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Absurd Bird chicken is coming to Spitalfields and Soho

Seems like there's life in the market for more chicken ventures in London. We hear that a new company, Absurd Bird, is opening two new restaurants in London this year.

The company is kicking off its chicken-focused takeover by launching in Spitalfields and Soho in March. It's essentially chicken combined with American deep south cooking. And they've teamed up with Fosse Meadows Farm and bought ev…

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Jason Atherton to open Sosharu, Japanese restaurant in Clerkenwell

Updated 20/1/16 with full info

There's no sign of London's most prolific restaurateur slowing down as Jason Atherton gets ready for his next opening. That's Sosharu on Clerkenwell Road, taking over the large corner space on the ground floor of the Turnmill Building (about a minute walk from Farringdon station).

This time the focus will be on Japanese food with British ingredients. In charge…

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Meatballs from Capish pop-up at the Hat & Tun in Farringdon

Farringdon's Hat & Tun is getting a new residency as street food trader Capish are heading inside for two weeks in February. You'll be able to try their meatballs in much warmer surroundings including: 

  • Meatball Hero – Rare breed pork balls in marinara sauce on a toasted polenta sub, with provolone cheese sauce and  and grated pecorino roman and a pot of home made jalapeno sauce (£7)
  • Steak ‘…

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Swan on a Hot Gin Roof pop up launches at Ham Yard Hotel

It may be cold enough to freeze the proverbial balls of a brass monkey out there, but if you are looking for some alfresco action this winter, then head to Soho. Sipsmith gins are going to be serving gin-laced winter drinks up on the Ham Yard Hotel’s hidden roof terrace from the end of January until mid-February.

Hardened Londoners can drape themselves in woollen blankets whilst sipping on Hot G&…

Read more: Swan on a Hot Gin Roof pop up launches at Ham Yard Hotel

The Great Sausage Roll Off announces 2016 shortlist

Following hard on the heels of the Scotch Egg Challenge comes another bar snack competition - this year's Great Sausage Roll Off. The annual event is now in its fourth year and take place at The Red Lion in Barnes.

Hot Dinners managed to inveigle them to give us the shortlist of those entering their finest rolls in this year's contest. Both 2015 and 2014's champions are back to defend/claim back…

Read more: The Great Sausage Roll Off announces 2016 shortlist

Anthony Demetre comes to the Barbican with new restaurant Osteria

Anthony Demetre's been VERY busy of late. He's added a new bar to Arbutus, is behind a new high-rise restaurant at Old Street and now he's coming to the Barbican with a view to improve your dining if you're heading to a show. 

Together with Searcy's, he's opening Osteria in the Barbican Centre and it'll focus on bistro cooking much like his other restaurants. Leading things will be Head Chef Patr…

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Hot Dinners presents Elements 2016 at Selfridges

 

If there's one thing we pride ourselves on at Hot Dinners, it's having our fingers firmly on the pulse of London's food and drink scene. So much so that we're hosting an event at Selfridges showcasing the key elements we think are going to be rocking your world over the coming months.

Oh, and we'd like you to come.

We're taking over the Forest restaurant on the rooftop at Selfridges for an even…

Read more: Hot Dinners presents Elements 2016 at Selfridges

Polpo's next is coming to Harvey Nichols (and heads north too)

18/1/16 - updated with opening dates

Russell Norman's Polpo empire is expanding ever further. Not content with opening far south in Brighton, they're going to launch in two Harvey Nichols stores - both London and Leeds.

Each restaurant will open in February - first will be Knightsbridge on the Fifth Floor and then later in the month the Fourth Floor of Harvey Nicks in Leeds. Both spaces will be r…

Read more: Polpo's next is coming to Harvey Nichols (and heads north too)

Chick n Sours Sunday special - whole fried chicken - hits the menu

As you may be aware, we have a lot of love for Chick n Sours, giving it our Best Dish of 2015 - that Szechuan Aubergine dish is AMAZING and everyone should try it.

And now there's something new hitting the menu - Whole Fry Sundays - where the Sunday chicken roast gets a little Chick n Sours twist. Yes it IS what you expect - a whole fried chicken coated in their special coating, either covered wi…

Read more: Chick n Sours Sunday special - whole fried chicken - hits the menu

Creme Egg pop-up cafe hits Soho for seven weeks

Yes, this week sees the start of the run up to Easter (it's VERY early this year, on March 27). And that, as ever, sees Cadbury's going on a Creme Egg offensive (much of which will be to win back the public that's none too pleased that the chocolate in the egg is no longer Dairy Milk). So they're launching the pop-up Creme Egg Cafe.

You might expect this to be a small affair but it's - surprising…

Read more: Creme Egg pop-up cafe hits Soho for seven weeks

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