Rise & Shine! Essential Hospitality News for the South and South West – Monday 14th August 2017

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New tool to attract international visitors to the coast awarded funding
The National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) are developing a new project focused on promoting England’s coast to international visitors after securing funding from VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund.
Building on a successful pilot, the Coastal Pass – which promoted the East coast of England to Dutch Nationals, the new initiative will focus on German, Dutch and French visitors. ‘England’s Coast’ will use interactive video technology to allow holidaymakers to create their own itineraries, including trade travel, fully independent travel and group travel by showcasing the best of England’s coast. Areas targeted will include Northumberland on the North East coast, the South coast, including Brighton and Eastbourne, Devon and Cornwall in the South West, the Jurassic Coast in Dorset and East Devon, and the East coast, from Hull to Harwich.
The project will also create a series of online learning programmes to educate the international travel trade about the coast.
NCTA Academy Director Samantha Richardson said: “The award from VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund is a fantastic opportunity to develop and connect product on England’s coast into bookable itineraries for international visitors.”
“The project will create bookable short-break itineraries to highlight the very best on the coast and focus on couples travelling without children to encourage trips off-peak and help to reduce seasonality.  It supports the wider Vision for the Visitor Economy on the Coast and the project will work with a number of partners from both the public and private sectors, including P&O Ferries, Hertz, Green Traveller, and a number of destination management organisations on the coast.”

Eggleton swaps chicken for veg at Bristol restaurant
Josh Eggleton has closed the Chicken Shed at Bristol’s Cargo development and replaced it with Root, a restaurant where vegetables get “star billing”.
Based in a shipping container, the restaurant will serve a regularly changing series of ten plates that are primarily vegetable based, with small pieces of meat or fish.
The project is aiming to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of eating more vegetables and is linked with the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The head chef at Root will be Rob Howell, formerly the head chef of The Pony & Trap. Domhnaill Barnes and Meg Oakley will be front of house.
Eggleton, who runs the Michelin-starred The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna and has two Salt & Malt fish and chip eateries (including one at Cargo in Wapping Wharf), says he had to change the focus of the restaurant from fried chicken as it proved difficult to match the low cost with using high welfare organic birds.

Oldest Cornish bakery opens in Bridgwater
Warrens Bakery, established in 1860, continues its national expansion by opening a new bakery in Bridgwater, Somerset.
Local businessman James Tucker will be adding the bakery, opening on 14th August, to his portfolio as the franchise owner.
Commenting on the opening, chairman of Warrens Bakery, Mark Sullivan said: “With the rise in popularity of craft bakery and British baking, we are delighted that we will be able to share our recipes and award-winning sweet and savoury bakes with even more customers in Bridgwater. We are immensely proud of our heritage, and it is extremely important to us as we grow to do so with experienced and trusted partners. James is a prime example of that and, with a track record of running and launching several successful businesses in the area, we are looking forward to working with him in expanding our portfolio of stores in the region. We have big expansion plans in the region, with 20 stores over the next five years and can’t wait to build on our partnership and greet customers who may be more used to seeing our stores when holidaying down by the Cornish coast.”
Franchise Owner James Tucker added: “I believe there is a real gap in the market here for a premium bakery like Warrens – a store that both offers traditional, local quality and, for many in this part of the country, evokes memories of wonderful holidays to Cornwall!
“Warrens Bakery brings a strong brand with excellent scalability to our portfolio. Scalability is something I look for in any business opportunity – in particular, the potential to take a strong, high quality and recognisable brand and expand it across our local market. Our next store will be Taunton and we are excited to grow the Warrens brand across Somerset.”

Hampshire pub opens farm shop
The Crown Inn Upton have opened a new farm shop located in their pub that extends the landlord’s ethos of sourcing the best local produce for their food.
Landlord Amanda said: “The feedback from our customers about the local ingredients on our pub menu has been really positive. We hope to inspire them to use similar produce in their own cooking so having a shop on site where they can buy it to take home is ideal. It’s also about community for us, a place for people to come together. We have comfy seating and fresh coffee so come in for a chat and a browse.”
The farm shop was opened on the 5th August by the Mayor of the Test Valley, Councillor Carl Borg-Neal and local MP Kit Malthouse.


New lower sugar rum launches
Aluna Coconut is a blend of Guatemala and Caribbean rums with a “fraction of the sugar found in existing brands.”
The 35% ABV spirit features natural toasted coconut flavours and is a lighter, smoother rum with floral, fruit aromas and “subtle natural sweetness, removing the need for large quantities of sugar.”
Aluna Coconut’s Heather Graham commented: “Aluna’s world is built around a central theme of empowerment – particularly amongst women for whom this generation has conferred greater independence, liberty and self-determination.
We’re confident that our positioning, alongside the delicious flavour affinity of rum and coconut, coupled with a lower sugar content and clean, natural taste will appeal to our target market of women and men aged 21+.”
Aluna Coconut is now stocked in several Cornish bars; Tom Thumb in Newquay has created a signature Aluna serve, Gulliver’s Fix, and Surfside in Polzeath has added Aluna to its newly opened rum bar.
Aluna Coconut is made by Cloudbreak Spirits. Founded in 2016 by three drinks industry experts, Heather Graham, Guy Ritchie & Emma Wykes. Between them, they have helped establish new brands, including The Kraken, Sailor Jerry, Hendricks, Reyka, Black Cow and The Duppy Share.
Visit www.alunacoconut.com for details.

Vegan grain-free granola
The Paleo Foods Co are adding a vegan granola flavour, Chia & Hemp, to their existing range and have announced stocking in Waitrose.
The new Chia & Hemp flavour uses all-natural ingredients and contains 8g of plant protein per 50g serving. It’s available to buy in Waitrose with an RRP £5.99.
Claire Dinsmore, Founder of The Paleo Foods Co., commented:
“We are delighted to add the new Chia & Hemp flavour to our range of crunchy granolas. We know that many people are now actively making healthy choices in all aspects of their life and we want to provide them with a simple yet delicious option for breakfast, a meal which can sometimes lack imagination within our busy lives.  Although the Chia & Hemp flavour is vegan and of course paleo, we know it will be enjoyed by anyone looking to shake up their breakfast routine.”


Pizza Prep Counter ‘takes a slice’ of Italian food sector
Refrigeration brand Lec Commercial continue to diversify their range of specialist appliances with a new line of dedicated Pizza Prep Counters.
Available in two or three door models, the units feature an internal capacity of 450-litres for refrigerating fresh ingredients, combined with a granite countertop for preparing pizzas.
The units also have self-closing doors, adjustable -2ºC – +8ºC operating temperature, removable magnetic gaskets and front locking castors as standard.
Ian Harbinson, Head of Marketing at Lec Commercial said: “The recent launch of the Platinum range is the culmination of years of dedicated research and development and a plan to enhance our range to include more specialist appliances. This is evident with the Pizza Prep Counter range.Operators can choose from a two or three door unit complete with full Gastronorm compatibility in the base unit, a high-quality granite work surface and a handy chilled ingredient storage topper above. Placing everything an operator will need within easy reach, the equipment maintains the speed of service, while the granite offers the perfect work surface for kneading and working a perfect dough for your pizza base.”
For further information go to www.lec-commercial.co.uk


EPC regulation changes
Changes to the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations coming into force on 1st April 2018 could have a significant impact on commercial property owners, according to South West-based agents Charles Darrow.
The changes will mean it will be unlawful to let or lease a residential or commercial property with a low EPC rating. The minimum energy efficiency standard for non-domestic (commercial) premises will be set at E based, among other things, on the CO2 emissions level. Charles Darrow say this means: “Anything below that rating (an F or G), and premises could be in trouble.“ Investment would be needed to bring the property up to meet the minimum E rating. If the EPC isn’t granted, rent reviews and the property’s commercial value could be affected as well more expense and delays in leases and sales.
The new legislation covers all commercial properties that sit within the A1-D2 range of businesses. This includes the licensed trade (hotels, restaurants, cafés and pubs), almost every office, general or special industrial unit, as well as shops, high street premises and residential institutions like care homes.
Charles Darrow suggest for those that fall outside the new minimum standard, “now it the time to make a few changes…By getting a commercial EPC, your assessor will make recommendations, if necessary, of how your building’s energy performance could be improved. It could save you a lot of time and effort when it does come to let or sell, and your property or rental value won’t be compromised.”
For more information go to www.charlesdarrow.co.uk


Montagu Arms appoints new general manager
Andrew Nightingale is the new general manager of the 22-bedroom New Forest boutique hotel.
He joins the four-AA-silver-star hotel in Beaulieu from his previous role as operations manager at the Kilworth House hotel in Leicestershire. He has been in the industry for almost 20 years, including a stint as deputy general manager of the Old Swan & Minster Mill in Oxfordshire.
Nightingale will take over from Sunil Kanjanghat, who is moving to manage sister hotel Careys Manor in Brockenhurst. He has been at Montagu Arms for eight years, the last two as general manager.
On his appointment, Nightingale said: “I’m very excited about joining the Montagu Arms, which has a great and long heritage. I love the character of the building and the warmth of the staff, which really helps to create a unique home-from-home atmosphere.”
The Montagu Arms has a 3 AA Rosette restaurant, headed up by Roux Scholar Matthew Tomkinson.



The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
19th – 20th August
Newchurch, Sandown, Isle of Wight
“There are huge garlic and food marquees and cooking demonstrations from top Island chefs in the all new theatre kitchen”

Espressofest Coffee Festival & The UKBC Semi-Finals & Finals
19th – 20th August, 17
The Passenger Shed, Bristol Temple Meads
“The Speciality Coffee Association UK Chapter is hosting Espressofest which will include two days of competitions and conclude with the crowning of the next UK Barista Champion. The winner will then go on to represent the UK in the World Barista Championships taking place in November in Seoul, South Korea.”

The Melplash Show
24th August
The West Bay Showground, Bridport, Dorset
“One of the South West’s premier agricultural exhibitions, the show is packed full of exhibits including livestock, horses, homecrafts and horticulture.  There are over 350 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors….and plenty in between!”

River Cottage Summer Festival
26th – 27th August
River Cottage HQ, Axminster Devon
“There’ll be demonstrations from well-known chefs, inspirational speakers, masterclasses to take part in, tasty street food to sample, not forgetting our very own River Cottage chefs preparing the best seasonal food for you to enjoy.”

Witcombe Cider Festival
26th – 27th August
Brockworth, Gloucester
UK’s largest Cider Festival. 50 Ciders and a strong line-up of national music artists.


Speciality & Fine Food Fair
3rd – 5th September
Olympia, London
“The UK’s leading showcase of fine food & drink – meet over 700 national and international producers and suppliers of artisan food and drink.”

Great Taste Golden Forks Dinner
4th September
Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel, London
The Great Taste regional awards and the Great Taste 2017 Supreme Champion will be announced at this prestigious event.

Packaging Innovations 2017
13th – 14th September
Olympia, London
“See the latest innovative solutions being offered by the industry’s leading suppliers, and discover how they can revitalise packaging, increase brand awareness and boost sales.”

Luxury Packaging 2017
13th – 14th September
Olympia, London
“Bringing together packaging buyers and decision-makers, with inspiring suppliers and an incredible range of bespoke and prestige solutions they provide.”

Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Exhibition
13th – 14th September
Ricoh Arena, Coventry
“Showcasing the latest innovations for temperature controlled storage and distribution, the event focuses on solutions for the storage and transportation of chilled and frozen foods.”

Toby Buckland’s Garden & Harvest Festival
16th – 17th September
Forde Abbey, Somerset
“Delicious food and entertainment; celebrate the fruits of the season and enjoy a free programme of garden demos in the Forde Abbey’s stunning kitchen garden.”

Lunch! The Contemporary Food-To-Go Show
21st – 22nd September
ExCel, London
“The UK’s leading trade show for food-to-go. Set to be the biggest and best yet, with over 350 exhibitors, 2 theatres of education, thousands of products, a new home and a new easy-to-navigate floorplan.”

Coffee Shop Innovation: Business Exhibition & Conference 
26th – 27th September
ExCel, London
“The UK’s leading event for professionals working across the café, coffee shop, and catering industries! Packed with seminars, industry leaders, interactive workshops, and an unparalleled conference schedule, the event will draw over 3,000 decision makers from the coffee industry”

Takeaway & Restaurant Innovation Expo 2017
26th – 27th September
ExCel, London
“The UK’s only exhibition for growing your takeaway or restaurant business. The event to help you boost profits, build your brand, grow your business, and much more!”

Restaurant Tech Live 17
26th – 27th September
ExCel, London
“Restaurant Tech Live is Europe’s largest exhibition dedicated to the emerging technology and services that are forming the future of the restaurant business.”

Bar Tech Live 17
26th – 27th September
ExCel, London
“Bar Tech Live is a brand new platform for the high-tech products, devices, gadgets, and services that will transform the look, feel, and future of bars.”

Hotel Tech Live 17
26th – 27th September
ExCel, London
“Hotel Tech Live is the UK’s most exciting event for the technology, systems, products, and services that are breaking new ground in the hotel sector.”

Restaurant & Bar Design Show 2017
26th – 27th September
ExCel, London
“The Restaurant Design show is the UK’s largest and most comprehensive event specifically aimed at restaurant, bar and café interior designers. This show will deliver the foremost in ideas, inspiration and creativity to food and drink establishment owners, architects, designers, and other industry professionals from across the country.”

Street Food Live 2017
26th – 27th September
ExCel, London
“Street Food Live is Europe’s largest exhibition for street food vendors looking to start or grow their business.”