featured5 - 3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

United Kingdom and food. They have really never gone together. Without putting too fine a point on it, Britain has historically always been a tad too conservative when it comes to experimenting with food ingredients. Pie, fish and chips, tea, sausage… that’s all that we can think of when we think of British food.

Only post the colonial era has Britain welcomed a bit more flavor to its shores, starting obviously with Indian food. Today British food is known for its intensity and rich flavor. It helped them that people fled to Britain from a lot of their old colonies and brought novel ideas on how to blend their native cuisine with traditional British cuisine. And ever since, the trend of culinary diversification has never look back.

At Turners, we are fascinated with the recent trends in food perception and consumption in Britain. We are an innovator when it comes to food, and infamous for not having a single item in our menu that is 100% local. We have picked some of these trends that are dominating the landscape here.

Japanese beyond Sushi

11 - 3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

Japanese food is known for its healthy aspect. Global favorites such as Miso, sashimi, sushi and noodle soups are protein-rich and healthy. In Britain, we have increasingly started following the trend set by the US in that we are going for more varieties of Japanese food, especially the indulgent ones. Izakaya, tempura and stir-fried chicken are just some examples of the delicious side of Japanese food that we are going for nowadays.

African fever

12 - 3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

Not like it sounds. African cuisine is picking up, with Ikoyi and Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen expanding in London. South African food is also becoming increasingly popular, with great choices such as Bobotie and Braaivleis. And the revolution doesn’t end with just the food. South Africa is a famous wine destination, consisting of miles and miles of sprawling and scenic vineyards. The wine is equally to die for.

Plant-based and vegan diets has gone beyond hippie

13 - 3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

Till a few years back, there was a visible hippie trend to opt for vegan diets. That trend has surpassed such hippies. The wave of organic food consumption has led to people growing plant based proteins and opting for a seemingly healthier vegan diet. And when we say vegan, we don’t mean the tasteless and bland type. Mashed pies, quinoa hash browns, Portobello burgers that taste meaty… not half as bad!

We are eager to see the awareness increase with such trends on the rise. Restaurants such as ours can only benefit when the entire British population adopt a progressive nature when it comes to food. Do you think we are adopting to the national trends? Check our menu below and let us know!

http://www.turnersrestaurantbirmingham.co.uk/a-la-carte-menu.html

featured3 - 4 challenges facing restaurant entrepreneurs today

4 challenges facing restaurant entrepreneurs today

Being an entrepreneur is never easy. Any kind of entrepreneur. One of the things that help today’s entrepreneurs is the availability and accessibility to technology that enables them to create products or services that have a clear differentiation. The differentiation allows them to get traction slightly easier and also to create entry barriers.

When it comes to the food and restaurant industry, scope for differentiation is quite minimal. Food is a commodity, whether you like it or not. If you don’t have a clear passion for food that drives you to do extensive research to find out gaps in the market or client pain points, you will never find a niche that you can exploit. With that in mind, we bring to you some of the vital challenges facing entrepreneurs in this industry today.

Location location location

We can never stress enough how important location is to a restaurant business. And you would know a good location from its price. A great location warrants higher demand, and subsequently a higher price point. It is basic economics. If you are not buried in wealth, chances are that you need to do vast research to land upon a bargain.

It is never just about the product and/or service

The great thing about any business is that it is predictable for the most of it. You provide a superior product, better service or varying combinations of both, and you are guaranteed success. When it comes to restaurants, unfortunately that is not the case. Beyong offering good food and quality service, you have to be wary of seemingly inconsequential things such as the street in front of you, passenger traffic, decorations and so on.

Financing opportunities

Financing opportunities are quintessential for any business, especially for one as capital intensive as restaurants. Due to their inherent risk, obtaining public loans or private capital to start a restaurant is going to be difficult. You need a comprehensive business plan, connections and vast market research, on top of your own individual experience, to prove your ability to establish a sustainable business.

Seasonal fluctuations

It is frustrating that this business is extremely seasonal. Passenger traffic can vary not just by time of the year, but also within a single day. As a result, labor becomes an issue. You need to strike the perfect balance between full-time and part-time staff. Furthermore, you need to consider also healthcare insurance costs for all staff, regardless of their contract type. It requires an effective data management system and capable analysts to determine with accuracy seasonality in demand.

This post is not meant to be discouraging, but to strike caution into the hearts of aspiring entrepreneurs. As long as you are determined and willing to get your hands dirty, we do believe that it is possible to achieve success in your endeavor. Talk to as many successful restaurant owners as possible and learn the mistakes they made, so that you can avoid them.