News and insight for the UK eating and drinking out industry



Give lease a chance

14 Jun 2018

Shaftesbury is known for its forward-thinking approach to leasing, which has helped maintain the West End as a dynamic place to eat out. Julia Wilkinson discusses this pioneering approach, food and drink trends across the portfolio, and the evolution of Chinatown into a diverse Pan Asian offer with Finn Scott-Delany

Marjit's Kitchen at Trinity Leeds

In the grand scheme of things

09 Aug 2017

Leisure and F&B are no longer a ‘nice to have’ way to offer experience in shopping schemes to counter online shopping. Instead, they are seen by developers and landlords as future-proofing, and an essential component to remain competitive. But getting that right mix of operator is becoming harder and harder

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Colliers calls for reform of retail lease structure

20 Jun 2018

Colliers International has put forward a five-point plan that its says represents a “radical reshaping of the lease model” in the retail sector.


Savills instructed to market Happyland Bournemouth

08 Jun 2018

Savills has been instructed to market Happyland in Bournemouth to seek potential interest in a prime development on the seafront site.

NewRiver Retail's Allan Lockhart

NewRiver acquires Essex site for £20.2m

07 Jun 2018

NewRiver has announced the acquisition of Grays Shopping Centre in Essex, for £20.2m.


Mercato Metropolitano confirms multiple talks in new London sites

01 Jun 2018

Mercato Metropolitano, the Milan founded food hall concept, has confirmed it is in talks on a number of sites in the capital, and expects to open two more in London, as well as several in Europe, MCA has learnt.

Andy Scott

Are landlord-only CVAs prolonging the slow death of the high street?

31 May 2018

REL Capital chairman Andy Scott asks if the latest wave of CVAs is being used as a disingenuous attempt by high street brands to dodge their rent commitments


YiFang secures first UK sites

25 May 2018

Taiwanese fruit tea brand, YiFang, which launched its first permanent UK site today, has secured a second location due to open in early summer.

Time Out Market

Time Out Market Spitalfields inquiry closes

25 May 2018

Closing statements will be heard today in the appeal inquiry over Time Out’s plans to bring its Market concept to Spitalfields.

Research highlights impact of rents and rates on operators

17 May 2018

Rocketing rents and rates are “unmanageable” for 84% of London restaurateurs, a survey has revealed.

Spanish operator secures former Dstrkt site

15 May 2018

Spanish club operator Costa Este group has taken on the former Dstrkt club site, the Evening Standard reports.

Draughts confirms Leake Street Arches site

10 May 2018

Draughts Café, the games board café concept has confirmed to MCA its second site will be in the Leake Street Arches, near Waterloo Station.

Mother Clucker confirms Exmouth Market opening

02 May 2018

Mother Clucker, the fried chicken street food concept, has confirmed its debut bricks and mortar site in Exmouth Market, as flagged up by MCA in January.

Grand Union founder confirms new brand launch

01 May 2018

Grand Union founder Adam Marshall’s new concept, Huckster, has been confirmed for British Land’s 4 Kingdom Street development at Paddington, as revealed by MCA in February.

Shake Shack confirms City opening

01 May 2018

Shake Shack has confirmed it is to open its first site in the City of London, as revealed by MCA last month.

Market Halls eyes York opening

26 Apr 2018

Market Halls has put in planning application to open a food hall at Stonebow House in York.

Wagamama takes Gloucester Quays Chimichanga site

19 Apr 2018

Wagamama has taken on the closed Chimichanga site in Gloucester Quays, MCA understands.

Hammerson drops Intu bid

18 Apr 2018

Shopping centre landlord Hammerson has dropped plans to acquire rival Intu in a £3.4bn deal.

Intu sees footfall increase 1.5%

17 Apr 2018

Intu, the shopping centre landlord, has reported a 1.5% rise in footfall across its estate since 1 January.

New leisure development planned for Eltham

13 Apr 2018

A new leisure development is planned to open in Eltham, south east London, in April 2019.