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!
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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.
Win a £100 Polpo voucher
London is home to many independent restaurants, all with their own personality which is showcased through the food they serve, the décor and of course the staff that bring the hospitality to life. One restaurant concept that has taken the UK by storm is Italian restaurant Polpo. With nine sites across the UK and two more in the pipeline it’s no wonder the Michelin Guide 2016 describes it as “A fun and lively Venetian bacaro, with a stripped-down, faux-industrial look. The small plates, from arancini and prosciutto to fritto misto and Cotechino sausage, are so well priced that waiting for a table is worth it”.
We sat down with the Operations Manager, Arno Karsten to find out what makes Polpo different from other restaurants in London and why those working in hospitality jobs should consider a career at Polpo.
The Polpo group has really taken off in London, what do you put this success down too?
We’d like to think our success is down to our teams and the way that they treat our customers. We believe that hospitality, not service, is what sets us apart. In addition, we offer great value for money and a product that our staff are proud to serve.
What makes Polpo a great place to work and what roles are you currently looking to recruit?
We have a great track record for career development, which shows in our management structure. Our teams are encouraged to be individuals and let their personalities shine! Training and development is a key focus for us this year. We are looking for lots of future leaders to join our management teams right now.
What are the plans for Polpo in the future?
We have just opened POLPO Exeter which has been very well received. There are two confirmed further openings this year. A second site in Bristol which opens in a few weeks and Oxford later in the year.
The kind folk at Polpo are also giving away a £100 voucher which can be used at any of their nine sites in the UK. All you need to do to enter the lucky draw is like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The winner will be selected at random and will be announced later this month via the Change social channels.
Want to work for Polpo?
We like to think we’re pretty good at placing great talent into chef jobs in London and if you are particularly interested in a career at Polpo please contact:
Gareth Townsend for Front of House jobs
Suzanna Jones for Chef jobs
The London foodie scene has had another busy month with nearly 20 new restaurants and bars opening in April. Fancy drinking cocktails in a cell or eating a prawn on the lawn? As always, London has it all!
It’s great to see some good old favourites popping up in different areas including Patty & Bun in Nottinghill and The Refinery New Street Square (another Drake & Morgan venture and sister site to Refinery CityPoint).
London’s new restaurant and bar openings in April 2017
We’re loving the quirkily named Trawler Trash for its focus on seasonal British produce and less well-known fish – we’re always up for trying new and different ingredients. In fact, it seems that seasonal ingredients and the support of British produce is a trend we are seeing a lot of at the moment.
7 other trends set to dominate the London foodie scene in 2017:
Whether it’s a Mexican taco or a serving of Peruvian ceviche, authenticity is the name of the game this year.
Smoothies, exotic juices, homemade lemonades and bizarre hot drink flavours are set to hit menus in the Capital. We’ve already seen the rise of flavoured coffees such as beetroot and charcoal lattes and of course, the much loved, rainbow and unicorn inspired drinks.
Already a trend we are seeing a lot of, particularly with vegetables taking centre stage on the plate rather than featuring as a side, we expect this trend to expand and also accommodate more dietary requirements such as gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Nose to tail cooking and using every element of an ingredient to minimise waste has long been a trend in the hospitality industry and we don’t expect it to change any time soon (for good reason too). We also expect to see fermented vegetables to take centre stage in 2017 with things like kimchi receiving a lot of love.
A lot more thought is now being given to the visual appeal of food as diners look to share photos of their experiences on social media. Everyone say CHEEEEESE!
Interested in working for newly opened restaurant and bars like the ones mentioned above? We work with many of London’s best restaurant and bars recruiting for chef jobs and front of house jobs. Give us a call on 02079236021 or submit your cv online.
This family-owned wine merchant adds another wine bar and shop to its lot. Offering Spanish-influenced dishes and a wide array of wines which customers can buy and drink right there and then, this is a great place to try on your way home from work.
Chi Kitchen’s Laksa Bar
A slightly different twist on the normal Chi Kitchen’s as you’ll find a Malaysian broth bar inside this Pan-Asian restaurant. Brainchild of Master Chef winner Ping Coombes, this is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long session of shopping and watch the food take shape.
Is it possible for a venue to have it all? Number 177 is giving it a good go offering a bar, restaurant, club room, art exhibition, DJ and other musician appearances… there is even a florescent orange photo booth! We have no doubt this will become the new Hoxton hot spot!
The Cheese Bar
From cheese truck vendor to a more permanent location in Camden, The Cheese Bar will be cooking up many of its old classics with the addition of a few new melted treats. One thing we love about this new venture (besides the fact that it’s dripping in cheesy goodness) is the focus on locally produced cheeses, many of which come from within the M25.
If you’re looking for the perfect steak in London, Hawksmoor has always been the place to go and their new site in Borough is no different. Offering up every cut of meat imaginable you’ll be hard pressed to decide what to order! Set in the heart of the market with an elegant reclaimed décor, this is the perfect place for you next business meeting or lunch with friends.
Rail House Cafe
Situated in the new Nova glass extravaganza in Victoria, the Rail House Café has something for everyone. With seating for over 300 covers and an all-day dining menu, you can use any excuse to visit. Breakfasts include modern twists on old classics, the lunch menu is perfect for those who enjoy sharing and the dinner menu has a varied feel with ceviche on one end and truffled mac & cheese on the other. If you’ve tried Riding House Cafe or Village East, Rail House Café is part of the same group and won’t disappoint.
With over 20 new restaurant and bar openings in London this month, we couldn’t possibly expect you to read about each one in such detail. So here’s a few others to check out if you find yourself hungry (or thirsty) and you fancy trying something new!
If you are looking for a chef job in London or perhaps your next front of house job, we work with many of London’s finest new restaurant and bar openings and are able to help you find your next role. Call us on 02079236021 or submit your cv today.
We always try to bring you the latest in restaurant and bar openings in London but this month is particularly special.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with celebrity chef Jun Tanaka as he prepared for the opening of his first solo venture, The Ninth. Although most of our involvement was behind the scenes, sourcing talent for his chef jobs and front of house jobs, we recently visited Jun and his new team and were blown away by the depth of flavours, great service and stylish interior at The Ninth. The team have worked tirelessly to come up with a concept that is different to anything else in London and we really think they’ve achieved it.
Here’s everything you need to know about Fitzrovia’s hottest new restaurant The Ninth
Located on the ever popular Charlotte Street, Jun Tanaka has created a sharing style menu with French Mediterranean-style cuisine. The a la carte menu has a strong seasonal ingredient focus and although the dishes are bold in flavour, Jun’s food is light with lots of seafood and vegetables options.
If you are looking for a restaurant in the lead up to Christmas, we highly recommend you go check it out.
Address: The Ninth London, 22 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NB
Telephone: 020 3019 0880
If you’ve read this blog and feel inspired to work for a restaurant like The Ninth, please feel free to get in touch with Change, hospitality recruitment agency. We have hundreds of chef jobs in London available, as well as, front of house jobs and are always looking to speak to talented people.
Can’t get a booking at The Ninth? Here are a few other new openings in London:
As always, London’s foodie scene is buzzing with new openings, honestly there are so many new restaurants and bars, we’re battling to keep track of them all! And new restaurants mean new chef jobs in London as well as bar jobs and waiting jobs, so please do get in touch with us if you are currently looking for a new role.
But for now, onto the list of new restaurant and bar openings October 2015:
Les 110 de Taillevent – Cavendish Square
Parisian food and wine pairings
Rudies – Dalston
Jamaican cooking with a contemporary twist
Mr Fogg’s Tavern – Mayfair
Victorian tavern with a gin parlour and salon upstairs
Bounce – Shoreditch
Ping Pong, pizzas and drinks
Blues Kitchen – Brixton
Southern style BBQ with live blues, swing, gospel and bluegrass shows
The Bowler – Seven Dials, Monmouth Street
A meatball shop with the motto, ‘Good food well rounded’
Les Couilles du Chien – Soho
Wine bar with a cheeky attitude
Shotgun – Soho
American ‘low and slow’ food with cocktails to die for
CôBa – Camden
Vietnamese BBQ with an Australian inspiration
Wazen – King’s Cross
Neighbourhood Japanese restaurant
Dishoom – Carnaby
The Cocktail Trading Company – Smithfield
Award winning bar tenders serving up cocktails in every type of “glass” you can imagine
68 & Boston – Soho
A wine bar downstairs where every bottle costs £20 and a cocktail bar upstairs
If you are interested in hospitality jobs in London, either back of house jobs such as chef jobs or front of house jobs such as bar manager jobs, restaurant manager jobs or waiting jobs, please get in touch with Change Hospitality Recruitment Agency. We specialise in hospitality recruitment and work with some of London’s finest bars, restaurants and hotels.
So often Front of House jobs can be overlooked in terms of their importance, when in fact, they are one of the most vital roles. Take receptionist jobs as an example; this is the first interaction clients will have with your business so it’s imperative that it’s a good one.
5 things that make a good Front of House great:
By investing in Front of House staff that can accomplish all of the above, you are already setting your organisation above the rest. A few other things to consider:
If you are interested in hiring Front of House staff or if you are a candidate looking for Front of House jobs, feel free to contact Change Recruitment Agency in London.
For all the foodies out there, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite restaurants in London. We’ve included everything from Michelin Star restaurants, chef tables and fine dining to our favourite local bistros and corner cafes.
If you’re sitting there scratching your head pondering why we made a list of 101 restaurants rather than a nice round number, don’t over-think it! The truth is we battled to cap it at 101 because let’s be fair, London’s culinary offering is so vastly exceptional. But hey, we had to draw the line somewhere so we’ve settled on the list below. Perhaps in a few months’ time we’ll compile a new list to keep you updated, as there are new restaurant openings popping up all over the Capital every month.
For those who love to try new places, prepare to be wowed by those in chef jobs at these amazing eateries. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll be copying and pasting this list onto your notes app, ready for the next time you need dining inspiration.
So without further ado and in alphabetical order (we couldn’t possibly pick a favourite)…
What’s your number? Tweet us @Changehsp and tell us how many of the restaurants on our list you’ve been too?
Equally, if you think there’s a particularly special restaurant we’ve left off the list, please let us know!
The Change Group is a luxury support and hospitality recruitment agency in London. If you are currently looking for a chef job or a front of house job in London, get in touch with us. We have a number of fantastic hospitality jobs available, many of which are working at restaurants like the ones listed.
Ninth Ward Bar in Farringdon
A beautifully designed new bar in Farringdon, Ninth Ward opened on 29 June 2015. Taken straight from their menu, the owners describe the ethos of their bar, “Ninth Ward was dreamt up and hand-built by four friends (3 Yanks and a Brit). Beautiful original doors, interesting grub and fun were the guiding principles”. And we have to agree…
The décor has a New Orleans Colonial feel, with wooden shutters, large beams, industrial lighting and plush leather stools placed under moody lit bar style tables.
The food has been described as “gourmet junk” and having placed him in his head chef job, we know James Morgan will deliver fun casual cuisine with an emphasis on sharing. There is also a focus on local fresh ingredients including UK-sourced crayfish, oysters and homemade pickles.
The menu has some old-time favourites including Mac N Cheese, Braised Beef Brisket Burger and Wards Hot Wings, to name just a few.
And if its drinks you are after, Ninth Ward won’t disappoint. The man in the Barman job, Alex Gilbert puts loads of charisma into his cocktails but the real showstoppers are the beers. With a wealth of knowledge, Alex or one of his front of house team will be able to guide you through the brews. Choose from a list of over 30 bottled beers and 15 weekly draught lines. We’re thirsty just writing about it!
Other things you need to know:
For more information about Ninth Ward visit their website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in hospitality jobs in London, please contact one of our team. We have a number of bar and pub Chef Jobs in London, as well as, front of house jobs such as bar manager jobs, restaurant manager jobs, general manager jobs, barman jobs and waiter jobs.