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.

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.

 

The London Marathon has got to Change

Over the last 30 years, over 1 million people have completed the London Marathon to raise hundreds of millions of pounds for good causes. This year our very own Craig Allen (Change co-founder) and Harriet Brown (Senior Recruitment Consultant) will join over 30,000 runners to take on the Virgin Money London Marathon on the 23rd April 2017. They will be running in support of the international humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger.

What is Action Against Hunger?
“For almost 40 years, across nearly 50 countries, Action Against Hunger have led the global fight against hunger. We save the lives of children and work with their communities before and after a disaster strikes. We enable people to provide for themselves, see their children grow up strong and build prosperous communities. We constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. We push for long-term change. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger”.

“With every stride Craig and Harriet take on 23rd April, they will be closer to the finish and bring the whole world closer to a world free from hunger. Craig and Harriet’s fundraising will enable our teams to reach more children with life-saving treatment enabling them to grow up strong and build prosperous communities. With famine declared in South Sudan and worsening situations in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, Craig and Harriet’s support is important now more than ever”, David Copsey, London Marathon Event Manager at Action Against Hunger.

A bit about Harriet

If you would like to sponsor Harriet you can do so by clicking here

A bit about Craig

The best thing about running the marathon is how proud it makes you to be a Londoner! The huge turnout of people and the effort they go to (along every street of the run), to help you on is amazing and so inspirational. Its showcases this City for the amazing place it is!

If you would like to sponsor Craig you can do so by clicking here

How to Give Your CV a Boost for The New Year

There is something about a New Year that brings with it the desire to change jobs. Perhaps it’s because people want a fresh start or because part of their New Years resolutions is to finally find that job they have always dreamed of. For some it may be because their bonuses didn’t quite live up to what they had hoped or maybe because they simply want to find a role that offers more work/life balance. Whatever the reason, every single person looking for a new hospitality job in 2017 will need to take on the arduous task of updating their CV and even though we are recruiters and we look at CVs all day long, we know that writing a CV is by far the worst part of the job search process.
So in order to lessen the load, we’ve put our heads together to come up with 10 tips on how to write a great CV and stand out from the rest in 2017.

  1. Find and follow a format – if you have a template to work from you will find it much easier to know what to include and how to display the information.
  2. Include the basics – first and foremost we need to know who you are, what you do and how to get hold of you. Don’t forget to include your name, contact details, position you are seeking and visa status.
  3. Highlight your skills – give the reader a snapshot of your skill set at the top of the CV, a simple bullet point list showcasing your skills is perfect.
  4. Start at the end – include your most recent experience first and work backwards. We recommend including detail for your last 5 jobs and there after a simple job title, company name and date should suffice.
  5. Highlight your achievements – Don’t just write the duties of each position, if there is something that you achieved, above and beyond that of your job spec, make sure you include it! This will show the employer that you are goal driven, think outside the box and are a high achiever.
  6. Don’t waffle – include the relevant information but try summarise rather an including every single details.
  7. Show your personality – sometimes it’s the few small personal touches that can really make you stand out from other applicants, this could be something as simple as including a portfolio or including a link to your blog or Instagram feed (but only if they are professional in tone).
  8. Proof read – there is nothing worse than receiving a CV full of typos and spelling mistakes especially when the candidates describes themselves as having “great attention to detail”. Make sure you read your CV thoroughly and use spell check.
  9. Share it with a friend – it’s always a good idea to get someone else to take a look at your CV before sending it out. You never know, they may see something you didn’t.
  10. Make it public – there is no point having a great CV if you don’t upload it to job boards and send it onto recruiters.

We hope that for those of you looking for a new hospitality job in 2017, you find something amazing. If you would like some help achieving this, you know our hospitality recruitment agency are always here to help and will happily chat to you about any relevant positions that might suit you.

To speak to one of our hospitality recruitment team call 02079236021 or send us a copy of your updated CV to info@thechangegroup.com

New Bar & Restaurant Openings in December & January

Ember: 

Ember is opening on the lane where the Great Fire started 350 years ago. Ross McNally has designed the interiros to reflect this well known moment in history and has translated his inspiration into warm woods, coppers, charcoal metals and open candles. The food is Pan-Asian and is seriously playful, eg. Thai red curry of lamb pie… We’re not entirely sure but we’ll give it a go!

Recently Opened

Lockhouse: 

Lockhouse are keeping it cool with craft food and craft food in Paddington, with classic/not so classic burgers and good old greasy nosh that won’t make you feel ill after eating it. An informal and chilled hang out that is a welcomed addition into the area.

Opening: December 14th

Nordic Bakery: 

Simplicity done exceptionally well in true Scandi style. Offering humble savoury Nordic bakery items and serving “them with an uncomplicated and honest attitude”. It’s no secret these guys do exactly that, with 3 other successful sites around London. This new addition to Neal Street will make their fourth. #hygge

Recently Opened

London Shell Co:

Mix it up with the London Shell Co and cruise around the Thames in style aboard the Prince Regent. Having just undergone a complete refurb after 30 years, so is looking as shmick as ever. They claim their drinks menu is as fresh and seasonal as their produce and we believe them. The perfect spot to take non-Londoners, and well Londoners alike.

Recently Opened

The Ned: 

Soho House and Co are partnering up with Sydell Group to bring the City of London a new, dazzling addition in the form of The Ned. This magnificent hotel will take residence in the former Midland Bank Building and see 252 bedrooms, a glorious rooftop with a swimming pool, a spa and most importantly, 9 amazing new restaurants. Boasting a range of cuisines including American, Japanese, Italian, Parisian and British. Secure yourself an exclusive membership and also have access to the exquisite lounge bar in the bank vault, complete with antique deposit boxes (hopefully still filled with diamonds).

Opening: January 2017

Perfect Venues in London to Spend NYE

Duck and Waffle

Finish 2016 gazing at breath taking views of London and watch the fireworks go off from one of the best seats in the city. Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and led by incredibly talented chef, Dan Doherty, Duck and Waffle is a wonderful restaurant any day of the week, but with floor to ceiling windows and unbelievably grand view, you’ll be watching fireworks all over London.

Sushi Samba

If Duck and Waffle is all booked out, take a stroll down to Sushi Samba and appreciate the same views from above. Dance around the iconic red tree with Samba dancers and embrace the Brazilian themed NYE in serious style. The theme is white and the sushi is abundant, tuck into one (or 10) of their a-class cocktails and countdown to the new year at one of London’s finest establishments.

Sky Garden

Staying in theme with a spot boasting dazzling views of London’s fireworks, Sky Garden is another one of our top picks for NYE. A Great Gatsby party even Leo would be envious to attend, 2 elegant bars, 2 restaurants and full of greenery. To top it all off there’s more windows than a conservatory, so you can catch almost every firework being set off in the city.

Bounce Farringdon and Old St

If you want to hold off on a refined night of champagne drinking and opt in for a night of good beats, UV face paint and back to back games of ping pong then Bounce has you covered. Opening for the entire evening and channelling a summer bloc party, Bounce is guaranteed to deliver a good night – especially when you’re glowing in the dark.

Bourne & Hollingsworth

B&H go all out on NYE and ensure at least one of their top parties takes your fancy. From a perfected ‘House Party’ to a ‘Prohibition Party’ to remember, a night of ‘Dark Circus’ acts and a ‘Blitz Party’ celebrating the 40’s. If we could mix all four we would never want to leave. B&H are known for their beautiful and extravagant decors and the commitment to their New Year parties is no less.

 

 

Best Places to Eat & Drink in Hong Kong

The Christmas lights are weeks from being taken down, mulled wine is slowly losing its winter appeal and the dark days of January are almost upon us. What better way to embrace the cold winter winds in London than escaping them to a warmer and more oriental destination? Pack your lightest jacket and get to one of Asia’s most happening cities – Hong Kong.

Full of character, a melting pot of cultures with a huge expat community and a restaurant scene that would rival any other metropolitan city in the world, what’s not to love? The best part… in January it’s cool and dry with a high of 20 degrees most days, perfect weather for wandering the designer City in search of the next chic rooftop bar overlooking the famous skyline or seeking out the most innovative menu.

Below are some of our favourite spots in this autonomous city that are definitely worth a visit (over and over again).

The Pawn

The famous historical site, Woo Cheong pawnshop dating back to 1888, had a serious renovation in 2014, creating an exceptional space to dine under the talented guide of Tom Aikens. Aikens explains that the dishes at The Pawn have not just been designed to “appeal to local diners, but also travellers and foodies. Above all, we want to create a fun dining experience and a relaxed, informal environment”. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Duddells 

This 2 Michelin Star venue can’t be missed regardless of how much time you’ve allowed for yourself. Set in the heart of Hong Kong’s central district and featuring a two floor masterpiece, connected with a dramatic inner staircase and finished with a dreamy garden terrace if you fancy a few cocktails before you indulge on the glorious menu. If you have an appreciation for the arts then you’ll never want to leave this hotspot with frequently changing exhibitors showcasing their best work. Who could say no to two star dumplings?

Also check out more of Jason Athertons incredible venues in Hong Kong: Ham & Sherry (check out their 2 way mirrored private bar), Aberdeen St Social, 22 Ships and more.

Mott 32 

A modern approach to Chinese food that excels to the fullest extent. It’s exactly what you would dream of when booking a holiday in Hong Kong, an incredible setting with dishes packed full of punch. They are passionate about maintaining the ‘home-cooking’ style that is so popular in Asian countries but elevate it to a whole new level, exploring flavour profiles and delivering dishes you won’t stop singing about.

Stockton Bar

Be one with the locals and discover Hong Kong’s coolest hidden whiskey bar tucked away on Wyndham Street. Enter with some stealth as to not encourage the unaware tourists meandering the streets and settle in for the evening with a Rhum in Fashion and some black truffle risotto balls with smoked paprika aioli.  Don’t forget… ‘Look for the light bulb’

If you are looking for work abroad and can see yourself in somewhere like Hong Kong, please get in touch with us to discuss the various opportunities we have available. Alternatively, if Hong Kong sounds like a good holiday but you are looking for chef jobs and bar jobs in London then let us help. We are after all a specialist hospitality recruitment company!

101 restaurants in London you HAVE to try

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)…

  1. 10 Greek Street
  2. 40 Maltby Street
  3. A Wong
  4. Amaya
  5. Ametsa by Arzak Instruction
  6. Antico Restaurant
  7. Antidote
  8. Balls & Company
  9. Bao
  10. Bar Boulud
  11. Barrafina
  12. Marcus at the Berkeley Hotel
  13. Berners Tavern
  14. Brawn
  15. Ceviche
  16. Chiltern Firehouse
  17. Chutney Mary
  18. City Social
  19. Clarke’s
  20. Copita
  21. Coya
  22. Dabbous
  23. Dean Street Townhouse
  24. Dinings
  25. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
  26. Dishoom King’s Cross
  27. Duck & Waffle
  28. Dysart Arms
  29. Elliot’s
  30. Ember Yard
  31. Fera at Claridge’s
  32. Fischer’s
  33. Five Fields
  34. Galvin at Windows
  35. Grainstore
  36. Gymkhana
  37. Hakkasan Mayfair
  38. Harwood Arms
  39. Hawksmoor Air Street
  40. Hedone
  41. Hibiscus
  42. Honey & Co
  43. J Sheekey
  44. Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
  45. Kitty Fisher’s
  46. Koffmanns
  47. La Trompette
  48. Lardo
  49. Le Gavroche
  50. Little Social
  51. Lyle’s
  52. Mac & Wild
  53. Marianne
  54. MEATLiquor
  55. Medlar
  56. Momo
  57. Murano
  58. Naughty Piglets
  59. Oldroyd
  60. Ottolenghi
  61. Otto’s
  62. Palomar
  63. Pidgin
  64. Pitt Cue
  65. Pizarro
  66. Pollen Street Social
  67. Polpo
  68. Portland
  69. Providores and the Tapa Room
  70. Quo Vadis
  71. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
  72. Restaurant Story
  73. Rochelle Canteen
  74. Roka
  75. Scott’s
  76. Shoe Shop
  77. Sketch
  78. Snaps & Rye
  79. Social Eating House
  80. St John
  81. Sushi Tetsu
  82. Taberna Do Mercado
  83. Terroirs
  84. Texture
  85. The Dairy
  86. The Ledbury
  87. The Manor
  88. The Modern Pantry
  89. The Orange
  90. The Palomar
  91. The Quality Chop House
  92. The Richmond
  93. The River Café
  94. The Shed
  95. The Square
  96. The Typing Room
  97. The Wolseley
  98. Wild Honey
  99. Yashin Sushi
  100. Yauatcha
  101. Zucca

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.

Afternoon Tea Week in London: 10th August to 16th August

The Best Afternoon Teas in London

From the 10th to the 16th August London will be celebrating Afternoon Tea Week and we’re very excited about it. Why you ask? Well for a number of reasons really but here are our top 5:

  1. It’s a great excuse to eat food in its miniature form
  2. There is no other meal in the day that allows you to eat endless amounts of sweet treats without feeling guilty
  3. Most High Teas offer tray top-ups meaning you can over indulge until your heart is content
  4. There is always a glass of champers on offer which makes us smile
  5. And last but not least… to celebrate all those working in pastry chef jobs in London

For the most part, we only hear about those in Executive Chef jobs or Head Chef jobs in London, yet many restaurants and hotels have esteemed Pastry Chefs who are responsible for whipping up the luxurious desserts and pastries we enjoy when dining out. As an example, Jamie Oliver started his career as a Pastry Chef at Antonio Carluccio’s Neal’s Yard restaurant, back in the day when no-one would have known who he was, and look how far he has come today.

Afternoon Tea Week gives us a chance to pay homage to the talented Pastry Chefs working in London and guide you on where to go to enjoy this quintessentially English tradition.

Other fabulous afternoon tea venues:

If you are interested in a Pastry Chef job in London, submit your CV to Change Hospitality Recruitment Agency today or call us on 020 7923 6023. We work with many of London’s most well-known restaurants and hotels, many of which are always looking to hire talented chefs for the pastry chef jobs.