Cadbury to open national chain of branded cafés

Good news for chocolate lovers: Cadbury is planning to open a national chain of branded cafés. The chocolate maker has secured the backing of new owner Kraft for a series of branded outlets serving afternoon tea and a range of Cadbury-themed goods as well as an on-site chocolatier service. Apparently the cafés, which are likely to be branded…

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England Footballer Steven Gerrard to open restaurant

England and Liverpool football player Steven Gerrard is to launch a new restaurant with hotelier and restaurateur Paul Adams. The pair are re-launching the Warehouse Brasserie, in Southport, which Gerrard has regularly claimed is one of his favourite restaurants. The venue, which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand, is undergoing a major refurbishment before re-opening just…

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Lindsay House to reopen mid May 2010

Lindsay House, the Soho restaurant previously run by Richard Corrigan, will reopen in mid-May under the leadership of Alexis Gauthier. Alexis remains a partner in his renowned Michelin-starred restaurant Roussillon, where he has  built his reputation for classic French fine dining, but is now focussed on his 70 seat new project, which will be called…

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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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Gordon Ramsay opens revamped Pétrus just days ahead of Australian debut

Gordon Ramsay’s ‘reborn’ Pétrus has re-opened today, just days ahead of the launch of his first Australian restaurants Maze and Maze Grill. Pétrus is now based at 1 Kinnerton Street in Knightsbridge with head chef Sean Burbidge at the helm. Ramsay’s firm Gordon Ramsay Holdings lost the previous Pétrus site at the Berkeley hotel after chef patron Marcus Wareing left the company to work directly…

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