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Wine sales website Vente Privée launches in the UK

Online wine retail is about to be given a major shake up with France's largest retailer of online wine, Vente Privée announcing its expansion into the UK. The launch of the online sales website LINK www.vente-privee.com is a move into an incredibly competitive but lucrative market currently worth around £800 million annually.

Founded in 2001, the online retailer has used a 'flash sales' model to s…

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More details and the menu from Dabbous' Barnyard

Update 18/3 - Barnyard is open now.

Last night, Hot Dinners popped along to the opening party for Barnyard, the next venture from Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg. We managed somehow not to try any of the party food that was coming out, but we did try the popcorn boozy milkshake which was pretty good. There's also a blueberry pancake hard shake we'd also like to try - for comparison purposes,…

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Alain Ducasse to open RIVEA at the Bulgari hotel in London

Updated 15/4/14 with booking details and opening date

It's been on our Coming Soon rumours radar for a while, but today we finally got through the details for Alain Ducasse's new restaurant opening at the Bulgari Hotel in London this summer.

As the man behind one of only four restaurants in the UK with three Michelin stars, a new Ducasse opening is always going to be news. And Ducasse LOVES London…

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Tim Anderson to run an Eat the Cookbook pop-up at the Well in Clerkenwell

MasterChef winner Tim Anderson's Nanban cookbook is on the way later this year - so his next pop-up is all based around that. He's popping up at the Well in Clerkenwell next week - with this menu - all for £30:

  • Grapefruit and Honey Shochu Highball
  • Ryūkyū: Mackerel cured in a soy sauce and ginger marinade
  • Grilled Shiitake with spicy miso butter
  • Onsen Egg - slow-cooked egg in mushroom dashi wi…

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Michel Roux Jnr severs ties with the BBC

We don't often get in press releases that tell us what's not happening, but that's just what hit the Hot Dinners in box this morning. In pops a missive from Michel Roux Jnr to say that he "will not be working with BBC TV."

So what gives? Seems that Roux, who's been working with the BBC for the past six years first on MasterChef the Professionals and BBC Food & Drink has found negotiating with…

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Orchestral manoeuvres in the gut - the King's Festival of Food

Updated 11/3/14 with news of Gizzi Erskine's involvement

If you like the sound of a festival that encourages you to really think about what you're eating, then the King's Festival of Food might be for you. It's a five day series of events taking part at campuses around London this March. The aim? To "bring together writers, academics and thinkers to explore the latest thinking on a range of food-r…

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Lima Floral to open in Covent Garden

Since it opened in mid 2012, the now Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant Lima from Virgilio Martinez has proven to be a big hit. Now they're expanding with a second restaurant, Lima Floral, coming to Covent Garden.

The new restaurant will be more of a "casual and fun offering with serious food credentials" according to Gabriel Gonzalez, Lima's co owner. There will be two parts to the re…

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Heston Blumenthal launching The Perfectionists' Café at Heathrow Terminal 2

13/5/14 - Update - we get the full details on what to expect from the Perfectionists' Cafe.

We've known a while that Heston was opening a new restaurant at Heathrow's latest terminal. Although we've been calling it Heston at Heathrow up until now - we have to admit we do like the sound of its real name - The Perfectionists' Café.

He's been working on the concept of the restaurant with his Group Ex…

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Caprice Holdings introduce The Chef's Table at the Mount Street Deli

We've had chef's tables in the heart of kitchens, by the pass, or separated by a glass wall - now Caprice Holdings has gone one further and taken the Head Chef out of their kitchen and into their deli just for you.

You get to decide which of the restaurants' chefs you'd like to cook for you and your friends - picking from The Ivy, Scott’s, J Sheekey or Le Caprice. They'll then put a menu toge…

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New and upcoming London restaurants update - week ending 7th March

Things certainly aren't slowing down for London's new restaurants as we enter the third month of the year. There have been a further ten openings since our last update only a couple of weeks ago and loads more announcements too.

As ever, all of these are covered on our Coming Soon page and the accompanying New Restaurants page

Things are changing all the time. We update the page on a r…

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