Christmas is coming…

We’ve spotted the first Starbucks red cup which means one thing… Christmas is coming! If you haven’t already booked a space for your annual Christmas gathering, there is no time like the present.

Whether you are looking for a relaxed setting where you can enjoy some amazing food and wine or you want a space you can transform into your Christmas vision, we have some great venue ideas to help you get the ball rolling.

Bernardi’s

Bernardi’s have a selection of event spaces, whether you are looking to host a cosy dinner for 10 or a large group function for 100 people. Their Italian inspired menu offers an array of options that enable you to create the perfect Christmas feast.

Contact: francesca@bernardis.co.uk  | 020 3826 7940

The Kitty Hawk

In the heart of the city, The Kitty Hawk offers a wide variety of spaces to host events including, the bar and restaurant which both hold up to 250 guests, the back room wine bar which can accommodate 20 people seated or 80 standing and if you are looking for something a little more exclusive, the private dining room seats 12.

Contact: reservations@thekittyhawk.co.uk | 020 3319 9199

Berners Tavern

Set above Berners Tavern, the private dining room offers an intimate setting for up to 14 people. With dark walnut furniture and rose upholstered touches, this space makes for the perfect sophisticated Christmas soirée.

Contact: bernerstavern@editionhotels.com | 020 7908 7979

The Coal Shed

Hire the whole restaurant, a private dining space for 20 people or make use of their beautiful mezzanine level which has been specially designed for events.

The Coal Shed menu reflects their celebration of meat, fish and fire and they offer either sharing platters or a choice of set menus.

Contact: towerbridge@coalshed-restaurant.co.uk

The Alfred Tennyson

The dining room, boardroom and loft bar at the Alfred Tennyson all provide great spaces for events. Serving modern European cuisine, you’ll find lots of traditional Christmas menu items on offer.

Contact: grace@cubitthouse.co.uk | 020 7730 6064

Looking for some extra cover?

We know that business can really pick up this time of year, particularly with the influx of private events. If you require some additional staff to help manage the increased workload, The Change group have a selection of temporary candidates available, from chefs and kitchen porters to waiting staff, hosts, bartenders and receptionists. Give us a call on 02079236021 if you’d like us to book in some temporary cover for you.

Interested in picking up some extra shifts in the lead up to Christmas?

The Change Group work with many of London’s finest events companies and venues and have a wide variety of jobs on offer throughout the festive season. Whether you are looking for chef jobs, waiting jobs or reception work, we have some fantastic opportunities to share with you. Submit your CV today or call us on 02079236021 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Smashing Pumpkins

Wondering what to do with your leftover pumpkins post Halloween? We’ve gathered some delicious recipes that’ll help you turn your pumpkin pulp into seasonal sensations!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites

No bake Paleo, vegan, gluten free recipe, that surely covers all the dietary requirements out there. If you can’t eat this one, we can’t help you.

Lebanese Pumpkin Hummus

Widen your hummusphere with this yummy dip.

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Pesto 

This recipe by Social Pantry is sure to gnocchi your socks off!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Certainly not your conventional take on a cheesecake but when it comes to dessert, every dish deserves a chance.

If you don’t have the time to whip up one of these delights, here’s where you can find some of the best pumpkin dishes in town without having to lift a finger.

Want to work with seasonal ingredients and cook with some of the finest chefs in the industry?

We recruit for some of the best-known restaurants, pubs, hotels and catering companies in London and are always looking to speak to talented chefs who are searching for their next career opportunity. Contact us today on 02079236021 to discuss hospitality jobs in London.

New Restaurant & Bar Openings in London | October 2017

If you’re looking for the newest places in town to grab a bite to eat, look no further. As always there are some amazing new restaurant and bar openings in the Capital but we are particularly impressed by the wide variety of cuisines on offer this month. From a Bahrain inspired restaurant in Chelsea to a specialist ramen eatery in Southwark, you’ll find it hard not to try something new.

Villa Mama’s
Bahrain restaurant in Chelsea

Taka
Japanese restaurant in Mayfair

Mam
Vietnamese restaurant in Notting Hill

Gul and Sepoy
Food inspired by the Royal Courts of North India

Rambla
Catalan restaurant in Soho

Noizé
Casual dining French restaurant in Fitzrovia

Fodder at Platform 1
Restaurant in residence, serving wild, seasonal British food

Il Tetto
Italian restaurant on the roof of Selfridges

Breddos
Mexican restaurant in Soho

Yamagoya
Specialist ramen restaurant in Southwark

Orange Buffalo
Buffalo wing street food trader in residency in Hoxton

Oded Oren
Oded Oren in residence at Borough Wines & Beers in Islington

Powderkeg
Modern British restaurant and bar in Battersea that’s had a recent spruce

The Kitchens
Collection of restaurants serving street food in Old Spitalfields Market

Inigo
Hand roll sushi kiosk in Soho

Bleecker Bloomberg
A third site for burger restaurant

Killer Tomato
Taco and burrito restaurant in Portobello Road

The Ethicurean
Modern British restaurant in residence at The Gardening Society on the rooftop of John Lewis

Burgershack
A burger maker in residence in Marylebone

Smoking Goat
Thai restaurant Smoking Goat in Shoreditch

If you are interested in working for some of London’s finest new restaurant and bar openings, get in touch with us as we have some amazing job opportunities available.

Whether you are looking for a permanent job or some temporary work to earn extra cash before Christmas, we can help you find the right role. Submit your CV or call us on 02079236021 to discuss our available hospitality jobs in London.

Top 10 Sunday lunches

As Autumn descends on us, what better way to celebrate the season than with a warming Sunday lunch. Wrap yourself up in woolly a scarf and venture out to one of our top 10 Sunday lunch destinations. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

  1. The Jugged Hare, City of London

A popular city spot specialising in seasonal British game are serving scrumptious Sunday lunches with a gorgeous wine list to accompany. If you are looking to treat yourself to a quiet Sunday lunch for two – The Jugged Hare is the place to go.

  1. The Anchor and Hope, Waterloo

Fancy something a little more informal? The Anchor and Hope is the perfect choice. Just a stone’s throw away from Waterloo station, this pub is a great place for commuters to grab a seat at one of their sharing tables and enjoy a relaxed Sunday lunch.

  1. Hawksmoor, London

When you think of a Sunday roast dinner, you can’t not think of the prestigious Hawksmoor franchise. With an incredible reputation for their cuts and quality of meat, Hawksmoor are taking the Sunday lunch market by storm. Be prepared to lick the gravy from your plate – it’s that good!

  1. Blacklock, Soho

Nestled underground in the heart of Soho lies one of London’s best Sunday lunch restaurants – Blacklock. With excellent quality meats and wine on tap this is a must visit for tourists and locals alike.

  1. The Guinea Grill, Mayfair

Situated near Berkley Square, The Guinea Grill is a London institutions within the foodie scene. Specialising in dry-aged, grass-fed English and Scottish beef that is cooked over an open grill, what’s not to love about this one! With a selection of Young’s ales at the bar and a gorgeous wine list to pair with the beef, make sure you book to avoid disappointment.

  1. The Gun, Docklands

With a beautiful river view, The Gun is one of Fuller’s finest establishments. We love their whole roast chicken sharing dish and think it makes the perfect Sunday roast option for those who are hungrier than normal. With a gorgeous bar and London Pride on tap, we foresee settling in for an entire afternoon at this one.

  1. The Marksman, Hackney

Having just picked up the award for ‘Pub of the Year’ from the Michelin guide, you’d be silly not to try their hearty Sunday lunch set-menu. Make sure you check out the dripping potatoes and prepare yourself to be too full to move afterwards.

  1. The Pony and Trap, Chew Valley, Somerset

Appealing to those outside of London this gorgeous Michelin starred pub is situated in Somerset in the rolling hills of The Chew Valley. With Josh Eggleton cooking and Sister Holly running front of house, this duo know how to do a Sunday lunch justice. Enormous portions, copious amounts of wine and delicious desserts to follow, be sure to make the trip.

  1. Hinds Head, Bray

Fancy visiting the gorgeous town of Bray and indulging in a three-course dining experience? As one of the country’s best restaurants, The Hinds Head is an absolute must.

  1. The Compasses Inn, Crundale Canterbury

Having recently been awarded ‘Estrella’s Gastro Pub of the Year’ and Head Chef Rob picking up ‘Chef of the Year’, we would highly recommend booking before the word gets out. Located just outside of Canterbury this small country pub serves delicious, locally sourced meats every Sunday.

Interested in some weekend work?

The Change Group work with many of London’s best known restaurants, hotels, gastropubs and bars and we’re always looking for staff who want to pick up some extra shifts in the lead up to Christmas. Whether you are looking for a temporary chef job or a few waiting shifts, we have some fantastic opportunities available and will work to your schedule. Give us a call on 02079236021 or submit your CV so we can get the ball rolling.

How many Michelin Star restaurants in the UK have you eaten at?

The list that we’ve all been waiting for; The Michelin Guide 2018 has now been announced. Full of some great oldies and some fantastic newbies, we can’t wait to work our way through the list!

The big question is; how many Michelin Star restaurants in the UK have you eaten at?

3 Stars

  1. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
  2. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
  3. The Araki
  4. The Fat Duck
  5. The Waterside In

2 Stars

  1. Bibendum
  2. Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles
  3. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel)
  4. Gidleigh Park
  5. Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
  6. L’Enclume
  7. Le Champignon Sauvage
  8. Le Gavroche
  9. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
  10. Marcus
  11. Midsummer House
  12. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
  13. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
  14. Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms
  15. Sketch
  16. The Hand and Flowers
  17. The Ledbury
  18. The Greenhouse
  19. The Raby Hunt
  20. Umu

1 Star

  1. A Wong
  2. Dabbous ò
  3. Hakkasan Hanway Place
  4. Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
  5. The Ninth
  6. Pied à Terre
  7. City Social
  8. Club Gascon
  9. Ellory
  10. Pidgin
  11. (The Chef changed after we went to print)
  12. Clove Club
  13. HKK
  14. Lyle’s
  15. Harwood Arms
  16. River Café
  17. Hedone
  18. La Trompette
  19. St John
  20. Angler
  21. Five Fields
  22. Outlaw’s at the Capital
  23. Kitchen W8
  24. Trinity
  25. The Glasshouse
  26. Story
  27. Galvin La Chapelle
  28. Chez Bruce
  29. Amaya
  30. Ametsa
  31. Céleste
  32. Pétrus
  33. Alyn Williams at The Westbury
  34. Benares
  35. Bonhams
  36. Fera at Claridge’s
  37. Galvin at Windows
  38. Gymkhana
  39. Hakkasan Mayfair
  40. Kai
  41. Murano
  42. Pollen Street Social
  43. Tamarind
  44. Veeraswamy
  45. Lima Fitzrovia
  46. Locanda Locatelli
  47. Portland
  48. Texture
  49. Trishna
  50. Ritz Restaurant
  51. Seven Park Place
  52. Barrafina
  53. Social Eating House
  54. Yauatcha Soho
  55. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
  56. Dining Room at the Goring
  57. Quilon
  58. The Samling
  59. Fischer’s at Baslow Hall
  60. Bath Priory
  61. Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park
  62. Pipe and Glass Inn
  63. West House
  64. Fraiche
  65. Adam’s
  66. Carters of Moseley
  67. Purnell’s
  68. Simpsons
  69. Turners @ 69
  70. Northcote
  71. Morston Hall
  72. Lords of the Manor
  73. Hinds Head
  74. Royal Oak
  75. Casamia
  76. wilk’s
  77. Crown N
  78. Alimentum
  79. Bybrook at Manor House Hotel
  80. Ocean
  81. Bohemia
  82. Ormer by Shaun Rankin
  83. Simon Radley at Chester Grosvenor
  84. Pony & Trap
  85. Sir Charles Napier
  86. Red Lion Freehouse
  87. Gravetye Manor
  88. Tudor Room at Great Fosters Hotel
  89. Butchers Arms
  90. Forest Side
  91. Peel’s at Hampton Manor Hotel
  92. Star Inn
  93. Restaurant Tristan
  94. The Neptune
  95. Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room
  96. Box Tree
  97. Cross at Kenilworth
  98. The Wild Rabbit
  99. Masons Arms
  100. The Man Behind the Curtain
  101. John’s House
  102. Harrow at Little Bedwyn
  103. Nut Tree
  104. Woodspeen
  105. House of Tides
  106. Hambleton Hall
  107. Black Swan
  108. Paul Ainsworth at No.6
  109. Yorke Arms
  110. JSW
  111. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen
  112. Driftwood
  113. L’Ortolan
  114. Treby Arms
  115. The Elephant
  116. The Sportsman
  117. 5 North St
  118. Black Rat
  119. Gilpin Hotel & Lake House N
  120. The Cellar
  121. Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond
  122. Braidwoods
  123. Number One
  124. 21212
  125. Kitchin
  126. Martin Wishart
  127. Isle of Eriska
  128. Albannach
  129. Boath House
  130. The Peat Inn
  131. Kinloch Lodge
  132. Walnut Tree
  133. Sosban & The Old Butchers
  134. Tyddyn Llan
  135. Ynyshir
  136. The Whitebrook
  137. The Checkers
  138. James Sommerin

Interested in working for some of the finest restaurants in the country?

Get in touch with Change hospitality recruitment agency, we have some fantastic chef jobs and front of house jobs available. Either submit your CV or call us on 02079236021 and have a chat with one of our experienced team.

One Star House Party

One Star House Party is possibly the most unique pop-up experience to hit the London foodie scene. We have followed their journey right from the start and have eagerly awaited their arrival in London – and finally they are here!

What started as a restaurant pop-up concept quickly transformed into the ultimate gastronomic adventure. The One Star House Party team set out on a journey which is taking them to 20 countries across the globe as they create 20 unique restaurant concepts in 20 months.

With a team made up of chefs from some of the best restaurants in the world including Tom Aikens, NOMA and The Ledbury, One Star House Party use their culinary expertise to create a menu that highlights local ingredients, cooking techniques and experiences.

Eight months into their journey and eight countries under their belt including China, Vietnam, Thailand, Everest Base Camp, India, Oman, Kenya and South Africa, London is their ninth venture.

For four weeks only, One Star House Party will be serving up an eight-course tasting menu that features their favourite dish from every location they have visited so far.

Date: Thursday, 5 October 2017 to Friday, 3 November 2017

Venue: Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, 1 Bard Road, London, W10 6TP

Cost: £75 pp for an 8-course menu

Book tickets

After their stint in London, One Star House Party will be setting off on their next adventure in Buenos Aires and thereafter Santiago, Mexico City, New York, Vancouver, Hobart, Tokyo and Hong Kong thereafter. If you find yourself in any of these cities in the coming months, don’t forget to look them up!

Interested in working at cool pop-up restaurants like One Star House Party?

Get in touch with hospitality recruitment agency, The Change Group for more information about temporary chef jobs and temporary waiting jobs in London. We have some amazing jobs that offer flexible working hours and great pay.

Want to impact the Hospitality Industry?

Every year we conduct a survey which asks some important questions about working in the hospitality industry. This is your chance to have your say and influence the industry in the coming years.

We would really appreciate your input for our 2017 survey, it should only take you 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Take part in The Change Group Survey

Why do we conduct the survey?

Although we are a recruitment agency, it has always been our mission to go above and beyond what you would expect from a recruitment company and continuously try to impact the hospitality industry in a positive way.

Through recruitment we are exposed to the hiring cultures of hospitality organisations and often notice trends within the following areas:

By shining a light on these findings, we hope to influence equality in the workplace, whether that be in terms of diversity or ensuring equal pay.

Why should you take part in the survey?

The hospitality industry has experienced significant growth which has led to a severe shortage of talent. It is more important now than ever before to ensure we are encouraging people to consider a job in hospitality and that those working in the industry are being remunerated accordingly, receiving the benefits they deserve and maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

As Jerry Maguire would say – help us, help you!

Have your say and take the survey.

Meat vs Fish cook-off for Action Against Hunger

Meat vs Fish

Date: 6th September, 6pm
Venue: Flat Iron Square
Time: 6 September 2017
Tickets: £25 per ticket which includes 4 free dishes

Purchase Meat vs Fish Tickets

The Change Group, in partnership with Action Against Hunger, will be hosting an epic competition, Meat vs Fish, a cookery standoff at Flat Iron Square taking place on the 6th September at 6pm.

This bespoke fundraising event will see ten restaurants compete against each other using responsibly-sourced ingredients. Five will showcase fish dishes and five will make meat their star ingredient. One prize will be given to each category and there will also be an award for the overall winning team.

The big questions… will it be a surf or turf that comes out tops?!

The current line-up of chefs taking part includes:

More info about the participating restaurants and their chefs:

The event will raise money for Action Against Hunger, a global charity committed to ending world hunger, by shining a light on the importance of sustainability and British produce, as demonstrated by the talented chefs and restaurants who take part. 

With only a few tickets still available, be sure to book yours asap so you don’t miss out. Book Meat vs Fish tickets.

 

Top 5 Bank Holiday weekend treats

With the final Bank Holiday before Christmas, it’s time to make the most of the three day weekend! With no sign of the sun we’ve come up with the perfect to-do-list that’ll keep you busy throughout the weekend, both in and outside of London.

Notting Hill Carnival – London’s biggest street party is finally here and it’s time to put on your wackiest outfit and get over to West London to enjoy the final send-off for summer. With floats, live music and a moving party it’s the perfect bank holiday treat for everyone.

Field day at Dinerama A music festival where you can eat good food too – sounds perfect! Field day and Street Feast are creating a dreamy collaboration for one day only in Shoreditch. Get some Tequila Colada Slushy’s whilst dancing to some of London’s most current DJ’s! Don’t forget to pick up your tickets!

Tankerton, Whitstable – Looking to escape London? Tankerton is a delightful beach just one train ride away! Pick up some freshly shucked Oysters in Whitstable, take a wander down the beach to The Neptune and enjoy a drink (or two) whilst soaking up a gorgeous sunset with a live band and a never ending BBQ. A perfect escape from London this weekend.

Mayfield Lavender Fields – Tucked away in Epsom (a short train ride from London Bridge) you’ll feel as though you are in the South of France. Mayfield Lavender Farm is a family-run organic farm open throughout the bank holiday weekend. Take a wander through the lavender fields and enjoy lunch in their quaint cafe. You can also purchase amazing lavender products in their cute little store. Whilst you’re there be sure to take part in their annual photograph competition too!

Windsor Great Park’s Virginia Water – Just on the edge of Windsor Great Park the two mile-long Virginia Water is nothing short of stunning. With waterfalls, lakes, and a 100ft- high totem pole it’s a great escape from the bright lights of London. With plenty of picnic spots and free admission to the park why not make a day of it and jump on a train from Waterloo.

Interested in extra temporary work this weekend?

If you are looking to pick up a few extra shifts over the bank holiday weekend? We have some great temporary chef  jobs and front of house jobs available. Give us a call on 02079236021 or submit your CV.

Time to KtchUp

Not sure where to go for dinner with friends in London? We have the perfect app for you… KtchUp!

What is KtchUp?

KtchUp is a new app that solves the hassle born from trying to organise a group meal or choose a restaurant – a single central platform for eating out.

How to get setup?

Download the app (obviously) and then create a group chat with your friends to initiate a meal. You can then view restaurant recommendations or suggest your own to the group, swipe to vote on which restaurant to eat at, and book a table.

KtchUp suggests restaurants to the group, based on the area and price range set up by the event host. These restaurants are presented as “swiping cards” with multiple photos and hashtags, think Tinder for restaurants. Swipe left for no, swipe right for yes, in order to vote for restaurants you’d like to eat at… The fastest and simplest way to have your say!

The time, votes, and the final restaurant choice are always visible to the group. You don’t have to sift through hundreds of messages on What’s App to find out where you are eating, what time you are meeting and who is joining.

Need directions and a peek at the menu?

Tap on the restaurant’s card for all this information.

Want to make a table reservation?

Just tap on the booking link.

KtchUp collects a large amount of behavioural user data: dining frequency, geography, budget, “likes”, friends and their “likes”, restaurant choices and response to promotions.

Fancy using KtchUp to promote your restaurant or event?

Website: www.ktchup.com
Instagram: @ktchupapp
Facebook: @ktchupapp
Twitter: @ktchupapp
Email: idingwu@ktchup.com

Speaking of events…

If you haven’t already purchased your ticket for our Meat vs Fish event on the 6th September at Flat Iron Square, you can purchase tickets here.

Meat vs Fish

The Change Group in partnership with Action Against Hunger are hosting a bespoke fundraising event which will see ten restaurants compete against each other using responsibly-sourced ingredients. Five will showcase fish dishes and five will make meat their star ingredient.

 

The question is, will it be a surf or turf team that comes up on top? Get your tickets and come down to find out!