Inn Collection Group appoints new chairman: The Inn Collection Group, which is owned by Alchemy Partners, has appointed Ian Goulding as its new chairman as the nine-strong operator enters its next stage of growth and development. Goulding is co-founder and former chief financial officer of 26-site QHotels. The Inn Collection Group chief executive Sean Donkin said: “Ian has a wealth of commercial experience and specific experience in hospitality that will be of great value to us at a crucial time as we begin the next phase of our buy-and-build growth plans. Expansion brings with it a number of challenges – not only finding properties that meet our pubs with rooms blueprint of providing quality accommodation, food and beverages in contemporary inn environments, but ensuring the business can accommodate the increased portfolio. Having achieved this with great success on several occasions with QHotels, we will draw on Ian’s wisdom and experience as we progress the continual evolution of The Inn Collection Group.” Goulding, who also co-founded and was chief financial officer of Paramount hotels for ten years, added: “What The Inn Collection Group has brought to the industry is unique and its approach excited me. For more than a decade we have been reading about the number of pub closures in the UK every week. Yet The Inn Collection team is making pubs a success, which is down to the management team, their processes and their multi-tasking staff who make a successful customer experience their priority. I look forward to providing support and guidance to Sean and his team as they go through the growth phase.” Goulding replaces chairman Geoff Hodgson, who stepped down from the board in June.
Jones Bar Group to double up Roxy Ball Room brand in Liverpool: Jones Bar Group is to open a second site in Liverpool for its Roxy Ball Room brand. The company has submitted an application to the city council for a premises licence within part of a former BHS store in Rainford Square. The site comprises 16,000 square feet split over two floors in the former cafe space. In 2016, Roxy Ball Room opened in Hanover Street as part of Liverpool ONE and the new venue will be bigger – in terms of floor space and gaming. It will feature a nine-hole mini-golf course, shuffleboard, ping pong, pool, retro arcade gaming and four full-size bowling lanes. Brand development manager Joel Mitchell told The Business Desk: “Roxy Ball Room was founded in a rebellious spirit, going against the norms of what was around us. I think Liverpool has that same outlook. It’s safe to say we have fallen in love with the city. The site in Hanover Street is nearly full for December in terms of advance bookings so we are confident there is capacity in Liverpool for a second Roxy Ball Room.” The new Liverpool venue is due to open in the spring. Jones Bar Group currently operates seven Roxy Ball Rooms, including sites in Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham.
Loungers secures West Bridgford site: Cafe bar group Loungers, which is backed by Lion Capital, has secured a site in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, for its Lounges brand. The company has acquired the former Mud Crab premises in Central Avenue through agents FHP Property and will launch Portello Lounge in time for Christmas. The property comprises 3,042 square feet on the ground floor and 2,807 square feet on the floor above. Loungers has taken an unbroken term of 20 years, subject to five-yearly rent reviews at a commencing rent of £120,000 per annum exclusive. FHP director Alan Pearson, who secured the deal, said: “I received a considerable amount of interest in the property from regional and national operators resulting in four offers. I’m delighted to have secured a leading operator in Loungers, which will invest circa £750,000 into the property. This is the third site we have let to Loungers in the region.” As part of the deal, a planning application was made to Rushcliffe Borough Council to secure permanent trading hours until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. Martin Herbert, of Space RPC, acted on behalf of Loungers, which was founded by Dave Reid, Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop in 2002. The company operates about 130 venues under its Lounge and Cosy Club brands and is on track to reach 140 by the end of the year.
Tim Hortons to open first Scottish drive-thru: Canadian cafe and bake shop Tim Hortons is to open its first drive-thru in Scotland. SK Group, which is leading the UK roll-out of Tim Hortons, will open the venue in Linwood Road, Paisley, in the coming weeks. The new outlet will offer Tim Hortons’ signature coffee, espresso-based drinks, hot chocolate, French vanilla and classic frozen Iced Capp, as well as baked goods and breakfast and lunch offerings. The first Tim Hortons in the UK opened in Glasgow in June 2017. Since then, a further 17 have launched in and around Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast, with plans for up to 100 UK outlets. Kevin Hydes, chief finance and commercial officer of the Tim Hortons franchise in the UK, said: “We have had a wonderful welcome from the people of Scotland since we first opened in Glasgow last year and this will be the first of many drive-thru restaurants.” Tim Hortons was founded in 1964 by its namesake, a professional ice hockey player who wanted to create a space where “everyone would feel at home”.
Andrew Brownsword Hotels invests ‘significantly’ in F&B offer but turnover hit by ‘mixed’ underlying trading: The portfolio of luxury hotels owned by businessman Andrew Brownsword has invested “significantly” in its food and beverage offer as it reported turnover was hit by “mixed” underlying trading and a loss of trade from a venue damaged by fire in 2016. The company operates Abode hotels in Canterbury, Manchester, Chester and Glasgow as well as the grade II-listed Royal Clarence in Exeter, which was damaged in a blaze two years ago. Turnover fell to £14,406,392 for the year ending 31 December 2017, compared with £17,909,655 the year before. The company also reported a pre-tax loss of £495,085, compared with a profit of £15,433,512 the previous year. However, profits in 2016 were hit by a £21m insurance settlement from the Royal Clarence fire. In their report accompanying the accounts, the directors stated: “The group operating results for the period reﬂect mixed underlying trading and signiﬁcant investment in the refurbishment and rebranding of food and beverage spaces and associated disruption to trade as well as the loss of trading from the Royal Clarence. During the period the board and senior management, working alongside a consultant team, have developed detailed designs for rebuilding the Royal Clarence. Planning permission was also received during the period. At the time of signing the ﬁnancial statements, the contractor has commenced work on-site. The loss for the period will be transferred to reserves. No dividends were paid or proposed in the year.” Andrew Brownsword Hotels operates alongside Bath Priory, also owned by Andrew Brownsword. It includes Gidleigh Park and its Michelin-starred restaurant in Devon, The Bath Priory, as well as Amberley Castle in West Sussex, Buckland Manor in Worcestershire, and Old Swan & Minster Mill in Oxford, all of which operate under the brand Andrew Brownsword Hotels. Turnover at Bath Priory rose to £28,295,827 for the year ending 31 December 2017, compared with £21,426,284 the previous year. Pre-tax profit increased to £2,150,620, compared with £1,198,860 the year before.
Cyrus Todiwala to start expansion of kitchen concept with Canary Wharf opening: Chef Cyrus Todiwala is to open a second site for his Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen concept, in Canary Wharf. Todiwala will launch the venue in January at the new Lincoln Plaza London hotel. The restaurant will have its own entrance and offer authentic Indian street food and specialities inspired by Todiwala’s own Parsee culinary heritage. The menu will include Leeli Chutney Ni Salmon (Wester Ross salmon marinated in Parsee-style fresh green chutney, skewered and chargrilled in the tandoor and served with chutney based on a family recipe). It will also feature Venison Tikka Aflatoon based on a recipe shown to Todiwala by his father during hunting trips in Rajasthan and flavoured with a treble hit of anise. Guarded by a huge elephant, the double-height dining room will be decorated in bright blue, orange and red, complemented by fans created with sari fabrics, hanging copper pots, shelves full of Indian artefacts and mismatched furniture. Todiwala’s other Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen is at Heathrow airport. He also operates Café Spice Namaste, near Tower Bridge.
Former Murano head chef and Great British Menu winner opens debut restaurant, in King’s Cross: Pip Lacey, former head chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Murano and last year’s winner of television series Great British Menu, has opened her debut restaurant, in King’s Cross. Hicce is on the top floor of concept store Wolf & Badger with a terrace overlooking the new Coal Drops Yard development. Lacey has launched the concept with business partner Gordy McIntyre, who formerly worked for Conran Restaurants and Urban Pubs and Bars, with backing from her mentor and friend Angela Hartnett. Hicce uses traditional techniques such as cooking over fire to create dishes inspired by Lacey’s travels. The venue offers “DIY sandwiches” featuring rye and beer bread made in-house, plus a selection of cheese, charcuterie, cured fish and fermented vegetables. The dinner menu offers choices from five sections – meat, fish, vegetables, hot sticks and special – while the bar offers local craft beer, cocktails and wine. Coal Drops Yard features more than 50 restaurants, cafes and stores in a reimagined set of buildings and arches next to Granary Square and Regent’s Canal. Other ventures include three sites from the Hart Brothers and a debut UK site for Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s chocolate brand.
Whitbread introduces paper straws: Whitbread has introduced paper straws across its Costa Coffee and Premier Inn & Restaurants businesses. Costa Coffee UK and Ireland managing director Jason Cotta said: “Following our announcement earlier this year, we are delighted to be introducing a sustainable alternative to plastic straws – removing 45 million plastic straws from our stores as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle. We removed all plastic straws from our condiment units last year as a first step to reducing waste. This change alone reduced the use of straws across the business by 27% so we are confident replacing them with a non-plastic alternative will have a significant impact on reducing the consumption of single-use plastic – and hope to see others do the same.” Costa Coffee also revealed that following the introduction of glassware for its summer drinks range, almost eight million drinks were served in glassware this year that would previously have been sold in single-use plastic takeaway cups. Premier Inn & Restaurants is also introducing paper straws this month, eliminating the use of 12 million plastic straws annually from across its 680-plus sites.
Pachamama Group launches third London site, in Shoreditch: Restaurant operator Pachamama Group has launched its third London site, in Shoreditch. Pachamama East has opened in Great Eastern Street offering a different experience to Peruvian-style sister sites Chicama and Pachamama. The new venue focuses on seasonal produce and “applying the bold flavours, aromas, textures and spices that make Asian food so tasty”. The 85-cover site is split over two floors with the main restaurant featuring plants, pastels, reclaimed wood, exposed concrete walls and an open kitchen. A staircase leads to a 16-cover private dining room on the lower ground floor. The group’s new executive creative chef Mikkel Gregersen, formerly of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and AOC in Copenhagen, has placed an emphasis on sharing at Pachamama East, with dishes such as grilled hispi cabbage and smoked aubergine. The snacks menu includes Sichuan fried chicken, while brunch includes Peruvian waffles with a choice of toppings. The main, sunken bar offers pisco-focused drinks and bubble tea cocktails alongside beer, wine and spirits. Pachamama Group opened modern-Peruvian restaurant Pachamama Bar + Kitchen in Marylebone in 2014, launching Chicama Bar + Kitchen in Chelsea two years later.
Maitre Choux to open fourth London site and largest to date, in Chelsea this winter: Maitre Choux, the patisserie specialising in choux pastry, is to open its fourth site in London and largest to date, in Chelsea this winter. The venue will launch in King’s Road offering the brand’s “modern version of a French patisserie” with seating for 15 to eat in. The brand specialises in eclairs, choux and chouquettes (empty choux pastry balls topped with pearl sugar). Chef Joakim Prat and business partner Jeremie Vaislic launched Maitre Choux in 2015. As at its other sites, Maitre Choux King’s Road will take customised orders along with corporate and private orders. Maitre Choux’s other sites are in Soho, South Kensington and Westfield White City. Prat has worked at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants including Mayfair’s The Greenhouse, where he was head pastry chef, and as executive pastry chef at Joel Robuchon’s L’Atelier in Covent Garden.
YouTube star launches vegan burger restaurant in Liverpool: YouTube and Instagram star Monami Frost has opened a vegan burger restaurant in Liverpool. The Latvian, who is known for her heavily tattooed look, has launched Frost Burgers in Wood Street in the refurbished Vanilla Factory building. The restaurant, which has been entirely funded by Frost and her friends, specialises in 100% plant-based “junk food” such as burgers, desserts and shakes, reports the Liverpool Echo. Announcing the opening on Instagram, Frost said: “Can’t believe all the hard work we have put into this place the last year has taken us to this day. We hope you are gonna love this place and the food as much as we do. I can’t wait to have you guys here and try my kind of food and be a part of my family because this is going to be my second home. It has been a dream come true to make it the way we want to make it.”
Swindon-based nightclub operator lines up third site, in Gloucester: Swindon-based nightclub operator Altlanco is lining up a third site for its Tree concept, in Gloucester. The company has lodged an application with the city council to renew the alcohol licence of the former H2O bar in Eastgate Street. H2O closed in April having been a mainstay of Gloucester nightlife for more than 20 years. Altlanco has applied for a licence to sell alcohol from 8am to 3am, reports Gloucestershire Live. Altlanco, which opened its debut Tree venue in Swindon in August 2016, already has a presence in Gloucestershire having opened a site in Cheltenham in September, taking over the space above Bierkeller in Bath Road.
Mastcraft to launch Indian street food concept at Soho hotel this month: London-based Mastcraft Hotels is to launch an Indian street food concept at its Courthouse Hotel in Soho this month. Culinary development director Preet Tandi has developed and will head up Soho Wala at the hotel in Great Marlborough Street. The 50-cover restaurant will have its own entrance and resemble an Indian market. The menu will include mirchi matchstick chicken with fresh green chilli, lime and root ginger; and assam tea brulee with vanilla ice cream and malai crème alongside cocktails such as the Chai White Russian, reports Hot Dinners. Tandi joined Mastcraft Hotels in August and is designing and creating multi-cuisine fine dining and casual dining concepts for the group. He developed his skills working with luxury venues including Edwardian Hotels, where he helped develop the launch of its Kitchen concepts. He also worked at restaurants such as Nobu London, Dinner by Heston, Kiru and Madhu’s.
Dalata agrees new €525m debt facility: Irish hotel operator Dalata has agreed a new €525m debt facility, completing the refinance of its existing debt facilities. The new facilities, made up of a term loan facility of £176.5m and a multi-currency revolving credit facility of €325m, have a five-year term expiring in November 2023 and replace the existing term loan (about €300m) and revolving credit facilities of €190m, which were due to mature in February 2020. The existing facilities were provided at intervals from February 2015 by a banking group comprising AIB Bank, Bank of Ireland, Barclays and Ulster Bank. The group has been joined by HSBC and Banco de Sabadell in providing the new facilities. Deloitte acted as debt advisor for Dalata. Dermot Crowley, deputy chief executive – business development and finance, said: “Our banking group has been very supportive of our growth ambitions since we first drew down facilities in February 2015. I am pleased HSBC and Banco de Sabadell have now joined our group and it demonstrates the growing attraction of Dalata to international lending institutions. The terms of the new facilities reflect the increased strength of the balance sheet since 2015. These new facilities will help support the continued growth of our business, reduce our financing costs and extend the maturity of our debt.”
Richard H Turner and Colin McSherry head kitchen of new Mayfair restaurant: Chefs Richard H Turner and Colin McSherry are heading up the kitchen of a restaurant that has just opened in Mayfair. Gridiron has launched at Como Metropolitan London in Park Lane at a spot that formerly housed The Met Bar. The restaurant combines Turner’s expertise in open-flame cooking and ethical sourcing with McSherry’s creativity and fine dining craft honed at The Clove Club, The Ledbury, The Fat Duck and Murano. The 62-cover site pays homage to the “ancient art of grilling”. Turner said: “With charcoal and live-fire cooking every ingredient becomes a unique encounter – the way the meat, fish or vegetable responds to the flame. We are thrilled to partner with Como Hotels and Resorts to showcase the techniques inherent in this simple, yet flavourful way of cooking.”
Revolution Bars Group to open Revolution site in Durham this month: Revolution Bars Group will open a Revolution site in Durham this month. The company will open the venue on Friday, 23 November in Silver Street, creating more than 60 jobs. The company is investing £1m to transform the former Bishop Langley pub, which sits on the banks of the Wear. General manager Nigel Wood told BDaily: “We are excited to bring a long-awaited Revolution bar to Durham city centre.” Revolution Bars Group operates 76 premium bars trading under the Revolution and Revolución de Cuba brands. Last month, chief executive Rob Pitcher told Propel its Revolution brand needed to “catch up”. The company has outlined a number of initiatives for its core brand, including extending delivery and “Instagrammable entertainment”.
New World Trading Company to open The Botanist in Cheltenham next month: Graphite Capital-backed pub restaurant group New World Trading Company will open a site for its The Botanist brand in Cheltenham next month. The company will open the 6,500 square foot venue in The Brewery Quarter leisure complex in the town centre on Monday, 3 December, reports Gloucestershire Live. New World Trading Company chief executive Chris Hill previously said: “Cheltenham is a fantastic location for us to open and The Brewery Quarter felt a natural choice.” New World Trading Company, which also operates The Florist, The Oast House, The Trading House and The Canal House, was acquired by Graphite Capital for £50m in June 2016. It currently operates 15 sites for The Botanist