J D Wetherspoon, Waterloo Station


J D Wetherspoon is to invest approximately £2.5m into a new pub at The Sidings, Waterloo Station, set to open this summer. 

The pub will be named The Lion and the Unicorn, a reference to the Festival of Britain which was held close to the site of the pub in 1951.

Located on the upper ground floor of The Sidings development (a repurposing of the former Eurostar Terminal, by placemaking expert LCR), the pub will be on one floor, with floor to ceiling glazing around the perimeter, offering views in from the station concourse. 


Gong cha, Birmingham

Bubble Tea Gong Cha

Global tea brand Gong cha has opened its 13th store in the UK in Birmingham.

Located at 109 New Street, the new site marks the brand’s debut in the Midlands, while expanding its reach to more than eight cities across the UK.

Founded in Taiwan in 2006, Gong cha offers freshly brewed drinks from whole leaf tea, made with premium ingredients. It first expanded overseas in 2009 and has grown to operate nearly 2,100 stores in 24 countries.


Wingstop UK, Watford

WINGSTOP FEB 2020 @lateef.photography-69

Wingstop continues to grow its presence across the UK with a new opening in Watford. 

The new site will host 70 covers, and builds on Wingstop’s 43 sites across the UK. The business said the town’s lively community and diverse culinary scene would provide the perfect backdrop to launch its signature wings. 


Zia Lucia, Reading

Zia Lucia

Pizzeria group Zia Lucia has opened its first restaurant outside of the capital in Reading. The group, which operates nine pizzerias across London, has taken on a site on St Mary’s Butt’s in the town centre. 


Robinsons Brewery, Anglesey

Four Crosses Robinsons

The Four Crosses pub in Anglesey has reopened following substantial investment by Robinsons Brewery. 

The refurbishment has seen improvements to the pub’s layout allowing improved customer flow, also incorporating a new design scheme and increased external seating area, doubling the pub’s capacity. 


Two Magpies, Framlingham


Two Magpies is set to open its latest bakery/cafe this week, bringing freshly baked pastries, sourdough and cakes to the market town of Framlingham in Suffolk.

The new bakery, the tenth in the Two Magpies Group, is housed in the old Barclays Bank on Market Square, and will be the largest in the group at over 3,000 square feet. 

The new site will offer 50 covers and will be open 7 days a week, from 8am-5pm, offering a limited lunch and breakfast menu to start with, rolling out to a full menu as per larger Magpie sites.