Clapham House Grp

Trading update & board change

The Clapham House Group PLC
28 March 2008

Embargoed for release at 7.00 a.m.                   28 March 2008

         The Clapham House Group PLC ("Clapham House" or the "Company")

                        Trading update and Board change

Clapham House, owner and operator of Gourmet Burger Kitchen ("GBK"), The Bombay
Bicycle Club ("BBC"), The Real Greek ("TRG") and Tootsies, today provides the
following trading update in advance of the release of its preliminary results
for the year ending 30 March 2008.

Trading update

The Company expects to report results for the year in line with market
expectations and comfortably ahead of those reported for the previous year.

GBK has continued to deliver good sales performance and excellent returns on
capital invested. We have opened 2 GBK restaurants to date in 2008 in Cardiff
and Didsbury, both of which have commenced trading very strongly. This brings
the total number of GBKs in the UK to 43, of which 26 are within Greater London
and 17 are nationwide. Since the purchase of 6 London based GBK restaurants in
November 2004, we have opened 37 restaurants throughout the UK from Edinburgh to
Brighton. Based on the evidence of our diverse existing estate, we are convinced
of GBK's national roll-out potential to at least 150 restaurants across the UK.

Recent initiatives at Tootsies, including the introduction of new menus, have
been well received. We are encouraged by resultant trading, in particular in the
refurbished high street estate where we have seen improved sales performance.
Trading at Tootsies in retail and leisure centres is showing some signs of

Opening programme

We plan to expand all of our businesses in the next financial year at rates
appropriate for their stages of development and the current economic climate. In
particular, we will continue to focus on the growth of GBK both directly in the
UK and under franchise internationally.

During the financial year to 30 March 2008, the Company opened 23 GBKs, of which
21 are in the UK including the conversion of Tootsies in Canary Wharf, which has
seen a significant uplift in sales. The other 2 GBK openings were an initial GBK
under franchise in Istanbul, Turkey and our fourth GBK under franchise in the
Middle East.

We have also exchanged contracts on 10 UK properties for the financial year to
March 2009, comprising 7 GBKs, 2 TRGs and 1 BBC. These are expected to include
the two delayed properties at Spitalfields Market where we still await
confirmation of a final handover date. Internationally, we expect our partners
to open at least 5 GBK restaurants under franchise during the financial year to
March 2009.

We have signed a contract which we expect to result in the opening of the first
Tootsies restaurant in a UK regional airport in 2008. This will be operated
under franchise and represents a further development of the Tootsies business

Board change

Sarah Willingham has resigned from the Board and will leave the Company at the
end of this financial year in order to spend more time with her young family.
Management of Tootsies, BBC and TRG will now report directly into Paul Campbell,
Chief Executive.


We are confident that our expansion plans for the next financial year are
appropriate for current market conditions. Despite our expectation that
conditions will remain tough, we plan to continue to grow our business over the
next twelve months.


The Clapham House Group PLC

David Page, Executive Chairman              07836 346934
Paul Campbell, Chief Executive              07785 228299
Nick Wong, Group Finance Director           020 7489 6888

Noble & Company Limited                     020 7763 2200

Nick Naylor

Hogarth Partnership Limited                 020 7357 9477

Julian Walker
Ian Payne


The Clapham House Group PLC (

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (

GBK offers a range of nutritious, delicious and sophisticated burgers (Harden's
London Restaurants 2006: "Best Burger", Time Out 2007: "the first and remains
our favourite gourmet burger chain") using quality, fresh ingredients to create
each burger including oversized sourdough buns, 100% Aberdeen Angus Scotch Beef
patties, English chicken and other fresh produce delivered to the restaurants
each day. GBK offers a variety of 34 burgers including Beef, Chicken, Lamb,
Venison and Chorizo, as well as 5 Vegetarian burgers, Junior Beef, Chicken and
vegetarian burgers and delicious flavour combinations such as the Pesterella
Burger (Beef, Mozzarella and Pesto). GBK has signed an exclusive partnership
with the renowned organic and biodynamic farm at Laverstoke Park and now offers
wild boar and buffalo burgers. The 43rd GBK restaurant in the UK opened in
Didsbury in January 2008. The fifth international GBK opened in Istanbul in
December 2007.

Tootsies (

Tootsies first opened its doors to London diners in Holland Park back in 1971
and rapidly built up a loyal local following. Over the past 37 years, Tootsies
has opened many more restaurants throughout London and the United Kingdom,
offering high quality, freshly prepared food in a friendly atmosphere. The menu
is renowned for its legendary breakfasts and brunches, whilst the char-grill
offers steaks, ribs and a superb selection of award winning burgers, including
the famous Jalapeno (avocado, Monterey Jack cheese and Mexican hot sauce).
Children are very welcome and are offered an organic children's menu and the
renowned freshly blended Tootsies milkshakes. (Zagat 2007: "the staff are
cheerful and friendly even when your children aren't", Hardens 2007: "a great
family destination").

The Bombay Bicycle Club (

The Bombay Bicycle Club operates three restaurants and fifteen delivery kitchens
and has built an outstanding reputation for quality Indian cuisine over a period
of 20 years using the freshest ingredients and providing excellent service,
regularly receiving positive plaudits from leading food critics (Zagat 2007: "
posh takeaways are good value especially when delivered to your door", Hardens
2007: "light, fresh and well-crafted curries"). The Bombay Bicycle Club home
delivery service currently provides quality, freshly prepared food to more than
10,000 customers a week in the comfort of their own homes.

The Real Greek (

The Real Greek offers highly acclaimed traditional Greek cooking (Time Out 2007:
"faultless Souvlaki...perfectly char-grilled", Harden's 2007: "revolutionalised
our notions of Greek cooking") using fresh and seasonal ingredients served in an
informal setting and accompanied by specially imported Greek wines. The Real
Greek concept derives its style from Greek "Street Food" and operates from six
locations, including a landmark restaurant on London's South Bank.

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