Food & Fuel was set up in June 2006 when we bought 5 sites from Punch. We grew again when we acquired the Front Page Pubs a year later. Our last acquisition was in January 2014 when we took on The Grosvenor, Hanwell. We now have 8 gastro pubs, a sports pub and three cafe bars, all in London – everyone asks us which is our favourite and the answer is obvious, it’s like having kids – we love them all but sometimes one needs you more than the others!
We are dedicated to the provision of true hospitality – fresh, seasonal and delicious food and excellent wines, beers and ales, informed and efficient service and a really genuine welcome. Value is never forgotten: our watchwords are price, quality and service.
Do please get in touch if you would like to talk about any aspect of our business. And most of all – we hope you enjoy our places! Let us know what is good, bad or indifferent.
Karen, Jo & Peter
Meet the Team
Karen (Chairman) – my love of hospitality started at Betty’s Tearooms in York. Teamed up with Roger Myers ( Peter’s uncle) at Peppermint Park: we then started Cafe Rouge together in 1989 where Jo Cumming joined us. After selling Cafe Rouge to Whitbread in 1996, we were part of the team which bought Allied Domecq’s 3,500 pubs in 1999, creating Punch in 2002 and renaming the remaining 1100 managed pubs Spirit, of which I became CEO. Bought Scottish and Newcastle’s pub estate in 2003. Sold Spirit to Punch in 2006 – and then Food and Fuel was born! Married to Hamish, with three lovely children. Love eating and drinking (white wine if you’re asking), coffee, business, books, theatre, skiing, cooking and travelling with my family.
Jo (CEO) – I have worked in and loved hospitality for over 20 years. Former Managing Director of Cafe Rouge having joined at its inception. Then went on to join the Board of Spirit heading up the development team and setting up and running the gastro pub arm of Spirit; DevCo which went on to win Gastro Pub of the Year twice in row. Passionate about food, art, running and Dylan, my very cute dog!
Peter M (Commercial Director) – I joined Karen and Jo in 1993 having previously worked for CBS Records as a talent scout, failing to sign numerous 90’s bands including Pulp, Blur, PJ Harvey…but managing to sign the Manics before leaving. Followed with Karen & Jo through the Cafe Rouge and Spirit years, always in Operations/Concept Development, before we started Food and Fuel. Family, friends, a north London Club & a Moto Guzzi are all up there for me – not always in that order.
Tony (Finance Director) – I joined Food & Fuel at the start, in June 2006. Previously a partner in a West End firm of Chartered Accountants. Acted for the Cafe Rouge chain from commencement until sale to Whitbread. Love food and drink. Can’t cook, but spouse is brilliant at it, and love going out to eat. Spurs supporter over many many years, through thick and thin – currently thick –ish.
Morag (Operations Manager) – I started off my career with Forte hotels in Edinburgh before I moved to run the student bars at Edinburgh University. Have to say going from corporate to student foam parties was challenging but full of fun. After travelling, I decided that London was next on the list. I joined the Spirit group as a relief manager for Devco, soon after took on my first pub in London. I made the move to Food and Fuel when they purchased their first 5 pubs and have been with them ever since, and now moved into a support role. My loves are beer and desserts! Definitely got a sweet tooth, sticky toffee comes out top!
Peter O (Operations Chef) – I’ve worked with Karen. Jo & Peter since 1993, Lordy! Before that I was at the Dorchester, Maxine de Paris & The Ivy. I’m obsessed with regional, seasonal British produce. Fun time for me is walking Winnie, on a golf course – even better if it’s near a good gastro pub.
Libby (Support Manager) – I’ve been with F&F for over 6 years coming up through the ranks from a Manager in Training, running The Queens in Crouch End until September 2015. My life revolves around food, drink and people, all with a touch of the creative. If you give me something to eat or drink that looks and tastes amazing, in a setting that is creatively put together, and I can share with friends, then I’m in!
Fiona (People Support Manager) I’m a country girl at heart, I love boats and a bonfire on the beach with friends and family and my dog Mr Mack Hudson. I throw a great party and I’m a self-confessed feeder! Which is probably why I got hooked on hospitality when I was at Uni! Since then I’ve worked in all kinds places from stately homes to casual dining, working my way through the ranks. For the last 5 years, my focus has been on learning and development: creating & delivering training initiatives as well as performance coaching for managers and chefs. I joined Food and Fuel in March 2017.