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Carluccio’s to pay for EU staff’s ‘settled status’
Italian casual dining chain Carluccio’s is paying for all its non-British EU employees to apply for settled status in the UK following Brexit.
It will cover the £65 application fee for the 1,550 members of its staff across its 75 sites (nine of which are in the South West) who will be affected by the UK leaving the EU.
The restaurant said it is what founder Antonio Carluccio, the ‘Godfather of Italian gastronomy’, would have wanted. The late Italian immigrant began the brand as a food shop in London in 1991. He sold the high street chain for £90m in 2010.
Carluccio’s chief executive Mark Jones said: “There would be no Carluccio’s without one man making the journey from Europe to London. Today we employ over 2,300 people from over 80 countries.
“A large number, just like Antonio, decided to travel from mainland Europe and make their home in the UK. We are passionate about the value that they bring to our business and it is something which we are keen to protect. It’s what Antonio would have wanted.”
Settled status will be open to EU workers who have lived in the UK for five years or more. They will be able to apply for British citizenship, access benefits and pensions and travel in and out of the country.
Nathan Outlaw leaves Cornish gastropub
Chef Nathan Outlaw has announced his decision to step down from the Mariners in Rock, Cornwall, after five years. He launched the site, specialising in meat and fish cooked over coals, in 2014 in a partnership with Sharp’s Brewery.
The decision comes a month after Outlaw revealed he is leaving the Capital Hotel in London, to open a seafood restaurant at The Goring Hotel in Belgravia later in the spring.
On an Instagram post he said: “After five successful years, I’ve decided to step down from my partnership with Sharp’s Brewery at the Mariners Rock.
“It has been a huge decision for me personally as I am extremely proud of what the team has achieved and I’ve enjoyed being part of the growth of such a lovely bunch of people. Zack Hawke and his team have only ever got stronger and better in the kitchen, which I thank them for.
“Good luck for the future and I look forward to coming back for a Sunday roast and a pint.”
Watergate Bay opening new bar
Luxury Newquay hotel Watergate Bay is opening a new bar on the sea wall this summer.
Named Watchful Mary after the ray of green light that can sometimes be glimpsed as the sun disappears below the horizon, the bar will be opened in a new two-floor building replacing an RNLI hut. The first floor will provide a purpose-built home for the lifeguard service and surf lifesaving club.
The second floor and terrace will offer cocktails, craft beers and small plates.
Owners of the Watergate Bay hotel, the Ashworth family, are looking to expand their Another Place hotel portfolio which started with Another Place, The Lake in the Lake District.
Salcombe Brewery raising a pint for RNLI
Salcombe Brewery Co have revealed it will be supporting the RNLI by donating 5p from every pint of its Lifesaver ale sold in 2019.
Owner of Salcombe Brewery Co., John Tiner, said: “We are committed to giving back to our local area and are thrilled to have the opportunity to support an important cause. Salcombe’s first Lifeboat Station was established in 1869 so 2019 marks 150 years of saving lives. We are keen to raise awareness of the invaluable role that the RNLI has played in our community for the last century and a half and to raise funds to support them in the continuation of this work.”
Lifesaver is a bronze coloured ale available on draught in bars and restaurants throughout the South West.
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Isle of Wight whisky
The Isle of Wight Distillery announced the legal certification of its new whisky on 16th December 2018. Isle of Wight Whisky was put into barrels in 2015 for the three years required by the Scottish Whisky Association’s regulations.
The island’s first single malt will now mature for longer in a combination of bourbon and charred white wine casks at 63.5% ABV before it is finished and rested. The spirit was created by brewer Xavier Baker, using a 9.2% ABV unhopped beer whisky wash recipe with local barley grown by Island farmers. The beer wash was brewed at Goddards Brewery then moved to the Isle of Wight Distillery for multiple distillations and placed in oak for the 3-year maturation.
Xavier said: “Great care and attention have been given to brewing the wash, a process often rushed in distilling. Distillers and Brewers for generations have never really spoken, although the first part of whisky production is creating a strong beer. Our point of difference is we are approaching our whisky from a brewer’s perspective.
“We are excited and honoured to be the first to create a legal whisky on the Isle of Wight. The process has required a lot of effort and patience over the last few years and we’re delighted that it’s now coming to fruition.”
New seaside range made from ice cream containers
Ovation Outdoor Furniture are launching the Seaside Casual ranges, made with recycled plastic from milk cartons and ice cream containers diverted from landfill sites.
The discarded plastic is melted, treated, coloured and then extruded into Envirowood “an all-weather marine grade HDPE Polymer that’s 99% UV stable.”
Simon Tappenden, Managing Director at Ovation Outdoor Furniture explains: “This meticulous process ensures that the product is really exceptionally strong without the bubbles or imperfections that can prove to be weak spots in some recycled plastics.
“It means that our furniture which is fitted with marine grade stainless steel components can endure the very worst extremes of British weather, including corrosive seaside air, destructively cold winters and blazing hot summers, and yet remain in unscarred, excellent condition which is guaranteed for 20 years. It is maintenance free too!”
The Seaside Causal ranges are available in 16 colours with styles taking in Eastern seaboard chic and mid-century modern.
For more information visit www.ovation-outdoor-furniture.co.uk or call 0330 113 0983.
Historic North Devon pub reopens
Tech entrepreneurs Michael and Xochi Birch have reopened The Famers Arms, a Grade II listed thatched roof pub as part of a regeneration project in the village of Woolsery in North Devon.
The former blacksmiths-turned-inn has undergone a major renovation and has been transformed into a pub and restaurant with two bars, a dining room, small upstairs lounge and garden.
The food will be overseen by executive chef Ian Webber, former head chef at the Michelin starred Gidleigh Park Hotel in Devon. There will be two menus – “a rustic, hearty traditional bar menu served in the pub and a more refined option served in the restaurant, where the spotlight is on local ingredients and balanced flavour combinations.”
Dishes served at the Farmer’s Bar and Public bars include; homemade pork scratchings with sage and onion; mutton stew with smoked garlic mash; Fowey mussels in cider, tarragon and cream served with natural ferment homemade bread and an array of fresh sandwiches.
The pub was purchased by Michael and Xochi Birch, co-founders of social networking site Bebo, in 2015 and has become the first part of a wider project in Woolsery, which has family ties for Michael. The Woolsery Project includes a 70-acre farm that will support all the food and beverage outlets as well as refurbishment of the village fish and chip shop, post office and shop and a hotel and four guest cottages, all set to open in 2021.
Michael Birch said: “We really want this village to thrive and our long-term goals are to preserve the historical architecture of the village, bring back its energy and vitality and in turn create employment opportunities. We’re extremely excited to open The Farmer’s Arms, offering a warm and friendly pub celebrating the best of British pub tradition with a few unexpected surprises.”
Exmoor hotel sold
The Anchor Hotel in the coastal village of Porlock Weir on the edge of Exmoor has been sold off a guide price of £150,000 for the leasehold interest by Christie & Co.
Situated on the waterfront, the hotel has 14 ensuite bedrooms, a public bar, guest lounge, cinema room and the Harbour View restaurant with 34 covers.
New owners, Nigel and Anne Way added The Anchor to their hotel portfolio which includes The Luttrell Arms in Dunster, Royal Castle in Dartmouth and Royal Seven Stars in Totnes.
Stephen Champion, Associate Director at Christie & Co’s Exeter office said: “Quality leasehold hotels like The Anchor are fairly rare in this region, so it is no surprise that The Anchor generated a great deal of interest when it was launched to the market. We received offers and business proposals from a wide variety of prospective buyers, however, it was Nigel and Anne’s many years of experience in the sector and deep-rooted ties to the region that stood out for the seller and landlord.”
Self Motivated and Talented Chef Required to Run Their Own Restaurant
Fairwater Head Hotel is looking for a talented Chef to take over their hotel restaurant and develop the already strong award-winning dining business in a stunning countryside location with panoramic views.
Have you always wanted to own your own restaurant, write your own menus and be the master of your own destiny, well now might be your chance?
It is important that you share our vision to use fresh locally sourced produce and offer quality cuisine in a relaxed and friendly dining atmosphere.
We have successfully sublet our 40 cover plus hotel restaurant to two individuals over the past five years and the opportunity has now arisen again.
We offer a strong base for a new, enthusiastic and talented chef to run their own kitchen and take all the proceeds from the food sales, we also bring a guaranteed 1000 covers to the restaurant each year.
We are happy to work with you, offer business, bookkeeping and telephone booking support, joint marketing promotions and assistance in staff recruitment.
In return, we will charge you a percentage rent based on turnover.
If you are interested please contact Adam Southwell to discuss the opportunity further.
Fairwater Head Hotel
Business South Local Produce Show 2019 – Producers & Suppliers
Southampton Football Club, St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
“Business South is working again in partnership with Hampshire Fayre, Cavendish Ship Stores and Paris Smith to invite suppliers and exhibitors from the South to exhibit at our Local Produce and Trade Show 2019”
The Foodservice Show
22nd – 23rd January
“The event will showcase the best products and services from the food and drink industry, attracting key buyers from across the sector.”
The Professional Kitchen Show
22nd – 23rd January
“The annual showcase for the catering equipment industry – a coming together of the whole supply chain including manufacturers, dealers, designers and end users.”
Cotswold Fayre New Product Launch Show (South)
Hilton Hotel, Bracknell. RG12 0QJ
“On the road with their new suppliers, see and taste the product ranges, all in one place and meet the people who make them.”