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Fri 11th Apr 2014 - Propel Friday News Briefing

Story of the Day:

Yummy Pub Company – ‘dishonest employee has slowed our growth’: The co-founder of Yummy Pub Company, Tim Foster has revealed that a dishonest manager who stole an estimated £69,000 from takings at the company's Grove Ferry pub in Kent slowed the company’s growth, with a potential new site lost because of dealing with the aftermath. In today’s Propel Friday Opinion e-mail, Foster, whose company runs four pubs, describes the new checks and processes put in place to avoid a repeat of the incident. Of the problems caused by the theft, he writes: “As guest after guest came in with fake e-mails confirming bookings we knew nothing about, claiming deposits they had paid months in advance, asking for details of the extraordinarily generous buffet receptions and free champagne parties we had confirmed after they had paid us ‘cash in advance’, we took every, single one on the chin and on our bottom line (which, by the way, is now not a line but a bloody great big hole). We could have stonewalled them, said it was all fake, nothing to do with us, but that’s not Yummy. The net result? Well, it slowed down our growth, that’s for sure. We lost a site because of it.” Foster reports that the breach of trust has led to a complete overhaul of systems. He writes: “Daily sealed bar-coded cash bags are now in place, the GM and duty manager calls in at end of shift to reconcile daily takes, with head office visibility now in place. Spot checks, audits, CCTV cameras, safe logs are all in place. You would probably ask why we hadn’t had those measures in place before – as we did – but, honestly, how many small multiple operators do? From conversations we have had since, not many.” See the separate Propel Friday Opinion e-mail for the full article.   
    

Industry News:

Sir Terence Conran to be honoured for contribution to restaurant and hotel scene: Sir Terence Conran is to be inducted into Hotelympia’s Hall of Fame, collecting a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises the impact he has made on the London restaurant and hotel scene during more than five decades in the hospitality business. Conran, a respected design guru and restaurateur, will collect the award, a unique piece by the glassblower Peter Layton, in person on the first day of the event (28 April) on Hotelympia’s main stage at 3.30pm. Toby Wand, managing director at the show's organiser, Fresh Montgomery, said: “An innovator, a pioneer and a true giant of the hospitality world – the contribution Sir Terence has made to the industry throughout his career is truly remarkable. There are few more deserving candidates, therefore, to receive our highest honour and be inducted into the Hotelympia Hall of Fame. Once there, he will be amongst auspicious company; I urge show visitors to come to the stage to help toast the man who is often credited with turning Britain on to good design.” Previous recipients include Raymond Blanc and the Roux brothers.   
   
Heineken embraces Snapchat at music festival: Heineken in the United States is embracing the ephemeral messaging service Snapchat, according to Time magazine. The publication said: “The company will give attendees of the Coachella music festival the inside scoop on a line-up of secret concerts by sending them photo clues throughout the weekend. With the promotion, which the company is organising through an account called HeinekenSnapWho, Snapchat users can receive snaps to help them figure which two artists are planning a surprise joint performance on a given day at the festival. A tightly cropped picture of an artist's clothing, for instance, might be used as a tip. Users that respond to Heineken with the correct artists get an early confirmation of an act scheduled for the Heineken House, the stage where the beer maker is hosting acts.”   
    
ALMR warns against locally set licensing fees: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has criticised the government’s proposals for locally set licensing fees and has called for the retention of the current rateable system and a common sense approach to costing. The government’s consultation on fees closed yesterday. The ALMR has submitted written evidence calling for a proportionate, transparent and evidence-based regime. The association's strategic affairs director, Kate Nicholls, said: "Replacing the current rateable scheme, which is perceived to be fair, with a complex system which unfairly taxes pubs and bars at the expense of supermarkets, serves only to increase red tape and administrative costs for local authorities. This inevitably causes fees to rise and there is a risk that these increased fees will be used to cover inflated administrative costs rather than being used for effective compliance, which is helpful to no one. Removing the rateable value bandings within the fee levels is likely to see smaller businesses facing exorbitant increases. Premises currently in Band B could see their application and variation fees rise by up to 1000% and their annual fees by 300%, which will be unsustainable.”   
    
Raid on Tale of Spice chain finds 16 illegal workers: Sixteen illegal workers have been caught after a series of coordinated operations by Home Office Immigration Enforcement in three West Country towns, Chippenham, Pewsey and Trowbridge. Officers working with Wiltshire Police simultaneously went to three Tale of Spice restaurants at 7.40pm on Friday, April 4, after receiving information that they were employing staff with no right to work in the UK. In a statement the Home Office said that 16 Bangladeshi nationals were found. Kenny Chapman, head of the South West Home Office immigration enforcement team, said: “This coordinated operation shows that we have the resource, dedication and expertise to catch and remove anyone in Wiltshire abusing our immigration laws. Employers who use illegal labour are defrauding the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work.”   
   
Yum! Brands confirms second new trial concept: The owner of the Pizza Hut and KFC chains, Yum! Brands, has confirmed it is to trial a second new brand as well as the premium chicken brand Super Chix that Propel reported on earlier this week. Yum! spokeswoman Virginia Ferguson told Nation’s Restaurant News that an Asian sandwich concept, called Banh Shop, is in development and is expected to open soon in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The two restaurants will be treated as “innovation incubators,” Ferguson said. Their placement in North Texas is because Yum’s new concept team works out of the company’s offices in Plano, Texas, which houses the global headquarters for Pizza Hut. Ferguson said: “As a large global restaurant company, we periodically have new concepts like this developed by Scott and his team. They are purely exploratory and are for potential international expansion some day in the future.”   
   

Company News:    

Fuller’s set to open first managed pub in Brighton in 2015: The London-based brewer and retailer Fuller Smith & Turner is aiming to open its first managed pub in Brighton. Grand Central will become a managed pub in March 2015, when the lease of the current occupant expires. The venue was one of a group of 15 Enterprise Inns pubs acquired by Fuller’s in February 2012 for £23m. A spokesman said: “It will be a good, solid Fuller’s managed pub with lovely roof garden.” The pub currently houses a theatre group, which is considering whether to stay or not. The Fuller’s spokesman said: “We’ve had a very positive meeting with the theatre group and we’re a long way off finalising our plans. We have two other pubs that house theatre groups.” Fuller’s has three tenanted pubs in Brighton: the Basketmakers, the Prestonville and the Sir Charles Napier.   
   
Whole Food Markets opens ninth UK site:
Whole Food Markets opened its ninth UK site on Fulham Broadway in South West London yesterday. The new location occupies the site of the former Blue Elephant restaurant. It includes a traditional butcher and baker, a patisserie, a pasta bar, an organic cafe, a make-your-own peanut butter machine and a Mexican cafe. Whole Foods Market founder John Mackey has said that the chain would target sites as small as 15,000 square foot – its Kensington site is 80,000 sq ft. Mackey said: “We are not leaving the UK. We are going to invest, but we can’t open the 40,000 sq ft stores that have been so successful in the US.” In July 2012, the company reported a £4.4m loss in the UK. The Fulham Broadway opening is the first in the UK foe the chain since November 2012, when it opened in Cheltenham.   
   
Tonks to open Rockfish in Torquay: Mitch Tonks is to open his third Rockfish restaurant in Devon, in Victoria Parade, Torquay, at the end of June. The 60-seat restaurant by the harbour will offer "all the usual Rockfish favourites" as well as local mussels from Torbay and plenty of fish from "the country's most diverse fish market" in nearby Brixham. Tonks, who lives with his wife and youngest daughter in Brixham, said: "You can't get better than eating seafood by the sea and I think the experience is worth the drive alone. The south coast of England has some of the world's best fish, and being on the coast means you can eat it the day it has been landed. Torbay is such a wonderful coastline and we are looking forward to Rockfish being part of the community and a new destination for seafood lovers." The celebrity chef and his business partner, Mat Prowse, opened the first Rockfish restaurant in Dartmouth in 2010 and a second in Plymouth last year. They also have a Rockfish Grill restaurant in Bristol, and a second restaurant in Dartmouth, The Seahorse. The new restaurant will replace a former amusement arcade.   
   
Giggling Squid takes second former Strada site: The expanding Thai chain Giggling Squid has acquired the Strada site in Sevenoaks, Kent for a new opening. The Sevenoaks acquisition was reported by Propel earlier this week when it was not known which particular premises the Thai chain was taking over. Strada, which launched its first ever breakfast offer last week, is leaving Sevenoaks after almost eight years. AG&G’s Richard Negus, who brokered the deal on behalf of Giggling Squid, said: “Since owners Pranee and Andrew Laurillard opened their first restaurant in Hove in summer 2009, Giggling Squid has gone from strength to strength. Their offer of organic, modern Thai food for upmarket, 35-plus professionals seems to have struck a chord among diners with a taste for strong, fresh flavours. They have hopes of becoming the UK’s first national Thai restaurant operation and we are happy to be able to help them.” Giggling Squid opened in Stratford upon Avon in November last year, also occupying a former Strada site. 
   
Chestnut Inns to accelerate roll-out after success at first site: Chestnut Inns, established in May 2012 by the former banker and corporate financier Philip Turner, is to step up expansion after the success of its first site, the Packhorse Inn, in Moulton, near Newmarket, Suffolk, where trading has exceeded expectations in the first six months.  The company recently completed a second round of capital raising under the government-sponsored Enterprise Investment Scheme. Earlier this week, Propel reported that the company has acquired its second freehold, the Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, Cambridge, an Enterprise Inns site. Turner said: “We have a fantastic shareholder base that has supported the business through to phase two and allowed us to seize the opportunity to purchase the Rupert Brooke. Its position in Grantchester – rural, historic and literary links and yet within walking distance of central Cambridge – perfectly fits the key criteria of ‘location, location, location’. The rest of the ingredients – a creative outlook and an experienced team to make it work – are what Chestnut Inns are all about.” The Rupert Brooke will be  renovated to open its doors again late summer as a “village pub and restaurant”. The Chestnut Inns plan is to identify freehold sites in the region that, as a result of under-investment, are not delivering their full potential.  
    
Charles Wells reveals more details on first managed pub: The Bedford-based pub operator Charles Wells has revealed more details on its first managed pub, the Salisbury Arms in Cambridge, which has reopened as flagship pub for a new division called Seadog Inns. The Salisbury Arms is now serving classic pub dishes all day, seven days a week, has eight cask ales on offer, a brand new craft beer, DNA, and Young's London Stout and has also introduced an extensive list of 19 exclusive wines.  Seadog Inns looks to run great “all-rounder” pubs, and the Salisbury Arms has been designed to combine “the best of traditional local community pubs and trendy, modern town centre venues”. Peter Wells, managing director of Charles Wells Pub Company, said: “We are really proud of the newly refurbished Salisbury Arms, which has pulled together all the favourite elements of a community pub and successfully combined them with some new and exciting variations to create a distinctive pub in the heart of Cambridge. Our guests will discover a new range of delicious wines and a variety of premium and craft beers that can be enjoyed in the contemporary bar area - or the new covered courtyard as the weather gets better. We are also working on a new breakfast menu, Sunday roasts and a private function space.”   
   
KFC franchisee plans 20 franchised Starbucks: The fast food franchise operator Gastronomy Foods, which owns 12 KFC restaurants across north and mid-Wales, has announced plans to bring Starbucks to the region over the next five years. Managing director Akram Khan said: “Within the next five years we’re planning to have at least 20 Starbucks and, fingers crossed, to increase our present workforce of about 280 to between 800 and 1,000.” Gastronomy Foods also aims to increase its number of KFC outlets across mid and north Wales and the Midlands in England to 20. Kahn said: "I moved to Wales from Chingford nine years ago because I saw an opportunity to develop the KFC brand to an under-served market and now hope to do the same with Starbucks. I eventually plan to sell shares in the business to our employees to recognise their importance to the company."   
   
Ossett Brewery to co-invest £300,000 in third Punch pub: Ossett Brewery in Yorkshire is to make a co-investment of £300,000 with Punch Taverns at its third site with the tenanted pub company, the Fox in York. Jamie Lawson, managing director of Ossett Brewery, said: “This will be our second site in York and seeing the success of the Hop on Foss gate, we could recognise the market for real ale in York and see how, combined with the history and background as an ale-led pub, the Fox would be the ideal location. There will be extensive work conducted throughout the pub, where we will be looking to bring the pub back to how it used to be and expose the original features. We will be concentrating on expanding our drinks range, with nine hand pulls as well as world and craft beers.” The pub is expected to reopen mid-May and ten new jobs will be created.   
   
Tidal surge pub and hotel re-opens after £1m refurbishment: A pub and hotel on the banks of the Humber has reopened after being damaged by a tidal surge in December. The Country Park Inn on Hessle Foreshore, on the outskirts of Hull, was cut off by flooding and filled with water up to 10in deep when the surge struck a few weeks before Christmas. Now, after a £1m refit, the pub, a wedding and conference venue, is open again for business. Manager Ian Brown had to cancel all parties and meetings while work was carried out by the contractor, Keystone Construction, but he expects trade to pick up again rapidly. He said: "While we've been closed, we've lost a number of weddings and corporate events, so I've had to let some customers down, which is not a nice thing to do. The good news is, because they turned it round so quickly, we're back up and running again for the year.” The venue's pub has already re-opened but its function room will not be used until Tuesday, April 22, when a corporate dinner is being held there.   
   
South Wales coffee roaster plans coffee school: The third-generation Welsh coffee roaster Ferrari’s Coffee, which supplies the Welsh government with its coffee beans, is planning a "coffee school" to share the secrets of preparing excellent coffee, and a retail unit, once its moved to larger premises is complete. The company plans move into the education sector by setting up a coffee school at a local college that will prepare students for the City & Guilds examination. Giancarlo Ferrari-Lane said: “ Moving to a larger premises will allow us to open a retail outlet complete with a showroom where we can display our range of coffees, teas, coffee machines and crockery, but most important of all, a place where the public can view at first hand the art of coffee roasting.”   
   
Celebrity chef Luke Thomas to open restaurant in Chester: Celebrity chef Luke Thomas has been granted a licence to open a new city-centre restaurant and bar in Chester. The venture is a joint one between Thomas and  the owners of the local nightclub Cruise. Thomas, from Connah’s Quay, has teamed up with Odysian Holdings to open a fine dining and restaurant/bar establishment over two floors at the old print works on St John Street in the city centre. The restaurant is expected to be open towards the end of the summer and will be the second that Thomas has run after a restaurant in Cookham, Berkshire. He has appeared on Junior MasterChef and the Great British Menu after starting his career at the Grosvenor in Chester.   
   
Michelin-starred Fuller’s pub chef plans business of his own:
Chef Dominic Chapman, who holds a Michelin star at the Royal Oak in Paley Street, Berkshire, a Fuller Smith & Turner tenanted pub, has stepped down after seven years to start his own business. The pub is run by Nick Parkinson, son of Sir Michael Parkinson. Chapman said: “The Royal Oak has had incredible success and I wish the team the very best of luck for the future.” Chapman is representing the south west region in the current series of Great British Menu and in talks to buy an unnamed business in Berkshire. He will leave the Royal Oak on 9 June and be replaced as head chef by sous chef Michael Chapman.
   
Harry Ramsden’s reports 6.2% like-for-like sales growth in first quarter of 2014: Fish and chip ship brand Harry Ramsden’s has reported 6.2% like-for-like sale growth in its first quarter to 30 March 2014. The sales growth underlines the ‘ongoing advances being made with the proposition and customer engagement initiatives’, the company said. Chief executive Joe Texeira added: “In franchising, we continue to make great headway, with franchise agreements now in place for both Yorkshire and Scotland which will result in 100 new outlets within five years. In addition, we have recently entered into MSAs with Welcome Break and we anticipate being in a position to make further announcements in both of these areas, in the coming months. As we move forward, the strategy will continue to focus on the franchising and licensing agenda, in order that we further strengthen the reputation and value of this iconic and much-loved British brand.”
   
Orchid to add 26 All Inns after 23% like-for-like rise: Orchid Pub Company is to add 26 family-friendly All Inns after a 23% rise in like-for-like sales at the existing 16 in the past 12 months. The company’s Return on Investment in the segment is 30% and average weekly sales have risen from £17,000 to £21,900. Orchid’s total capital expenditure has been £4.25m. The company’s Our Family loyalty card has seen total spend increase 13% to circa £13m with a 25% increase in the number of cards used. 
   
Nick Willoughby to open West Norwood gastro-pub: The former street food operator Nick Willoughby, founder of Creme de la Crepe in Covent Garden, Central London, is to open a gastro-pub in South West London. Willoughby has bought the former Norwood Hotel in West Norwood and will relaunch the site as the Great North Wood later this month. The venue is described as a family-friendly place, serving lunch and dinner, as well as a selection of beers and wines. There will also be a summer BBQ in the garden. Refurbishment of the old hotel began in February with the Great North Wood expected to open by the end of April.   
   
Michelin-starred Scottish chef buys second business in the same village: Lesley Crosfield, the only woman in Scotland with a Michelin star, and business partner Colin Craig have bought a second business in the same North West Highlands village, Caberfeidh Restaurant & Bar in Lochniver, through the property agent Christie & Co. Lochinver is approximately two hours' drive north west of Inverness, with the village being home to around 1,000 residents, swilling in the summer. The bar and restaurant occupies a prominent trading location on the main road through the village. Barry McNeil, an associate director at Christie's who handled the sale on behalf of Simon and Jennifer Allen, said: “The purchasers currently operate Albannach Restaurant, a well-known Michelin-starred restaurant also in the village of Lochinver.” The Caberfeidh Restaurant & Bar was on the market for offers over £335,000. The final sales price was not disclosed.   
   
Work starts on phase two of new £3.8m Hall & Woodhouse brewery: Work has started on phase two of a £3.8m contract for Hall & Woodhouse at the site of its Blandford St Mary brewery in Dorset. The Dorset-based building firm Greendale Construction Company has begun a 50-week project which will modernise the production site. The scheme involves demolishing and rebuilding the main packaging hall, including building a new bottling plant, as well as building a new extension to the tank farm, alterations to the warehouse and a new weather canopy to the loading area. Work is being carried out while more than 200 team members and tenants carry on business as usual around the site. The new brewery premises and bottling plant are adjacent to the original buildings in Blandford St Mary, which have been part of the town for 115 years.   
   
Pieminister opens in Cardiff: Pieminister has now opened its restaurant in St Mary Street, Cardiff. The new 85-cover restaurant sells pies, craft beers and ciders. In February, Pieminister co-founder Jon Simon said it was "the biggest investment we've made to date" in any one site. The Bristol-based company now has two restaurants each in Bristol and London, one each in Leather Lane in Central London, Camden in North London, Cardiff, Manchester, Stoke on Trent, Oxford and Amsterdam, and stalls/pie shops in Farringdon and Bethnall Green, London and Dublin.   
   
Simon French reiterates 'Buy' recommendation on Prezzo shares: Panmur Gordon leisure analyst Simon French has repeated his 'Buy' recommendation on Prezzo shares after results earlier this week. He said: “We don't envisage any material change to consensus expectations for 2014 of £22.5m. Our forecast of £22.2m is modestly below consensus and we will review this following the 10am analysts' presentation. The stock trades on a 2014E adjusted EV/ebitdar of circa 10x and given the forecast upgrade potential and discount to the Restaurant Group we reiterate our 'buy' recommendation and 197p target price.”   
   
Greene King finance director takes leave of absence: Greene King's finance director, Matthew Fearn, has taken temporary leave of absence to undergo "urgent and important" medical treatment. In his absence, David Brown, currently corporate finance director, will assume Fearn's responsibilities, reporting to Rooney Anand, Greene King's chief executive. Brown will not join the board but will attend all board meetings until Fearn's return. Anand, speaking on behalf of the company and its employees, said: "Our thoughts are with Matthew and his family. The board and I wish him all the very best and a speedy recovery. We will do all we can to support Matthew and his family during this very challenging time. In the meantime, Matthew's responsibilities will be transferred to David's capable hands and he will enjoy the full backing and support of a very experienced and capable finance team and the executive team back at base."   
    
Distinctive Manchester pub to make way for McDonald’s drive-thru:
A distinctive former pub near to Old Trafford in Manchester looks set to be pulled down to make way for a McDonald’s drive-through restaurant. The Drum, which gained its name because of its drum-like shape, on Chester Road in Stretford, has been empty since it closed down last year. Now the company has applied to Trafford council to demolish the old pub and build a restaurant and drive-through take-away in its place. All 30 residents from a sheltered housing block for the elderly, which sets next door to the site, have written to the town hall to object. But council officers have  backed the application, recommending in a report that the committee should approve it.  
   
Chopstix heading for name clash with Dundee opening: Chopstix Noodle Bar, the oriental fast food chain that is expanding from 14 outlets to 20 this year, has run into problems with its opening in Dundee because a restaurant already exists in the city with the same name. Steve Chow, who has run the Chopstix restaurant on St Andrews Street in Dundee for ten years, said the opening of a Chopstix Noodle Bar, this month in the Overgate Centre "is obviously causing confusion and I’m concerned that it might damage my trade. I contacted the other company to complain but I didn’t get very far. I’m going to see my solicitor this week.” A spokesman for Chopstix Noodle Bar said the company has been trading for approximately 12 years and the name has been trademarked. He said: “Recently it has been brought to our attention that Mr Chow is trading under the name Chopstix. The two operations are significantly different, both in look and in operation. The two directors of Chopstix Noodle Bar have had an amicable telephone conversation with Mr Chow and have a meeting scheduled in a few weeks’ time.” Chopstix Noodle Bar is also planning openings at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, Worcestershire; the Core Shopping Centre, Leeds; the Baldock Extra motorway services on the A1(M) in Hertfordshire; the Blackburn Extra motorway services on the M65; and the Market Gates Shopping Centre in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.   
   
Carluccio's fingered for Chelmsford development: Carluccio's has been fingered as one of the likely occupants of four new restaurant sites in the centre of Chelmsford, Essex. The four sites will be opened with the transformation of the Exchange Way entrance of the city's High Chelmer shopping centre, off Market Road, into a food hub as part of a long overdue revamp of the 1970s development. Neil Gulliver, Chelmsford City Council's cabinet member for planning and economic development, said: "There are three really well-known restaurants about to come to Chelmsford since we became a city [in 2012]. It's the city effect." Gulliver said he believed the Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's was one of the parties interested in the four units.  
    
Whitbread plans Beefeater and Premier Inn in Ware: Whitbread is planning to build a Beefeater and Premier Inn in Ware, Hertfordshire. A report seeking approval to build in Marsh Lane will be going before the local authority’s cabinet on Monday. The council currently leases the area, in front of Viaduct Road and Marsh Lane, to house its multi-purpose centre for services for young people. But according to local media reports, Whitbread has acquired the site, becoming the council’s landlord, and is hoping to make a planning application for the new development to East Herts Council by the end of June or early July. If planning is granted, the company will aim to start building work in September or October. Meanwhile, construction has begun on the four-acre former Cox Hire site off Birmingham Street in Stourbridge in the West Midlands after the sale of the land to Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants to build a new Premier Inn hotel and Brewer's Fayre pub-restaurant. John Bates, head of acquisitions for UK and Ireland for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said the development, a joint initiative with the Worcestershire-based property developer Barberry Developments, will create 65 new jobs and will "contribute to the wider regeneration of the town-centre, attracting new visitors to the local area and boosting local trade."   
   
Lincolnshire pub operator buys Marston's freehold: Lincolnshire pub operator Darren Lince has bought the freehold of the Red Lion at Broughton, near Brigg, from Marston's to add to the two other outlets he runs, the White Swan at Scotter, near Scunthorpe, and the Sutton Arms at Scawby, also near Brigg. Lince has yet to reveal his plans for the 109-year-old pub, which includes a bowling green.   
   
David Lloyd Leisure launches improved menu: David Lloyd Leisure has launched a new "DLicious" menu, featuring what it says is "an even greater choice of tasty, healthy and balanced dishes to support members’ well-being". The Whitbread-owned health, sports and leisure group won the leisure category of the Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS) 2014 for DLicious. The awards, bestowed by the Menu Innovation Network, recognise the creative talents of menu development managers and group executive chefs in the food service industry. New additions to the David Lloyd menu include: stuffed red pepper, grilled chicken katsu, British pork chop, pot stickers (chicken or vegetable dumplings served with soy and herb dipping sauce), edameme beans, lettuce wraps (avocado or chicken wrapped in Gem lettuce mixed with cherry tomatoes, red onion, quinoa and coriander) and smoked mackerel pate. Other choices now featuring on the menu are: roasted squash salad, quinoa and avocado salad, proscuitto ham and rocket leaves, superfood wrap (avocado, cress, shredded vegetables and hummus garnished with an Asian slaw) and a range of wholemeal, Khobez flatbreads. Kevin Harper, David Lloyd Leisure’s group head of food and beverage, said: “I’m extremely proud of the hard work and dedication that our team have put into the DLicious menu to support our members in improving their well-being, which has earned us this fantastic recognition from the Menu Innovation Network.”

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