The GFG Briefing | 22 December 2017
Published 22 December 2017

Stevie Parle

This week's restaurant happenings...

Stevie Parle closes his original restaurant Dock Kitchen

Stevie Parle has closed his original restaurant, Dock Kitchen, after eight years. The surprise closure is a result of the lease on the Portobello Docks site coming to an end, although Parle plans to move the restaurant to another location in 2018. Parle said: 'We’re working on finding a new home for Dock Kitchen, or a version of it, in the spring of next year and in the meantime all of the team will be working at one of our other restaurants.' Until a new home is found for Dock Kitchen, staff will work at Parle’s other London restaurants: Palatino, Craft London, Pastaio and Rotorino.

Michael Wignall to leave Gidleigh Park for solo venture

Michael Wignall is leaving Gidleigh Park after two years to start a new venture of his own. Since he joined the Devon hotel restaurant in January 2016, Wignall has won a number of accolades and says now is the time to move on: 'It’s been a pleasure to live and work in Devon, and I am so proud of what I’ve achieved with my amazing team but I’m now looking forward to my next venture which I will be announcing in the very near future.' His replacement at Gidleigh Park will be announced in the New Year.

Gymkhana and Hoppers team to open new Indian barbecue restaurant

The team behind Gymkhana and Hoppers are launching a new restaurant in London’s Bloomberg Arcade. Called Brigadiers, the City restaurant will specialise in Indian barbecued kebabs and chops and will serve an extensive choice of beers and whiskies. Brigadiers, which opens in spring 2018, will also offer rotisserie duck, wood-roasted suckling lamb and tandoori tomahawk steaks.

Fifth opening for The Anchor & Hope team

The group behind London pubs The Anchor & Hope, Canton Arms and Great Queen Street, and The Magdalen Arms in Oxford, is opening a new all-day cafe/restaurant in London. The Stockwell Continental will open on the South Lambeth Road in January and serve salads, pastas and focaccia for lunch, plus pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. It will also open in the mornings for coffee and pastries.

Brighton’s Cin Cin to open second restaurant in Hove

Cin Cin Italian bar and kitchen is opening a second site in Hove just over a year after opening its first restaurant in Brighton. The new restaurant will be on Western Road and feature a robata-style grill allowing the chefs to put an Italian spin on local meat, fish and vegetables. Dishes will include Sussex lamb rump on Castelluccio lentils, celeriac and salsa verde.

The Modern Pantry shuts its Finsbury Square site

Chef-patron Anna Hansen has closed the Finsbury Square site of The Modern Pantry after two years. The all-day Finsbury Square restaurant and bar opened seven years after the original site in Clerkenwell and Hansen says she wants to concentrate her efforts on the flagship. She said: 'The last two years have been a real learning curve for us but over the last year it has become hard to compete with other city offerings. I would never want to change, or take away, from the originality of what we do, hence the decision to close and really focus on Clerkenwell, as we come into our tenth year of operating.'