wagamama, Caravan and Lina Stores were among winners at Restaurant magazine’s R200 Awards held in London last night (4 December).

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    Urban Village takes on former Epic pub

    2019-12-05T08:21:00Z

    Urban Village Pub Company has acquired former Epic Pub Company site, 185 Watling Street Pub & Kitchen in Towcester.

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    Opinion

    Analysts’ verdict: Liberum and Peel Hunt on Loungers

    2019-12-05T08:21:00Z

    Both Liberum and Peel Hunt have upwardly revised their full year estimates for Loungers, following the AIM-listed business’ positive interim statement yesterday (4 December).

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    Summer weather masked localised trading issues at Deltic

    2019-12-04T08:25:00Z

    The Deltic Group saw a 4.7% hit to like-for-likes for the full year to 23 February 2019, in what it described as a “tough year for the company”.

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    Opinion

    Focus on: French casual dining chains

    2019-12-04T08:25:00Z

    For a country associated with such a long established and fine cuisine tradition, it might be considered a little surprising that French food does not have a stronger restaurant chain presence in the UK, but perhaps the two elements of individual flair and multi-site brand consistency are indeed, polemically opposed.

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    TripAdvisor’s TheFork acquires Bookatable

    2019-12-04T08:25:00Z

    TripAdvisor subsidiary, TheFork, has acquired restaurant booking app Bookatable from the Michelin Guide.

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    Another Deliveroo ad banned for misleading customers

    2019-12-04T08:25:00Z

    The ASA has banned a recent Deliveroo TV ad for misleading consumers. The ad showed a woman receiving a Deliveroo order to her home, then handing out meals from various restaurants to her family and friends from a single bag, calling out “Chinese, KFC, Wagamama, Greek salad, Pizza Express, Burger King, Five Guys, Doner, Buon Giorno Italiano, prawn crackers…” before disappearing into the bag.

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    KFC ads banned over ‘cluck’ row

    2019-12-04T08:25:00Z

    Two print ads for KFC have been banned after the ASA agreed with complaints that it had substituted the word ‘Cluck’ for ‘Fuck’ during a recent campaign. A poster displayed at bus stops and other locations during September featured the phrase “What the cluck?! £1.99 fill up lunch” while print ads in the Metro and the Sun were identical except one featured the elongated word “cluuuuuck”.

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    Loungers like-for-likes up 5.4%

    2019-12-04T08:24:00Z

    Loungers has achieved strong like-for-like sales growth of +5.4% during the 24 weeks to 6 October 2019, with the group on track to open 25 new sites per annum.

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    Delivery menus 6% more expensive

    2019-12-04T08:24:00Z

    Average dish prices are 6% higher on delivery menus compared to in-restaurant menus, MCA analysis reveals.

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    Restaurant spending down 5.2% in November

    2019-12-04T08:24:00Z

    Spending in bars, pubs and clubs grew by 8.7% year-on-year in November, while restaurant spending declined by 5.2%, Barclaycard data reveals.