Our agents complete a vast range of deals every month. Though we have to keep some of our success stories under wraps for our clients, we showcase as many as possible here, together with regular insights into the leisure property sector.
Season’s Eatings Day #5: Belvedere, Holland Park 🎄
The re-launch of Holland Park’s iconic Belvedere restaurant by Wild Tavern owners George Bukhov-Weinstein and Ilya Demichev was eagerly anticipated.
Rich in history, the site dates back to the seventeenth century; originally constructed as a coach house and the most expensive and lavish stables of their day, the former ballroom and political salon attracting the “Holland House set”, has been a place of eating, drinking and merriment for over 200 years. Byron met his lover here, and the Queen Consort’s mother threw a ball as “Debutante of the Year”.
Following a sensitive refurbishment, the stunning venue offers a taste of Southern Italy, with rich Tuscan interiors complementing a Mediterranean menu. Private dining features on the first floor, as well as a balcony within listening distance of the Holland Park Opera in the summer.
DCL acted for the owners of Wild Tavern of the acquisition of the lease.
Stereo joined Covent Garden’s roster of excellent eating, drinking and entertainment venues at the start of the year, expanding pioneering international hospitality brand Experimental Group’s presence in Covent Garden, where it also operates Henrietta Hotel, Italian restaurant Da Henrietta and wine bar and eatery La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.
Inspired by the vibrant late-night cultures of New York and London, complete with undertones of Parisian chic, @stereocoventgardenlondon offers a masterfully curated mix of music, food and drinks- a place to arrive for an aperitif, stay for dinner and dance into the early hours; ideal for festive fun!
Japanese-inspired restaurant Kibou continued its expansion this year, launching its fifth site in characterful Grade II listed building in the heart of Cambridge, at 7A Jesus Lane, which is also home to the Pitt Club.
The restaurant within the historic building houses a range of dining and drinking areas, including the colourful Mirror Room, with a Japanese cherry blossom tree at its centre, and The Oak Room, with a wisteria installation and a vibrant animated display. The cocktail lounge and dining area provides views of the open sushi and hot kitchen.
The menu mixes sushi and sashimi sharing platters with a range of classic and contemporary Japanese dishes, complemented by a range of Japanese-inspired cocktails, low and no-options and an ambitious selection of Japanese whisky, sake and umeshu and Japanese-brewed beers.
@kiboucambridge represents a fitting chapter in the steady growth of this ambitious brand – “Kibou” meaning “hope” – from humble beginnings in a 24-cover basement restaurant in Cheltenham in 2013.
Season’s Eatings Day #2: Larry’s & Audrey Green, The National Portrait Gallery 🎅
June’s long awaited re-launch of the National Portrait Gallery included a strong destination hospitality offering from new F&B partners Richard Corrigan and @daisygreencollection
Larry’s – named after Sir Laurence Olivier – is Daisy Green’s dynamic day to night venue in the historic vaults of the Weston Wing, which morphs seamlessly from brunch and light lunches to cocktails and small plates in the evening, with live music and a resident DJ. A ”martinis and masterpieces” drinks and exhibition package coinciding with gallery lates on Friday and Saturdays makes for an ideal date night.
Both Larry’s and ground floor café Audrey Green feature photography celebrating the West End from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, featuring stars from London’s performing arts scene.
DCL advised the National Portrait Gallery on the appointment of its new hospitality partners.
In August, Fitzrovia welcomed to the fold Woodhead Restaurant Group’s @64GoodgeStreet, close to older siblings Portland and Clipstone. Hailed by Evening Standard’s David Ellis as “stylish, sexy and civilised – a triumph”, and praised by The Guardian’s Grace Dent for its “finesse without pretentiousness”, this French bistro has already established itself as a new neighbourhood favourite.
The restaurant conversion of this former travel agent presented a blank canvas for the acclaimed group to create a space in which guests “feel utterly taken care of”, and the opening has provided career progression for its team, with senior roles occupied by staff who have worked across WRG’s restaurants for a number of years, including Head Chef Stuart Andrew. Dishes that have garnered much attention include the snail, bacon and garlic “bon bons” and the lobster vol-au-vent with sauce Americaine.
DCL acted for landlord Shaftesbury Capital on the letting.
Next week we’ll start opening the doors of our DCL advent calendar… a festive round-up featuring some of our favourite places, plates and projects from 2023 – a celebration which we hope will provide inspiration for where to eat, drink and be merry, if not in the run up to Christmas, then at a leisurely pace next year! ...
The news is out! Jeremy King has announced that he will be re-launching “London’s last grande-dame restaurant” Simpsons in the Strand as part of his return to the capital’s restaurant scene.
One of London’s oldest restaurants, the 20,000 sq ft venue dates back to 1828. We were charged by the owners of The Savoy to source a suitable operator to take the historic site into the future, and we couldn’t be happier to see it in such accomplished and highly regarded hands.
King told The Times that it “will be more of a big-theatre brasserie but one that will very much hark on its tradition. I want people to walk in there and say, ‘Oh good, they haven’t changed it’, although it will have changed.” ...
We are thrilled to have been named Alternative Specialist of the year at the industry flagship EG Awards held at The Grosvenor House.
Recognising our unparalleled position as best in class, the judges said: “The Coffer Group wasn’t only able to showcase a strong array of deals, it has continued to reinvent itself, grow and remain successful after decades of being market leader”
We’d like to thank EG, the Judges, sponsors and above all, our incredible people and clients.
We are so proud to be seen as the leisure and hospitality sector’s flagbearer and will continue to dedicate ourselves to the industry we love.
Kate Taylor proudly accepted the award from multi-talented Ruby Wax on behalf of The Coffer Group.
@proseccocaffe have secured their second site at 26 Frith Street in Soho. Prosecco Caffe offers an authentic Italian experience at any time of the day – with an expansive coffee and Prosecco menu, as well as cocktails and a food menu with snacks, nibbles and desserts.
The concept aims to provide a convivial environment open to all age and income groups and is inspired by the architecture, colours and lifestyle of Venice.
Louie Gazdar, of Davis Coffer Lyons, acted on behalf of the Landlord. ...
Middle Eastern hospitality operator @nothingbutlove.lb has confirmed the opening of its second London site at 39 Cadogan Gardens, just off @KingsRoad.ldn in Chelsea; a letting secured by DCL for landlord Cadogan Estate.
@meatthefishlondon, opening at the end of May, will offer a “Mediter-Asian” menu featuring seasonal, local produce with a simple, clean food approach at the heart of its daily menu. DCL continues to source high quality F&B concepts for Cadogan’s ownership, with more announcements to follow. This is the second new international entrant to open within the month, following closely on from Giraudi Group’s launch of @cantinettaantinori_london, which DCL secured for Harriet Street. ...
The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled its destination hospitality offer ahead of its June re-opening, announcing new partnerships and uniquely designed spaces, featuring sculpture and photography from the Gallery’s Collection.
Audrey Green by Daisy Green Collection and The Portrait Restaurant by Richard Corrigan will offer a full range of experiences across a variety of price points – from lunchtime menus, featuring the best of local and seasonal produce, to delicious coffee, all day brunch and themed afternoon teas.
Davis Coffer Lyons was delighted to work with National Portrait Gallery on the appointment of new hospitality partners. ...
The Coffer Group are very proud to be nomindated Finalist for two @PropertyWeek`s #PropertyAwards in the categories: Retail, Leisure & Hotel Agency Team of the Year and Niche or Regional Agency Team of the Year. ...
“At the start of pandemic I thought at least I will use the time to reduce the number of sites we owned and tidy the estate up a bit. Paul had other ideas and we have acquired three new locations all looking very positive for the future.”
“Paul is the new Bielsa!”
“I have now instructed Cameron Wright at Davis Coffer Lyons on numerous valuations and have further instructions in course. Cameron is always very helpful, responds quickly and can be relied upon to produce his reports timeously and often ahead of expected timescales. In addition he is always happy to discuss the outcomes and offer valuation advice when required. I look forward to continuing to work with Davis Coffer Lyons on future transactions.”
Richard Henshaw, Head of Healthcare
“I have worked with Paul Tallentyre for many years and he has helped us out hugely in securing a number of deals in that time. Paul never gives up and has been very successful in getting deals over the line”
“We have known Davis Coffer Lyons for a number of years and have found their service, knowledge and expertise of the highest level.
Over the years we have developed many relationships with the valuation team and would recommend them if anyone needs valuation assistance.”
Chandler and Co
“Cameron has done a portfolio of valuations for the Younas family, he is someone who’s very knowledgeable in the care sector and has a great understanding of the values associated with it. I would highly recommend Cameron to all care operators for their valuation requirements.”
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