With the hospitality market effectively closed down due to Covid-19, suppliers and retailers are desperately working where they can to keep their heads above water and prepare for the “re-opening” of business. For over 30 years The Restaurant Show has been instrumental in bringing the industry together, however we simply can’t see or feel it is right to proceed with this year’s event and have taken the decision to postpone the show to 2021. 

This decision has not been taken lightly but we feel it is important to allow suppliers, restaurants and other areas of the hospitality industry to focus on rebuilding and accelerating their businesses in the months ahead.

As a leading provider of information within the hospitality sector, William Reed want to continue our role of bringing the industry together to educate, inspire and adapt for the future.  During the week that The Restaurant Show would have been, we will be delivering a new online initiative combining the might of Restaurant Magazine, Big Hospitality, Morning Advertiser and MCA Insight. 

More details will follow but I hope you will join us during this week.

We would like to thank our exhibitors, visitors, speakers, partners and suppliers for their continued support and patience during this challenging time. 

Should you have any immediate questions please contact Commercial Director Elizabeth Duncan on 01293 610327.


Andrew Reed 
Managing Director Events & Exhibitions
William Reed

The Restaurant Show 2019: A celebration of the hospitality industry

Known as the ultimate diary date for hospitality professionals, The Restaurant Show 2019 - featuring Bar & Pub and the Catering Equipment Expo - did not disappoint. Over the show’s three days deals were done, audiences crowded round the live stages to hear from exciting speakers and top chefs gave it their all in the competition theatre. There was plenty to taste and sample among the aisles as well as the latest technology and efficient equipment to try out too.

Visitors were impressed

The aisles were busy with show visitors sourcing suppliers and making new connections. Representatives from hospitality businesses of all sizes flocked to the show, here’s what Dean Humphrey, UK Operations Manager, Starbucks had to say: “It is really important for any business to stay agile, always look to innovate, find new products and new ways of working and what better place to do it. There’s lots of great new systems as well. I’ve met some really interesting contacts. Pocket full of business cards, so it’s been a great event.”

The Restaurant Show was attended by several high profile chefs too, who found the time amongst their judging duties to explore the aisles and catch up with industry colleagues as Clare Smyth, Chef Patron, Core by Clare Smyth told show organisers: “Coming to The Restaurant Show is just brilliant because you pick up lots of things that are new, that are different. Pieces of kit, ingredients and also meet a lot of people that you know here.”

Successful showcase for exhibitors

It wasn’t just visitors who came away from the show smiling, several of the show’s 300+ exhibitors were thrilled to introduce their products and services to so many interested attendees. Adrian Hodgson, Co-founder, Real Kombucha commented on his time at the show: “The team at Real Kombucha have loved being at The Restaurant Show. It has been great showcasing what we do at REAL – to give people a sophisticated non-alcoholic option. For us it is important to meet the key influencers in the trade, to in turn change their drink offering. In the past few days we have met future and current customers.”

This year also saw a number of brand new exhibitors take a stand for the first time. Here’s what first-time exhibitor Dan Lu, Sales Exhibition Organiser at Tazaki Foods had to say: “It has given us a chance to introduce our products and next year we can bring even more! We got to teach people about Japanese food and how they can introduce it into their menus.  It was such a nice show to come to for the first time.”

Exciting live sessions drew a crowd

Over at The Stage, audiences crowded round to hear the latest market insights from MCA as well as listen to what key industry players such as itsu and Starbucks had to say on topics such as staff engagement and technology. It’s fair to say a diverse range of topics were covered, including marketing, interiors, plant-based foods, workplace wellbeing, West African cuisine, the possibilities for voice tech and even including insects on your menu.

The Liquid Hub, as the name suggests, was home to all things drinks-related and regularly drew a crowd to its inspired tastings and masterclasses. The low and no-alcohol trend was well and truly tackled with a Sober Suds session sampling the best beers in this market. Plus, there were well-attended cocktail sessions from the team behind revolutionary alcohol-free venue, Redemption Bar. TV’s Joe Wadsack’s spirit tasting sessions were a hit, as were the lively talks from The Wine Tipster, Nigel Phillips. Over the three days, Liquid Hub visitors enjoyed sampling everything from Japanese Sake to English Whisky, spelt vodka and vegan, natural and organic wines.

The best chefs put to the test

Every year The Restaurant Show plays host to some of the most prestigious culinary competitions in the industry and this year was no different. Kicking things off in the competition theatre on Monday 30th September was the UK final of the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s largest chef contest. This three hour 45 minutes contest required chefs to prepare a vegetable terrine and a poultry dish using Cotswold White Chicken with six portions of each served to the judges. The results were revealed at the show’s main stage, were Ian Musgrave from The Ritz London was announced as the next candidate to represent the UK in the Bocuse d’Or.

Also taking place on Monday was the Kikkoman Masters, where Stefan Sewell beat stiff competition to win the 2019 title. The heat was well and truly turned up in the kitchen on Tuesday as talented chefs battled it out to become the new Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year and Young National Chef of the Year. A huge list of impressive industry names descended on the show to judge the competition, all headed up by Gary Jones, executive head chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. After a tough contest, Steve Groves, head chef at Roux at Parliament Square was crowned  as the new National Chef of the Year with William Keeble, demi chef de partie at Whatley Manor taking the Young Chef of the Year title.

The final day of the show also saw plenty of action in the competition theatre, with the return of the Compass Apprentice, Junior and Senior Chef of the Year contests. It was a day of intense competition and hard work from all participants, which ultimately saw Chris Macleod take the senior title, Sam Kent revealed as the junior winner and Miranda Cook named as apprentice chef of the year.

Until next time!

Both exhibitors and visitors came away from this year’s event with valuable insights into some of the latest trends, a wealth of inspiration and plenty of new connections. Many exhibitors have already been quick to confirm their attendance at next year’s show and have rebooked their space. The Restaurant Show returns from 28th to 30th September 2020. See you then!

Whatever your role in the industry, you’re sure to come away from The Restaurant Show 2019 with plenty of business boosting insights and ideas. This year the show will bring together some of the industry’s biggest names to tackle the most pressing issues facing the sector. From culinary trends, to technology and employee engagement and wellbeing – it’s all up for discussion at the hospitality industry’s event of the year. Don’t miss out, the show returns to Kensington Olympia on 30th September – 2nd October, featuring both the Bar & Pub and Catering Equipment Expo.

Remaining relevant in changing times
Not to be missed is the chance to hear from one of the casual dining sector’s biggest players, PizzaExpress, when Restaurant magazine editor Stefan Chomka quizzes Zoe Bowley, the brand’s UK & Ireland Managing Director. Taking place on Tuesday 1st October, this in-depth discussion will cover how the brand has strived to stay relevant in a fast-changing casual dining market. There will be real-life insights from the Leeds and London sites that were the testing beds for the brand’s dynamic redesign. Plus, plenty of looking to the future too – it’s a session that’s sure to inspire anyone who attends.

Game on with itsu and Starbucks
You may have heard of the concept of gamification – but did you know it could really benefit your business? On Tuesday 1st October, the ‘True Players’ session will reveal how two industry-leading brands, Starbucks and itsu, inspire and engage staff through gamification and analytics. Both of these hospitality bighitters are harnessing gamified tech solutions to excite, engage and inspire employees and nail key KPIs like customer experience, staff retention and sales. It’s another unmissable session offering you actionable insights and the chance to learn how to adopt a smarter approach at your own venue.

Industry spotlight
If you want to really get under the skin of the latest trends and the biggest challenges facing the hospitality sector, you’ll want to hear from Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality. As a driving force in the industry, Kate has a lot to say on the current climate and what’s next. Taking place on Wednesday 2nd October, Restaurant magazine’s editor Stefan Chomka will interview Kate, asking the questions that matter and delving deep into the issues at the heart of the industry.

Wellbeing and your workforce
With generation z and millennials now making up a significant part of the workforce, the culture has changed, but have you adapted? Current statistics show that over nine in ten millennials don’t expect to stay in their jobs for the next two years. So, if you’re failing to engage them, you could risk losing talent. On Tuesday 1st October, The Restaurant Show will bring together an expert panel to discuss thinking differently about culture in the workplace. Featuring a 2 x Olympian and several successful hospitality businesses, the panel will showcase approaches from sports and psychotherapy that can help create a hard-working, trusting and happy workforce ready to boost your bottom line.

The tech trends you need to know
There’s another chance to hear from PizzaExpress, when their Head of Customer Technology, Matt Broom, joins a panel on Monday 30th September to talk all things tech. If you’ve ever thought that online ordering or click and collect wasn’t for you, this panel session will have you reconsidering. David Charlton of Zonal Marketing Technologies joins Matt Broom to talk about the tech than can really make an operator’s life easier, streamlining ordering and boosting efficiency.

Also talking tech at the show will be Allison Page of Seven Rooms, in a discussion on Wednesday 2nd October, entitled ‘Alexa, who’s on Table 7? – Bringing Voice Tech To The Table’. If you’re unsure of how voice tech could work for your business, this session is set to reveal all, showing you how to harness the power of this exciting, new technology for frictionless service.

Register now for the event of the year
The Restaurant Show is the place to find inspiration, learn about the latest trends, source products and suppliers or simply network with friends and colleagues in the industry. To find out more about speakers, sessions and exhibitors and register to attend the show this year go to It’s free to visit and the visitor badge will give full access to the trade show which includes a dedicated Bar & Pub zone and the Catering Equipment Expo run in association with Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment. Be the first to hear show news and speaker announcements by following @restaurantshow on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at .

There’s not long to go until The Restaurant Show 2019 opens its doors and welcomes all sectors of the hospitality industry. Whether you’re looking to make your business more sustainable, boost profit margins, increase loyalty or staff retention – this year’s event is packed full of insightful speakers and innovative exhibitors to help you achieve your goals. Can you afford to miss out? The show returns to Kensington Olympia on 30th September – 2nd October, featuring Bar & Pub and Catering Equipment Expo.

A live line-up to inspire

This year’s show brings together some of the industry’s most well-known names to share the secrets of their success, including PizzaExpress, itsu, Starbucks and Diageo. Plus, there’s a chance to hear from Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality on what’s next for the industry. Get inspired by the topics up for discussion including personalisation and how this enhances loyalty, the benefits of storytelling, how gamification could boost your business and what voice tech means for the industry. These are just a few of the lively sessions taking place on The Stage this year.

Sustainable hospitality in action

Sustainability has long presented both challenges and opportunities for the hospitality industry, that’s why it’s top of the agenda at The Restaurant Show 2019. You’ll find a whole host of sustainable innovations from exhibitors including JenPak Ltd’s new eco-friendly range of crockery made from Bagasse – also known as recycled sugarcane. There are reusable to go cups made from coffee waste from FSG Tableware Ltd as well as sustainable LED neon signs from SmiLED Light Ltd and many more environmentally friendly solutions to discover.

Over in Catering Equipment Expo you will be able to check out a planet-friendly product that’s been attracting plenty of industry attention – the Recycled Plastic Bottle Jackets from Continental Chef Supplies (CCS). Part of the Chefs Against Plastic Waste campaign, these high quality jackets are a must see.

This year’s show aims to be as sustainable as possible and organisers have once again partnered with FareShare - the UK’s largest food redistribution charity. The charity has been working with the food industry for more than 20 years to identify quality, in date surplus food that can be redistributed to local charities. At the end of the show FareShare will conduct a surplus food collection service for all exhibitors, preventing unnecessary food and drink going to waste, and offering all suppliers the chance to donate their excess products to feed people in need.

Sample the latest launches

What is a visit to The Restaurant Show without sampling some of the finest food and drink from top suppliers? As always, the event promises plenty to try, from craft ales to coffee and everything in between, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the latest food and drink launches.

For a plant-based fix, check out Biff’s Kitchen, who are promising the world's most indulgent plant-based burgers, made from the world's weirdest fruit. These 'Crispy fried' jackfruit quarter-pounders are not to be missed!

Multi-award-winning Flora Teas have been featured on BBC Dragons’ Den and will be bringing you their very special new range of teas filled with aromatic flowers, which bloom into a captivating display when placed in boiling water.

How about boosting the health credentials of a favourite indulgence? Take a look at the plant-based pizza bases or complete pizzas with vegetables in the dough from Elisa Food SRL, they’re healthy, low carb and are even available as gluten free too.

Other exciting launches to sample include Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bites from the popcorn pros at Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn, brand new white chocolate gelato from Joe Delucci's and a delicious new range of coleslaws and potato salad from 110 year old brand Naylor Farms.

Get your ticket to the event of the year

With so much on offer all under one roof – can you afford to miss out on The Restaurant Show 2019? This annual event is the ultimate destination to find inspiration, learn about the latest trends, source products and suppliers or simply network with industry contacts. To find out more about this year’s speakers, sessions and exhibitors and register to attend the show go to It’s free to attend and the visitor badge will give you full access to the trade show, which includes a dedicated Bar and Pub zone and Catering Equipment Expo run in association with Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment. Be the first to hear show news and speaker announcements by following @restaurantshow.

First look at the hottest topics up for debate at The Restaurant Show 2019

It’s known as the ultimate destination for the hospitality industry and the organisers of The Restaurant Show 2019 have given a first taste of the speakers preparing to set the stage alight with knowledge, insight and advice.  

The Food Hall Revolution

European-style food halls have already been tipped as one of the biggest trends to hit the UK. Thomas Rose, a sector specialist, will be joined on the show stage by a panel of industry experts to look at how food halls are disrupting the casual dining scene and explore just how sustainable the trend is. Thomas has spoken on this subject internationally and written about the growth of food halls extensively across the trade media. He will be bringing his experience and knowledge to The Restaurant Show audience and creating lively discussion about this inspiring trend.

Train and Retain

With staff shortages regularly in the news, it’s vital that restaurateurs and pub owners don’t forget to invest in a company’s biggest asset – the people. Visitors to the show will be able to hear from a host of business-owners and industry specialists including Chris Moore from The Clink, Dan Grantham from Yo Sushi, Angela Malik from Thirsk Hospitality and Dan Barnes from Caprice Holdings. The panel will be chaired by Jill Whittaker from HIT Training Ltd. Panellists will uncover how teaching and up-skilling staff boosts efficiency, profits and employees’ prospects. HIT Training will also examine the benefits of apprenticeships to create a learning culture that helps everyone achieve more. 

The Generation Game

Joining The Restaurant Show speaker line-up for the first time is Chloe Combi, a world leading expert on Generation Z and the author of a book that defined and put Generation Z on the map: ‘Generation Z: Their Voices, Their Lives.’ Chloe has written for a host of national press and is a sought-out speaker, consultant and futurist who advises government, brands and think-tanks on what the future looks like. Visitors to the show are bound to feel inspired after gaining insight and discovering the thinking and behaviours of Generation Z to drive sales.

The North-South divide

Northern restaurants and bars are growing at more than double the rate of those in London and northern cities are dominating hospitality league tables. On day two of the show, Stefan Chomka will meet the inspirational people driving the boost. This panel includes Mark Birchall from Moor Hall which came out on top in the National Restaurant Awards as well as Neil Bentinck, chef owner from Skosh and Stosie Madi, chef patron at The Parkers Arms. These panellists will be exploring how struggling casual dining chains can provide fresh opportunities for smart and ambitious independents.

The Power of plants

To stay ahead of the plant-powered revolution, visitors to the show should join a panel of experts including high street chain development chefs, world-renowned vegan advocates to casual dining chefs. This includes leading female chef, Chantelle Nicholson and Derek Sarno from Wicked Kitchen and Tesco. The Restaurant Show provides a unique opportunity to get informed and be enthused by those at the forefront of this expanding movement.

The Biggest Culinary Showcase on Stage

As well as an incredible stage line-up, The Restaurant Show will also play host to the two biggest culinary events in the UK. The National Chef of the Year final will once again be completed under the critical eyes of the industry’s toughest judges and a live audience. And for the first time ever, the UK selection for the Bocuse d’Or candidate will take place at the show as chefs battle it out to represent the UK in the Bocuse d’Or Continental selection in Estonia 2020.

To find out more about speakers, sessions and exhibitors and register to attend the show this year go to It’s free to visit and the visitor badge will give full access to the trade show which includes a dedicated bar and pub zone and the Catering Equipment Expo run in association with Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment. Be the first to hear show news and speaker announcements by following @restaurantshow on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at