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The chips aren’t down at college’s restaurant

Posted: 19 October 2020

Diners visiting West Nottinghamshire College’s fine dining restaurant are being urged to buy a portion of ‘invisible chips’ to help support those working in the hospitality sector.

Left to right catering and hospitality students Skye Jones, Byron Scott and Rhian Mayne
Left to right catering and hospitality students Skye Jones, Byron Scott and Rhian Mayne

The Refined fine dining restaurant, which is due to re-open to the public on Wednesday 4 November, has joined forces with a national campaign designed to support the hospitality industry which has been hit hard with unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ‘invisible chips’ campaign was launched by Hospitality Action and is backed by television’s First Dates star Fred Sirieix and chefs Heston Blumenthal and Tom Kerridge. It encourages diners to buy a portion of chips that are “0% fat, 100% charity”. The ‘chips’ are available online and in some restaurants.

The idea is that diners ‘chip in’ the cost of a portion of chips, meaning they can do their bit to support the thousands of hospitality workers who are at risk of seeing their livelihoods disappear.

Programme area leader Joanne Wilson, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be opening again to the public and to be able to support this charity means a lot to us.

“The hospitality industry has been hit hard since the pandemic but we’re all confident that this sector is prepared to flourish once again as businesses work hard to adapt to new regulations and customer expectations.

“Our students can’t wait to welcome diners back and they’ve all been busy training for the Covid compliant restaurant experience, as well as being creative and inventing new cocktails to our menus. We’re incredibly excited to show diners our new-look restaurant and launch all of our future fine dining experiences after such a long time of being away.”

Diners can add ‘invisible chips’ to their order at Refined for just £1.50, which will see all proceeds going to the national charity.

To book a table to enjoy real food and to help ‘chip in’ with the charity call 01623 413629 or visit

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