That concludes the R200 Awards 2022, which were held in Manchester at Ramona and the Firehouse on 15 November 2022. The awards celebrated the biggest and best achievements in the UK restaurant industry over the last year, and provided the country's greatest restaurateurs and establishments with awards to recognise their successes.
Earlier in 2022, the R200 Conference & Study Tour took place in London on the 16 March 2022. From a talk on post-pandemic property, through to staying ahead of the curve with veg-focused Gujarati street food pioneers Bundobust, the conference looked to provide cutting edge insight to anyone looking to hone their business over the next year. You can view all of the speakers and agenda points from the event below.
If you would like to get more information about the R200 Club, please contact Hospitality.Events@wrbm.com.
The post pandemic property scene
Julia Wilkinson, restaurant director, Shaftesbury, and Ted Schama, partner Shelley Sandzer
Julia and Ted will discuss how the pandemic has affected the London property market, the current and emerging trends in the property landscape, and what landlords are looking for in 2022 and beyond.
Bundobust - staying ahead of the curve
Marko Husak and Mayur Patel, founders, Bundobust
With the launch of their veg-focused Gujarati street food and craft beer concept back in 2014, Marko and Mayur were ahead of the plant-based, craft beer curve. With sites in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, including a huge new restaurant and brewery, the pair have blazed a trail in the northern dining scene.
Mission possible – how Mission Mars has nailed the multi-concept approach
Jack Edge, marketing manager, Mission Mars
Northern-based multi-concept operator Mission Mars runs the popular Albert’s Schloss and Rudy’s brands as well as a string of pubs and bars. With a first foray into London with its Rudy’s pizza restaurant, Jack will discuss whether this marks the start of a greater push across the country for the company.
Where’s the beef? Why Honest Burgers is embracing the vegan pound
Tom Barton, co-founder, Honest Burgers
At the start of the year burgeoning burger brand Honest Burgers launch the plant-based only concept V Honest. Tom will reveal the thinking behind the opening of a completely vegan friendly restaurant and how it will fit in the company’s strategy going forwards.
The great escape – how Escape to Freight Island moved the food hall needle
Dan Morris, managing director, Escape to Freight Island
Manchester’s vast Escape to Freight Island has been a runaway success since its launch thanks to its combination of a strong food offer, striking interior and decent music. Dan will discuss the concept’s recipe for success, how it chooses its food and drink partners, how the pandemic has impacted on food hall venues, and what’s in store in the future.
MJMK - building a varied restaurant business in the capital
Jake Kasumov and Marco Mendes, founders, MJMK, in conversation with Stefan Chomka
The MJMK duo are carving out a strong reputation for themselves with venues including Portuguese restaurant Casa do Frango, Cuban restaurant and bar La Rampa and high-reach Mexican Kol. And they’re not stopping there, with top chef Nuno Mendes returning to the capital with their backing.
Cubitt House - celebrating London’s premium pub scene
Georgie Pearman, director, Sebastian Fogg, managing director, Ben Tish, chef director, Cubitt House
The new executive team at Cubitt House are driving expansion throughout the London-based pub group, overseeing the refurbishment of its six existing sites as well as four more projects this year, including the launch of The Princess Royal in Notting Hill this spring and refurbishments of The Alfred Tennyson in Belgravia, The Orange in Pimlico and the opening of The Barley Mow in Mayfair.
Marugame Udon on changing the noodle game
Keith Bird, managing director, Marugame Udon, in conversation with Stefan Chomka
With a hugely popular debut site in Liverpool Street and new sites in Oxford Circus, St Christopher’s Place and Canary Wharf, the fast casual udon noodle brand is going places. Keith will discuss how the brand’s quick service and low price point differentiates it from other Asian brands and what’s next for the ambitious brand.
Making it personal
Olivia Fitzgerald, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Zonal
Driving increasingly tailored experiences and ever-closer relationships with guests is a key challenge, in the coming age of personalisation. But what do consumers think and want? And how can we build greater trust, loyalty and guest happiness? Olivia will reveal exclusive research on this issue – and the do’s and don’ts of making it personal.
Delivery and Takeaway Trends
Omar Habbal, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Just Eat
Omar will be taking guests through the key points surrounding delivery and takeaway trends from across the hospitality sector.
If you have any questions about the R200 Club, please get in touch with Hospitality.Events@wrbm.com.