Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bitesBy Phoebe French
In restaurant news this week: 67 Pall Mall moves into meal boxes, the Scottish hospitality sector calls for more support, and a supplier to the trade launches a range of wine deals for drinks industry workers.
67 Pall Mall launches at-home experience: London-based members’ club for wine lovers 67 Pall is launching an at-home dining experience. Taking the form of weekly dinner boxes, dishes are inspired by the club’s new cookbook: Wine and Food: The Perfect Match. Boxes include fresh ingredients sourced from the club’s suppliers and recipe cards with instructions as to how to create a three-course meal. The club’s sommeliers have suggested some optional wine pairings. Boxes cost £47.50 per person plus £20 delivery per order. .
BrewDog to open first beer hotel in England: Scottish brewer BrewDog is to open its first beer hotel in England next year. Due to be located in Manchester, the brewer has applied for planning permission to turn an office block into its hotel which will boast 18 en-suite rooms and a rooftop bar. BrewDog already operates hotels, or kennels, in Ohio in the US and Aberdeen in Scotland.
‘Tweak the tiers’ says Scottish hospitality: The Scottish Hospitality Group has called on the government to provide scientific evidence behind its restrictions on trading hours. With the majority of the country operating either in tier two or tier three, restrictions are placed on when they can open and whether they can serve alcohol. Stephen Montgomery, spokesperson for the Scottish Hospitality Group, said the tier system was a “sucker punch” for hospitality workers who risked losing their jobs. He is calling on the Scottish government to provide more aid as the current amount is not covering costs.
Hospitality businesses delay reopening: This week both the the Gleneagles Hotel and The Waterside Inn have announced that they will be extending their period of closure. The Gleneagles Hotel, home to two Michelin-starred Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, is to remain closed throughout the festive period and the following month of January as Perth and Kinross region is placed into tier three. However its golf courses and membership facilities will remain open. Similarly, The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire will not reopen until the new year. In an Instagram post, the restaurant said reopening in December after the lockdown for a few weeks was “financially unfeasible”.
Healthy Hospo launches digital training platform: Healthy Hospo has unveiled a new training app to improve the wellbeing of hospitality workers. Available for £2 per month, the service includes lessons on sleep, nutrition, mental health, exercise, social connection, financial health, and business management.
Chef James Sommerin returns with new site: After being forced to close his site in Penarth, Welsh chef James Sommerin has opened a new site in Barry. Called The Shed by James Sommerin, the 30-cover eatery will be based in a former Victorian railway building.
The Little Chartroom pop-up goes permanent: Edinburgh restaurant The Little Chartroom is to convert is popular pop-up site into a permanent venue. Chef Roberta Hall, who runs the restaurant with her husband, said the pop-up had been a “huge success”. The Little Chartroom on the Prom has now secured a two-year lease and has installed canopy to provide shelter for customers.
Wine supplier H2Vin launches deals for trade and hospitality: After seeing its core business disappear overnight, trade supplier H2Vin is bringing its wines to a larger audience. The company has launched a series of mixed case deals targeted at wine professionals and hospitality workers, who are entitled to purchase bottles at trade prices. New offers include an Autumn and Winter mixed case deal and a Christmas offering. Options are available at different price ranges and country-specific cases are also on offer. Call 020 3794 2949 or email email@example.com for more details.