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Bruno Loubet transforms the Zetter restaurant into Grain Store unleashed

Recently celebrating its 10th birthday, it's all go at The Zetter in Clerkenwell right now and there's another big change on the way. 

Although Bistrot Bruno Loubet's been going strong at The Zetter for some time now, it's Loubet's other restaurant Grain Store in King's Cross which has been getting much more of the attention recently. Now they're bringing some of that buzz over to The Zetter as t…

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Blixen opens its new cocktail bar

On the must-visit list this weekend is a trip to the new bar at Blixen in Spitalfields. Opening this evening, the basement cocktail bar adds a new dimension to Clive Watson's new East London all day dining spot. 

The bar menu is still being worked on, but Hot Dinners has has a sneak peek at the cocktail list. So expect to find a House Bellini for £9, a Ferula Mule (made with Stoli Citros vodka an…

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Smokehouse goes west - Neil Rankin brings BBQ to Chiswick

Only a few steps from this writer's flat, the original Smokehouse has been a huge hit and part of a group of restaurants that has been bringing quality back to the Islington food scene. Now, after launching Bad Egg in the City, Neil Rankin and Noble Inns have set sights on Chiswick as the first place for a new Smokehouse. Given the success of other westward restaurants that have mixed things up a…

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Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar to open in Kentish Town with Jailbird basement bar

Updated 12/3/15 with opening date and soft launch details

Kentish Town readers of Hot Dinners may have spotted that the Kentish Canteen is no more and that work is underway transforming it into Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar.

This is going to be the second site for the restaurant which already has a spot in Covent Garden. As their Operations Manager sees it, the move to Kentish Town made total…

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Queenswood comes to Battersea from the people behind Damson & Co

Updated 12/3/15 with revised soft launch details:

A new all-day neighbourhood restaurant and bar is coming soon to Battersea Square, as the people behind Soho's Damson & Co get ready to open Queenswood.

Head Chef, Aude Placktor is moving here from Paris, having worked in all manner of high end establishments including Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and is planning a menu which spans the globe:

  • C…

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Selfridges kicks off 10 week celebration of Mexico

We don't need much of an excuse to go to Selfridges Food Hall (the St John doughnuts often do the trick) and their Mexican takeover, which has just kicked off a 10 week run, is just another good reason to head down there. 

To celebrate the UK year of Mexico, Selfridges will have a whole host of events. Taking place in the Food Hall, where there will be Mexican chefs telling shoppers how to make t…

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West End shoppers get a new pitstop with The Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar

11/03/15 - updated with soft launch details.

We're always ready for another London izakaya (translation: boozy Japanese gaff) and the opening of The Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar is going to be a serious boon to West End shoppers. Opening its doors in March, this new Japanese restaurant will serve weary shoppers a Japanese led drinks menu alongside freshly grilled Kushiyaki skewers. And it's handily sit…

Read more: West End shoppers get a new pitstop with The Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar

Burger delivery service Homeburger comes to North London

(Update 10/3 - Homeburger is now open with limited delivery slots). 

If you're in North London (like us) and really fancy a burger, but just don't fancy heading outside "in this weather" then new burger take-away and delivery service Homeburger could be just what you need.

It's in the final stages of opening on the Holloway Road, so we caught up with Homeburger's Dave Corbineau to find out more.…

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Berber & Q Middle Eastern and North African grill house to open in Haggerston

Updated 10/3/15 with opening date

We can tell you right now that there's going to be a lot of buzz around Berber & Q when it opens in Haggerston in Spring. Billed as a Middle Eastern and North African grill house, it's a joint venture between chef Josh Katz (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Ottolenghi) and Mattia Bianchi (Ottolenghi and Ben Spalding).

It'll be taking over a space under the railway…

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Jar Kitchen British restaurant to open in Covent Garden

Covent Garden's food rennaisance continues as another promising restaurant is getting ready to open (officially) there. It's coming from two friends, Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero, who left their careers to set up this new British restaurant (and who will also be running the front of house too). It's an all-day restaurant seating around 50, serving food up just until pre-theatre time.

The kitchen…

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