Firstly, may we just say a massive thank you to all those who attended this fantastic event. It truly was a huge success. The hospitality network committee work hard behind the scenes to create events that we want you to enjoy, and when we receive the feedback as you can see below, we know we have managed to get it ‘just right’.

Thank you to The Pem restaurant for their exceptional food and service. And special thanks to Sally Abé, for taking the time to share her story with us all.

The name Pem comes from ‘Emily Wilding Davison, who was affectionately nicknamed ‘Pem’ by her close family, was a prominent suffragette, well known for the incredible impact she made toward equal rights for women in the UK’.

Sally is dedicated to supporting women in the workplace and her predominantly female team is testament to this.


Thank you so much to our Sponsors for this event, Culinera. Thomas Pass, their MD describes his business as the newest and freshest independently owned, education focused caterer in the South of England.





Spirit of Hospitality

Thanks also to Chris Mitchell and Robbie Laidlaw of the Genuine Dining Company for sharing their amazing fundraising story with us all.

The importance of Hospitality Action is vital in restoring and maintaining all those in the industry who have been affected, particularly those  struggling with financial and mental health issues, something that Chris and Robbie understand well and so they wanted to use ‘The Spirit of Hospitality‘ Atlantic venture to help raise greatly needed funds for Hospitality Action ( our industry’s only charity) so they can continue to help as many people who need them now and in the future.

If you would like to find out more, please follow this link.


The event was originally at the mercy of the proposed train strikes, with a date change at the last moment to ensure people were able to attend. In the end, the strikes did not go ahead. But, nonetheless, almost all those who had hoped to be there managed to make it.

We enjoyed a delicious selection of modern British dishes created by Sally Abé  which not only tasted delicious, but looked incredible.

Our thanks must also go to our very own ‘Simon Esner’, who not only supports the Hospitality Network through his involvement with the organising committee, but also offers unwavering enthusiasm and a willingness to do all he can to raise the profile. He certainly did not let us down at this event, stepping up to the plate, and becoming an auctioneer, securing much needed funds for the networking group, which will enable us to offer more fabulous events in future.

Thank you for all your support with the auction. We managed to raise an amazing £2,000 for such a worthwhile cause.


We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the next event on Thursday 6th July at H. Forman & Son in Bow, London E3 home of the best smoked salmon in the UK. You are assured of yet another gastronomic feast featuring a platter of Forman’s own products as part of a delicious 3-course lunch. . Booking has now opened for this event, so please do not delay in purchasing your ticket as we anticipate this will sell out very quickly. Travel by tube, DLR and overground to Stratford station is recommended as it is only a 10 minute walk from Forman’s smokery.







From all the Hospitality Networking Committee