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Loungers chairman Alex Reilley confirmed for Casual Dining

Casual Dining’s first show at ExCeL just got even more unmissable, thanks to the announcement that industry trailblazer Alex Reilley will appear in an opening morning Keynote interview (Wednesday 27 February).   


The Lounger’s chairman will be making a welcome return to the UK’s leading pub, bar and restaurant trade event, having previously hosted a Keynote at its launch edition at the BDC in 2014.  Since then, he’s won numerous awards (including ‘Champion of the year’ at the first ever Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards in 2016) while the company he co-founded has gone from strength to strength.


At the last count, the fast-growing and much-loved restaurant and bar brand now operates 114 Lounges and 21 Cosy Clubs.  By 2021, they aim to have 200 sites around the UK.    


Head to Casual Dining’s Keynote Theatre 1 early (for 10.45am start) to see Mr Reilley discuss this incredible success story, their future plans, and his role championing newer brands (like Hubbox, for example, where he is non-executive chairman) in this exclusive interview hosted by Peter Martin, director at CM&Co and VP of CGA.  Seating is allocated on a first come basis – with standing room crowds expected.


The free Keynote line-up also includes CEOs and MDs from Casual Dining Group, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK, Dishoom, Carluccio’s, Oakman Inns, New World Trading Co, Hawksmoor, Mowgli Street Food, Pizza Pilgrims, The Alchemist Bars & Restaurants, Yummy Pubs Co, BrewDog (retail), Flat Iron, UKHospitality and more.


“Casual Dining is the only show dedicated to our industry and I look forward to seeing everyone at ExCeL,” says Alex Reilley, chairman of Loungers.


Register free

Casual Dining will take place at the new venue of ExCeL London on 27-28 February 2019.  For full details and seminar timings, please visit 


To register for a free trade ticket, please visit and use priority code CD80 (direct link:

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