No plastic, fantastic!

No plastic, fantastic!

We’re sure you’ve noticed that there has been a lot of media coverage recently about the shocking amount of plastic finding its way into the world’s oceans (around 8 million tonnes a year).

Plastic drinking straws are in the top ten items picked up most on beach clean ups and there has been a global move towards getting rid of this “single-use plastic” from our everyday lives. As the name suggests, most straws are only good for a single use after which they’re thrown away ending up in a landfill, or worse, in our oceans. Because they’re not biodegradable, they take hundreds (if not more) years to break down.

So in the spirit of the Great British Spring Clean Up, we’re chucking the straws!

As of 5 March, we will join many of our industry peers in removing these pesky plastic straws from our venues and replacing them with straws that are eco-friendly and biodegradable. We’re proud to be part of an industry that has really got behind this small change that is going to make a big difference to our oceans.

Chucking the straws is just the first step for us. We’re working closely with our suppliers to find biodegradable alternatives for the small number of other disposable items we use such as take away coffee cups and cutlery. Watch this space!


WINNER - Casual Dining Awards 2018

A second year of Casual Dining Awards success for KuPP

KuPP, Nordic inspired café, bar and casual dining concept are celebrating a second year of success at the Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub awards which took place last night at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. Nominated alongside some stiff competition, KuPP took home Independent Restaurant of the year.

2017 was an exciting year for KuPP having opened two new venues in Southampton’s Westquay and Oxford’s Westgate. KuPP also has venues in London Paddington and Exeter Queen St Dining. Perhaps the most notable of these recent openings is KuPP Oxford which marks the beginning of a partnership between KuPP and John Lewis.

Although located on the rooftop above the newly opened Oxford store, KuPP signed on to a standalone lease rather than taking a concession. KuPP Oxford therefore caters for John Lewis customers and the general public alike with trading hours that extend beyond those of the store and its own entrance accessible even when the store is closed. KuPP has now also exchanged on a second site with John Lewis.

Making the decision to partner with KuPP is in line with the much publicised aim of John Lewis MD, Paula Nickolds, to place a renewed focus on “experience” and increasing dwell time in their stores. Improving their food and beverage options to include KuPP on their rooftop was pivotal in providing their Oxford customers with the best experience possible.

A relatively young brand, KuPP enjoyed their first industry awards success at the 2017 Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub Awards where they won the Menu Innovation Award for their Nordic inspired menu. KuPP are fast becoming familiar with industry awards ceremonies having received an Eat Out Award for Best All Day Menu late last year as well as a nomination for Food, Beverage or Leisure Operator of the Year at the prestigious Revo Gold Awards.

KuPP’s menu makes use of classic Nordic cooking techniques such as curing, pickling and smoking and spans from breakfast to lunchtime smørrebrød; Fika (a Swedish tradition of enjoying a coffee and a pastry); signature smörgåsbords; snacks to be grazed on and shared over drinks; straight through to dinner and dessert. KuPP’s food offering is paired with a large fully stocked cocktail bar featuring signature Nordic inspired cocktails, a well-considered wine list and an extensive range of premium spirits including the Scandinavian favourite, Aquavit.

Steve Cox, Managing Director of KuPP said “Yet another outstanding evening at the Casual Dining Awards. It was great to be involved and an absolute honour to be shortlisted amongst such esteemed company. To go on and win the Independent Restaurant of the Year Award gives us the best start we could ask for in 2018 and we couldn’t have achieved this without the excellent team we have surrounding us”.


KuPP Shortlisted for Revo Gold Awards 2017

On Wednesday 6th December we attended the prestigious Revo Gold Awards where we were a finalist for Food, Beverage or Leisure Operator of the Year.

The Gold Awards celebrate the very best examples of development, investment and asset management and the category that we were shortlisted for recognises the operator that has demonstrated continuous innovation as well as an outstanding and differentiated customer proposition.

Although we didn’t win, we were proud to have been in attendance and to be shortlisted within this category alongside such established brands as D&D London, Dishoom, Franco Manca and Pret A Manger was a great honour in itself.

We had a wonderful evening in the company of our industry peers and would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Dishoom for winning the award. We hope to be involved in many more awards like this in the future.


KuPP Shortlisted for The Casual Dining Awards 2018

 KuPP Shortlisted for Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub Awards 2018

The results are in and KuPP has been shortlisted in no less than three categories at the Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub Awards 2018. KuPP were successful at the 2017 Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub Awards where they scooped the Menu Innovation Award for their Nordic inspired menu.

It has been a busy month for the brand who won Best All Day Menu at the Eat Out Awards earlier this month and have been shortlisted for Food, Beverage or Leisure Operator of the Year at the prestigious Revo Gold Awards taking place in early December.

KuPP has been shortlisted in the Best New Restaurant Site category for their Oxford venue which opened on the rooftop of John Lewis in the brand new Westgate development in early October. Partnering with John Lewis, KuPP has signed on to a standalone lease rather than taking a concession which is a first for both brands. There is natural synergy in this partnership with John Lewis having championed Scandinavian design for many years and KuPP’s Nordic inspired casual dining concept.

Making the decision to partner with KuPP is in line with the much publicised aim of John Lewis MD, Paula Nickolds, to place a renewed focus on “experience” and increasing dwell time in their stores. Improving their food and beverage options to include KuPP on their rooftop was pivotal in providing their Oxford customers with the best experience possible. Bookings for KuPP Oxford can be made via the first ever John Lewis Experience Desk, offering shoppers a welcome respite in the rooftop café, bar and restaurant.

KuPP’s Southampton venue which opened in Westquay in July this year has been shortlisted in the Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year category which was entered into by Jones Architecture and Design. This was the first KuPP venue designed by Jones AD who have signed on for another KuPP venue planned to open in 2018.

The KuPP brand as a whole has been shortlisted for Independent Restaurant of the Year alongside stiff competition that includes Alston Bar & Beef, Arepa and Co and Framptons Café Bar and Kitchen. A relatively young brand, having launched their first venue in London’s Merchant Square in 2015, KuPP has made an impressive start when it comes to industry awards which points to a bright future ahead with a string of sites planned to open in 2018.

Steve Cox, Managing Director of KuPP, said: “It has been an extremely busy year for us and it is tremendously exciting to have been shortlisted in categories that specifically highlight the new venues that we opened in Southampton and Oxford as well as the KuPP brand as a whole. We have really enjoyed working so closely with both Jones AD and John Lewis this year and look forward to working with them again in the future.

None of this would ever be possible without the amazing people involved and I am immensely proud of the entire KuPP Team. They have done a fantastic job over the last year and the fact that KuPP has been shortlisted for these awards is a real testament to that.

I feel confident looking forward to our expansion plans for 2018 knowing that I have the support of such a great team who are as passionate about the KuPP brand as I am. As we like to say, KuPP is all that we love. Shared.”


Winners of Best All Day Menu - Eat Out Awards

KuPP Scoops Second Industry Award for Nordic Inspired Menu

KuPP, Nordic inspired all day casual dining concept, has scooped their second industry award of the year, taking home Best All Day Menu at the Eat Out Awards 2017 held in London on 01 November.

The award recognises the establishment which has demonstrated the best all day menu offering over the last 12 months in terms of innovation, value for money and creativity and KuPP were nominated alongside strong competitors including Hache Burgers and Kaspar’s at the Savoy. This Eat Out Award will take its place in KuPP’s trophy cabinet alongside Menu Innovation of the Year which they won at the Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub awards in February 2017

What the judges say..."Judges described this ambitious and successful concept as "genuine all day innovation". KuPP Offers an innovative menu that is Nordic-inspired, using techniques such as curing, pickling and smoking as a basis for many of its dishes".

“Proving that Scandinavia has taken the London food scene by storm this year, Nordic-inspired restaurant chain, KuPP. was praised for its vast food offering and ‘strong social dining element’. Offering customers ‘a place to meet and socialise, to drink, dine, graze & share’. KuPP’s three restaurants are typically Nordic, with dishes ‘perfect for grazing and sharing’ from breakfast to lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner. Lying at the heart of the brand, the concept has been praised for its menu innovation over the past 12 months, having introduced a new lunchtime menu, driven sales through its bottomless brunch and Nordic-inspired cocktail menus and promoting both special and seasonal menus.”
Eat Out Awards 2017


"Best British-Scandinavian Restaurants"

“Three of the best British-Scandinavian restaurants”

“Kupp serves simple Scandi cuisine wrapped up in a “big British blanket”

“This food-and-drink “concept” (there’s also a branch in Paddington) serves simple Scandi cuisine wrapped up in a “big British blanket” — try the smoked meatballs or potted rabbit with nutmeg butter.”

– The Sunday Times

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Casual Dining Award Winners 2017

MENU INNOVATION OF THE YEAR WINNERS 2017

We are beyond excited and so proud to have won Menu Innovation of the Year 2017 at the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards last night. What an honour! Our menu is the product of our passion for food. It’s all that we love. Shared.

We had such an amazing night at the awards! We are so grateful to have been invited and thrilled to have won. We would like to say a BIG thank you to the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards organisers, Diversified Communications UK, as well Eurilait who sponsored the Menu Innovation Awards.

Of course none of this would have been possible without so many amazing suppliers whose products help bring our menu to life. Great ingredients are the first step to a great dish and that’s what we’re all about – the simple things, done just right.


KuPP Exeter - Manor Magazine Feature

… Social Eating at it’s heart…

KuPP Exeter feature’s in the popular Manor Magazine‘s Late Winter Issue, 2017, showcasing KuPP’s iconic sharing boards and Scandinavian inspired dishes and design.

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KuPP Shortlisted for Two Casual Dining Awards

KuPP has been recognised for “success & excellence” and “innovation” by being shortlisted for two awards in this year’s Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub Awards.

“Independent Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year”

“Menu Innovation Award”

Winners will be announced at the awards on 22nd February 2017!