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Hollings and The Cheese Wheel

Restaurant concepts seek investment. Fred Sirieix welcomes British chophouse classics and an Italian-inspired fresh pasta stall.

Fred Sirieix welcomes Hollings, an idea serving British chophouse classics, and The Cheese Wheel, an Italian-inspired fresh pasta stall with a cheese wheel at its heart, to Manchester. Hollings is looking for £200,000 to open in London's commuter belt. The Cheese Wheel is asking for £500,000.

Hollings is the brainchild of the ex-Hix Group head chef Ronnie Murray and ex-Hix bar manager James Randall. Both wanted to create a restaurant that would serve classic British food and drinks, with city-centre food and service, in the suburbs. On the menu - tiny tinis (mini cocktails), red leicester mac 'n' cheese with slow braised brisket and horseradish, and truffle cheese chips. Unlike most other ideas, Hollings has never traded or opened to the public. It is purely an idea on paper. Investors interested include Lydia Forte of the five-star Rocco Forte Hotels group with hotels in London, Edinburgh and across Europe, who is looking for new concepts to fit into her luxury hotels. Another interested investor is Darrel Connell, partner with IMBIBA Partnership, an investment group that specialises in backing and growing high-end bar and restaurant concepts. To date IMBIBA has backed over 100 individual F&B businesses across 16 different brands.

The Cheese Wheel was established by Graham Bradbury in 2017, after he approached Camden Market with the idea of serving fresh pasta from a cheese wheel. An ex-chef at L'Escargot in London, Graham wants The Cheese Wheel to become the next Italian-inspired restaurant chain. The signature dish is fettuccine alfredo - freshly rolled pasta, cooked to order and tossed in a giant cheese wheel of grana padano. One investor is interested in The Cheese Wheel - Jeremy Roberts, CEO of Living Ventures, a northern-based restaurant and bar group with an annual turnover in excess of £100 million.

Can these two ideas convince the investors they are worth investing in? They have got three days to prove their food, business plans and management team have what it takes.

1 hour


Role Contributor
Presenter Fred Sirieix
Narrator Matthew Hawksley
Composer Miguel D'Oliveira
On-line editing Thomas Holborow
Colourist Nuala Sheridan
Sound Mixer Sonny Lota
Graphic Designer Dan Hoare
Camera Assistant Tom Askew
Camera Assistant Ben Langley
Camera Operator Andy Allen
Camera Assistant Simon Dadge
Camera Operator Jon Kassell
Camera Operator Steve Pennington
Director of photography Olly Wiggins
Sound Chris Box
Sound Tom Jessup
Sound Supervisor Calum Thomson
Lighting Matt Chalk
Lighting Adam Mitchell
Lighting Cassie Mitchell
Lighting Ian Mulcahy
Lighting Tony Phillpott
Lighting Mark Shean
Lighting Chris Titman
Lighting Director James Tinsley
Art Director Joe Mccann
Makeup Artist Beth Howson
Makeup Artist Megan Skinner
Assistant Producer Emma Mahil
Assistant Producer Lloyd Rees
Editor Samuel-Lee Redman
Production Secretary Jess Abrahams
Post-production Coordinator Darren O'Hagan
Production Coordinator Jamie Heard
Production Coordinator Nat Spink
Production Coordinator Darren Vose
Production Manager Georgina Bayford
Producer Laura Marston
Producer Bex Hevingham
Director Bex Hevingham
Producer Ollie Elliott
Director Ollie Elliott
Producer Michael Ogden
Producer Lucy Terrell
Casting Mel Walden
Director Rob Fisher
Executive Producer Meredith Chambers
Executive Producer Karl Warner
Executive Producer Ben Kelly
Series Editor Mark Leslie
Production Company Electric Ray


  • Thu 31 May 2018 21:00
  • Sun 3 Jun 2018 19:00
  • Wed 27 Jun 2018 01:30
  • Sun 22 Aug 2021 11:30