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Blog #5: In Conversation with Oliver Weeks - Managing Director of Ideal Collection

April 2014

AN IDEAL TIME FOR GROWTH   AT A time when five or six pubs nationally have been closing every week, Southampton’s Ideal Collection has bucked the trend and doubled in size.    What started as a small group of restaurants and pubs based in and...

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Blog #4: Local Produce Show - By Jim Hayward

March 2014

I was asked by Hampshire Fare & Business Solent to sit on an expert’s panel at the Local Produce Show. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and it was great to speak to some other chefs who were on the panel, including; Luke Holder of Lime Wood Garden, Andy Lazenby of Waitrose’s...

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Blog #3: Q&A with Jim Hayward - Group Development Chef

February 2014

How did you get where you are now? A lot of blood, sweat and tears!   Who is your greatest inspiration? Got into the whole river café ethos pretty early on in my career, love a bit of HFW and Skye Gyngell and what they all stand for.  On a...

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January 2014

Local hospitality group shortlisted by, making it one of 50 best employers in sector    Hampshire-based hospitality group, Ideal Collection, has been shortlisted in the Best Medium Pub/Bar Employer category of the awards, making the group one of...

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Blog #1: White Star Pop Up at West Quay

December 2013

The White Star Tavern will be opening its very first pop up on December 2nd at West Quay. The White Star at West Quay is situated in the heart of the shopping centre, located on the ground floor opposite Marks & Spencers. We aim to bring a sophisticated and relaxed bar setting, whether it...

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