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Hospitality News Roundup – W/c 1/8

spruce-imageMonday 1/8/16 – BIS select committee urges replacement of Pubs Code Adjudicator

By Oli Gross, 29-Jul-2016

The Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee has urged the Government to replace its newly-appointed Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA), Paul Newby, citing his perceived conflict of interest and inability to command the trust of pub tenants. Read More – Churchill’s Fish & Chips opens Cambridge restaurant, sixth site in south of England: Fishnchickn franchise concept Churchill’s Fish & Chips has opened its sixth site in the south of England, this time in Cambridge. The venue in New Bar Hill features a sit-down restaurant as well as a takeaway service that also operates an online click and collect service. A Fishnchickn spokesman said: “We have listened to feedback and rebranded our Fishnchickn store to Churchill’s to offer a new customer experience. We have introduced free customer Wi-Fi as well as launching our pre-order and collect app. We have also introduced a new menu where ethical products and quality are at the heart of our sourcing policy to ensure we give you the best fish and chips possible.” Fishnchickn was founded in 1923 and its Churchill’s concept offers traditional fish and chips, using sustainably sourced cod and thick-cut chips, alongside freshly prepared, barn-reared chickens wrapped in secret-recipe coatings spit roasted or cooked in front of customers. It operates 35 stores across the south of England, while Churchill’s other sites are in Chelmsford, Fleet, Peterborough, Romford and Stansted. – Marco Pierre White opens 15th Steakhouse Bar & Grill, in Lincoln: Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has opened his 15th Steakhouse Bar & Grill, this time on Lincoln’s waterfront at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Lincoln is the fourth DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel to partner with Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, which is operated under franchise by Black and White Hospitality. The restaurant is on the fifth floor of the hotel. Hilton general manager Richard Metcalfe told the Lincolnshire Echo: “When we spoke to our guests there was a theme that people wanted a really good quality steakhouse at a location that’s in the centre. When you look at which brand will enable us to deliver the best quality steak house, there was only ever one choice – and that was Marco Pierre White.”

Wednesday 3/8/16 – Two golf clubs receive £150k grant from Sport England: Two Hertfordshire golf clubs are receiving nearly £150,000 between them to spend on refurbishments and improvements thanks to grants from Sport England. Harpenden Golf Club is getting £75,000 and Welwyn Garden City Golf Club is receiving more than £70,000. Harpenden Golf Club will be using the money to extend its clubhouse and provide new disability access. A spokesman said it will bring the club up to date, the leaking windows and roof will be fixed and proper insulation will be fitted to make the club more energy efficient. Welwyn Garden City Golf Club will install three new Astroturf greens on the club’s existing practice ground and a cover over the existing practice tee in September. The former will provide targets for members using the facility in its current format but will also be utilised as a short par three course when club professional, Stuart Mason, and his team are giving group lessons to beginners and juniors. Access to the area will also be improved.

Thursday 4/8/16 – Pret A Manger and Caffe Nero to anchor prestigious new Cambridge scheme: Pret A Manger and Caffe Nero are to anchor an upmarket retail offering for the new Station Square development near Cambridge railway station as part of the CB1 master plan. Pret A Manger will be opening a 2,426 square foot shop whilst Caffe Nero will be opening a 2,215 square foot outlet, providing Italian coffee and artisan food. Sven Töpel, chief executive of developer Brookgate, said: “The new retail signings are fantastic news for CB1 and represent the development’s evolution into a thriving city gateway to Cambridge. The calibre of the new occupiers shows our commitment to ensuring that CB1 is characterised by stylish and good quality dining and retail options, to complement the vibrant community that we are creating around Cambridge station.” CB1 is set to provide a significant boost to Cambridge’s economy by attracting world-class and high-growth businesses, residents and visitors to the area. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the project will deliver a state-of-the-art transport interchange featuring the UK’s largest cycle park with 3,000 spaces, prestigious “grade A” offices, premium residential, retail and hotel space and purpose-built student residence accommodation.

Friday 5/8/16 – ‘Devastated’ licensees forced to close award-winning pub after £175k rent hike

By Daniel Woolfson, 04-Aug-2016

The owners of award-winning London pub, the Truscott Arms, have told of their despair at having to close after losing a long battle against a £175,000 rent hike. Read More – Licensee to quit pub after 33 years over lack of trade

By Nikkie Sutton, 04-Aug-2016

A licensee in Oxfordshire is walking away from his pub after 33 years due to a lack of trade and too many pubs in the village. Read More – Wagamama to open restaurant in Peterborough next month: Wagamama will open a restaurant in Peterborough city centre next month. The company will open the 151-seat venue in Long Causeway on the site formerly occupied by Blacks and Asylum Industries, creating 39 jobs. The restaurant will feature canteen-style benches as well as breakout areas and booths. Global brand director Simon Cope told the Peterborough Telegraph: “We are very pleased to be opening the doors to our new restaurant in Peterborough where Wagamama will continue to reinforce positive eating by using fresh ingredients, served in atmospheric surroundings. It’s an exciting time for us and we look forward to hearing what our new and valued customers in Peterborough make of our arrival.”

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