We’re casting an eye back over 2016…

A year of new openings in central London

We have had a plethora of restaurants opening in central London during 2016, seeing Paulo De Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën open the doors to Italian restaurant Margot; Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack providing fresh, sustainable seafood through their second site in Soho; the renowned New York Nordic restaurant Aquavit showing the very best of Nordic cuisine and design; The Social Company opening their doors to Temple & Sons providing a new City grill restaurant and bar; and seeing Salt Yard group open the Venetian inspired Veneta in the stunning new St James’s Market.

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The east London trend continues

We’ve seen some great restaurants in east London opening, such as The Social Companies seventh London restaurant Japanese izakaya-style Sosharu; Bone Daddies Old Street bringing a new ramen bar to the east; Spanish restaurant group Brindisa Kitchens relaunching their Shoreditch site as Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch; and Dirty Bones opening their doors to their new site housed in an iconic Grade II listed heritage building in the heart of Shoreditch.

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We take a trip out of London

This year we have seen acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs and restaurateurs Chris and Jeff Galvin venture into the Home Counties. September saw the brothers open their first restaurant outside of London at the impressive Centurion Club, showcasing classic cuisine and timeless dining experience for which the brothers are renowned for. During November Chris and Jeff Galvin also marked a return home to Essex when opening their Galvin Green Man pub, renovating one of Essex’s oldest puds dating back to 1314.

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A sparkling year for the brands team

Over on the brands team the office was fizzing after Thomson & Scott’s Skinny Proscecco began trending on Twitter this October; the news of Brexit saw Jude’s ice cream taking on Ben & Jerry’s showing the support of British ice cream; the launch of LEON cookware saw us all trying to cook up a storm in the kitchen; Jimini’s was featured on Loose Women showing the growing interest in their snacks; and Bertinet bakery grew throughout stores with their sliced sourdough tinned loaf after only starting with Waitrose earlier in the year.

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A year of events

With many events happening throughout the year, there were definitely some highlights for the office such as the annual away day to the Pointer for a delicious lunch; during October Breast Cancer Haven hosted an evening of glamour at their spearhead fundraising event, Blush ’16; London’s leading chefs competed for the first ever Croquetas challenge during September be crowned with the ‘ultimate croquetas’; and Taste of London made a triumphant return during June transforming Regent’s Park yet again into a culinary paradise.

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