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A new Italian by Old Street - we Test Drive Passo

From the team behind Fitzrovia spot Foley's, this new restaurant on Old Street roundabout already has the buzz of a place that's been open for ages. We went to check it out.

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Festive Vegan Deli pops up at Camden Market for Christmas

Looking for presents for the non-meateater in your life or something vegan for the Christmas feast? Well there's a vegan pop-up heading to Camden Market over December that should be just the ticket.

Blogger Fat Gay Vegan ​(Sean O'Callaghan) has curated a list of vegan meat and cheese artisans for a plant-based food deli. So far the line-up includes LoveSeitan - that's their burger pictured above,…

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Lutyens Grill at The Ned is opening to the public

From next weekend, Lutyens Grill at The Ned will be throwing open its doors to the public. For the past year, this old-school steak restaurant has been the only spot on The Ned's ground floor which was open just to club members and hotel guests. But no more.

The space itself was the Bank Manager's office back when The Ned was the Midland Bank headquarters. As you might expect it's all gorgeous wo…

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Tomos Parry is opening Brat in Shoreditch

The ex Kitty Fishers chef is opening his own place in Shoreditch with a mix of cooking on fire, Welsh and Basque cuisine.…

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Grace Dent is taking over as the Guardian's restaurant reviewer

If you've been missing Marina O'Loughlin's Saturday Guardian reviews since she ducked behind the paywall at The Sunday Times, then we've good news for you. Her replacement has just been announced as none other than Grace Dent.

That means she'll be leaving her Grace and Favour column in the Standard - but also that she'll be spreading her wings to cover ALL of the UK's restaurants.

Grace says - "I…

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Enoteca Rosso brings obscure Italian cuisine to High Street Kensington

Enoteca Rosso is trying to do things a little differently from your average Italian restaurant by focusing on accessible vintage wines, attempting a ravioli inspired by a full English, promising obscure charcuterie and offering everything in a size of your preference.…

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Hot pot meets Korean barbecue at Shaftesbury Avenue pop-up Mookrata

Brrr. Is it just us or did it just get really bloody cold, really fast?! Thank god then that the founder of Shuang Shuang, who concoct warming hot pots best well suited to these frigid temperatures, are launching a pop-up by the name of Mookrata on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The pop-up’s eponymous dish is a half hot pot, half Korean-style barbecue set up designed to be eaten by a large group, so picture…

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Vegan woodfired pizzeria Purezza is opening in Camden

Brighton vegan pizza restaurant Purezza is expanding to London and opening its second restaurant in Camden…

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Hicce will be the new restaurant from former Murano Head Chef Pip Lacey

Pip Lacey, the former head chef at Murano (and who you may also know from 2017’s Great British Menu) is the brains behind Hicce, a new restaurant with wood-fired food that'll be brimming with British flavours.…

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Hawksmoor Spitalfields is getting a big refurb

If you had plans to break any post-Christmas diet with a trip to Hawksmoor's original restaurant in Spitalfields - you'll have to delay that blowout for just a short while. The restaurant has just announced that it's closing 1 January for a complete refurb (bet THAT'LL be a good place for a New Year's Eve party!). 

Expect a brand new look and a new menu when they return. As co-owner Will Bec…

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Parsons is the next restaurant from The Ten Cases in Covent Garden

The Ten Cases is growing again - this time across the road, where they're opening a restaurant that's all about seafood.…

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Leandro Carreira is opening Londrino restaurant at London Bridge

One of London's most prolific and popular pop-up chefs is finally settling down and opening a permanent restaurant in the Snowsfields Yard development in London Bridge…

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Julien Imbert takes charge as Le Pont de la Tour’s new head chef

Le Pont de la Tour is getting a new head chef - Julien Imbert who’s clocked up experience at some very famous London institutions, including Sketch, Dinner by Heston, Berners Tavern and most recently as Head Chef at Jason Atherton’s City Social.

He'll also be bringing to the table two years of butchery experience and his Toulouse background, which translate to French classics with plenty of meat-…

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