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The LanburyHundred Approach

LanburyHundred is a specialist leisure advisory service and consultancy focusing specifically on the restaurant, pub, bar and hotel sectors of the hospitality industry. It was established by independent restaurateurs and food and drink experts to assist both new start-ups and existing businesses with a wide range of issues from set-up to operation to trouble-shooting to expansion. Its team is comprised of hands-on operators who have worked for the largest, most high profile and most successful companies and brands in the business. They have also set-up and run their own enterprises enabling them to offer genuinely practical, front-line help. Over the last fifteen years they have worked on a great number and variety of projects covering every aspect of the hospitality industry. This allows them to deal with any issues you and your business might have, whether small or large. Click here to see what we do.


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NICOLAS GROSS - Founder and Principal Consultant
Nick comes from a long line of successful restaurateurs and chefs and entered the restaurant industry straight out of university when he joined the Marco Pierre White Restaurant Group in London in 1995. After six years working in operations for the group where he was involved in the opening and running of some of London’s top restaurants, including; L’Escargot, The Criterion, Quo Vadis, The Mirabelle, The Oak Room, The Grill Room at the Cafe Royal, The Belvedere, Titanic and Drones, Nick left to open his own restaurant; The Clerkenwell Dining Room and Bar in London, EC1. In 2002, he set up and ran The Restaurant on the Square near Winchester, winning 'Newcomer of the Year' in The Good Food Guide. In 2003, he opened his second venture; The Devonshire House gastro-pub in London, W4, eventually selling this on to Gordon Ramsay. Since 2001, he has consulted on a wide range of projects ranging from casual fast food to Michelin-style fine dining to pubs to hotels, in the capital, nationwide and overseas. Since 2010 he has worked as Restaurant and Food Consultant for The Gorgeous Group on food and beverage projects including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Syon Park, the Hilton Hotel - Liverpool, Dishoom - London and The Balcon at the Sofitel Hotel St James - London. Between December 2010 and July 2012, he was Pre-opening Project Manager and then Operations Director for ex-Gordon Ramsay Head Chef; Mark Sargeant, opening his two new highly-acclaimed Kent restaurants; Rocksalt and The Smokehouse. In January 2016 he completed an eighteen month project as Operational Stakeholder Team Leader of a 40,000 sq.ft private client space in Mayfair, London for global auditors and accountants; KPMG.

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MAURICE ABBOUDI - Lead Associate
Maurice moved into the hospitality industry after completing his MBA at Manchester Business School. In 1992 he founded Famous Moe’s Pizza which became the UK’s leading independent pizza delivery chain. After selling the group in 2002 he joined Domino’s Pizza as Director of Business Development. Within a year and under his guidance, Domino’s topped the UK Pizza Delivery sector with an annual turnover of £150m. In 2004, he was approached by ASK Restaurants to advise on a new concept launch. Following this he has taken on numerous contracts with some of UK’s leading Food Service companies, advising specifically on Operations, Marketing and Franchising. These include Wagamama, Chipotle, Tortilla, Ed's Easy Diner, Le Pain Quotidien, Firezza and Masala Zone. Maurice is the lead leisure advisor to Chrysalis Venture Capital Trust, a partner in Red Hot Restaurants and co-owner and board director of London-based sushi chain; K10. 

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Katie Earwaker - Marketing and Social Media Consultant
With over 15 years' experience in the industry and having held senior marketing management roles with some of the most influential operators in the London restaurant and event scene; including Marco Pierre White, the Gaucho Restaurant Group, the 5 star Westbury Hotel and Fortnum and Mason, Katie specialises in all aspects of hospitality marketing providing bespoke, targeted solutions for your restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or club. 
A consummate professional, Katie will work with you from conception to completion of each project making sure that all opportunities are optimised, awareness is raised and the message is loud, clear and consistent. Whether a one-off promotion or showcase evening, daily Tweets or Facebook updates, a monthly email newsletter, a new website or the implementation of an annual marketing and social media strategy, Katie will support your business when you might not have the time, resources or specialist knowledge in this area.

Christine Rees - Associate
Christine started her career in recruitment where she set up her own company which quickly grew to eleven offices. After selling the business on, she joined Bass Charrington in 1975 as a Regional Administrator, working across London and the Home Counties. She joined Grand Metropolitan in 1982, dealing with the operation and leasing of its extensive tenanted and leased pub estate. For the next twenty five years, she worked for Inntrepreneur and Unique Pub Company. Her experience covers selecting tenants and lessees, negotiating leases, training, developing both single and multiple operators’ businesses, conducting rent reviews and dealing with assignments. She also conducted regular business reviews with tenants and lessees, covering all aspects of their business to minimise failure and maximise profit. Since leaving Unique following its take over by Enterprise Inns, Christine has become an independent consultant to the licensed trade.

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What We Do

Sectors

Whatever type of restaurant, bar, pub, hotel or catering operation you have, we have the experience and know-how to tackle any issue you need help with :
• Fine Dining • Casual Dining • Quick Service Restaurants • Themed Restaurants and Bars • Gastro Pubs • Wet-led Drinking Pubs • City Bars and Late Night Venues • Hotel Dining and In-room Dining • Conference and Banquet Dining • Outside and Private Catering • Festival and Event Catering • Take Away & Home Delivery • Retail and Delicatessens • Street Food and Food Markets • Global and On-Trend Cuisines.

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Early Stage and Start Up

Whether you are already up and running with one or several sites, or just wish to get help from day one, we can assist you every step of the way :
• Business Plans • Feasibility Studies • Site Search & Acquisition • Funding & Finance • Design & Build • Branding • Marketing, Websites, Social Media Strategies and Implementation • Launches.

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Operating

All businesses, even well-established ones, need help from time to time, either day-to-day or on a one-off basis. Our consultants' varied experience can help you in all aspects of operating successfully.
 Menu & Wine List Creation, Recipes, Costings, Tasting and Pricing • Staff Recruitment and Training • Mystery Dining • Product Sourcing • Suppliers and Purchasing • Marketing, Websites, Social Media Strategies and Implementation.

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Profitability 

Profit is of paramount importance to all businesses. LanburyHundred can help yours minimise loss and hopefully maximise profit.
• Budgeting and Cost Control • Gross Profit Calculation and Realisation • Management Accounting • Profit Maximisation.

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Expansion

For those businesses with growth in mind, we can put you on the right track to further sites, chains and roll outs and if desired, franchise opportunities:
• Multiple Sites • (Branded) Roll-outs • Franchising • Retail • Home Delivery.

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Our Work & Clients

Click on the tabs below to see the clients and businesses we have had the pleasure to work with.

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Contact Us

Whenever you feel ready to discuss your business with us, please email us using the form below or call us on + 44 (0) 7976 722 731.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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