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Paradise by way of Kensal Green gets ex Petersham Head Chef

Interesting hire in West London as Paradise By Way of Kensal Green gets an ex-Petersham Nurseries Chef to head up its kitchen. Cat Ashton took over as Head Chef at Petersham for a year following Skye Gyngell's departure. She'll be bringing her take to the menu for the 100-cover newly refurbished dining room here as well as the bar food menu with snacks like hummus with hazelnut dukkah pitta and r…

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Auction Against Hunger is back for 2015 with a great event and online auctions too

It's both one of the best nights in town plus a great online auction that we're always very happy to host - Auction Against Hunger is back again for 2015.

As ever, the auction will be in two parts - a special live event with Street Feast at Dalston Yard on 21 May with some of the best in London food showing off (and auctioning) their wares and an online ebay auction in conjunction with Hot Dinner…

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Head to Shoreditch for the Fry Hard deep-fried Easter pop-up

Ever wondered what a deep-fried hot cross bun tastes like? Or an Easter Sunday roast? Well now, thanks to the folks at Fry Hard you'll get the chance to try just that. Opening at Shoreditch's BOXPARK for the Easter weekend, this mashup between Miss Cakehead and London Mess is a variation on the single dish theme - in that everything on the menu will have been deep-fried.

Dishes they've already te…

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Smith & Wollensky US steakhouse opening in London

Updated 24/3/15 with lots more information, including menu, wines, cocktials and more...

Is London ready for another steakhouse? The US chain Smith & Wollensky think so as they get ready to open in June 2015 in the Adelphi Building on John Adam Street, just off The Strand.

They're leaving nothing to chance, picking the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to do the look and feel - the brief is to t…

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Hackney pub The Marksman to be relaunched by Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram

We seem to be seeing a small (and welcome) trend of chefs taking over and overhauling pubs at the moment, from The Culpeper through to just-opened The Richmond. Now another is on the way to Hackney - this time from two St John veterans, Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram.

Harris is best known for his recent run at One Leicester Street, while Jon Rotheram was seen at Jamie Oliver's revamp of Fifteen. They…

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Hawksmoor Knightsbridge puts Tomahawk steaks on the menu

If you reckon a cutlet is more of a canape than something approaching an actual main course, you'll be wanting to head to Knightsbridge where, from tomorrow, Hawksmoor are putting on a flipping massive Tomahawk steak on their menu.

They were inspired by having taking part in Meatopia in Miami with the steaks and realised that "sometimes big can indeed be beautiful". As the photo neatly illustrate…

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Skye Gyngell to open Salon at Spring in Somerset House

While we were big fans of Skye Gyngell's Spring when we visited it last year, we couldn't help think that the conservatory space outside of the main restaurant could be put to better use. Now it seems that it's in for a change as the area, and more besides, is about to be revamped as The Salon.…

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Craft London brings Stevie Parle to Greenwich Peninsula

23/3/2015 - Updated with menu and soft launch details.

Building on the success of the Dock Kitchen in West London and Rotorino in the East, British Chef Stevie Parle will deliver more simple home-cooked British dishes with the arrival of Craft London, set to open on the Greenwich Peninsula, the urban development site at the Millennium Village.

The new space is designed by Design Research Studio un…

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Japanese restaurant Flat Three to open in Holland Park

News reaches us of a new restaurant coming to Holland Park in April. Flat Three will apparently have "a new approach to Japanese-inspired food" but will also be influenced by Korean and Scandinavian cuisine. They'll be serving á la carte and tasting menus - and we like the sound of the non-alcoholic pairings (alongside the usual wine pairings). It'll seat around 40, including one large table whic…

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Whaam Banh Mi comes to Soho

There's a new Vietnamese Banh Mi shop opening up in Soho as Whaam Banh Mi prepares to open its doors on Great Windmill Street. They'll be specialising in those Vietnamese sandwiches (which are made to be lighter than french bread equivalents). Expect sandwiches along the lines of Asian BBQ Shredded Pork, Lemongrass Chicken and Ginger & Chilli Tofu as well as Vietnamese coffees supplied by The…

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