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Darwin and Wallace

Darwin & Wallace’s growth rallies as it serves up new bar in Wimbledon

Darwin & Wallace’s growth rallies as it serves up new bar in Wimbledon

An independent neighbourhood bar group has announced it is expanding its London presence with the addition of its sixth bar in the heart of Wimbledon. Darwin & Wallace, which launched in 2012, is expected to open the doors of its new bar within walking distance of the world-famous tennis ground in spring 2018, in time

Soho Coffee Co. store 1

Uniform kitchen set-up and specialist equipment powers for coffee chain’s growth

There are few sectors in the foodservice industry as competitive as the coffee shop segment. On average there are 24 new sites opening every week and there are expected to be around 30,000 outlets operating by 2025. Nevertheless, the market is set to hit £4.3 billion in five years and the opportunities for new businesses


The Professional Kitchen CPU installs latest Winterhalter to cope with volume

The Professional Kitchen’s central processing unit (CPU) has selected one of Winterhalter’s newest warewashing machines to deal with the volumes of dirty ware passing through its kitchen. The Winterhalter UF machine was installed at the company’s CPU, which is the company’s first dedicated nursery schools unit, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and keep

southern-style chain Hickory's Smokehouse

Hickory’s Smokehouse plans Southport restaurant with giant fire pit in kitchen

Expanding Southern-style family dining group, Hickory’s Smokehouse, is ramping up its UK operation with the launch of a new restaurant, complete with a giant fire pit in its kitchen. The six-strong chain, which has sites in the North West, at Chester and West Kirby, is expected to open the doors of its newest property in

Young's pub kitchen

Young’s becomes a conveyor belt for budding chefs after securing coveted training provider status

Young’s has been awarded ‘employer provider status’, allowing the premium pub group to be an official ‘training provider’ for apprentices. The move will allow Young’s to deliver all its training in-house, opening the doors of its Chef Academies to over 75 apprentices this year. The status means Young’s can also leverage funds paid to the

Mareno kitchen

Grande Cuisine named as the new UK importer for Ali Group brand Mareno

Grande Cuisine has locked in a deal to become the exclusive new home of Mareno cooking equipment in the UK. The partnership, which will come into effect from the October 1, will see Grande Cuisine selling the company’s extensive portfolio of modular cooking equipment through a network of distributor partners. The partnership has been in

Darwin & Wallace

Darwin & Wallace bar group snaps up coveted three star rating from SRA

An independent neighbourhood bar group has bolstered its business by garnering a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The five-strong chain Darwin & Wallace, which has sites in Battersea. Clapham, Chelsea, Richmond and Chiswick, secured the converted rating for its commitment to “serving great quality food.” The SRA examines activity across three

Tracey Matthews, group chief operating officer, Matt Ford, marketing director and Jamie Robertson, chef director

Gaucho funnels £1.5m into flagship Edinburgh restaurant venue

An Argentinian steak restaurant is readying for its Scottish flagship launch following a £1.5m refurbishment. Gaucho is set to make its Scottish debut with the launch of a venue in Edinburgh, which is due to open its doors to customers in mid-November. The new 120 cover luxury restaurant, which will be based in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square,

EAT store Birmingham

EAT boss restructures company in a bid to retain “flightier” shop floor staff

UK-based food-to-go operator EAT is redesigning its staffing structure in a move designed to grow its employees amid struggles retaining millennials. CEO Andrew Walker, who stepped across to EAT last year having previously worked for rival food-to-go operator Pret A Manger, has been tasked with boosting the company’s performance and looks to do so by

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons says it must be disciplined in its UK expansion

Tim Hortons, the popular Canadian coffee chain which recently opened its first UK site in Glasgow, has said that it will need to work through a number of challenges before it publically launches any large-scale opening campaign. The brand, which has around 4,500 sites worldwide, is conscious that it must test the UK market and tweak