Since the ’70s, the curry house has been a staple not just of British food, but British culture as a whole. They were once a revelation – proponents of an exciting, colourful, and different way of eating out. They single-handedly jazzed up the British palate threefold, and inspired people to recreate these new, exotic flavours […]
‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes,’ once wrote Marcel Proust. The French thinker had a point – travel has a knack for changing people’s opinions of the world. I can’t confirm Belon head chef Daniel Calvert had Proust in mind when leaving the UK in […]
Restaurants have always been fixated with wine. Perhaps they should be. There’s a healthy mark-up, almost everyone appreciates it, and it provides a comfortable match with food. But here’s the thing – increasingly, people don’t want comfortable. They want something unique.
‘The industry is on its knees, really.’ If you’re more used to his infectious smile and genial persona, as often broadcast on the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 show First Dates, the ominousness in Fred Sirieix’s words is even more perturbing.
Tipping. It’s an issue that’s gripped the industry for as long as we all remember. For a lot of restaurateurs, the stigma associated with tips and where they go is something they can live with. For others that may want to change the traditional tronc system, there’s the fear things will only get worse for […]