Top 10 UK Restaurant Designers shaping the industry today

The architecture and interiors of a restaurant are becoming as fundamental an ingredient as the food and service you receive within.  As an environment for social entertaining there is an increasing movement to strive for the more daring, experimental, inspirational, harmonious or nurturing – creativity in design is back in fashion – and dragging us…

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Eating Out in Luxury Restaurants is more affordable than ever

Fine dining aficionados are being encouraged to take advantage of the recent economic downturn suffered by the hospitality industry and to join the rapidly expanding fine dining benefits club run by Design Restaurants. The struggles of fine dining restaurants are well documented within the recent recession, and restaurants have been increasingly looking at how to…

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The DR Guide to Restaurant Definitions

There are so many different types and styles of restaurants these days, as owners and chefs attempt to break the mould and avoid clear cut classification in their quest for providing something different. But sometimes you need to go back to basics, with some simple restaurant descriptions to help you follow your nose. Broadly speaking,…

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The gradual decline of the dress code

Fine dining isn’t what it used to be. For the most part it is better – the quality of produce, ingenuity of tastes and flavours, modern methods producing different textures and techniques, wine lists getting broader and varied. Service has stepped up a gear, and decor tends to be simple, understated and welcoming. All to…

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Must Haves for 2010

Can you fathom that we are already midway through February? Perhaps it was the January snow or winter hibernation, but 2010 seems to have hardly started. The dark nights mean catching up on reading, and here’s a great article from the Economist’s “Must Have for 2010” by Beppe Severgini. What caught our eye for gourmet…

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What makes a good restaurant?

Eating out should be a treat every time, it’s something you are willing to spend your hard earned money on and you should enjoy every minute of it. It’s easier to spot a bad restaurant, as a good one should offer a discreet, professional and seamless dining experience. It should have an unhurried convivial social…

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