Welcome to this week’s News Bites, where we’re enjoying an Amuse Bouche and getting a pat on the back from HRH The Prince of Wales. Not a bad week all in all!
Hospitality industry receives royal praise!
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the “resilience” of the UK hospitality industry this week, highlighting that “it is when something we treasure is endangered, that we appreciate it most.” Speaking in a video message recorded for the Master Innholders’ online Hoteliers – Battered But Not Beaten event, he said people had come to realise the sector was “essential to the enjoyment of life”, adding that “across the country, from Caithness to Cornwall and, of course, in London, hotels, restaurants and pubs are at the heart of our communities.” We couldn’t agree with more Your Royal Highness!
Amuse Bouche anyone?
Catering experts Bartlett Mitchell has launched their very own virtual food and drink events devised by their team of chefs and entertainment experts. Aiming to bring people together despite the physical distance created by the lockdown, Amuse Bouche gives guests a choice of more than 10 packages for all types of events, from award ceremonies to team building days. “In challenging times, finding ways to stay connected and maintaining a sense of company culture is vital, which is why we’ve launched our mood-boosting Amuse Bouche Box,” said Michelle Jugessur, business development manager, Bartlett Mitchell.
Young’s goes al fresco!
Managing to withstand 48 different prime ministers, two world wars and now a global health pandemic, Food Alert client, Young’s, is still going strong, after announcing their plans this week to reopen 140 of their managed pubs with outdoors spaces on 12th April. With 206 pubs spanning the South, from London to Exeter and from Oxford to Cambridge, the rest of Young’s managed estate will reopen around May 17th with restricted indoor trading. The news comes as Young’s revealed last week that they would be opening two new pubs in St Albans and Greenwich with outdoor terraces to capitalise on outdoor drinking and eating.
New seafront Food Hall set to open in Brighton
Bringing together a mix of local chefs, musicians and artists, Brighton’s Shelter Hall is set to open on the 26th April as part of a £19m renovation of the seafront. Run by former Deliveroo Managing Director, Dan Warne, the 15,000 sq ft venue that dates back to the 1880s, will have seven kitchens, a bar and entertainment space set over three levels, as well as an Incubator Kitchen, giving local start-ups the opportunity to open their first physical space. Food options will include Lost Boys Chicken, Crabshack, VIP Pizza and 2018 MasterChef Winner, Kenny Tutt, with a total of ten food traders in total. We can’t wait!