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Council approves plans to make Brick Lane traffic-free

TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL has approved plans to make sections of Brick Lane traffic-free on certain evenings and all weekend, as part of the council’s ‘Liveable Streets’ programme. The plans were approved at the end of May at the Council’s Cabinet meeting, following a consultation process with residents, businesses, key groups and emergency services. The changes …

Staff shortages a growing concern for curry houses

INDIAN RESTAURANTS ARE struggling to reopen following the easing of lockdown restrictions as they do not have enough staff, with recruitment for skilled roles such as Tandoori chefs remaining a challenge. Mohammed Atikur Rahman, owner manager of Watford-based Indian Sizzler says he is trying his best to keep the restaurant open for as many hours …

Key measures for hospitality industry

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined a series of initiatives to help the hospitality and leisure industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The main measures were announced as part of this year’s Budget on 3 March, with further help unveiled on 10 March. The VAT cut of 5% for hospitality, tourism and leisure, down from the …

Immigration matters By Maria Fernandes

The pandemic and what it means for you Last month, I discussed the new points based system which is likely to open up the labour market and will be of significant interest once the lockdown is over and life returns to the new normal. Of particular interest to the hospitality industry will be the return …

Saving Brick Lane The UK’s Curry Capital

Brick Lane, located in Tower Hamlets in the East End of London, has been associated with curry and South Asian cuisine since the 1970s. Like the ‘Curry Mile’ in Manchester, the area has become synonymous with not just the food, but also the culture, and over the years has earned itself the name – ‘Banglatown’. …

New Year New Challenges New Solutions?

What does the future look like for the hospitality industry? Top restaurateurs give their verdict ‘Unprecedented’ is perhaps the most fitting word to describe this rollercoaster of a year – a turbulent year where the hospitality industry has undeniably been one of the sectors hit hardest. Frequently changing government strategies – in turn boosting and …

Madhus opened two more new restaurants

The Southall’s famous fine dining event caterer Madhus has turned 40. To mark 40 years of successful event catering Madhus is opening two more new restaurants. With this, the number of their restaurants will be four in total. On early December 2020, the Madhus has opened their new restaurant inside The Grove Hotel in Watford. …

TIKKA WEEK – NOT A DAY!

Surely the UK’s favourite food warrants a celebration lasting a week – or are you among the small minority who think a day would suffice? That’s the burning question that has been exercising industry experts – as we wave a not-so-fond farewell to 2020 and cast our eyes forward to a better, more successful 2021. …

UK Food industry urged to reduce calories by 2024

The UK government has urged restaurants, takeaways and ready meal providers to reduce the number of calories in their food by 20% before 2024, in an effort to tackle obesity. Clinical obesity is rising in the UK and is also leading Britons to suffer from various associated health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. …

Chef Oli Khan awarded MBE

The UKBCCI London Regional President Oli Khan has been honoured as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and awarded with an MBE. Oli, a successful celebrity chef, was given this honour for his enormous contribution to the hospitality industry, as well as his charitable works throughout the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad. Oli …

The End of Traditional Restaurant Service?

By Helen Salter For many restaurant-goers, good service is one of — if not the — main draw for going out to eat. Old-school, interactive experiences between waiter and customer are just one way a restaurant can bolster its reputation, with restaurateurs taking pride in maintaining a service which can lead to regional and national …

Basmati Rice Dispute Between Pakistan and India

Wherever you go in the world where curry is served, rice tends to follow. The two foods go together perfectly and have done for centuries. But now a dispute between India and Pakistan has arisen, with Basmati rice at its centre. India enjoys a fruitful trade deal with the nations that comprise the European Union. …

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