St John team release details of new West End hotel

The team behind iconic London restaurant St John has unveiled more details of its forthcoming hotel in the West End. Chef Fergus Henderson (pictured) and proprietor Trevor Gulliver have taken over the former Manzi’s restaurant and hotel located off Leicester Square. The duo is completely refurbishing the site and will relaunch it as the St John…

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Veteran food critic Egon Ronay dies aged 94

Veteran food critic Egon Ronay has died aged 94 after a short illness. He passed away on Saturday at his Berkshire home with his wife and two daughters by his side. A Catey Lifetime Achievement award winner, Ronay was a legendary name in the hospitality industry, a man who consistently demanded quality and never compromised…

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Welcome to strawberry season

Now’s the time to savour this year’s arrival of the first crop of delicious British strawberries. Too often we’re presented with flavourless imported fruits, the very epitome of evil food miles, so now is the time to get stuck in. Traditionally, these beloved fruits were only around for a matter of weeks, but with new…

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Brits addicted to restaurant discount vouchers

Two-thirds of people wouldn’t eat out without searching for a discount voucher first, according to new research. According to this week’s Restaurant Magazine, such is the UK consumer’s appetite for discounted dining, they are more likely to search for a deal before eating out than for any other purchase. The research of 1,976 adults, which…

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New DR Club restaurants offering member benefits

Chewton Glen, Gidleigh Park, the Bath Priory, Hotel Tresanton, Fredericks, we’ve been working hard here at Design Restaurants to ensure we bring our club members the very latest and greatest dining offers and promotions. Just in the past week, we are proud to announce the following world-renowned establishments on board: Gidleigh Park,Devon – complimentary member…

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Dhruv Baker wins the BBC’s MasterChef

Dhruv Baker has been named the winner of the BBC’s amateur cooking competition Masterchef. The 34-year-old Londoner beat follow finalists Alex Rushmer and Tim Kinnaird to the title following an intense cook off. During the Masterchef series Baker, who described his win as “mind blowing”, faced challenges like cooking in the heat of the Indian desert…

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Michael Winner talks to Piers Morgan

Don’t miss Michael Winner talking to Piers Morgan in this week’s Piers Morgan Life Stories. The always entertaining Mr Winner maybe a movie director and producer but is probably best known as a restaurant critic. One of our first experiences of Mr Winner was at the Michelin rated Aix en Provence at the Halcyon Hotel,…

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Champagne sales in the UK fall in 2009

Champagne sales in the UK dropped by around 5 million bottles in 2009. The fall represented a 15% decline in sales, with 30.52 million bottles imported, according to the Champagne Bureau. The UK remains the largest export market for the drink but sales now sit at levels last seen in 2002. And UK customers have…

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Design Restaurants supports Meat Free Monday

Design Restaurants is proud to support Meat Free Monday, the new campaign from Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney. Our MD Tessa Shreeve has been veggie for over 15 years, and fine dining restaurants are making the vegetarian option increasingly respectable these days. Meat Free Monday is an environmental campaign to raise awareness of the climate-changing…

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