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Casual Dining

Casual dining at its finest

Non, je ne regrette rien…

It’s not just Edith Piaf’s memorable rendition we have the French to thank for, but also Louis Pasteur, The Longbowman salute, kissing and fine dining.

The first recorded restaurant was opened in France in 1765, when a soup vendor hung a sign at the front of his establishment. The craze was taken to Paris and haute cuisine, or fine dining, was born.

250 years later, tastes have changed.

Aviator Hotel, of the TAG group, is adapting to consumer needs and has this month opened its new informal dining restaurant, One Eleven. The restaurant is open all-day to both guests of the hotel and the wider public and puts emphasis on serving simple and honest food.

The notion ‘casual’ seems to imply a lack of quality or a lowering of standards but One Eleven is proving that this does not have to be the case. Led by executive chef, Luke Wheaton, the restaurant is producing quality dishes, sourced from the same local suppliers they use for their fine dining restaurant ‘The Brasserie’. The hotel’s manager, Michael Helling has announced that the results have already surpassed original forecasts.

Also embracing this consumer trend is Huddersfield’s Northern Taps which opened last year as an informal alternative to the bistro style restaurant Mustard & Punch. Read about their venture in our featured article, Mustard and Punch.

And so, although we regret nothing about fine dining, for now, we respectfully say: ‘รก tout a l’heure’; but, in regards to casual dining, it’s ‘bon appetit’ all the way.

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