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Bibendum restaurant gets a new chef and a revamp courtesy of Sir Terence Conran

Housed in what's best known as Michelin House, the upstairs Bibendum restaurant (named after the Michelin Man himself) has just got a new chef and also has a revamp underway, courtesy of none other than one of its founders, Sir Terence Conran.

The new Head Chef is Peter Robinson, previously from Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes. He was spotted by Conran himself who says “I celebrated my 70th birthday…

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Bid for a charity brownie from Tim Anderson, Paul A Young, Jools Oliver and more

Save some room after all those Easter eggs - London's top pastry chefs are conjuring up some incredible chocolate brownies to auction off for charity. So if you've ever wanted to try a one-off creation by Nuno Mendes, Ollie Dabbous or Edd Kimber - now's your chance.…

Read more: Bid for a charity brownie from Tim Anderson, Paul A Young, Jools Oliver and more

Broadgate Circle gets a new late night venue with The Botanist's Soda Room

Tom and Ed Martin (of the ETM group) are heading into late night territory with the opening of their 15th venue, The Botanist at Broadgate Circle. The huge bar and restaurant will be part of the £20 million Broadgate Circle redevelopment joining Jose Pizarro's new restaurant and coffee house Beany Green.

The new City spot (a sister venture to The Botanist on Sloane Square) will be on two levels w…

Read more: Broadgate Circle gets a new late night venue with The Botanist's Soda Room

Alan Yau to open The Duck & Rice

Finally, real news is starting to filter through about Alan Yau's big new venture, the Chinese gastropub Duck & Rice. He's taken over the site that used to be the Endurance in Soho (right next door to his old stomping ground Yauatcha). Now, as the opening date draws closer, lots of news about the food is appearing. 

The menu itself is fairly huge, spreading across snacks, currys, dim sum, duck…

Read more: Alan Yau to open The Duck & Rice "Chinese gastropub" in Soho

Bonhams restaurant now opens for dinner on Thursdays

Bonhams Restaurant is already proving to be an incredibly popular lunchspot since it opened (see our Test Drive here). But its limited opening hours (just breakfast and lunch) prevented many of you, whose jobs don't allow for midday sit down scoffing, the opportunity to try chef Tom Kemble's work.

From this week though, they'll be running a Thursday evening supperclub. Dinner will kick off at 7pm…

Read more: Bonhams restaurant now opens for dinner on Thursdays

Take the Cuisson afternoon tea at The Burlington Arcade with ex-Fat Duck pastry chef

If you like your afternoon teas classic with a twist, you'll want to book a table at a tea pop-up coming to Burlington Arcade. For just under three months luxury bespoke dining company Cuisson in association with Laurent-Perrier are going to be putting on their modern interpretation on afternoon tea.

They've picked the right person to help them - pastry chef Hideko Kawa was Head Pastry Chef at Th…

Read more: Take the Cuisson afternoon tea at The Burlington Arcade with ex-Fat Duck pastry chef

Camino is bringing their Spanish tapas to Bankside, Southwark

Already popular in King's Cross and Blackfriars, Camino are about to open south of the river in Bankside, which has had a slowly improving restaurant scene over the past year. 

As with the original Camino, the menu will have tapas and sharing platters and dishes prepared on a plancha grill. Dishes to expect include:

  • Pulpo – pan-roasted whole octopus tentacle, purple potatoes, paprika and olive o…

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Athenian Grill house Suvlaki is bringing souvlaki to Soho

OK, now it really IS a trend. Another Greek restaurant is coming to London, this time an "Athenian grill house" called Suvlaki which will be opening in Soho.

The souvlaki is a grilled meat skewer that can be eaten plain or inside a wrap and the owners of this new restaurant want to make is as popular a fast food as burgers or hot dogs. They have Elias Mamalakis on board as a consultant chef, who i…

Read more: Athenian Grill house Suvlaki is bringing souvlaki to Soho

Salt & Honey coming to London from the people behind Manuka Kitchen

Manuka Kitchen is one of those rare restaurants that AA Gill has awarded five stars for food (9/10 overall) so anything from the same people is definitely worth paying attention to.

The owners, Joseph Antippa and Tyler Martin, are getting ready to open their second restaurant Salt and Honey in Sussex Place, just north of Hyde Park. It'll be a 50 seater restaurant on three levels (and two of those…

Read more: Salt & Honey coming to London from the people behind Manuka Kitchen

Restaurant Story introduces Bedtime Story digestif and chocolate pairing

The always-innovative chef Tom Sellers has just brought in The Bedtime Story at Restaurant Story. It's a new course of digestif and chocolate pairing. There's a short, curated selection of digestifs (including brandy, pisco, mezcal, whisky and chartreuse) paired with chocolate bars chosen by Cocoa Runners. So with Barsol Pisco you'd get some Åkesson chocolate from Madagascar and with Ilegal Mezca…

Read more: Restaurant Story introduces Bedtime Story digestif and chocolate pairing

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