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Hampstead Bookkeeping Case Study: LA Gaffe Hotel, Restaurant & Wine Bar

La Gaffe Restaurant


La Gaffe is a lovely and traditional Italian restaurant set in the very trendy Hampstead in North London. The business has been trading since 1962 and was started by Bernardo Stella; the business is now run by Lorenzo Stella.

Back in October 2018, Lorenzo got in touch with Paul of Cain & Co to see if he could provide him with a bookkeeping solution. Lorenzo’s previous bookkeeper had just died after looking after the financial affairs for 30 years.

The restaurant needed the bookkeeping being brought up to date, there was also a VAT return imminent and as the previous bookkeeper had dealt with everything there was a certain amount of fact finding and paper chasing.


The first stage of the process was to get the bookkeeping up to date and set La Gaffe up with an online accounting software. Once the books were up to date it was then a case to introduce new systems that would ultimately save time. The bookkeeping had previously been done manually and with MTD looming it was time to change.

As with all changes, there were initial teething problems, but La Gaffe now have Xero and Hubdoc at their disposal. All supplier invoices are now either scanned into Hubdoc or emails are forwarded to their unique email address.

It is then just a question of coding the invoices in Hubdoc so that they can be published into Xero; Lorenzo has risen to the challenge and is pleased with how the bookkeeping is now performed.

In Our Client’s Words:

Following the sudden death of our bookkeeper of thirty years, we had to find new bookkeepers at incredibly short notice.

Cain and Co were recommended to us and were the quickest to respond to our plight and propose a very competitive package moving forward.

There were a few difficult early moments, as we were using a completely different system unique to our previous bookkeeper. However, Cain and Co persevered and introduced us to Xero and an up to date system that has proved to be more efficient and less time consuming.

Payroll has been superb, and any issues are always dealt with quickly. I would recommend Cain and Co to anyone looking for a change in company or bookkeeping system. And nice people to work with too.



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By accurately recording your business’s ledger, up-to-date and efficient bookkeeping can transform the day-to-day running of your company. We can work remotely or can undertake your bookkeeping on site – this is another benefit of being local.

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