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While it’s certainly not back to normal, the reopening of some pubs, bars and restaurants on Saturday 4th July was the first step on what’s likely to be a long road to recovery from the coronavirus outbreak. We hope you can see the path ahead for your business a little more clearly now. Although no one knows what the new ‘normal’ will be or when we will reach it, you can rest assured that Rise & Shine will be there for the whole journey back for the hospitality market in the South West. So tell us your good news, and we will help spread the word to over 14,000 of your fellow professionals. Please contact our News Editor, Carolyn Moss, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01305 575155. Follow us on Twitter @BreadButterNews for updates.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw to relaunch as a “more inclusive” concept
Nathan Outlaw has shut the doors permanently on his two-Michelin-starred flagship restaurant in Port Issac, Cornwall. He plans to redesign the space and open “an altogether new offering” called Outlaw’s New Road.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has held two Michelin stars since 2010 and was awarded best UK Restaurant by The Waitrose Good Food Guide in 2018 and 2019. Following the restaurant’s closure over the Covid-19 lockdown, Outlaw has decided to move forward with a “more inclusive and accessible” offering that better reflects his current outlook on eating out.
In a statement, he said: “We are proud to have seen Restaurant Nathan Outlaw go from strength to strength over the years, but we wholeheartedly feel that it is time to change the restaurant to a new, more accessible and fun environment for both customers and staff alike. I am a different chef and person that started the original restaurant and get far more pleasure and reward from the simpler things in life, and that includes the way I cook and eat out. We’re incredibly excited to see where this new road leads us, and we will remain just as motivated by our mission to put seafood on your plate and create exciting spaces for all involved.”
Nathan Outlaw’s second restaurant, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, also located in Port Issac, will remain closed while he and his team consider its future. “We’ve got some ideas that we’re looking into, like private dining or reduced covers, but for the time being it makes sense for us to focus our efforts on the one restaurant and the collection menu” he said.
Marco Pierre White to open new Salisbury restaurant
One of the country’s best-known chefs is planning to open a new restaurant in Salisbury “towards the end of the summer”. The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill will have 80 covers and be located at The Stones Hotel, replacing the existing on-site restaurant.
The move to open a branch of the legendary chef’s steakhouse follows a deal between Black and White Hospitality, which owns the franchise rights to eight of Pierre White’s restaurant concepts, and David Matton who took ownership of the venue in May 2013.
The restaurant hopes to bring to life Marco’s philosophy of what he describes as “affordable glamour”, and will offer signature steaks and English and French classics. The menu, developed by Marco, will follow his ethos of “serving food that’s simply cooked using the best ingredients”.
David said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have someone of Marco’s calibre open one of his restaurants here at The Stones Hotel. This is great news for both the hotel and area.
“It’s a hugely exciting addition that will, we believe, offer a first-class dining experience and is perfect for the stunning location of the hotel.
“The Army relocating programme has resulted in an influx of forces families to the area while redevelopment and new housing has also increased the city’s population so we’re expecting the new restaurant to prove popular with those who live locally. The new restaurant will also prove attractive to tourists visiting Stonehenge which is close by plus business travellers which forms a high proportion of our weekday customers.
“The arrival of the steakhouse will also raise the bar in terms of what people can come to expect at restaurants in the city and we’ll look forward to welcoming guests when it opens.”
Accreditation scheme accelerates reopening plans
The Safe, Clean & Legal accreditation scheme from Quality in Tourism, already adopted by over 1,250 UK hotels, will help improve customer confidence in preparation for the lifting of lockdown measures, according to the Gloucester-based provider.
The long-established scheme was created as “a solution to differentiate between responsible operators compliant with regulation, and those that are not in the industry.” In response to the pandemic, 700 additional enquiries have been processed and SilverDoor, the Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), Best Western Great Britain and the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) are endorsing the Safe, Clean and Legal scheme.
Deborah Heather, director at Quality in Tourism, said “Our robust Safe, Clean and Legal accreditation scheme has been in operation since 2018 and is a proven tool that protects both guests and providers whilst driving accommodation standards. We have updated the scheme and introduced additional cleaning protocols surrounding Coronavirus to support the industry to re-open. Our accreditation scheme inspects accommodation providers against best practise guidelines and audits their application of new protocols, before being visited by a Quality in Tourism assessor and, if successful, awarding them with the marque that will reassure guests.
The application of industry regulations remains inconsistent which is why we launched the accreditation scheme in 2018, but it has gained additional relevance following the Coronavirus outbreak. It is the only accreditation which includes a physical inspection and which does not award a marquee on the basis of self-certification by the accommodation provider.”
Rick Stein’s Porthleven restaurant acquired by Michael Caines
Chef and restaurateur Michael Caines has acquired Rick Stein’s Porthleven restaurant, one of two sites (the other being Marlborough) that the Steins confirmed were closing.
Caines said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to pick up where Rick and Jill Stein have left off, taking over this wonderful property in Porthleven. We are looking forward to working with Trevor Osborne, the owner of Porthleven Harbour & Dock Company, to continue to grow Porthleven as a destination and develop a restaurant that warmly welcomes both locals and visitors through its doors. We’re looking forward to sharing details of this exciting new venture in due course.”
Caines’ portfolio includes Lympstone Manor, the five-AA-star luxury country house hotel with Michelin-starred restaurant, and the Cove at Maenporth in Falmouth.
The Steins continued to operate 12 sites across Cornwall, Dorset, Hampshire and London.
Rockfish Plymouth reopens as group returns to fishmonger roots
The seafood restaurant group Rockfish opened its Plymouth site on 4th July with a new menu and ordering system, the first of its restaurants to reopen following the pandemic lockdown.
The rest of the group, including Exeter, Exmouth and Brixham, will open in the coming weeks and Rockfish has retained all jobs and staff.
Founder Mitch Tonks said: “We’re opening our restaurants up one at a time and making sure all the changes and measures we’re introducing absolutely work for our customers and our teams.
It will be a little bit different, with a changed menu and ordering process for instance, but we’re retaining all the Rockfish magic that customers have come to love. Plymouth is opening first, it is a great big spaced out restaurant overlooking the boats and water, it has loads of outdoor space, different entry and exit doors and so on, it’s the perfect place to reopen first. The marine aquarium next door to us are also opening, feels good to be back!…
“Our mission has always been to change the way people experience seafood in the UK and we will continue with that. Prior to lockdown, our focus was on further openings of our Rockfish restaurant group along the coast so plans to expand sites will be put on hold temporarily as we consolidate and deal with the new world. We have put into place exciting plans we have long wanted to do going back to our roots, to broaden the offering with retail fish from our flagship Brixham and later home delivery of seafood nationwide. This is something I’ve always wanted to return to but new restaurant openings were the priority before. We have used this time and space to build that vision.”
Porthleven restaurant to reopen after refurb
Amélie in Porthleven will reopen on 11th July following a rebrand and refurbishment. Located on the harbourside, it has been closed since October 2019 due to a kitchen fire.
As well as structural repairs to right the damage caused by the fire, the layout has been redesigned to combine casual dining spaces with an informal music-led bar area.
Owner Sam Sheffield-Dunstan said: “I am so excited to be able to welcome guests to the new-look Amélie. We have worked really hard over the past nine months to create a relaxed space for people to come and enjoy my two favourite ingredients: food and music.
“Music was a massive part of my family life growing up, so I wanted to make sure it was at the heart of the restaurant. We have created a stunning bar area, with a baby grand piano, where we will be inviting musicians to play on a regular basis.”
The Mediterranean-inspired menu features locally-caught fish and seafood, with dishes such as crab claws, fritto misto, whole-baked fish, and Cornish mussels taking a starring role. There is a big focus on sharing plates, with pizzette, salt and pepper squid, and crevettes served in a choice of sizes, or as taster boards.
The interior design and rebrand are also heavily influenced by the coastal theme. Designer Laura Stripp said: “Amélie is all about seafood and atmosphere. Creating a warm, inviting and intimate experience for diners is paramount and, everything from the branding through to the interiors was designed to complement this.
“Much of the food is inspired by the sunshine of the Mediterranean, so we created a suite of sea-focused illustrations that soften the brand and lend themselves to the immersive dining experience.”
Amélie will be operating multiple sittings of up to 40 people inside and on the covered terrace, with further outdoor seating available on the quay. Keeping in line with Government advice, there will be table service only, a sanitisation station at the entrance, and all staff members will be wearing visors.
Sam continued: “We were planning some changes to how the restaurant was going to run even before the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place, as the most important elements for us are the atmosphere and the food, and not numbers.
“Our new interior layout makes use of lots of booth seating, which creates a naturally social-distanced private dining space for each group, meaning our guests can come and eat with us in comfort and confidence.”
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Pick ’n’ mix comes to your door
Two Dorset friends, Kalem Brinkworth (27) and Joe Quinlan (26), have launched a pick ’n’ mix sweet delivery business during the lockdown called The Bonbon Boys. Seeing the usual sweet outlets closed or suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic, the sweet-toothed pair sourced over 200kg of sweets and launched the business on 18th June, receiving 100 orders in their first weekend. Joe said: “We started the business with an open mind, a limited budget and a love of confectionery. It just seemed a good idea for a business and as we’ve always wanted to have our own business and this seemed the right time, especially with the growth in home deliveries due to the lockdown.”
Their range of pick ’n’ mix comes in sustainable 9” pizza style boxes and includes a retro and a contemporary favourites box, The ‘Classic’ One and a vegan option, where the sweets contain no gelatine. They retail at £10.95 from https://bonbonboys.com.
Artisan rum brand plans expansion
Sun Rum, based in Lymington, Devon, is looking to expand into the On and Off-trade. Launched in 2019 by Matt England as a reaction to the “cliched ‘sailors and pirates’ connotation” of many rum brands, Sun Rum is designed to appeal to “summer sophisticates and high-end resorts”.
Matt said: “The brand vision for Sun Rum is very much ‘Sunshine in a bottle’. The liquid is a collaboration of four smooth Caribbean rums hand-picked from distilleries across Cuba, Dominican Republic and Barbados, aged up to 5 years in white American oak barrels.
“Having worked with various drinks brands my entire career, I do love and respect the image traditional rum brands have forged for themselves over the past 30 years or so. However, the “2020s” need to offer something that better connects with drinkers today and Sun Rum should firmly fill that desire.”
Matt hopes to be co-sponsoring the rescheduled Brighton Music Conference, from September 23-26th.
For more information, go to www.sun-rum.com.
Limited-edition liqueur for the Tamar Valley
Monarch Liqueurs has launched a new limited-edition Blackberry & Elderflower Gin Liqueur for the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) 25th anniversary.
The family-run company created a fruity gin liqueur featuring bramble bushes and elderflower shrubs, the first 100 bottles of which will be a limited-edition to celebrate the anniversary.
Monarch Liqueurs produce a range of spirit-based liqueurs under the brand name Tamar Tipple including award-winning rum, whisky, vodka and gin liqueurs. They have been awarded a Silver for their Elderflower & Grapefruit Gin Liqueur by Taste of the West.
For more information, go to www.monarchliqueurs.co.uk.
New Cornish distillery launches small-batch spirits
Porthilly Spirit Distillery, based at Trefresa Farm in north Cornwall, has launched its first four spirits, all produced in small batches based on guiding principles of “provenance, quality, and community”.
Cornish Coastal Gin, Cornish Vodka, Golden Rum, and Dark Rum are the result of two years of development and collaboration with a team of award-winning master distillers. The spirits include “wild sea pink, nettle, sea samphire, and Cornish sea salt” among their flavours and botanicals.
Distillery founder Will Herrmann said: “We are on a mission to put regional provenance at the centre of spirit distillation, and show it’s possible to create beautiful spirits with nature, not against it – distilling from scratch using locally-available ingredients.
“Our ethos is influenced by the verdant fields and footpaths which surround our farm, and the shoreline and estuary below it. We aspire to keep learning, and to create drinks which capture a sense of place and are a seasonal expression of the land and sea.
For more details go to www.porthillyspiritdistillery.com.
Salcombe Brewery’s vegan, gluten-free beer
Timed perfectly for the summer pub reopening, Sun Drop is Salcombe Brewery’s new vegan and gluten-free pale ale. It uses a blend of American hops and has “an intensely fruity and citrusy aroma of melon, orange and pink grapefruit which really packs a punch and quenches the thirst” according to the brewery.
Owner of Salcombe Brewery, John Tiner comments: “We’ve spent a considerable amount of time creating the perfect gluten-free and vegan-friendly beer using the finest ingredients. We want as many people as possible to enjoy our beer and ‘Sun Drop’ has made this possible.”
John continues: “It’s been a difficult few months for the brewery industry and its trade customers; we’re absolutely delighted that pubs and restaurants are reopening and hope to get back to some form of normality soon. We are very grateful to our household customers who have been extremely supportive by purchasing our beer and Ocean Cider from our online shop for nationwide delivery or making use of our free local delivery.”
Sun Drop comes in 330ml bottles (RRP case of 12 x 330ml bottles £24.00 inc VAT). Nationwide delivery is available from www.salcombebrewery.com.
Traditional tea-room in Dartmouth on sale for £79,950
The Singing Kettle is a well-established traditional tea-room in Dartmouth, Devon and comes with two-bedroom owner’s accommodation. The leasehold asking price is £79,950 with Stonesmith.
Set within a Grade II listed property, the premises retain original features including beamed ceilings. The tea-room seats 30 customers and has a customer servery, preparation area and kitchen. The owner’s accommodation offers two double bedrooms (one ensuite), sitting room, kitchen and family bathroom.
Located in the heart of Dartmouth, The Singing Kettle serves breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea. Agents Stonesmith describe it as “the perfect opportunity to run a profitable catering business, with a comfortable home in a much sought-after estuary town.”
Full property details are available on www.stonesmith.co.uk.