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The Wolseley owners tackle staff shortages by targeting mums

There's been a lot of talk - on social media and off - about staff shortages in the London restaurant world. So it's hats off to restaurateurs (and hoteliers) Corbin and King who have decided to approach the problem from a different angle.

They're holding a forum in September aimed at encouraging women, who left the industry after maternity leave, back into work.

The experiences of their own comp…

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Selfridges' Brass Rail reopens with a new look and menu

Can you believe that Selfridges' iconic Brass Rail restaurant has beens serving salt beef for almost 50 years? The store restaurant celebrates its 50th birthday next year and reopens tomorrow after a pre-birthday makeover.

While the salt beef remains the same, there are a number of new things to be had - not least their first ever breakfast menu including dishes such as crisp salt beef hash, or s…

Read more: Selfridges' Brass Rail reopens with a new look and menu

Celebrate National Burger Day with our roundup of new London burger joints

Yes, my patty loving friends - today is your day - National Burger Day. Over at their official website find details of the hundreds of places all over the UK offering a 20% discount today. And below - we've brought together a host of recent stories involving London burgers for your delectation.

Sod the diet

Red's True BBQ opened in Shoreditch in July bringing with it the Donut Burger which has two…

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Botanical Indian restaurant Flora Indica comes to Old Brompton Road

Flora Indica has not one. but two cocktail bars alongside a restaurant that is aiming to have British/Indian food with a botanical influence. 

The Head Chef, Suresh Pillai, has worked at Veeraswamy and Gymkhana - he'll be looking to create Indian dishes "inspired by the sprawling orchards and gardens of India". Both a la carte and tasting menus are planned in the 70 seater lower ground restaurant…

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Artesian bar at The Langham launches a SNAX tapas menu

It's already one of the best bars in London (and currently top of the World's 50 Best Bars list) but now Artesian at The Langham looks like it now has a bar snack menu to match its creative cocktails. Launched this summer, the hotel's Executive Chef Chris King, in consultation with Michel Roux Jr, has brought out SNAX, a new tapas style menu at the hotel bar.

It's part of a much bigger deal with…

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Heston Blumenthal gets ready to re-launch The Fat Duck in Bray

It's the twentieth anniversary of Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck so, after taking a bit of a holiday in Melbourne, he's back in Bray and getting ready to relaunch the restaurant. Teeny bits of information are slowly being revealed - so what can diners expect? We take a look at the evidence so far...

Will the menu change?

While a lunch at The Fat Duck has been a dining high point for Hot Dinners, th…

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Racine's epic grouse returns for one night only at Craft London

If you were tempted by blogger Chris Pople's elegiac account of eating grouse at Racine last year, only to have your hopes at replicating that meal dashed when chef Henry Harris decided to close the restaurant down, then we have good news for you. Henry is returning to the pass for a night at Craft London to cook up a game supper worth snapping up tickets for now.

It's the first in a series of co…

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Anna Hansen reveals details of the new Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square

26/8/15 - Updated with launch date

City folk looking for a new destination for morning meetings can stop searching now. We've got the news on Anna Hansen's new place and it sounds like a doozy.

The queen of brunch - the Modern Pantry is deservedly one of London's most popular spots for the meal - is opening a second restaurant in Finsbury Circus. The new restaurant will feature a tapas bar, resta…

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The 2016 Good Food Guide rounds up the longest serving entries

 

The Good Food Guide turns 65 this year and for this year's publication they've been looking back in time at some of the establishments that have spent a long time on that list. Top of the pile is The Connaught (pictured) which has been in the guide for 63 of those years. That beats Le Gavroche which has been in it for 46 years and RSJ on the South Bank (which we're ashamed to say we'd never hear…

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Vietnamese supperclub host to open CôBa barbecue restaurant on York Way

We love a good entrepreneurial story here at Hot Dinners and the tale behind a new Vietnamese barbecue restaurant opening around the back of King's Cross is right up there. CôBa which will open this Autumn on York Way is the brainchild of Vietnamese-Australian Damon Bui who's built up quite the reputation through his three-year-old supperclub Table for 10.

"With all the positive feedback, I thoug…

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Chinese hot pots for Chinatown with Shuang Shuang

A new restaurant is on the way to London, coming from Fah Sundravorakul, who used to own restaurants in Thailand. He's bringing a hot pot restaurant to Chinatown.

Obviously, expect a big focus on hot pots. That's a pot of stock which will be sunk into the table and used to cook all manner of ingredients. 

And there will be several broths to put in that pot. They will be:

  • Bird Berry (made from a…

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Brompton Food Market duo take on Kensington pub The Hour Glass

Well here's a pub opening we're pretty darned excited about. The Hour Glass pub is getting two new owners - Luke Mackay and David Turcan, who currently run Brompton Food Market. And if the food offering at the pub turns out to be anything like the stuff we've had from their deli then this might be worth crossing town for.

Luke has form for taking on pubs and turning them into something special, h…

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Supper club turned restaurant - we Test Drive Pidgin

We head over to Hackney to try out the supper club turned restaurant from James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy.…

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Sunday Lunch with a

As our regular readers will know, we're big fans of Bob Bob Ricard. Following on from their recent foray into Saturday lunches, they've now expanded to offer the Bob Bob Ricard Sunday lunch.

Now, everything's a little bit more special at BBR, and the Sunday lunch is no exception. While the main lunchtime menu is available, it's the "Traditional Roast" that you'll want to make a trip to Soho on a…

Read more: Sunday Lunch with a "press for Champagne" button. We try the Sunday Roast at Bob Bob Ricard

The Scotch Egg Challenge 2015 comes to Islington

For the past few years, the Scotch Egg Challenge at the Ship has been a huge deal (and last year Hot Dinners was on judges' table too when The Cornwall Project won). But as the Ship's landlord moved to take over The Canonbury Tavern, the challenge has also moved to its new Islington home.

So if you're a pub or restaurant who think they know a thing or two about a scotch egg - then now's the time…

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