That's A Wrap NRB 2019, Here's Our Review

Last week, Korubu were proud to exhibit and act as headline sponsors of the 19th Northern Restaurant and Bar Show at Manchester Central. The two day event designed specifically for hospitality professionals, welcomed record numbers of visitors this year and included 275 exhibitors as well as 65 live food and drink demonstrations.

Our Partners

Korubu &
JT Global Enterprise

Korubu took the show as an opportunity to invite our new partners JT Global along to exhibit alongside us. Together we showcased our new Smart Hospitality technology which has been developed to enable operators to enhance, grow and improve business operations through smarter IT infrastructure.

Our Highlights

ACF Dinner At Dishoom

We attended the “Too Many Critics” charity event on Monday 18th March at Manchester’s Dishoom. The event sees restaurant critics and food writers don chef whites and take their place on the other side of the pass for one night only. The charity event raises money for Action Against Hunger, a global charity committed to saving the lives of malnourished children in over 40 countries. The event has so far raised over £22k with that figure still rising.

Our Highlights

The Bruntwood
NRB Debate (Part 1)

The panel debate saw Lucy Noone Blake make her debut as chair to discuss how brands and businesses build brand loyalty and ensure their share of the marketplace, how to bridge the gap between their online presence and driving actual footfall and whether social media really is the be all and end all. The panel included industry marketing experts Russell Danks, marketing and strategy director of Punch Taverns; Andy Windsor, head of marketing for Mission Mars; Libby Andrews, Marketing Director of PHO Restaurants and Oisin Rogers, landlord of The Guinea Grill.

Our Highlights

The Bruntwood NRB Debate (Part 2)

Hosted by NRB CEO Thom Hetherington, part two of the debate welcomed international restauranteur Jason Atherton to discuss what fired the Northern chef to global success and chat about his role as principal patron for Hospitality Action. Jason, who was head chef at Manchester’s legendary Mash & Air in the ‘90s, has built a global restaurant empire that now includes sixteen restaurants, four of which have Michelin stars, across three continents, seven countries and eight cities. Jason Atherton started out working alongside great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2001. After launching ‘Maze’ Jason left to launch his own flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’, which was awarded a coveted Michelin star within just six months of opening.

Our Highlights

Chef Live With
Shaun Rankin

Day 2 saw Chef Live welcome Michelin starred chef Shaun Rankin. Rankin is a renowned published chef with TV accolades and a passion for the fresh produce of the Channel Islands where he resides. Shaun is returning to his Yorkshire roots to open a fine dining restaurant at Grantley Hall, which is due to open in the spring.

Our Pick Of The Stands

I Want Plants

Arguably one of the most eye catching stands came from the UK’s leading independent supplier of horticultural displays, I Want Plants. The family run business counts a number of well known hospitality brands as their customers, including newly opened The Food Well and Mowgli Manchester owned by this year’s NRB Special Achievement Award Winner Nisha Katona.

Our Pick Of The Stands


Showcasing their newest offering, the Carlsberg stand commanded a large corner plot in their world renowned green. Visitors kept the stand busy with queues throughout the day of visitors wanting to try the new pilsner.

Our Pick Of The Stands

R Noones & Son

Everyone’s favourite greengrocers, Noones once again created a beautiful stand showcasing their seasonal produce.

Our Pick Of The Stands

Ancoats Coffee

Giving us a much needed pick me up on day 2, Ancoats coffee once again proved there’s much more to their coffee than putting the kettle on.