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Worth fighting for a seat - we test drive Barrafina Adelaide Street

Barrafina Adelaide Street is a near perfect restaurant. If only getting a seat there was easier...

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A neighbourhood gem - Test Driving Pedler in Peckham

We head down to Pekham to check out this new opening. Warm and friendly, this neighbourhood spot hits all the right notes.…

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José Pizarro to open new City restaurant at Broadgate Circle

There are going to be a lot of excited fans of José Pizarro today with the news that the Spanish chef is opening a new restaurant by Liverpool Street. This will be his third opening in London and the first for three years.

The eponymous José Pizarro (probably the most obvious next step after opening "Jose" and "Pizarro") is going to be one of the flagship restaurants in the new Broadgate Circle de…

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Chez Chow cocktail bar opening under North Audley Cantine

The people behind North Audley Cantine are converting their downstairs space into a separate cocktail bar called Chez Chow.

There will be new bar snacks, a brand new cocktail menu and it'll all be themed around the owner's dog...…

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Amandine Chaignot joins Rosewood London as Executive Chef

It's worth keeping an eye out for the effect of new Executive Chef Amandine Chaignot at The Rosewood London, where she takes over from Bjorn van der Horst. Her background includes three years with Alain Ducasse and Jean-François Piège at Hôtel Plaza Athénée, three years at Le Bristol, two at Le Meurice and Hôtel de Crillon. Chaignot comes to the Rosewood from Hôtel Raphael.

So what can we expect?…

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Le Swine - the humble street van with Bruno Loubet as a backer

It's not often you hear of a top chef in London getting down and dirty in the street food scene, but that's exactly what's happened with Le Swine. It's the brainchild of chef James Packman who joined Bruno Loubet's brigade at Bistrot Bruno Loubet when he first opened in London, working his way up through the ranks.

It was James's cheeky pilfering of Bruno's own bacon sarnie one morning at work whi…

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The Sunday Times and Debrett's reveal their most influential food and drink names

It's time for another influentials list, this time from the Sunday Times, who have joined up with Debrett's to pull together the 500 most influential people in the UK today. Nestled among all the categories is one for food and drink, which sees the following able to proclaim how influential they are for the next year. All are clearly deserving of the title and it's not surprising to see AA Gill in…

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Lantana in Shoreditch and Fitzrovia to launch evening Shin Digs

Update 23/01/15 - the Shin Digs are having a mini re-launch with a new group chef Oliver Rowe in charge of the menu. It's from 27th - 29th January (you'll need to book) and they'll have 50% off the menu.  

Lantana currently has two popular cafés run by Shelagh Ryan and Michael Homan -  one in Fitzrovia and another in Shoreditch, the latter specifically based on Melbourne cafés.

Until now, they've been strictly daytime affairs - but now they're both going to open in the evening under a new name "Shin Dig".…


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Hotbox adds a weekend brunch to the menu

Hotbox BBQ in the city is hugely popular at the moment and from this weekend, they're adding brunch to the menu, bringing more life to the City at weekends.

On the menu will be smoked huevos rancheros, skillet smoked meat hash and fried chicken Belgian waffles and truffle egg toast. Plus there will be the usual BBQ available too including pork ribs and beef rib tacos. Plus there will be unlimited…

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Medcalf opens a traiteur come wine bar on Exmouth Market

It opened pretty under the radar in the run up to Christmas, so if you haven't been down to Exmouth Market recently you may not know about Medcalf Traiteur. It's an expansion of Medcalf into the space next door which used to be their gallery.

By day it's a traiteur, focusing on the lunchtime trade. All the food is cooked on a Big Green Egg BBQ, and served with a selection of freshly made salads.

D…

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Kurobuta Chelsea finds a new, bigger home on King's Road

When Scott Hallsworth's extremely popular Kurobuta first started out, it was as a pop-up on the King's Road (while they got the permanent venue underway). That pop-up was so popular that it just kept going, but now it's grown out of its original location and moved a few doors down to a much bigger premises. 

The new Chelsea Kurobuta will be bigger, seating up to 90 with a lounge, bar, private din…

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Scott Hallsworth's latest, Joe's Oriental Diner, comes to King's Road

The original Kurobuta pop-up may be moving to new, spacious, permanent premises, but that doesn't mean there aren't big plans for the original site of the pop-up. Scott Hallsworth is revamping the whole thing with the brand new Joe's Oriental Diner - where they'll be cooking up a pan-Asian menu. 

It'll be a more back to basics approach than both of the Kurobutas with the food will include Fire Cra…

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Craft London brings Stevie Parle to Greenwich Peninsula

21/1/2015 - Updated with more information.

Building on the success of the Dock Kitchen in West London and Rotorino in the East, British Chef Stevie Parle will deliver more simple home-cooked British dishes with the arrival of Craft London, set to open on the Greenwich Peninsula, the urban development site at the Millennium Village.

Teaming up with interior designer Tom Dixon to fashion a site with…

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Bonhams launch their new restaurant with an extraordinary wine list

Bonhams members were the first to try out a new restaurant at the auction house's New Bond Street location, which has just opened to the public. And not only does it have an interesting head chef at the helm, but its wine list is pretty exciting too.

Head Chef Tom Kemble was sous chef at Hedone when it won its Michelin star and has also worked alongside Magnus Nilsson and head chef Johnnie Fredrik…

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The Dolls House comes to Upper Street, Islington

The Dead Dolls Club and Dolls House in Hoxton are already big hits and now they're expanding to Islington, taking over the space that used to be House of Wolf.…

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